When Ruth was in utero, the pediatrician told her mother she had an active little dancer inside. Ruth is a born mover; her life has been about her own dance training and performing and her life work has been helping people connect to themselves through movement.
She brings to her work extensive training in alternative movement theories in addition to her many years’ experience as a professional dancer. Ruth’s interest in bodywork and movement grew out of her desire to find a solution to the chronic pain and injury she sustained as a dancer. Since 1976 she has been studying and teaching various movement re-education techniques. She has been particularly inspired by the work of Lulu Sweigard (Release Work), Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (School for BodyMind Centering), Susan Klein (Klein Technique) and Emilie Conrad (Continuum).
Ruth has been a certified practitioner of the Trager® Approach since 1987. She was trained in Pilates by Michele Larsson in 1992 and has been part of Michele’s Core Dynamics teacher training program, now under the ownership of Kevin Bowen, since 1998. Ruth is also certified as a GYROTONIC® Method teacher since 2003, and graduated in 2007 as an Alexander Technique teacher from the Alexander Alliance Southwest.
Ruth has an alter-ego as an Appalachian Flatfoot dancer and still performs as a foot percussionist with The Honeysuckle Possums, a local Santa Barbara, all female, Americana band.