Samantha Clayton is a fitness professional fully certified through the National Pilates Certification Program - the only standardized certification body in all of North America. Samantha is sought out for her highly animated classes, plucky playlists, diverse modifications and improviser's spirit. She possesses 20-plus years in the field of health & wellness, education, and the performing arts. Samantha completed her training in "The Original Method" (Classical Pilates) in upstate New York in early 2000. She is well studied in voice, both Modern and West African dance forms, and anatomy - which together enhance and inform her various teachings in Pilates, Barre, HIIT and in general, movement education.
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 posture and carefully rebuilding strength.
She takes great pleasure in working with the pre/post natal community, as well as working with infants and children. Samantha has taught both dance and creative movement in the Montessori school system and Early Years Centres. She was commissioned to create a teacher-training Pilates mat program for the North York YMCA several years ago. Furthermore, her concern for the aging demographic led her to design one of the first "Osteopilates" classes in Toronto at a women's only facility.
Ms. Clayton is also a brand ambassador for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods!
Samantha has experience working with the following populations and conditions:
- Knee and hip replacement
- Sports related injuries
- Pre/post natal
- Breast cancer (post-operative)
- Mechanical low back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
Ms. Clayton 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 (CECs) in the following: Postural Analysis, Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Pilates & Scoliosis, Pilates for Special Needs, the Neurophysiology of Pilates, Stroke (Post-Rehab) and Hip Replacements.