movement educator and Lmt #21502
Adriana is a native of Montreal, Canada, though she spent many of her years growing up in Hawaii, and often returns to this piece of her home. Surrounded by the ocean, and being an avid swimmer, she developed a strong connection to the water, and the infinite beauty and lessons in its movement. Along with training in dance since the age of five, she spent several years swimming competitively, and later began studies in Martial Arts. All of these avenues, in their shared fluidity and unique intricacies, have laid the foundation for her work inspiration, as part of a way of life. She is endlessly fascinated by the movements in and around us, by the workings of the human body, and by what occurs as we intersect with our environments and each other.
Adriana’s formal studies began in psychology at McGill University, and from there took focus in dance, as she moved on to NYC where she graduated from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Through an injury she was introduced to Pilates, and with good success in her recovery, was inspired to deepen her education and became a certified Pilates instructor through The Physical Mind Institute. Through the past 20 years of her teaching experience, she has gained valuable tools from varied environments, and all whom she has learned from. She began teaching alongside a chiropractor, Dr. Walker Ozar, D.C., at Beverly Hills Posture and Wellness Institute, and later returned to the dance community as a Pilates and conditioning instructor for The Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Company. With a desire to understand the layers of the body with more depth, massage therapy became a natural next step, and she went on to graduate from The Cortiva Institute - Seattle School Of Massage Therapy. She has further training in Traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi (through Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio and The Hawaiian Healing Arts College),Pediatric Massage (through Tina Allen and The Liddle Kidz Foundation), and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (through Todd Jackson).
Adriana’s work is consistently informed by her ongoing education in both movement and bodywork. She continues as a student in Kung Fu, and in furthering her studies in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She is inspired to collaborate in her work, to support others in developing an increased connection to their abilities, through greater awareness. Adriana has a dedicated interest in advancing the accessibility of movement education and bodywork. She has taken trainings, and done volunteer work with The Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children in Honolulu, New Beginnings -a domestic violence shelter and service organization in Seattle, and The Street Yoga Organization. Adriana looks so forward to sharing with all of you at Body Mechanics, and out into our interrelated communities.