I feel blessed to be instructing movement again, specifically both Pilates on the Apparatus, as well as THE GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.  I am teaching at the very sweet InJoy Movement, which is a studio owned by my dear friend Emily Hudson. Emily was one of the first movers I connected with when I came to the Wilmington area in 2012 and she is an inspiration of focus, ambition and accomplishment.

I recently updated my teaching bio for Emily and felt this was a good place to share it, a repository of sorts for future conversations.   If you are interested in organizing a session with me, you can email me directly at smaravetz@gmail.com


Susan Maravetz began her mind/body exploration in 1996, when a friend invited her to a yoga class. At the time, an avid gym devotee trained in the “no pain, no gain” philosophy, she was skeptical at best. Susan was immediately intrigued by the contrast of the mental and physical challenges of yoga and began taking classes regularly. In 2001, a friend introduced her to the pilates system at a boutique studio in Raleigh and Susan became a complete convert to mindful movement, finding great ease and satisfaction in this structured movement system.

Susan’s ongoing exploration of movement and mindfulness led to a complete transformation in her movement and life philosophy, as Susan began systematically adding education and new training to her movement repertoire. Susan’s formal teacher training began in 2002, as she became certified by the Pilates Certification Center (PCC) for Pilates Mat Level I/II (2002) and all Pilates Apparatus (2003). Shortly thereafter, Susan integrated her interest in pilates and golf with the Pilates for Golf™ program (2003). Susan satisfied the Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT) requirements in 2010.

In 2007, Susan began delving into THE GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, completing multiple certifications and courses over the next nine years that include:

  • GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Level 1 Trainer – 2008
  • GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board – 2009
  • GYROTONIC® Gyrotoner® – 2009
  • GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Level 1 Update – 2012
  • GYROTONIC® Ladder Workshop- 2012
  • GYROTONIC® Level 2 Program 1 Pre-training – 2014
  • GYROTONIC® Application for Dancers – 2016

From 2006 through 2010, Susan was a senior instructor at Evolve Movement in Raleigh, as well as the Director of Operations for the studio. Coming full circle from her movement beginnings, Susan completed the Evolve Movement 200 Hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Certification in 2010, and received her RYT200.

Inspired to move to Wrightsville Beach in 2012, Susan brought the first GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower to the Wilmington area and worked with Emily Hudson at Port City Pilates. Briefly returning Raleigh, Susan is happy to have landed back in the Wilmington area and is excited to teach at InJoy Movement Studio.

Susan’s personal philosophy is that it is never too late to begin moving. At any age, movement is available, appropriate and healing. Her peak teaching moments happen when a client connects with the work and can appreciate how movement will benefit them. “It is rewarding to see the light bulb go off and have a client experience something new in their mind, body or spirit; something they hadn’t known was possible. Seeing clients explore, commit and grow in the work is most rewarding to me.”