Anna was introduced to Pilates during college as a strengthening and supportive tool for her dance career. It quickly became an integral part of her training as a movement practitioner. She received her Mat Certification at Body Precision Pilates in 2009 in Philadelphia, PA, and spent the next 5 years teaching in Philly and New York City. Anna completed her apparatus certification at InsideOut Body Therapies in 2014, and has since worked in Chapel Hill at Studio East 54 and in Durham at Bull City Pilates & Massage. In addition, she has an in-home practice supporting clients in recovery from major injury, surgery and birth.
Anna is fascinated by the healing and reconstructive elements of Pilates, and has used the system to combat her own dance-related injuries. Her movement work is dependent on the needs of her clients, and can consist of an ever-evolving synergy of classical Pilates exercises and other movement ideologies, dubbed "The Barker Method" by her clients. This can include dance, yoga, TRX, PT-based movement rehab, myofascial meridians, movement for clients with neurological conditions, and prenatal and postpartum work. She is thrilled to share her movement experiences with her community in a fun, present and relaxed way. Anna believes that everyone deserves to feel freedom in their body, and that movement is a transformative tool for a better life.
Pilates is a dynamic and versatile movement system with tremendous benefits that is suitable for everyone regardless of fitness level, age, size, or any other factor. Incorporating a Pilates movement practice into your training regimen can greatly support and enhance any endeavor you take on.
Whether you’re seeking to feel better, tone up, build muscle mass and bone density, or cross-train, Pilates can positively affect your quality of life.
Here are just some of the benefits of a regular Pilates & movement practice:
-increases flexibility & mobility
-increases muscle & bone strength
-decreases back pain
-decreases stress and anxiety
-prevents & rehabilitates injury
-improves balance & body awareness
-enhances performance in other areas & modalities
-boosts mood & movement confidence