Whole Person Wellness Coaching for Women
We specialize in working with women who need help getting started, or require special attention for a special condition, and desire a warm and supportive partnership that will help them build sustainable and flexible healthy mind/body habits to last a lifetime.
Starting with a thorough in-person assessment, we learn all that we need to know about the life you have lived and are currently living in your amazing body.
Using every skill in our toolbox to create a program that addresses your unique needs and preferences including traditional exercise, movement re-education, dance, yoga, and mindfulness meditation, and even a bit of drumming from time to time, we tailor your program design that fits you like a glove, enabling you to thrive and enjoy safely doing things you love.
Credentials: BFA Dance, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Movement Analyst, Senior Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist (pending), TRX Suspension Trainer
“I was helping my daughter move her stuff out of storage and into her apartment for her junior year of college. As I hauled heavy loads up 3 flights of steep and narrow stairs, I kept thinking of Marilyn and all I have learned about how to lift and carry as preparation for real life! I was in better shape than my 20 year old daughter and, thanks to Marilyn's training, my body feels great the next day!” – Wendy B
There are many things that contribute to the changes in our balance as we get older: injury, illness, changes in vision, medication etc… Some of these things are truly out of our control, but there are 2 areas where we do have a huge amount of control: behavior and environment.
Fall risk reduction is an embodied awareness practice. This practice requires intensive skill building in terms of coordination, vision, and strategic interaction with our environment.
Whether you are taking action in early prevention, have been told you are a fall risk, or have already experienced a fall Balance & Mobility Training is one of the most important and beautiful gifts you can give to yourself. Its NEVER too early or too late to start. Our balance protocol, like all of our other services are always customized to the needs and abilities of each client. Our approach is evidence based while being playful, engaging and creative.
Credentials: Balance and Mobility Specialist, Certified Fall Proof™ Instructor, Cal State Fullerton Center for Successful Aging. For more info about the Fallproof ™ program: http://hhd.fullerton.edu/csa/FallProof/FallProof_History.htm
“I am CONVINCED that my grandson owes his well being to Marilyn. As I’m carrying him around in the middle of the night, I am very cognizant of how good my strength and balance are. I haven’t tripped and fallen and haven’t endangered the kid yet. That’s due to Marilyn and her great training.” - Jan P
"Marilyn started working with my mom when she was in the early phases of dementia and was a very high fall risk. She started with balance training until my mother had remain in a wheelchair. Because of Marilyn's versatility in expressive arts and movement, Marilyn was able to continue working with my mother for five more years, supporting her socio-emotional health." - Nancy A
“In short, Marilyn is a miracle worker. She knows her way around a body, and her skilled fingers are relentless in targeting the true source of the most persistent pains.” - Rebekka H
“I was in so much pain after my accident, I can’t believe Marilyn was able to relieve it in one session! My upper back, neck, and shoulder feel fantastic!” - Deborah L
Addressing needs ranging from pure relaxation to deep tissue, trigger point therapy, pain relief and fibromyalgia – you have landed in good hands.
Our treatment protocols go beyond a simple massage and include a thorough postural assessment, movement evaluation, and follow up home programs. We create a therapeutic protocol that is sensitive and and specific to your lifestyle that will support lasting change.
There is nothing like receiving hands on therapy from a movement expert who cares deeply about your well being and knows the body inside out both in motion and at rest!
Credentials: Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator, State Certified Massage Therapist: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy – St. John Method
All Bodies Dance!
All Bodies Dance! classes offer a simple and accessible approach to dancing that allow participants of all ages and abilities to finally able let go, relax and move freely without reservation.
We dance to a smorgasbord of funky, classical, and inspirational music and finally retreat into a tranquil and rejuvenating stillness.
All Bodies Dance! leads you back to yourself and the joy of community. It returns you to your fun loving, creative, connected, calm, confident self. Join us and let your body sing.
For information on more of our Mindfulness based Movement Programs visit playamindfulness.com
Credentials: BFA Dance, MFA Theater, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator, Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Specialist
“Best word to describe it is FUN! I don’t like regimented exercise, but this was just a lot of movement and self-expression set to some really great funky music. Can’t wait to go back this week.” - Betty A
“I liked that this class had “older” women in it, all with our own challenges (including aging) -- it helped me remember that I can do many things with my body, and also pay attention to what my body tells me is to much for me.” - Nina A
Teams and Groups
We offer a broad range of unique, experiential programs for teams and groups, with a specialization in diversity, inclusion, and engagement.
We use a multi-disciplinary, whole-person approach to help facilitate authentic connections that celebrate difference and foster better relationships in the workplace.
Each program is customized to the specific needs of your organization.