Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland is the founder of the Fuse Pilates Method and co-owner of the Fuse Pilates Playground in DC’s Dupont Circle. Her fitness education includes comprehensive Pilates certification through Body Arts and Sciences, International (BASI), where she apprenticed with Karla Adams. As part of this training, she completed a research project on Pilates for multiple sclerosis patients, which she expanded into an in-depth “Pilates for MS” advanced teacher training, incorporating the latest research in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation into a Pilates program design. Mariska also has mat certification through Power Pilates, additional apparatus, mat, and anatomy training through Balanced Body Pilates, Peak Pilates, and iM=X Pilates, and a certification in PureBarre. She was one of DC’s first barre instructors, trained under Lotte Berk disciple and PureBarre founder Carrie Rezabek. She taught barre classes at B.Fit Studio from 2006-2011. Mariska is a certified Pre and Postnatal Pilates Specialist, trained through the Center for Women’s Fitness directly with its founder, Carolyne Anthony, who invited her to join the organization as faculty. She is also a Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, certified through the Pink Ribbon Program. Additionally, she has advanced certificate training in Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies and specialized training in Pilates for athletes and for men. Since 2010, Mariska has been working in a one-on-one mentorship with renowned Pilates Master Julian Littleford, founding member of the Physical Mind Institute and one of the world’s most innovative and creative Pilates instructors. She also studies regularly with Jennifer Kries, 2nd Generation Master Instructor, who is credited with bringing Pilates to the masses. Beyond fitness, Mariska received a 2006 holistic health coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (part of Columbia University’s continuing education curriculum) where she studied with Drs. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, and dozens of other leaders in the alternative health field. A former award-winning writer and creative director, Mariska puts those skills to good use as a frequent guest writer for fitness and lifestyle blogs (as well as creative directing Fuse’s website, marketing materials, and photos). Website: Facebook: Fuse Pilates Twitter: @fusepilates YouTube:

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