About Kathleen Keller
Kathleen has been teaching for more than 35 years. She is a Master Pilates Educator with multiple certifications. She has both trained and taught on an international scale. Her areas of specialties include: Rehabilitation, Posture Education and Self Myofascial Release (SMR).
Early Days: Vancouver, Canada
Kathleen is a former national level competitive gymnast, professional dancer and choreographer. She began by teaching fitness in Vancouver in the early 80’s and enjoyed a booming dance career for 20 years. Kat discovered Pilates after an injury in the 90’s which changed her teaching path dramatically. In 1997 she took on an intensive Pilates Rehabilitation apprenticeship and in 1999 she became a fully Certified Stott® Pilates Teacher. She was teaching Pilates and Dance out of various Vancouver studios, until she took on an exciting overseas teaching adventure.
2002-2005: Malaysia and Hong Kong
The family of the then Malaysian Prime Minister recruited Kat to open and manage Pilates studios in Kuala Lumpur. Her responsibilities included training Malaysians as Pilates instructors. At this time Pilates was virtually unheard of in Southeast Asia. In so doing Kat introduced to the region the first international level of Pilates and Self Myofascial Release. She enriched her own training by completing her second Pilates Instructor Certification, Polestar® in Hong Kong. Furthering her work in provinces of Malaysia, she led workshops for physiotherapists and chiropractors.
2005-2007: Indonesia and Europe
An international chain of health clubs head-hunted Kathleen to become the Pilates Educator for their clubs in Jakarta. At that time Indonesia had 237 million people, and no locally well trained Pilates instructors. There she introduced the first international level Pilates Teacher Training Program and SMR. She directed the programming for their nine clubs in Indonesia and Malaysia. Today, Kat still mentors many of her Asian apprentices.
Kat relocated to Spain for one year in order to fully concentrate on the development of her own Pilates Teacher Training syllabus and SMR courses. She mentored the teachers at Body Mind Centering Studio in Alicante and taught groups of physiotherapists in various Spanish towns and London.
2008 to Present: Calgary, Canada
Kat returned to Canada in 2008 and developed her initial Rehab Pilates and SMR practice at LifeMark Physiotherapy Clinic. In 2011 she was recruited to join Tower Physiotherapy Clinic. In 2017 she took on the exciting new challenge as the Pilates Director for the exemplary team at Momentum Health. The long term goal is to fully integrate Pilates throughout all the Momentum Health Clinics.
Since coming home, Kathleen has been studying the exciting field of Myofascia (the body’s connective tissue). She has completed a Fascial Fitness Certification and is working towards the completion of her second. She has developed THE KELLER METHOD™ her own distinctive approach to fitness and well-being, in which she focuses on functional movement education and self-empowerment. She continues to teach and develop her courses in SMR and has taught her techniques to thousands of health professionals and the general public.
Posture Matters, 2014 to present: Calgary, Canada
Realizing there was little education being provided in the area of Posture Education, Kathleen formed the company Posture Matters in 2016. She educates people about the health concerns that inefficient postures create and empowers people with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent future pain and correct current issues.
Posture Matters offers WORKSHOPS. LECTURES and one hour LUNCH N’ LEARNS. For more info go to www.posturematters.ca.
Certified Fascial Fitness Trainer – Dr. Robert Schleip PhD., Ulm
Certified Myofascial Teacher – Associate for Thomas Myers, Maine
Certified Polestar® Pilates Instructor – All Apparatus, Hong Kong
Certified Meridian® Pilates – Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, Kuala Lumpur
Certified Yamana® Body Rolling Practitioner (SMR) – Level 2, New York
Canadian Pilates Institute – 350 hour apprenticeship, Vancouver
Certified Stott® Pilates Instructor – Reformer and Mat, Vancouver
Method Center – Pilates Rehabilitation, 1000 hour apprenticeship, Vancouver
Certificate Health and Fitness – Simon Fraser University, Vancouver