Barbara has been in the health, fitness and wellness field for 35 years. She started as a Licensed Massage Therapist and soon after felt as though corrective movement was a missing component in her own as well as in her clients' lives. She earned certifications in personal and group fitness training as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. Still noticing a gap between standard fitness and the benefits of bodywork she discovered Pilates movement to be the missing link. Barbara began studying Pilates in 1999.
She holds comprehensive Pilates certifications from Polestar Pilates Education, and Powerhouse Pilates. These Pilates-evolved programs apply current research and practice in biomechanics and movement science to the principles of Joseph Pilates. She has been certified through the Pilates Method Alliance since 2007.
From 2004-2014 she was Adjunct Faculty at the University of West Florida, in Pensacola, FL. She created the curriculum for the three credit elective courses, Pilates I and Pilates II. She also authored the textbook, Pilates Primer: Foundations in Movement. From 2002-2018 she created and filmed a TV show with UWF-TV Pilates Core Training. The show aired six times a week and many of the episodes can still be seen on her YouTube Channel.
She co-owned Pilates Training Institute, Inc., a Pilates Teacher School from 2005-2007, then created her own school, Barbara Bruni's Pilates and Beyond, Inc. in 2007. She created the curriculum and manuals for both Mat and Comprehensive courses. Her Pilates instructor training school, Barbara Bruni's Pilates and Beyond, is listed in the Pilates Method Alliance's Registry of Schools and is currently working on the new regulations just created. She has written two manuals: Foundation in Movement, a Pilates Primer and Barbara Bruni's and Beyond Comprehensive Training Manual.
She has furthered her education by taking continuing education courses with some of her favorite teachers including Brent Anderson, Rebecca Leone and Madeline Black. Some of these courses include:
Joint Replacement of the Lower Extremity
Pilates for Spine Surgeries and Fusions
Pilates for Rheumatology
Pilates for Chronic Pain
Philosophy of Subtle Energy and Fascia with Carol Davis
Geriatrics, Osteoporosis and Age-Related Dysfunction
Pilates for Complex Spine Pathologies
The Immune System
The Mind-Body Connection
Training the Fascial System
Barbara added the GYROTONIC Expansion System Level 1 to her repertoire of physical training in 2006, GYROKENISIS in 2008 and GYROTONIC Level 2 in 2013. She maintains her continuing education and licensure biannually.