Hi Tricia, welcome to the team! Please tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from and how long have you lived in Singapore?
Hey! I was born and raised in Singapore but lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 6 years where I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors’ degree in Political Economy and a minor in Music. I moved back to Singapore around 2 and a half years ago.
How did you first discover Pilates?
I first discovered Pilates in my teens. I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis and I was looking for new ways to improve my strength and do some resistance training. I took my first class with my mom here in Singapore, it was a duet session and I was immediately hooked onto the gentle, controlled yet intentional movements of Pilates. I shortly moved back to the States where I continued to practise Pilates on the reformer while I was working along with other exercises like Yoga, barre, hiking, indoor spin cycling and GYROTONIC. Pilates just became staple and there was no turning back, I just felt like my own self was uplifted when I went to classes. Not only did it improve my strength but the emphasis on breathing and mindful movement gave me a lot of clarity mentally and emotionally. It has been a ride ever since!
When Did You Decide To Become A Pilates Instructor?
After more than 7 years practicing Pilates across San Francisco and Singapore, I took the step to venture into the realm of Pilates Instructor Training. Trained by a Rehabilitative Physiotherapist STOTT Pilates Instructor-Trainer, I completed workshops in Functional Anatomy and Postural Analysis. I also completed the Merrithew STOTT Pilates Intensive Reformer course for both the Essential and Intermediate levels – trained by renowned Merrithew Lead Instructor-Trainers from Japan and Korea.