As Creator & President of the SmartSpine® Wellness System, Marie-José has more than twenty years of master teacher training to help your back on track.

Marie-José specializes in deep core strengthening, pelvic work, and work for the spine and is widely known for her work in Conditioning Techniques for dance and dance injuries. In 1991, shecreated the Advances in Pilates Technique, an internationally acclaimed professional teacher’s training program, which she conducts and directs in Japan. As a former faculty member at Southern CA’s Loyola Marymount University, where she taught anatomy/kinesiology and physiology for the Department of Dance, she received the 2006 Spotlight Award for excellence in teaching.Marie-José is also the founder and director of Long Beach Dance Conditioning in Long Beach, CA.

Marie-José created and directs the Advances in Pilates Technique, currently known as Pilates Leadership Concepts (PLC). This acclaimed program was the very first program in an official format and is now directed by Kendall Pink at Studio 3 for California.

Marie-José has established programs at various facilities internationally and is in great demand for lectures and presentations, both locally and internationally for institutes, physical therapists, and movement educators. Since 2007, Marie-José’s PLC program and specialty workshops have gained popularity in Tokyo, Japan. The desire and ambition in Japan for higher education led to a comprehensive program which brings Marie-José to Tokyo four to five times a year, which makes Japan her second home.

Marie-José specializes and dedicates her 25 years of experience to mentor Pilates Professionals to a unique level of expertise, that reaches beyond instruction to movement education. She is a regular presenter for Balanced Body University, Pilates On Tour, and Pilates Method Alliance. In 2007, she founded the SmartSpine® Wellness System and Company. Her expertise has made many teachers excel into a recession-proof career.

“My teaching is not a business. My business is passion for great teaching.”
– Marie-José Blom

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