Renee Taylor is a native North Carolinian. She was born and raised in Raleigh & attended UNC-CH where she obtained her B.S. and Masters in Public Health Nutrition. After graduate school she went on to a “regular” day job that included a lot of sitting behind a desk, which she soon recognized resulted in a surprising amount of stiffness throughout the body. She loved running, but that resulted in numerous and recurring injuries. After a car wreck her physical therapist referred her to yoga and Pilates. Adding these movement therapies to her life not only assisted in rehabilitating her injury but also kept at bay those nagging running injuries and the stiffness associated with sitting behind a desk. She was so impressed she decided to learn as much as she could about Pilates and enable others to receive the same benefits. She started teaching Pilates and yoga in 2002 (without a certification, and without a lot of knowledge, which is why it is prudent to inquire as to your teacher’s training). She then pursued lesser Pilates certifications, which did not teach the information necessary to work the most effectively with different clientele (again, research your instructor). Finally, she studied, trained, and passed the STOTT PILATES certification program for matwork and equipment. She has been teaching the STOTT PILATES Method since 2007. Her passion is seeing clients achieve goals they never thought possible, and her greatest reward is seeing her clients’ improved body image and confidence.
In 2013 Renee completed Aaron Mattes’ Active Isolated Stretching program. This method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of all major muscle groups. But more importantly, it provides functional & physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. Adding this type of work to your current wellness program may very well be the missing link to the gains in flexibility, mobility, strength, and function you have yet been able to attain.
In 2012 Renee completed the coursework & testing to become a certified Biomechanics Trainer. This program enables its graduates to perform full body screenings looking for low-grade muscle spams & provides proven at-home techniques to teach these muscles to relax. In so doing, the body is able to move more freely & comfortably. If you have suffered chronic pain, discomfort, or recurring injury, then this program is for you! Renee is the only person in the Triangle area combining the modalities of Pilates & Biomechanics & is excited to see how it is helping her clients achieve the ability to MOVE FREELY!
Additionally, Renee is YogaFit levels 1 & 2 certified. She also has vast experience working with prenatal and elderly clients. Additionally, she has served as a Marathon Running Coach for the MA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and developed and ran the Westboro YMCA Half Marathon running program as the Borough YMCA’s Assistant Wellness Director.
Renee is happily married to the love of her life and her childhood sweetheart, Brent. They have three daughters.