After more than 20 years of experience in teaching group fitness and personal training, Marijke came into contact with Pilates. Years of intensive sporting had caused neck and hip injuries and by practising Pilates the complaints disappeared. She felt that Pilates brought her body back into balance and this stimulated her to learn more about the method.
In 2008, she completed the Comprehensive Peak Pilates training (levels 1, 2 & 3) at Kelly Mc Kinnon in Brussels.
She first worked as a Pilates instructor at Corpus Studios in Brussels and taught Pilates at the Operastudio Gent.
Since 2006, Marijke has been teaching at Pilates Works.
She continues to train and participate in numerous international Pilates workshops and conferences, such as Mve Chair Peak Pilates, 5th International Polestar Pilates Conference Cologne 2008, International Pilates Heritage Congress - Monchengladbach 2017, Franklin Method workshops (with Eric Franklin & Morten Ditmer) and Continuing Educations and Triadball workshops with Michael Frizke and Ton Voogt.
Besides Pilates Marijke has a great interest in energetic bodywork. She obtained her first and second degrees in Ushui Reiki Healing in 2013 and 2015.
In 2016 she followed Yin Yoga teacher training module 1 & 2 with Emrich Suichies (New Health Centre, the Netherlands) and in 2018 she followed the year-long course Energetic Basic Knowledge A and B with Oost West Centrum in Antwerp. In 2019 she started a 4 -year training Zen Shiatsu at East West Centre Antwerp.
Since a few years Marijke practices Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style http://www.antwerpyoga.be/.
The daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga gives her a good physical condition and a calm mind which makes Marijke teach Pilates every day with great enthusiasm and dedication.
Her motto: The most beautiful journey of life is the journey within yourself.