Laura Crittendon Personal Trainer
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About Laura

Laura Crittendon is a Mind Body Personal Trainer and movement education specialist with over 30 years experience and in excess of 10,000 hours of teaching, designing and managing programs in fitness, rehabilitation, dance, yoga, Pilates and other mind-body practices.


While Laura approaches movement training from multiple perspectives, she engages her clients in anatomical awareness and perceptual-motor learning so they may embody their experiences of improved alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance and apply it to their daily lives.

About Laura:  Laura is a third generation Southern California and grew up in Arcadia. Laura's first job, at age 17, was as a physical therapy assistant at a sports rehab center in Arcadia. She worked with all levels of rehabilitation from athletes to stroke patients. She was offered this job and was blessed to train extensively with this leading sports physical therapist after completing a lengthy physical therapy program for her knee following a severe skiing accident. It was this early experience, both as the client and later as the therapist, that helped to shape her career choice to date.

Professional Training: To date, Laura has accumulated over 30 years experience and thousands of hours of advanced clinical training and education in body-mind-spirit health, therapeutic exercise, and manual/massage therapy. She is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical Massage Therapist and Movement Therapist. Laura graduated from the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage with 1,250 hours of advanced training in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, CranioSacral, Myofascial, NeuroMuscular, and Exercise Therapies. In 2002, she graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Hawaii with an Honors degree in Psychology, a minor in Hawaiian, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. In graduate school Laura studied Transpersonal Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Health, and Consciousness Studies. Laura has trained with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. In addition, she trained professionally as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, a professional Hula dancer (having danced in three Merrie Monarch Hula Festival/Competitions under Kumu Hula Etua Lopez), professional belly dancer, cabaret dancer/choreographer, and show producer, 2nd degree black belt martial arts instructor (and martial arts school owner), and visiting Master Teacher for a variety of dance academies across Southern California and Hawaii. Passionate about community service, Laura has volunteered thousands of hours working with the severely mentally ill in Kona and served for three years on the Board of Directors for a local Kailua Kona non-profit organization.

Credentials:

  • Senior GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® Trainer / Therapist (levels 1, 2, breathing program, dancer program, and all specialized equipment, and licensed GYROTONIC pre-trainer),
  • Licensed Pilates Instructor Trainer/Master Trainer with Pilates Academy International (PAI),
  • Creator of Kona Pilates' Bootie Barre®,
  • Certified Breathwork / Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT),
  • STOTT PILATES Comprehensively trained Instructor on all apparatus including rehab,
  • Trained "Pilates for Golf" coach,
  • Certified TRX Trainer,
  • ​Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor,
  • Therapeutic Exercise Specialist,
  • Meditation and Chi Kung Instructor,
  • Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT),
  • Award-winning Professional Performing Artist (costume design, choreography, dance, fire dance & more) 
  • 2nd degree black belt instructor and award-winning contemporary forms competitor/choreographer,
  • Licensed Massage & Movement Therapist LMT (Hawaii MAT 4226 / MAE 1991) (trained extensively in rehabilitation and injury prevention)
  • BS Psychology with honors; Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling,
  • MA Transpersonal Psychology & Mind/Body Medicine,
  • Retired professional mental health counselor (specializing in working with the severely mentally ill, substance abuse, and suicide prevention),
  • Physical Therapy Assistant,
  • Studio Founder & co-Owner