Jennifer Christophel has professionally instructed and taught Pilates, Fitness and Dance for over 21 years. She is the founder and director of The Balanced Body Studio and Wellness Center, LLC, located in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. She is Comprehensively Certified and a Nationally PMA Pilates Certified Teacher. She carries Pilates Teaching Certificates from the nationally recognized programs of Core Dynamics Pilates, under the tutelage of Michele Larsson, STOTT Pilates, PHI and Pilates for Golf, with accreditations through ISSA as Certified Exercise Therapist and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Jennifer is qualified to work in a sports medicine capacity as an AFPA Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist and is a Cancer Training Specialist and Master Trainer for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.
She is a Master Pilates Teacher Trainer and PILATES ON TOUR Professional Presenter for Balanced Body Educators and carries many other fitness certifications including PiYo, Yoga, Barre, Zumba, LaBlast and TRX as well as being a Certified Herbalist/Wellness Consultant and creator and founder of fitness program AcitveMotion BARRE.
One of Jennifer's many passions is to integrate her love for exercise science/therapy and Pilates with fascial release work and has studied and trained in the Stecco method of Fascial Manipulation ( Graduate of Level 1a and 1b ) under Dr. Antoio Stecco, Fascial Fitness with Dr. Robert Shleip and in Chaitow Postural Release Techniques. In addition to extensive knowledge in fascial health, Jennifer also has a certifications in Trigger Point Therapy, NeuroKinetic Therapy and in Clinical Kinesiology Taping and Functional Movement Taping.
Theses many accreditations have allowed Jennifer the opportunity to work in a rehabilitative setting with special populations at Restore Motion Physical Therapy in Rockville, MD, as an Integrative Movement Practitioner where she works hand in hand with a group of 7 PT's and doctors using Pilates, Corrective Exercise and her own trademarked program, the Release and Restore Method as part of their patients' therapy. She has extensive experience working with patients with disc pathologies, stenosis, degenerative disc diseases, pelvic floor dysfunction, sacroiliac dysfunction, scoliosis, osteoporosis, joint replacements, cancer patients, hyper-mobility, EDS, fibromyalgia and arthritis, to name a few.
Jennifer's background also includes extensive training teaching experience in ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a NDCA registered Professional Ballroom Teacher and Competitor and is the head of the Youth American Ballroom Dancesport program at Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center in Rockville, MD.