Owner of Body Mason
Emma-Kate Millar was introduced to the Pilates method in 2003. Prior to that, Emma-Kate was a professional Modern Dancer with a background in competitive Irish Dancing. Strength, fitness, flexibility and body awareness were absolute pre-requisites for her as a performer. However, in 2003 she sustained a serious back injury, which threatened to take away her abilities as a dancer and physically limit her life through pain. That year her injuries brought her to Pilates, and the foundations of the method have allowed her to achieve a full recovery and beyond: Pilates have allowed her to attain a level of physical health and balance which had transformed her life. It wasn’t long before Emma-Kate decided to learn to teach the method to others. After graduating from York University in Dance Sciences—with a special focus on Dance Injury—she attained certification under the Pilates Method Alliance. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work in some of the best studios in Toronto and to teach alongside Top Master Trainers. All of these experiences have well prepared her to create Body Mason: a culmination of many years of knowledge and hands-on experience of helping bring awareness to the body—its movement, its strength and its resilience.
Leigh Anne Bush is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. A former dancer, Leigh was introduced to Pilates 13 years ago after an injury and since then has been passionate about Pilates and its ability to change people’s lives. Leigh has recently returned to Toronto after 7 years in Los Angeles where she studied and worked as a professional actor and Pilates Instructor. One of her most valued teaching experiences there was working with Dr. Walker Ozar, D.C., creating individualized and comprehensive treatment plans for injury prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation. Leigh also specializes in pre and postnatal Pilates. Whether you are expecting, looking for a new challenge, a seasoned athlete, or recovering from an injury, Pilates can improve how you move, look and feel. Leigh’s mission is to share mind-body exercises that fulfill both fitness and health goals and enrich people’s lives.
Meghan Cafferky has been observing, analyzing and thinking about moving bodies for the majority of her life. Formerly a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor, Meghan has always been interested in the functionality of the human form. She graduated from York University with a BFA Honors in Dance and is one of the original founding members and former co-artistic director of Alias Dance Project. Meghanʼs love for highly physical movement also led her to train as a b-girl with some of the top b-girls in the city with The Toronto B-Girl Movement. When Meghan discovered Pilates, it opened up new and exciting ways to investigate the body. Meghan became a fully certified Pilates Process® Instructor in early 2014. Since then she has continued her training in therapeutic courses and workshops, to broaden her scope to include clients in need of rehabilitation. These studies have further developed Meghan’s ability to program effective workouts that improve posture, alignment and movement. Working to strike a balance between these two worlds, Meghan offers her clients the rewards of a challenging, yet safe and effective workout. Her goal is to help people find balance and develop the strength from the inside out.
Joanna is a STOTT Pilates Certified Instructor in Matwork , Injuries and Special Populations (ISP), and has completed her Reformer and Barrels training, also in Toronto.
Joanna’s passion for movement started when she discovered Hatha yoga in the Spring of 2003; since then, her interest has flourished and her commitment to the practice of movement has deepened. She completed her Yoga teacher training in 2010 in Vinyasa and Hatha style, at the Yoga Space in Toronto.
In addition to her regular Pilates classes, she teaches Pilates/Yoga fusion, and finds it most rewarding to make movement practice accessible to everyone, and works with clients of all levels, taking particular interest in rehabilitation work. In addition to group classes, she works one-on-one with clients in studio and clinic settings, as well as in corporate environments.Teaching and learning movement is a source of inspiration for Joanna, and she looks forward to ongoing experiences as an instructor, and as a student on the mat.
Heather is a Stott Pilates instructor, contemporary dancer and dance instructor. She came to Pilates after years of personal training, where she was always looking for new ways to help her clients achieve their goals. She believes Pilates has the ability to transform bodies and is one of the greatest tools available in recovery from injury. Heather is continually looking to expand her own knowledge and practice and has done so with Anatomy Trains, Zenga, Core Athletic Conditioning and CanFitPro. She is on faculty in the dance department at George Brown College, an instructor with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and active as a professional dancer. Heather is also a running and yoga enthusiast and a proud mom to daughter Josie.
A former national rhythmic gymnast, Emily discovered Pilates in 2009 as a means to stay in shape during some time off. Quickly realizing how the mindful movements could address past injuries and prevent future ones - while improving her performance as an athlete - she was hooked. The coordination and body awareness Emily developed through Pilates, has been a perfect compliment to her contemporary dance training. As a recent graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and an emerging artist, she is constantly inspired by the capabilities of the human body, and is always looking to push her own boundaries. Emily is certified through both Exhale Pilates and STOTT, with training in mat, reformer, and stability chair. She is also a certified barre-none instructor. Emily hopes to share her love of movement with her clients and help them retrain their bodies into alignment
British born Luke started his fitness career at the prestigious Champneys Health Spa, training and teaching fitness classes to all ages and abilities. A qualified and experienced Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor before joining TenPilates in Mayfair London. Luke originally trained in l mat and reformer with STOTT Pilates before adding Dynamic Reformer Pilates expertise to his repertoire through the industry-accredited TenPilates Academy. Luke believes in making exercise and enjoyable. His motto (which we thoroughly approve of) is “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy”. No matter what your fitness goals, Luke will bring his focus to functional, practical training to keep you motivated, help you see results and help you achieve your true potential. In his spare time Luke likes to spend time listening to a wide range of music from jazz, reggae all the way through to electronic. He is also a keen runner, and takes part in weekly 5 km park run events. At present time, Luke has a personal best of 18 minutes which he is striving to beat. Luke's favourite pilates move is Teaser on the reformer with a full spring.
Milena began practicing Pilates in Montreal in 2001. Her interest in the method led her to acquire her certification with Polestar Pilates in 2008. Since then she has taught in various studios, health and fitness centers and corporate facilities. She has participated in workshops with distinguished instructors Brent Anderson, President and CEO of Polestar Pilates and Pilates Elder, Lolita San Miguel. Aside from continuing her Pilates education and practice, Milena is a visual artist and obtained her MFA from York University in 2014.
Amanda discovered an early love of movement through dance. After traveling abroad as a professional dancer with Disney Cruise Line’s and the Victorian State Ballet in Australia, Amanda decided to focus her passion of mindful movement on Pilates. Amanda began her Pilates journey in 2009 when she completed her full STOTT Pilates Certification in Toronto. She was drawn to the Pilates method of exercise to help aid her with strengthening techniques, flexibility and to help manage the physical demands that dance required. After having experienced great results in her own body, Amanda wanted to use her experience to help people of all fitness levels and backgrounds feel the benefits of Pilates and reach their own personal goals.
Amanda has been teaching Pilates overseas in Australia and New Zealand for the last 7 years and has recently returned from India where she attained her 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification. If you don’t find her on a mat (or reformer), she is probably outside enjoying nature or curled up with a book and tea. Amanda brings a smile and positive energy to her sessions, and is dedicated to her clients' success.