ACE Certified Personal Trainer
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor Merrithew Instructor Trainer- STOTT PILATES
Total Barre® Qualified Instructor
ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor
Christine Heckel brings the most elite qualifications in the fitness industry to Southern Maryland as the owner of Breathe Pilates Place. Her diverse background in Movement Arts includes Pilates, Yoga, Aerial Arts, and 18 years experience as a Classical Ballet dancer, instructor, and choreographer. This broad background gives her a unique understanding of movement patterns in a variety of disciplines. Christine has a lifelong interest in health and well-being and is passionate about helping her clients to maximize their physical capacity. She provides personalized programs designed to suit the specific needs of her clients from athletic to post-rehab.
In 2013 she brought the best in contemporary Pilates training to Southern Maryland in a facility with STOTT PILATES® Certified/Trained Instructors powered by STOTT PILATES® Equipment. In 2018 she expanded Breathe Pilates Place to create a holistic fitness facility which incorporates strength training, Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, and Zen*Ga to offer each client the tools to balance mind, body & spirit.
Christine believes all movement training has firm foundations in understanding the anatomy of the human body. She travels internationally to continue her own movement education and brings that expertise to the mentorship of her movement team. She actively seeks out instructors who have a passion for bringing each client the tools to better understand and move their body while better connecting it to the control and awareness of the mind.
Christine teaches throughout the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. area also offering Private and Group Pilates Equipment and Adult Ballet classes. She specializes in using a mix Pilates, functional strength training, and fascia stretch/release to assist teen and adult athletes in taking their sport/art to the next level. Christine is also active in training the next generation of Pilates Instructors in her role as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer at Balance Pilates Training Center in Richmond, Virginia.