Boditree Instructors and Staff
Risa Mathews, MA
Owner & Director
Risa Mathews has owned and operated Boditree Pilates & Healing in Vancouver since 1999. Prior to this time Risa was residing in Sydney, Australia, where she was attending grad school and also operating her first Boditree Pilates studio in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Risa sold her Sydney studio in late 1999, and opened Boditree in Vancouver soon after returning home. Risa has successfully integrated a number of healing modalities into the Pilates environment, which has shown to assist participants in managing pain and better prepare them for physical exercise. Risa has created, published, and trademarked a number of protocols that are now being shared via online course offerings . Risa has researched and created these protocols to help manage the following, but not limited to : chronic pain, injury, rehabilitation from surgery, plus a multitude of conditions such as but not limited to scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS, learning disabilities, joint replacement, emotional trauma, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pre and post-natal conditioning. These online courses are meant to give fellow instructors and movement therapists an opportunity to study with Risa, without having to travel to Vancouver. Risa holds a BA from Simon Fraser University (1990) and an MA from Macquarie University (1995), and has a background in dance, aquatics, teaching, publishing, and public speaking.
Christine Halicki, BA
Christine started dance in Stratford Ontario, at the age of 3, studying ballet, tap, and jazz, and progressing to competitive dance in the Russian style of Ballet, touring internationally and competing in all 3 dance forms. Christine completed her competitive dance career at the age of 17, and went on to study at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, completing a BA in Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Arts. Upon settling in Vancouver Christine attended Boditree’s Instructor Training & Apprenticeship Program, completing her studies with honors, in 2007. Christine has been teaching at Boditree full time since completing her Apprenticeship, and is now Studio Manager.
When Nicola was 15 years old she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and over the years has dealt with it’s accompanying symptoms. After learning about Pilates while she lived and traveled in Europe from 1998-2000 she thought it may be a good fit for her lifestyle. She was looking for a fitness regime that could be both therapeutic yet strengthening. Nicola trained under Risa Mathews in the first instructor training and apprenticeship program Boditree offered in Canada, in 2000/01. Around the same time Nicola found Pilates she also found swing dancing. For ten years she danced, performed and taught all the traditional partnered swing dances. Between the two, swing dancing and Pilates, she finds herself in almost complete remission from her Fibromyalgia. Lucky for her, as she now spends most of her time very busy with two young children when she isn’t teaching Pilates. Over the years Pilates has also supported her body through rehabilitation from three surgeries. Though she knows and has experienced the fitness side of Pilates, she has always been amazed and inspired by it’s therapeutic, rehabilitative and healing potential. After having giving birth to two children and returning to Boditree’s teaching team in 2012, Nicola was inspired to complete some recent training and specialize in Pre- and Post- Natal Fitness. Nicola is Boditree’s assistant manager, and contributes to the development of all studio programs and in-house training modules.
Caitlin Brown, BFA
Caitlin is an independent contemporary dancer. She trained professionally at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, and completed her BFA Honours in Dance at Toronto’s York University in 2008. Caitlin has taught locally for Arts Umbrella and Blue Egg Studios, teaching both ballet and contemporary dance. After a knee injury Caitlin discovered pilates through Boditree, and was able to experience first-hand how the practice can transform the body and aid in injury recovery. Caitlin happily chose to participate in their in-house Instructor Training program, and is thrilled to be teaching at Boditree.
Linda’s bio is coming soon!
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