Meet NEW Bodylines Instructor, Heather Sequeira, aka Mom, Quality Leader, Fitness enthusiast, and Eternal optimist!

How did you discover Pilates and what do you love about it?

After my first back surgery, I was researching safe, non-extraneous ways to build my core strength for protecting my back, and I stumbled upon Pilates. I love that I can get a full workout without overexerting/overstraining (except when I don’t breathe) my body. The breathing really helps cleanse the mind and cleanse the heart.

What do you love most about teaching?  

I have a love/hate relationship with teaching. I have such a fear of being in front of people that it causes me great distress however, I am drawn to sharing my experiences/struggles living with chronic pain, in hopes of inspiring/helping others. It is the passion of sharing that pushes me to get in front of the class.  

Describe the type of client you are uniquely qualified to teach?  

I have been through a lot of trials and tribulations to learn how to manage my chronic pain without prescription or OTC drugs but through Pilates. I know how hard (mentally) it can be to do any extra moving and even to take a class and having that fear of not being able to keep up. That fear has kept me from joining classes for years. Due to the awesome instructors at Bodylines, I have learned modifications that allow me to still feel that depth within my body which gives me the confidence to join classes. All of this is what I strive to bring to anyone I have the opportunity to work with.

Tell us a bit about your life story

I was born in the Berkshires (Western Mass), grew up in Daytona Beach, FL. Moved back to MA in High School years, attended University of Massachusetts Lowell and lived in the area ever since…

I started my career off as a Mechanical engineer in the automated industry. I transitioned to a computer software engineer, and then progressed into the medical device sector specializing in Quality systems. Currently I work for a global organization as a Quality site lead for our local office in Boston (although I am lucky I work from home and don’t have to drive into Boston).  

What is life like for you outside the studio?

I share a home in Ayer with my partner, Jim, and our dog Sukii, who is an Akita. I have two kids, both are in college, Dante is at University of Massachusetts, studying Computer Science and Cheyenne left me to go to University of Pennsylvania @ Johnstown, studying Occupational Therapy. I enjoy cooking, scrapbooking, puzzles, gardening and Pilates.

How would your family describe your personality?  

Both of my children refer to me as “stubborn” which I like to think of as more determination. However they also describe me as a sarcastic, strong, dependable, caring and thoughtful individual.

If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you? and why?

(1)  Radio, because sometimes you just have to turn the music up and dance!!
(2)  My best friend Cassandra, we have been friends for about 4 decades, we are complete opposites which makes everything way more interesting.
(3)  Tea, I prefer tea over coffee and I really enjoy trying different varieties of teas.  

You’re dream vacation…(and why)

Portugal. My ex husband’s family is from Portugal, all of the pictures I have seen of family vacations are just breath taking and I LOVE Portuguese food and Portuguese wine, so it seems like it would be a fabulous vacation spot.

What’s one thing that people don’t know about you?  

There is nothing better than vanilla frosting from a can, and I have already said too much…

Fun fact?  

People perceive me as very quiet and reserved when they first meet me, but once they get to know me, they see the fun, silly, laughter side of me.

When you were little you thought you were going to grow up to be….?

I dreamed of two things, a Radio City Rockette or a racecar driver.