About Root To Rise Pilates
Meet the Owner and Founder of Root to Rise Pilates
Hi, I’m Jen Martin, owner of Root to Rise Pilates and I would love to share with you the story of how Root to Rise Pilates came to be. After graduating college with a BS in Exercise Science I balanced a corporate career with my passion for human movement by teaching various fitness classes as my side job. In 2002, I was introduced to Pilates and subsequently completed The Physical Mind Institute Pilates mat training. I quickly fell in love with the practice and started accumulating equipment training beginning with Stott Pilates® Intensive Reformer in 2004. I have been teaching Pilates mat and equipment classes in local studios ever since then. Fast forward to 2020 when I opened a small home studio to deepen my focus on helping private clients with their fitness goals and 2022 when I decided to wholeheartedly leave my corporate career behind me and open my own brick & mortar studio!
I believe every body is different on every day and therefore I teach with an open mind. My style of teaching blends classical and contemporary Pilates to provide a well-balanced, effective workout combining creativity with the fundamental principles and teachings of Joseph Pilates. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and best practices in a way that inspires others to love and care for themselves, deepen their appreciation for the mind-breath-body connection, and live a happy, healthy life.
Personally, our three children have kept me very (very) busy over the years. I tend to build my teaching schedule around their needs so you’ll notice most classes I teach are during the school days. When I’m not teaching, you may see me running around town with my friends or dog, or find me cheering at a high school athletic event. I’m thrilled to be part of the downtown Southborough community and hope to introduce Pilates training to the young, the old and everyone in between. It’s never too early or late to enjoy the benefits of Pilates!
About the Studio Name
In 2019 I took a Pilates course which taught Yoga on the Reformer. I loved it but felt I had just scratched the surface of all there was to know about teaching yoga. Given my thirst for knowledge, I signed up for a 200 hour teacher training and now hold a Yoga Alliance 200RYT certification. A phrase I heard with regularity in yoga training and public classes was “root down to rise up.” I interpret this expression to mean you must have a strong foundation in order to experince growth. I believe the same principles apply in Pilates and hence, Root to Rise Pilates was created. You will absolutely get a yoga-inspired pilates vibe when you visit the studio. You may even get lucky and experience Warrior on the Reformer.