About Martha

Martha is a Co-Owner of Upward Spiral Studio in Cambridge, MA.

Martha is a Specialized Master Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise, as well as the specialized equipment, GYROTONER® and GYROTONIC® Jumping Stretching Board.

Originally trained in Pilates and influenced by a 25-year dance career, Martha has an astute eye and a warm personality. Good at simplifying difficult concepts, she emphasizes clean technique, creative imagery and a playful approach to movement in the clients and instructors she trains. Martha loves to laugh and uses humor and compassion to help students gain confidence while enjoying the process of learning.

Martha was drawn to GYROTONIC® exercise in 2001 when she felt the need to open up her spine and other joints as an aging dancer. She trained with Sebastian Plettenberg and became a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer in 2003 and a certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer in 2005. Kathy Van Patten was her networking Master Trainer and continues to be a mentor.

Martha works with many professional athletes and dancers as well as with an aging population dealing with the issues that arise with time, gravity and wear & tear. She has rehabilitated both her own knees after bilateral ACL surgery, as well as her back, after upper and lower disc issues from her 20’s. She thus has much interest regarding knees, disc injuries and working with disabled clients (Click to see the segment on NBC Nightly News). Martha has also completed therapeutic trainings in GYROTONIC® Applications for Hip Replacement with Hilary Cartwright, GYROTONIC® Applications for the Fascial Body with Irene Rampino, Psoas Applications with Juergen Bamberger, Applications for Shoulder Girdle, Pelvic Girdle and Scoliosis with (either or both) Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbstreit and Applications for Dancers with Adrianna Thompson.

Pilates Training: From 1990-93, Martha studied Pilates with and taught as an apprentice under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska, who inherited Joseph Pilates’ studio in New York City. She also was greatly influenced as a teacher by Bob Liekens, who was her mentor during the certification training.

Martha was the first instructor in Massachusetts to have participated in the (then) only national intensive, 2-year certification program, and taught many of the first-generation Pilates instructors in the MA region.

Dance:  Also influencing Martha’s teaching and knowledge of movement is her extensive international career as a dancer, including ten years directing and touring with Snappy Dance Theater.

Martha has been a guest teacher at the Roy Hart Theatre in Malerargues, France—is fluent in French—and has taught on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, the Boston Ballet Summer Program, and Jose Mateo’s Summer Ballet Program.

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