Lisa Bender is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist and STOTT® Certified Pilates Instructor. Lisa believes that optimal health begins with intelligent exercise and unifying body and physiological function.
Lisa has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1998. Determined to become more educated in movement therapy, Lisa completed her training to become a STOTT® Certified Pilates Instructor and continued her education in therapeutic Pilates training by The Pilates Process. Using her anatomy background, Lisa continued her path of healing with rehabilitation through Pilates. Lisa opened Spine Stretch Studio in 2002, offering STOTT PILATES® training and Massage Therapy. The studio grew quickly as members experienced the benefits of these two disciplines. Taking a leap, Lisa moved into a large facility expanding into a fully equipped Pilates Studio and Wellness Centre incorporating Pilates training, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and other holistic therapies. Through hard work and dedication, Lisa was awarded a Business of the Year award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
In 2015, Lisa graduated from Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy with an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner diploma and received an award for the highest grade on the final examination. Bridging her expertise in Pilates and 17 years of clinical experience, Lisa extensively researched the connection between the psoas muscle (primary hip flexor commonly misused, mistreated and mistrained), stress and adrenal fatigue. Her mission is to empower, educate and create passion in the process of healing and feeling your best.