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About The Team

Cathleen Murakami

Hear more about Cathleen's experience by clicking HERE.

Apprenticing at the prestigious Alan Herdman Pilates Studio of London, Cathleen returned to the US to develop and coordinate Pilates programs at the Rancho la Puerta, The Golden Door Spa, the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and the Honolulu Athletic Club. Cathleen is featured in over 10 instructional DVD’s, and author of Morning Pilates Workouts. Find her “live” on the website: www.pilatesanytime.com.

Cathleen was the first presenter to introduce Pilates to the fitness audience in 1994 at the World IDEA Convention in Las Vegas and continues to work with them and present now.  Additionally, she has presented for the Pilates Method Alliance at their annual convention and is associated with the Asia Fitness Conference in Bangkok and Telluride WOW in Telluride, Colorado..

Facilitating instructor training courses since 1993, her courses are often attended by already certified instructors who are excited to discover the depth of information she has to offer. 

Extensively certified, her credentials include ACE, ACSM, Alan Herdman, Physicalmind, Long Beach Dance, PMA, Ashtanga Yoga Center/Encinitas, Erich Schiffman, GYROKINESIS®, GYROTONIC®GYROTONIC® Level 2 training exclusively taught by Juliu Horvath. Cathleen has completed the GYROTONIC FOR GOLF®, GYROTONIC FOR SHOULDER®, GYROTONIC FOR HIP & PELVIS®, & GYROTONIC for HIP REPLACEMENT®. All rehabilitative oriented workshops.

Cathleen currently is the GYROTONIC® and Pilates Department head at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Resort a & Spa located in Tecate, BC, Mexico.

Please take a look at video testimonials from our clients Dana C., HERE and Debbie C., HERE

Ami Ipapo

Hear more about Ami's experience by clicking HERE.

Ami Ipapo-Glass specializes in helping clients connect to their bodies through mindful movement. She is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer and a Pilates mat and apparatus instructor, with certifications through The Movement Salon and the Kane School of Core Integration. Her teaching style is a contemporary approach to the classical Method, always with an emphasis on form, function and fun! Ami holds a BFA in modern dance performance, as well as a personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has furthered her fitness education with TRX Suspension Training, Muscle Activation Techniques, prenatal fitness training and anatomy studies with Irene Dowd. Prior to relocating to San Diego, Ami worked for ten years as a professional dancer and aerialist in New York City, most notably with Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action company. She is currently the co-director of The Movement Initiative, an emerging southern California dance and fitness collective.


Mardy Gilmour

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Mardy is a native San Diegan, who took a “free trial” Pilates class at the gym seven years ago. She was hooked after just one session.  Mardy has been a dedicated student of Pilates ever since, and in 2009 decided to turn her enthusiasm for Pilates into a career in teaching.  She completed the instructor certification program at Kore Pilates. 

Building strength, increasing mobility and maintaining flexibility are crucial to remaining active and vibrant. Mardy strongly feels that Pilates is a pathway to discovering how much potential for movement your body can have, and guiding her clients in realizing their potential is one of her biggest rewards as an instructor.

Mardy has successfully completed her second certification with SSFS and currently seeing clients where the studio is operating in Solana Beach.

When Mardy isn’t working with clients, you will find her with some of her best friends….a number of dogs
that she rescues and fosters!


Center of Movement and Balance
649 Valley Road
Solana Beach, CA 92075  
(858) 876-2710

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