Martha-Carole-Cotten-I-AM-Maui-Trainer-and-Owner

Martha-Carole Cotten

Owner, Visionary & Instructor

GYROTONIC® Level I Pre-Trainer
Archway, LEU, JSB, & GYROTONER® Instructor
GYROKINESIS® Level I Instructor
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
Reiki Master
Sound Healing Practitioner
Licensed Esthetician & Esthetician Instructor
Death Doula Apprentice

"On my journey of breath, movement education & practice, sound healing, Reiki, death on many levels, parenthood, prayer, meditation, & deep profound life changing experiences, my vision is to recreate my life & business to reflect my current situation, instilling a deeper sense of community & connection with each other & with our own selves."

Martha is the proud mother of her son, who was born in May 2009. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful family & friends, traveling the world, dancing, breathing, writing, photography, boning up on Anatomy, reading hand held books, laughing hysterically, telling terrible jokes, and enjoying the awe of nature.

Early Studies

Martha holds a Bachelors of Education with Honors from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (1997), and a Masters of Education with Honors, from Rollins College of Winter Park, Florida (2003).

She was previously an elementary school teacher until receiving her Bikram Yoga Teacher Certification in Spring of 2002. She has taught Bikram Yoga nationally, as well as locally in Kahului, Maui. She placed second in the State of Hawaii for the International Yoga Asana Championships in 2004, and went on to compete in Los Angeles with students/teachers from all over the world.

Reiki & Sound Healing

Martha is currently a Reiki Master, and has completed all levels of the Tibetan based Reiki program with Lucia Maya of Luminous Adventures in Makawao, Hawaii. She is able to incorporate the healing energies of Reiki into numerous services, including during sessions of Sound Healing. Martha has been studying with world renowned sound healers Diane Mandle and Richard Rudis, owners of the challenging and top notch Sound Healing School of Encinitas, California. She continues to travel back to Encinitas for updates and master courses on Tibetan Bowls & Instruments, Gongs, and other sacred alchemy wisdom. Martha is excited, blessed, and honored to bring a unique method of Sound Healing to Maui. She is available for group events (at I AM, Maui), as well as privates in the state of the art sound room at the I AM, Maui facility.

GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Methods

Martha has been teaching the infinite work and expansion of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods since 2010. She is a certified Level I GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor, as well as a Level I GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer. Additionally, she has taken the GYROTONIC® Level 2 Pre-Training, as well as all of the Specialized Equipment Courses (numerous times) for the GYROTONIC® Archway, Leg Extension Unit, GYROTONER®, and the Jumping Stretching Board Certifications.

Martha has also attended Specialized Breathing Workshops such as the 3-day Breathing Intensive in NYC, and the 12-day Rejuvenation Course for certified instructors in Munstertal, Germany with Juliu Horvath. She has completed the Applications for the Shoulder Girdle in NYC with Physical Therapist Uwe Herbstreit, as well as the Applications for Breast Cancer Survivors and Applications for Pre & Post-Natal in Germany.

Martha studied GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods with founder Juliu Horvath in Gemany, as well as numerous Master trainers such as:

  • Karen Mullen (Seattle, WA, Maui, HI, & Kapaa, HI)
  • Cori Doetzer (Albany, NY & Springfield, MI)
  • Jackson Kellog (NYC)
  • Leda Franklin (Eaglesnest–Munstertal, Germany)
  • Abel Horvath (Bad Krozingen, Germany)
  • Angela Crowley (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Uwe Herbstreit ( GYROTONIC® Eaglesnest–Munstertal, Germany & NYC)
  • Mari Kasich (Miami Beach, FL)
  • Barbara Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sebastian Plattenberg (NYC)
  • Erika Hassaan (Los Angeles, CA, NYC, & Miami Beach, FL)
  • Elena Spaziani ( GYROTONIC® Eagles Nest–Munstertal, Germany)
  • Paula Rivera (NYC)

Pilates & Yoga

Martha is also an ITT Pilates Certified (A Body of Work, San Francisco, CA 2005-2008) Instructor in Reformer, Cadillac, Auxillary & Mat. She has studied with renowned Master teachers from the Bay Area during her Integrated Teacher Training program for Pilates such as:

  • Jean Sullivan (A Body of Work San Francisco)
  • Joerg Chobowsky (The Working Body in Oakland)
  • Margaret Tappan (A Body of Work, San Francisco)
  • Madeline Black (Studio M in Sonoma)

Martha has completed additional coursework, such as Sole to Spine & Sacrum in Motion with Madeline Black, and has studied with Brian Avery of the Hawaii Institute of Anatomy doing Human Cadaver Dissection courses on the shoulder girdle.

Esthetics

Martha has gained experience since 2003 working as an esthetician at top Maui spas such as Spa Grande at the world renowned Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, the 5 Star Waihua Spa at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Maui, and The Natural Touch of Winter Park, a full-service elite Day Spa in upscale Winter Park, Florida. She is also a licensed Esthetician Instructor, and has taught for several years at Spa Luna School for Aestheticians formerly in Haiku, Maui. She was also previously appointed the position of Hawaii Regional Trainer for the Hawaiian Islands for Epicuren Discovery® Skin Care, and educated top spas & estheticians such as the Four Seasons, on how to implement the protocols and products.

Death Doula Assistant

Since the death of her mother in May of 2015, Martha has embarked on a journey that has seemed like a spiritual initiation. After losing over 17 close friends and family members in a short amount of time, a deep self exploration on the topic of death became an inspiration to assist others in the death and dying as well as grief processes. Martha completed the Doorway Into Light International Death Doula Training in 2019. Martha assists in sound healing for the those who are close to dying, as well as helps guide families and loved ones to a space of healing surrounding death. Martha assists in hosting ceremonies, celebrations of life, and support groups to talk about the often feared topic of death. She works with families losing loved ones, including beloved pets.

Healing Arts

Martha is dedicated to assist you in your healing process in many aspects. She continues to study and dedicate her life to helping others achieve their goals through movement, sound, integrity, energy, prayer, and breath. She enjoys staying updated on current trends of education and development, and pursues the best and most accurate knowledge in order to serve the community with the highest and most integrated approaches. She is happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelors of Elementary Education (Univ. of South Florida) (1997)
  • Masters of Education (Rollins College), with Honors 4.0 GPA (2003)
  • Certified GYROTONIC® Level I (2010) & GYROKINESIS® Level I Movement Instructor (2011)
  • Certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer (2014)
  • Certified on all GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment: Archway Level I, Leg Extension Unit, Jumping Stretching Board & GYROTONER®
  • Completion of GYROTONIC® Level 2 Pre-Training (2011)
  • Completion of GYROKINESIS® Rejuvenation Courses in Germany with Juliu Horvath (2014, 2015)
  • Completion of GYROKINESIS® 3 Day Breathing Intensive with Erika Hassaan (2013)
  • Completion of Applications for the Shoulder Girdle with Uwe Herbstreit (2013)
  • Completion of Applications for Breast Cancer Survivors with Leda Franklin (2015)
  • Completion of Applications for Pre & Post-Natal with Leda Franklin (2015)
  • Certified ITT Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Auxillary & Mat Instructor (2005-2008)
  • Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor (2002)
  • Hawaii Institute of Anatomy Human Cadaver Course (2007)
  • Sole to Spine with Madeline Black (2012)
  • Sacrum in Motion with Madeline Black (2015)
  • Hawaii State Licensed Aesthetician & Aesthetician Instructor (2003-Current)
  • Hawaii Regional Trainer for Epicuren Discovery® Skin Care (2011-2013)
  • DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) Level I Training from the Prague Institute of Rehabilitation (2016)
  • Sound Healing School of Encinitas, California with Diane Mandle & Richard Rudis
    • Tibetan Bowls (2018, 2019)
    • Gongs (2019)
  • Doorway Into Light International Death Doula Training (2019)
  • Reiki Master Certification (2018, 2019)

VIDEO

Martha on the Jumping Stretching Board

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