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Utilizing ancient and Eastern medicinal practices and new therapeutic natural measures to achieve holistic healing and preventative care by embracing the anatomical structure and function of the foot to achieve balance to the mind-body and spirit.
Dr. Figlo can analyze a person’s health within a few minutes of examining their feet, such as your pulses and even your toenails say a great deal about your health. “Sometimes,” she says, "we need to look back to heal the present, and look down to heal our way up.”
Growing up, I always felt this deep ancestral connection to the Earth and beautiful ritual practices. I love to meditate, practice yoga, and do reiki/curandera rituals with crystals and herbs and candles. Truly creating a mind-body-spirit practice on the mat is a game-changer for quality of life.
I was a dancer up until college and then I found Pilates. I knew one day I wanted to be a Teacher Trainer, I find inspiration from taking workshops and classes from other instructors. There is always something to learn!
Preventive medicine was a priority in my family, and the word “melanoma” was never uttered. I grew up in an era before sunscreen and video games, where we played outside until the street lights came on. I was also surprised that men my age were the segment with the second-highest rate of occurrence for melanoma in the US.
I feel very honored and proud to say that I've been teaching this beautiful method for almost 20 years.
Many new teachers will come to me and ask how do I do it? How do I teach 40 hours a week and not burn out? Doesn't your body get tired? Don't you get sick of teaching the same exercises over and over? I think what keeps me going is I truly love the Pilates method and I love teaching.
It was Summer 2006 -- the heated months of Shakira's Hips Don't Lie and Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous Girl. I was a rising sophomore at NYU -- feeling invincibly on top of the world -- and home for the summer in Suburban Philadelphia, working at Express and saving up to study abroad.