Hi! I'm April and I want to inspire you on your journey to vibrant health. I have been fascinated with movement, nutrition and alternative healing for over twenty years. At the tender age of four, I began my love affair with dance: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, & hip-hop. Fourteen years ago, a crippling bout of sciatica nerve pain led to my discovery of the healing power of Pilates. Seven years ago, various personal and family health struggles led to the adoption of a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, whole-foods diet. That process transformed our lives, health, and overall well-being. (You can read my full story here.)
Now my life's passion lies in assisting others to create optimal health, dynamic energy, and freedom from chronic, inflammatory conditions. Are you a working mother fed up with her child's ADHD behavior? Maybe a retired grandfather struggling with rheumatoid arthritis? Perhaps an exhausted, stressed-out college student struggling with weight gain? I would be honored to inspire and support you on your road to a vibrant life!
April Norris is a Certified Holistic Health Consultant through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) based in New York City. She has studied over 100 dietary theories, contemporary health issues, along with various functional medicine and holistic nutritional approaches. At IIN, April had the pleasure of learning from some of the top educators and professionals in the nutrition and Integrative Medicine fields, such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Susan Blume, Dr. Wallet Willet of Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University. She is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). A perpetual student, April is continuing her studies at the Energetic Health Institute, pursuing a certificate in Holistic Nutrition and board certification by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).
April received her Pilates Certification from Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) in 2005, under the direct instruction of founder Rael Isacowitz. The intensive, advanced-level program for mat and equipment exercises, required over 300 hours of teaching, shadowing, observation, and practice. In addition, she also received a Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates Certificate in 2007, from Carolyne Anthony, director for the Center for Women's Fitness. Carolyne Anthony is one of the foremost experts on the subject of pre- and post-natal Pilates in the country.
DEGREES // CERTIFICATIONS
2015 - current student / Certified Holistic Nutritionist / Energetic Health Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2013 - Certified Holistic Health Consultant / Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City
2007 - Certified Pre and Post Natal Pilates Specialist / The Center for Women's Fitness, South Orange, NJ
2006 - Certified Pilates Instructor / Body Arts and Sciences International, Costa Mesa, CA
2005 - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Cum Laude / California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
2014-present - International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC)
2014-present - American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
2013-present - American Holistic Health Association
2013-present - Nutritional Therapy Association
2013-present - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine