For most of his life, Mike was a competitive athlete. While attending the University of Oregon, he competed on the wrestling team for four years as an NCAA Division One athlete. Upon completing his degree in Sociology and retiring from the sport, Mike found that he was suffering from numerous physical ailments that had been accumulated over the span of his athletic career. With very little luck in physical therapy, he figured his ailments were simply ‘a part of life.’ It wasn’t until Mike’s two-year service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic when he found a book on Pilates. It was during this time that Mike learned the basic techniques of Pilates and has been practicing ever since. With a foundation in Pilates, Mike is able to pursue the activities he once thought he would never again be able to do. Mike enjoys surfing, running, and rock climbing.