The Neuro Studio provides advanced education and training programs for Pilates instructors, fitness professionals, physical therapists, and people living with MS, stroke, and other neurological conditions.
Taylor Galmarini is a board certified Physical Therapist for the State of Georgia at Shepherd Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Wellness Program as well as the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation department in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) certified instructor. Taylor enjoys combining her passions for Physical Therapy and Pilates to create a holistic approach to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal rehabilitation as well as community fitness.
Taylor received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and graduated with honors from Central Michigan University. Although she was born and raised in the Midwest (Michigan, Missouri, Illinois) with a nickname of “Sunshine” and a passion for traveling, it’s no surprise that she chose the sunshine state to attend graduate school; she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Taylor was introduced to Pilates while studying physical therapy and immediately recognized its therapeutic benefits in rehabilitation as well as its challenging fitness component. After graduating from PT school, Taylor completed over 450 hours of training and apprenticeshipat Pilates in the Grove in Miami, Florida.
Taylor has taught group and private Pilates sessions and has offered physical therapy services in outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital floors, as well as through her own small business. She also has had the pleasure of working on staff for the University of Miami as a Supplemental Instructor for hands-on lab courses in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She is currently an active participant in ongoing research endeavors at the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center.
Taylor joins the Pilates for Neurological Conditions team with extensive experience in fitness and rehabilitation having worked with a variety of patient and client populations including professional, college, olympic, and crossfit athletes, as well as patients recovering from neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, MS, Parkinson’s disease, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. She has completed specialty training in orthopedic conditions as well as manual therapy including Myofascial Release, and has received training and certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
Carla Mullins is co-director and co-owner of Body Organics, a prestigious wellness center in Brisbane, Australia. She started her career as a Solicitor and practiced for nearly 13 years. Having had very little innate grace and being very much a bookworm at school and university, Carla’s late change from lawyer to pilates teacher and studio owner was a bit of a surprise for many people. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland, just to add another dimension to her work and understanding.
Carla came to pilates in 1993 because of complex neurological and health problems. She was all a bit of a mess and needed to be taught to move properly from scratch. She had several major set backs on her journey including loss of use of both her arms, the neurological pain and long process of recovery from this gave her a deep insight into pain and recovery Application and consistency meant that Carla regained her health and was able to move with some grace, and more importantly without pain, to the point that in 2002 she decided to set up her own studio in Brisbane. Twelve years later she now teaches at her three studios and mentors many pilates and Gyrotonic teachers, some of whom are osteopaths and physiotherapists.
The curiosity and tenacity that allowed her to practice law and regain her health has meant that she continues to study, train and explored anatomy and movement in as many mind-body disciplines as possible. She needs to understand why pain or restrictions are affecting a person’s ability to move and works with people so that they can understand how their body works. Also how it could work better, not only in a studio setting, but in people’s everyday lives whether they be an athlete, mother, office worker or tradesperson.
She has explored many mind-body techniques in workshops and training courses including Aston Technique, Franklin Method, Structural Integration and Yamuna Body Rolling. Particular interests of Carla’s are feet and gait, so much so that she has travelled from New York to Perth and wherever necessary to learn more about feet and gait.and patterns for the individual. Carla wants to help people understand movement and get them to reproduce that movement, either in a particular exercise or in a functional setting. Key to that understanding is how to see the body as a whole, communicating and adapting to the individual’s needs.
Carla is a Level 4 Professional Practitioner with the APMA and PAA and is PMA Certified has studied pilates with PITC, Polestar as well as the APMA. She also has a LLB (QUT), M. Soc Sc & Policy (UNSW), Diploma Pilates Professional Practice (PITC), Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy NAT10567, Advanced Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy NAT10568, Gyrotonic Level 1, CoreAlign Level 1, 2 and 3, Aston Technique Level 1 and Stretch Therapy Level 1. She has also trained in the Pilates for neurological conditions courses in NY (USA) and then again in Australia.