MEET colleen robinson
Colleen studied Exercise Science specialising in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada working towards a BSc. During this time she did extensive work in rehabilitation programming and developed a keen interest in biomechanics. Colleen was the head therapist for the Concordia Men’s rugby team while working in Montreal.
She took time out from Athletic Therapy to fulfil a lifelong ambition of becoming a professional Irish dancer. Colleen has toured the world with a number of dance companies, collaborated with incredible choreographers and has even been involved in the production of dance scenes in film. While performing on Broadway she sustained a back injury and was subsequently introduced to reformer Pilates in her own rehabilitation. She continued to study Pilates and incorporate it in her rehabilitation programming. After working with dancers in New York, Chicago and Montreal, Colleen relocated to Dublin in 2001. She earned another BSc Hon in Applied Science, Physical Therapy in 2006. She is currently completing the Comprehensive Mat Pilates Certification through the APPI.
Colleen says “In treating injuries and developing rehabilitation programmes, I believe that a holistic approach is required. Not only do we need to ensure the individual recovers from injury, but understand how it happened and prevent it from reoccurring. The strength, length, balance and mind-body connection that Pilates requires is an incredible tool in the recovery from injury.”
After moving to Ireland Colleen traded the dance floor for the mountains and forests. She is a keen orienteer, adventure racer and marathon runner and can regularly be found running in the hills of Dublin and Wicklow.
“I hope that my clients leave with a sense of accomplishment having dug in and worked harder from top to toe than they may have thought they could.”