Owner/STOTT PILATES Senior Instructor
Mary has been teaching exercise for 36 years. Her love of fitness began when she participated in her first aerobic class. In 1985 she was certified by the American College of Exercise (ACE) and began her career as a fitness instructor. A snow skiing accident in 1995 left her with two torn knee ligaments. She found Pilates to be the perfect rehabilitation, which led to her first STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer certification in 2001. Mary introduced the first Pilates classes in Kershaw County, and soon saw the need for an expanded Pilates program. In 2006 she received her STOTT PILATES Full Certification on all Pilates Apparatus for Essential, Intermediate and Advanced participants.
In 2011, Mary studied under Tom Myers of Kinesis INC. in Boston MA, and completed a 200-hour course “Body Language”. This extensive training certified her as a “Movement and Postural Analyst”. Mary found that many clients suffer from soft tissue ailments, which are often the result of postural misalignments. Her training allows her to instruct her clients utilizing a protocol designed to help manage their issues.
In 2016, Mary attended a training program in Oxnard, California led by Karena Thek, the founder and author of Scolio-Pilates®. She completed her mentorship the following year, making her one of only two authorized Scolio-Pilates® practitioners in South Carolina.
In 2017, Mary had the opportunity to participate in a 5-day Fascial Dissection course held at the Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc. in Tempe, Arizona. The course was led by Todd Garcia, owner and director of Anatomical Enlightenment, along with Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and director of Kinesis, Inc.
Most recently, Mary completed a training program in Pittsburgh PA, where she studied disorders and diseases of the spine with Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby, creator of the YUR Back® Program.
Mary is also a certified Pink Ribbon Program Breast Cancer Specialist, Total Barre® Instructor, a certified Reiki Master, and a certified Intuitive Healer.
STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor
Susan discovered her passion for teaching exercise in 2002 when Mary Watson chose her to take over the senior exercise program she had been leading for over eight years. Mary was preparing to bring a STOTT PILATES program to Kershaw County and needed more time to devote to her new classes.
Susan found she loved working with the older population helping them to improve and maintain their strength, flexibility, and balance. She also fell in love with Pilates and all the positive changes that were resulting from her new practice in Mary’s classes.
In 2005 Susan earned her STOTT PILATES instructor certification and has been teaching with Mary ever since. In addition to group mat classes and personal training at Mary’s studio, Susan continues to teach senior fitness classes at the Kershaw County Council on Aging.
Susan is a Total Barre Instructor, and is certified with The American Senior Fitness Association (ASFA), Fitour, Silver and Fit, and Silver Sneakers. She lives in Camden with her husband Cam, and their two dogs, Fergie and Lulu.
Yoga & Pilates
Adrianne Windeknecht is a classically trained ballerina and multi-faceted teacher. She studied with the New Jersey School Of Ballet from age twelve until starting college. She began her love of modern dance at Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and co-founded the modern dance company, Dance Network. When she wasn’t performing, she was practicing yoga at the Sivananda Institute, and eventually relocated to New York City. Her teacher training is in the ISHTA style (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) with The Yoga Zone. Adrianne also served as Vice President of SOLO ARTS, a non-profit theater in Manhattan before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Michael, and moving to Keyport, NJ.
Adrianne is a Pilates apparatus master trainer in the IM=X style (Integrated Movement Exercise), through the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). She is an ERYT-500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and YCEP (Yoga Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance. She has been called “the teacher’s teacher”, and has lectured on yoga and heart health, breathwork and stress, and has been featured on “Spotlight New Jersey”.
Adrianne is thrilled to be living in Camden, South Carolina and teaching with Mary and Susan.