Meet NEW Bodylines Instructor and Physical Therapist, Julie LaSante

How did you discover Pilates and what do you love about it?
I have always been a fitness enthusiast (running, yoga, field hockey, soccer, swimming, biking, skiing) but had never tried Pilates. When Kim approached me about training to become a Pilates instructor, despite never having taken a Pilates class, I decided to give it a try and instantly fell in love with it and the way it resonates with me as a runner and as a physical therapist.

What do you love most about teaching?
I love watching people learn how to move their bodies in new ways and challenging them to help them discover what they are capable of. I love to see how the power of touch can completely change the way the body moves and help people move better. It is so rewarding helping people meet their fitness goals and feel good about themselves.

Describe the type of client you are uniquely qualified to teach?
As a physical therapist, I utilize my rehabilitation background when working with clients with injuries or physical limitations and in finding modifications that work for them. With my in-depth knowledge and training in orthopedics and years of experience treating all types of musculoskeletal injuries, postural dysfunction, and movement disorders, I am highly qualified to work with clients with physical
limitations/injuries in meeting their fitness goals.

Tell us a bit about your life story.
I was born and raised in Littleton and then moved to Hamden, Connecticut where I got my Masters degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University. My husband and I lived in Connecticut for a couple years before we moved back to Massachusetts and started our family. I have worked as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics for the past 13 years.

What is life like for you outside the studio?
My husband and I are just enjoying our busy life with our three young children and 2 dogs. I am an avid runner and like to sign up for all the local races from 5Ks to half marathons. I also love spending time outside with my family, whether it be hiking, camping, swimming, biking, skiing, or just reading a good book with my cup of coffee.

How would your family describe your personality?
My family would describe me as an easygoing person with a good sense of humor, lots of enthusiasm, and too much energy!

If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?
I’d want to bring my family, my running shoes, and a good book.

You’re dream vacation
A remote island on a beach with a good book and a personal chef.

Fun facts:
Loves: hot summer days by the lake
Favorite food: ice cream with melted cookie butter
Perfect morning: sunrise run with friends followed by coffee
Fears: snakes