Carrie Ann Belanger
Carrie grew up in the world of dance and theater in Chicago. Over the years she worked through numerous injuries as a dancer. While some of these injuries ultimately caused her to step away from dance as a career, they gave her empathy and compassion for the physical and emotional pain and frustration we all suffer at times. Her passion for wanting to understand more deeply the workings of the human body led her to transition into a career in massage and bodywork. This was a natural progression as she knew the benefits, first hand, having been on the receiving end for many years to maintain her health as a dancer. Carrie began her training was at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Los Angeles. It was there that she was introduced to Esalen Institute in Big Sur, where she has continued her education over the last 10 years. She has a private massage practice, working with clients from all walks of life for over 12 years focusing on therapeutic work rooted in Esalen massage and Deep Bodywork.
As a part of her own healing process Carrie revisited the world of Pilates, a part of her training as a dancer, which she had stepped away from years earlier. Her growing awareness of the symbiotic relationship between bodywork and Pilates led her to undergo a formal Pilates teacher training program at Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago studying under Randi Whitman. Randi is a graduate of The Pilates Center in Boulder and a student of influential teachers such as Kathy Grant, Amy Lange, and Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle. Carrie's time at Frog Temple as well as studying with teachers such as Amy Taylor Alpers and Amy Lange gave her a deep sense of the endless possibilities for healing through the Pilates method.
Carrie continues to learn through the experiences she has with her clients as well as her own physical exploration. Her daily meditation practice and continued dance exploration help guide her as a teacher and an individual. Her vision is to bring all aspects of movement therapy into the studio to create a space where together we all can explore and feel free as we continue on our paths of awareness and personal growth.
Favorite escape: Esalen baths