MaryAnne Foster – Instructor

“I believe that everyone has the ability to live bravely and uniquely in their own body. I see Pilates as a vital tool to make exercise an enjoyable and physically challenging experience for all ages and abilities!”




Q & A Session with MaryAnne

Q: What is your favorite part of the private sessions you do?

A: “Teaching people to understand the functional biomechanics of their bodies, and how everything I teach them can be carried over into their everyday life!”

Q: What is it that makes your work unique?

A: “I really focus on listening to each person with my ears, eyes and touch to find a solution from among various therapies that addresses the root cause of their problems.

Since I’m licensed in massage therapy and certified in kinesio taping, as well as a Pilates instructor with extensive experience in stretch therapy, I’m able to pull from 1, 2, 3, or all 4 modalities to help a client!”

Q: What are your 5 best attributes?

  1. Thorough
  2. Knowledgable
  3. Good Listener
  4. Dedicated
  5. Practice what I preach in all four of my chosen modalities

Q: Who do you find yourself working with most often?

A: Middle-aged athletes who work out, but have started to have aches and pains, or can’t understand why their workouts aren’t working like they used to. Sessions start with breathing (how the diaphragm works) and then move on to each of the most important and core concepts (Core Connections) that you must have in order to create the “aha” moments!”

Q: What are your biggest challenges when conducting a personal training session and how do you overcome them?

A: It’s easy to fall into a negative state of mind when we decide to start any new exercise program. It’s also hard to understand the work we do at Pilates Tonic when you’ve never made the kinds of subtle mind-body connections we teach.

I overcome negative attitudes by listening and teaching a client how to do what their body CAN do versus what they think they SHOULD be able to do! A lack of mind/body connection is overcome by teaching small, basic moves and using different cueing until the right phrasing “strikes a chord” with them!”

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Aging gracefully, being flexible and living pain-free… these are what we all want and are the goals I strive to teach clients and live my own life by!

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FST (Fascial Stretch Therapy)

FST is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching. It focuses on the fascia and joint capsule as the key elements for achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance and pain relief. It makes an excellent complement to your Pilates practice.

Sessions are an hour long and the rate is $105 each.


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MaryAnne’s Bio

Mary Anne believes that everyone has the ability to “Live bravely & uniquely in their own body.” She sees Pilates as a vital tool to make exercise an enjoyable & physically challenging experience for all ages and abilities!

She began teaching Pilates in 2005. She is a fully certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance and she recently completed training with stretch master teacher Kit Laughlin in posture & flexibility (contract/release techniques), and also completed training in mat, reformer, trap table, chair & barrels through Balanced Body University (BBU) in Nashville. She has studied with highly acclaimed teachers including Rebecca Leone (Body Assessment & Alignment workshop), Michele Larson (Level 5, mobile spine, scoliosis), Jennifer Gianni (Anatomy in Clay), June Kahn through SCW Fitness, & basic training through the YMCA.

In 2013 Mary Anne completed Marie-José Blom’s Pilates Leadership Introspective and is looking forward to learning from Phillip Beach in November.

MaryAnne brings a unique set of skills to her Pilates teaching because she is also a licensed massage therapist with the state of TN since 2006. She specializes in sports massage using trigger point, neuromuscular, myofascial, & stretching techniques, and is also a certified Kinesio taping practitioner. This background has developed her skills in visual & hands on assessments in both Pilates and massage. Body awareness is an important step in correcting body alignment, pain, and/or weakness.

Mary Anne has lived in 8 states, but claims Chattanooga as her home for the past 18 years. She has a degree from Lockyear Business College in Evansville, IN, graduated from the Academy One modeling agency in Portland, OR, and also has a background that includes singing, theatre and sales experience.

She teaches that Pilates is more than a 1-hour class. “Take your Pilates with you and use it to accomplish any physical task with ease and efficiency. The mind/body connection is the key to a better way of life for all!”

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