The founder of Mike's Body Shop. His 25+ years as a hands-on therapist and movement teacher have culminated into a blend of out-of-the-box thinking to resolve chronic pain and restore comfort to his clients. His formal education at the Rolf Institute taught him that the body is in a constant state of adaptation and that the stress of daily living can compromise that essential function. Standing by this philosophy and utilizing knowledge from other trainings including in-depth Pilates and yoga, motor control, Cross Fit, cranial sacral, MELT Method, and a host of other somatic based methods, Michael's success rate at treating difficult to diagnose problems is very high.
John Marino’s interest in alternative therapies began in 1975 when he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosis. Unwilling to live his life in a wheelchair, he began studies in Swedish massage, reflexology, Rieki, shiatsu and barefoot shiatsu. He is certified in each of those traditions. Once over the crippling effects of the disease, he began the study of Yoga in the Iyengar tradition. He began his practice as a massage therapist and body worker in 1984, and in 1992, he launched his career as a yoga instructor. He has focused his work in communities with special needs, including elders, at-risk youth, and persons with movement impairments.
The movements taught in these classes are drawn from many disciplines and are uniquely designed for persons with injuries, Elders, persons with physically disabling diseases and others who are movement challenged for whatever reason. As we begin to understand our body’s responses to these simple, mindful movements, our cooperation enhances and guides us in the reawakening of the native intelligence of the body.
John leads the "Dynamic Meditation" of his Guru, Shri Brahmãnanda Sarasvati, with variations that will gently guide participants to a direct experience of their "body of prãna", i.e., their body of electricity.
Practices will be introduced to stimulate the experience of the movement of energy (prāna) as a locus for meditation. They will include chanting (mantra), eye movement (trātakam, i.e. training the gaze), focusing the attention on any object or experience (tantra), and focusing the attention on sacred drawings and mandalas (yantra).
To learn more about John, please visit his website.
Jen Fuller achieved an undergraduate degree in Physiology and Biomechanics, Muscular Therapy and became a Certified Egoscue Exercise Therapist over 10 years ago.
She has been practicing postural alignment therapy, educating, motivating and designing programs to help people understand how alignment is connected to degeneration and pain. Most problems can be solved with the right tools and understanding. The same goes for many health and fitness issues. The alignment is the foundation of all the work she does.
After opening and running an Egoscue clinic in Marin county she went out on her own as an affiliate and now has a private practice in Sausalito, CA where she does one on one Egoscue therapy, runs group alignment classes and educates on the mechanics of posture.
Jen is running SUP training programs through Jen Fuller Fitness. The tools she imparts through SUP can be used in any sport. Train smart and for your life is the most important basis for her training programs. “I see so many programs that come and go and they hammer people’s health into the ground with no view on long term negative health effects”.
Colleen Quinn is a physical therapist and personal trainer who has spent almost two decades reﬁning both the art and science of a workout session with her clients. By integrating traditional methods based on the medical model of PT with alternative approaches rooted in Eastern philosophy, like yoga and the practice of mindfulness, she has developed a richly comprehensive style of training. In the early years of her career, Colleen gathered invaluable experience in clinical settings in DC and Boston, working with patients who ranged from weekend warriors to professional athletes. It was during that time that she learned strict therapy protocols were not the golden standard when it came to healing and rehabilitation.