Creative, Precise, Understanding
Red Monkey Studio brings together many of the things I love: people, movement and a beautiful, energized environment. In 2004, I opened Red Monkey Studio with the goal of giving clients the best in movement education and putting together a creative, supportive teaching environment for a fabulous group of instructors.
I have been teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® since 1999, while creating and maintaining a positive place for people to move! Before moving to Tucson in 1997, I received a MA in Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington.
TEACHES: Pilates, Gyrotonic®
energetic, caring, precise
I bring vitality to every class or private session, incorporating varieties of movement while maintaining a positive and fun practice. I am actively and continually learning new modalities to keep progressive while always honoring the practice. My goal is to help each individual learn how to help themselves and their bodies through movement.
My involvement with Pilates stems from injuries sustained in an auto accident and a need to strengthen my body post-accident. Because of the results and overall benefits gained through Pilates practice, I began my Pilates certification through the Rom Fletcher Program of Study in 2003. I have been teaching Pilates and have been a member of the PMA ever since. My continuing interest in education led me to become a Level I Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher. I have also added a TRX Certification to my growing list of teaching methods.
TEACHES: Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis, TRX
Playful, FUN, Sporty
I grew up as a ballet and modern dancer. I’ve gone to Wayne State University for a BFA in Dance as well as graduated from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with a Certificate in Dance. I have worked as a physical therapy aide in an outpatient clinic and over the years I’ve continued a love for learning about human anatomy and physiology.
My love for pilates stems from its simplicity and elegance in its ability to strengthen the body and elevate the mind. As a dancer who’s worked in physical therapy, I know how to best help and strength your body to your needs. I am dedicated to helping all my clients in achieving their goals and improving their overall well being.
I am a certified Pilates instructor and Level 1 Apprentice Gyrotonic teacher. I am also certified in Assistant Stretching.
TEACHES: Pilates, Gyrotonic®, TRX
Passionate, Caring, DYNAMIC
I discovered Essentrics, after a painful frozen shoulder injury, and immediately fell in love with it.
I found the rebalancing, dynamic movements of Essentrics were not only healing but strengthening & powerful.
The Essentrics technique helped me to get rid of my shoulder pain, improve my posture, increase my strength and led me to become a Certified Essentrics Instructor.
I am passionate about helping people achieve a healthy mind & body and I am excited to be able to share the many benefits of this program with others.
Attentive, Encouraging, Dynamic
My yoga classes focus on the needs of the students and each sequence is built organically to accommodate issues and inquiries as they arise. Despite the hard work of the class to try to maintain a measure of lightness and humor to balance the depth of self-inquiry and exploration we strive for on our mats.
I’ve been teaching for over 8 years and believe proper alignment is paramount to a strong, healthy body. My classes support a growth in self-awareness and through awareness, a sense of well-being and fitness.
Energetic, Fun, Caring
Just like every day is so different, every class of mine is different. I always encourage and show modifications, so that everyone can feel comfortable, benefit from the exercises and have a great workout. I like to keep students on their toes — my goal is to have students leave my class feeling strong, mentally and physically.
I’ve been teaching fitness for over 16 years and am lucky to have spent the last few years teaching at Red Monkey. The way I see it, variety spices up workouts and life!
TEACHES: Pilates, Yoga
Intuitive, Precise, Thorough
I bring my own authenticity to each class. I believe in a daily practice that addresses the mind, body, energy, meditation, and philosophical connections between these elements. My own practice informs me of the challenges a student also faces. All levels are welcomed in my classes. I ask for a student’s full attention and desire to be the best they can be and in return I try to bring a superior level of teaching to each student.
I enjoy addressing and training a completely authentic Iyengar style yoga class that has both elements i.e. fitness and technical in each session.
My experience spans over 41 years. I have traveled extensively around the world. My desire is to share my knowledge of living an intentional life with my students. I want to help students meld their inner and outer strength that creates unity between the mind, body and soul. As a result of my practice and teaching style, I have developed a loving and mindful community of yogis that are motivated and eager to improve themselves. Wit, wisdom and compassion help me convey my deep knowledge of the inner structure of yoga so that students can expand their awareness.
TEACHES: Iyengar Yoga
Encouraging, Positive, Kind
I've been inspiring students in fitness for over 25 years. When I attended my first Pilates class I was immediately hooked! The desire to share this transformative practice has taken me through a few certifications and several years of training. No matter the fitness level, with determination and proper instruction anyone can improve. I believe moving mindfully with the breath enables our body to work smart and efficiently. This empowers our confidence to enjoy active lives for years to come.
When I'm not teaching I'm exploring different ways to move and inspire others. Nature is my happy place and hiking with my husband is how I enjoy it. I love to travel, rock out and snuggle with my dogs.
TEACHES: Pilates and Yoga
Positive, Active, Engaging
I became an ACE Certified Group Fitness and Personal Trainer in 2015.
My passion for total health and wellness is the driving force behind me actively looking for the most updated ways in how to train my clients, so they are able to be ever aware of functional movement, thereby reducing risk of injury.
As I continue to develop my own love of TRX, running, and weight training, I will strive to make sure all my classes are always fun, varied, and challenging.
TEACHES: TRX, Spin, Weight Training
Intuitive, Kind, sincere
SanSkritA graduated from Arizona School of Integrative Studies in Tucson, AZ in 2017. Her approach is always customized to the client’s specific needs and she is highly present while in session.
She explains her style as unique in that she takes her time to really listen to what her client’s body is communicating She utilizes subtle rocking motions at times in order to “speak” to the nervous system while working the muscles. This helps to gently loosen the fascia as well as creating a pulse, much like that of being rocked to sleep. It is almost imperceptible, but does just what it intends, to fully relax the body.
She cares about her client’s experience and recognizes the benefits of therapeutic touch for the body, mind and soul. SanSkritA brings to the table an eclectic blend of Swedish Massage, Connective Tissue, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue and Level One Craniosacral Therapy.
Knowledgeable, Insightful, Dedicated
Marsha began her career as a surgical nurse - so she’s literally seen the body from the inside out!
She graduated from the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Denver, Colorado, in 2013, and spent the next several years working in a clinical setting at a busy chiropractic office.
Marsha is also Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) and holds a 1,000 hour certification in manual osteopathy (DOMP) from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto, Canada. Marsha currently teaches Kinesiology, Neuromuscular (NMT), Myofascial Release (MFR), Lymphatic Drainage and Oncology Massage at Arizona School for Integrative Studies (ASIS), here in Tucson.
Marsha offers relaxation massage, therapeutic massage for various medical conditions, and works with high-level athletes as well.