BA, RSME, RSMT, RSME, GYROTONIC®, GYROKENSIS®, BMC Certified Practitioner
Ellen Barlow, a native of the Washington DC area where she lives, is a movement education specialist. Ellen studied modern dance as a child with Pola Nirenska, a former Mary Wigman company member, and then resumed her dance studies to complete a BA in Dance Education. She also pursued Hatha yoga training with Swami Vishnu Devananda to become a certified teacher in the Shivananda tradition. While in college her mentor and dance professor, Carol Boggs, introduced her to the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, F.M. Alexander, Mabel Elsworth Todd, and Lulu Sweigard. She studied the Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique before meeting Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 1979. Ellen moved to Amherst, MA the next year to study Body-Mind Centering® and completed certifications to become a BMC® Practitioner in 1982 and a BMC® Teacher in 1985. Further studies included Zero Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy, and fitness training. Together these influences directed her career toward movement as a healing art, and as a perceptual-motor basis for consciousness, learning and wellness. The Body-Mind Centering® approach remains her primary influence. Ellen is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with the International Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Since 2001, when she began studying the GYROTONIC® system of exercise, she has become a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor. Currently, Ellen teaches GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, maintains a private practice, and consults as an ergonomic specialist. In 2013 she became an affiliate of the Focal Upright Furniture Company, promoting their products as a part of her consulting work.