Have you noticed that there are two terms used for people who have been abused, victim and/or survivor? I see it more as a continuing journey, not linear but one with twists and turns. Victim and survivor sounds like you go from one state of being to another . What happens in between?
Alison Dyer, Internal Family Systems Practitioner, Abuse Survivor Alison has been a client with Angelie for the past four years. It was while working with her trying to rehab her hip that she first realized how disconnected she was to her own body, particularly in her pelvic area. It can be a hard and painful process to come back and live in your body, but she remembers the first time she felt like she fully inhabited her own body. It was an incredible experience and worth all the hard work. She has since become an apprentice instructor in the Gyrotonic method of movement. She is a person who has been abused and has spent a lot of years learning how to live with the damaged parts of herself in a healthy way. She understands how the experience of abuse cuts to the very core of you not only mentally and emotionally but it can also cause you to feel like your own body isn’t yours anymore. Your body is no longer a place of safety. It’s not home. She wants Empower for Hope to be a place that allows a space for women to come and be and learn how to come home again in their own bodies. It’s a journey she has walked and continues to walk. She has been able to come home. It’s Alison's passion to be able to walk beside other women who have been abused and to be a voice of understanding and hope.
Angelie is a Master Instructor at Team Pilates. Angelie began studying Pilates back in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis. As a result of her practice, she had a successful career as a professional Ballet dancer and is still surgery free today! She is an authorized Instructor Trainer for Balanced Body and has co-created and written several courses, manuals and DVDs, to include Balanced Body Continuing Education courses, a Pre and Post Natal Pilates DVD and Movement Therapy for Children Course Manual. She worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri and University of New Mexico, as well as guest faculty at Texas A&M. She is the owner/founder of Team Pilates® an Educational/Training Organization Member of the Pilates Method Alliance®. Team Pilates® offers numerous continuing education courses in the Pilates Method, Pilates Movement Therapy for Children, Bosates® and Anatomy in 3D, as well as private sessions on the Pilates equipment, mat and standing work. She has completed continuing education courses in Pilates through DK Body Balancing, STOTT and Polestar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She holds additional certifications as a Personal Trainer from ACE and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.Angelie started her Pilates training in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis and continued her Pilates training throughout her professional dance career. Angelie has performed and taught with numerous professional ballet companies throughout the United States including Colorado Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.She currently holds the highest level of national certification in the Pilates Industry; a PMA Pilates Gold Certification®. She was one of the first individuals to take the PMA National Certification and obtain this status. She was originally certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City in 1999 and became a Certifying Instructor/Teacher Trainer for them in the spring of 2003, certifying numerous Pilates practitioners throughout the United States. In addition, she has completed the Core Dynamics Teacher Training under the tutelage of Michelle Larssen.