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Samantha is the ultimate Pilates Instructor. She has an exceptional understanding of the art with‎ impeccable attention to detail  - Peter Suchanek (Mediator) 

 

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Samantha Clayton is a fitness professional fully certified through The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) - the only standardized certification body in all of North America.  She possesses close to 20 years in the field of health & wellness. Samantha completed her training in "The Original Method" or Classical Pilates, in upstate New York in early 2000. Ms. Clayton is both a Barre and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Instructor sought out by some of Toronto's most reputable corporations and facilities including CBC, the Adelaide Club, and Pure Fitness.

Although the extent of her private teaching is therapeutic in nature, her group classes are popular with those seeking condition-based results. She was commissioned to create a teacher-training mat program for the North York YMCA several years ago. Her concern for the aging demographic led her to design an "Osteopilates" class at a popular downtown gym.

Having received her Pink Ribbon Certification twelve years ago, Samantha continues to teach individuals challenged by a variety of conditions – predominantly those living with breast cancer and auto immune disease. As a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES), Samantha's focus lies in assisting her clients in the post-surgery phase of treatment where emphasis is placed on improving range of motion, restoring both posture and confidence, and gradually rebuilding strength. She considers movement in all its forms to be an honest teacher, where each participant - no matter her ability - is proactive in her healing. 

 

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Samantha is also a brand ambassador for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods!

 

Samantha has experience working with the following populations and conditions: 

  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Hyper mobility
  • Sports related injuries
  • Pre/Post natal 
  • Breast cancer (post-operative)
  • Mechanical low back pain 
  • Repetitive strain injuries 
  • Stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson's

 

Samantha received a Certificate in Human Anatomy through the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) after completing two comprehensive cadaver dissection courses.  She continues to build her knowledge of the body through specialty courses and holds Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) in the following: Postural Analysis, Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Pilates  & Scoliosis, Pilates for Special Needs, and the Neurophysiology of Pilates.

Training:

Movement Science, Kingston, New York. Steve Giordano. 2001

Pilates of New Paltz, New Paltz, New York. Elise Bacon. 2002

 

Continued Education:

The Shoulder, Retrofit Bodyworks. Dinah Hampson. Toronto. 2005

Propriceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Patterns and Their Potential for Enhancing Dance Training, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). Irene Dowd. June 5, 2005

Postural Analysis, Body Harmonics. Toronto. Nov 12, 2005

Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Body Harmonics.  Toronto. Nov 27, 2005

Pilates and Scoliosis, Body Harmonics.  Toronto. Spring 2006

Pilates and Spinal Conditions, Body Harmonics. Spring 2006

Pilates and Osteoporosis, Body Harmonics. Toronto. Spring 2006

Pilates and Special Needs, Body Harmonics.  Toronto. June 23-25, 2006

Human Anatomy (Cadaver course), 105 hours. Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Toronto. June, 2006

The Pilates Mat Series (10 day workshop), Toronto Dance Theatre. Diane Miller. 2006

PMA Exam Preparation Workshop, Metro Movement. Diane Miller. Toronto. 2007

PMA Certification, Toronto. Sept 17, 2007

The Reformer, Karen Carlson. Toronto. Sept 28, 2007

Post Rehabilitative Post-Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, April 5-6, 2008

Exercise for Knee and Hip Replacement, American Council on Exercise (ACE). Oct 15, 2008

Shoulder Girdle Stabilization, ACE. Oct 15, 2008

PNF: Stretching Principles and Methods of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, ACE. Oct 15, 2008 

Exercise and Arthritis, ACE. November 19, 2008

Irene Dowd’s “Visceral Spheres”, Metro Movement. Toronto. Eileen Birks. 2008

Moving Toward Balance: An Innovative Approach to Scoliosis, Susan Greskevitch Pilates. Toronto. March  2009

The Neurophysiology of Pilates, Body Harmonics. Toronto. Feb 26-27, 2010

Clinical Anatomy Review (Cadaver course)Canadian Chiropractic College (Module I: Back & Module II: Upper limb). Dr. Myra Kumka. Toronto. Feb 2012.

The Pelvic Core, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (online). 2012

Breast Cancer Survivor's Guide, Dr. Suzanne Martin.  (online). 2012

Hip Replacements, Body Harmonics. Margot McKinnon. Toronto. Feb 2016

Stroke Post-Rehabilitation in a Pilates Environment, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (online). Feb 2016

Post Natal Restoration, Dr. Suzanne Martin. (online). Feb 2016

PMA Recertification, March 2016 

CPR/AED renewal, City CPR. Toronto. June 2017

The Mighty Psoas, Inhabit Pilates. Morten Dithmer. Toronto. June 2017

Deconstructing Computer Posture, Fusion Pilates. Casey Marie Herdt. (online). Dec 2017

Feet & Hands Influence the Spine, Fusion Pilates. Madeline Black. (online). March 2018

PMA Recertification, March 2018

CPR/AED Child & Infant,  Toronto Yoga Mamas. Oakville CPR.  June 1, 2019

Knee & Hip Replacement, Fusion Pilates EDU. (online). June 11, 2019