Photo:  Society House  | Samantha Zauscher

Photo: Society House | Samantha Zauscher

A total-body wellness plan, for every body.


GYROTONIC® Rancho Santa Fe was founded in 2016 by Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor Michele Moon and Certified GYROTONIC® Master Trainer Irene Pulli as the premier GYROTONIC® facility in San Diego and beyond.




Michele Moon, Owner / Certified Trainer

Michele Moon is the founder of GYROTONIC® Rancho Santa Fe, and specializes in movement, recovery, and GYROTONIC® methods for equestrians, professional athletes, and people of all ages and abilities.

Michele opened the studio to share her expertise and the GYROTONIC®  method's life-changing benefits in improving strength and symmetry in everyone -both in the Rancho Santa Fe equestrian community and beyond. As a competitive rider Michele came to the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as an equestrian in 2002. She saw first-hand how GYROTONIC® could help with injury, mobility, and flexibility. GYROTONIC® offered a new found range of mobility, and Michele was hooked.

Michele was first exposed to pilates in 1992 in Los Angeles, California going on to teach and receive a certification in pilates with international master teacher Marie-Jose Bloom (Long Beach Dance Conditioning Studio) in 2002. She then founded Park City Pilates in Utah. Michele moved back to California in 2008, and in 2014 suffered a compression spinal and hairline hip fracture in a riding accident. The GYROTONIC® methods became the single most important key of her complete recovery, facilitating her return to dressage competition only several months afterwards.

Michele Moon certified in GYROTONIC® methods Level 1 in 2014, then began immediately teaching. She is currently certified in Level 2 and all specialized equipment including the ARCHWAY, GYROTONER®, LEG EXTENSION UNIT, JUMPING-STRETCHING BOARD, and The Applications for Equestrian Program. Michele has had a lifelong interest in fashion. GYROTONIC® Rancho Santa Fe is thrilled to offer the beautiful activewear of Koral as well as announcing their exclusive premiere as the first boutique in the U.S. to carry the Italian-designed and produced Deha label, specializing in high-fashion active and movement pieces.

Irene Pulli, Certified Master Trainer

Born in Parma, Italy, Irene Pulli moved to the United States in 1996 in search of a new life.  Upon arrival, she began studying Pilates as a client and was captivated by this technique.  This was the beginning of her career as a Pilates instructor.

In 2001, Irene became certified in the Pilates technique at the Long Beach Dance Conditioning and Movement Academy under the instruction of master teacher Marie-Jose Blom. During this training she was first introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, which soon became her passion.  At this point, she began learning about progression and adaptation in order to meet the bio-mechanical demands of dance-technical training, rehabilitation, body conditioning and the design of remedial programs.

In 2002, Irene completed her certification in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and in 2003 she was certified in GYROKINESIS® exercise and the specialized equipment training in the Ladder.  In 2004, Irene was certified in theGYROTONER® and also participated in the GYROTONIC® Applications for Golfers.  By 2004, Irene became a GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer under Master Trainer Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice, with whom she currently teaches several times a year in Los Angeles.

2005 was an important milestone in her career when she trained with Juliu Horvath, founder and creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® exercise.  During this period, she certified in the GYROTONIC® Level 2 and became a GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer.  In 2007, Irene further her expertise by certifying in GYROKINESIS® Level 2 and in GYROTONIC® Application for Lumbar-Pelvic Girdle. In 2011 Irene become a  GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and certified in the ARCHWAY. In 2012 Irene became a GYROTONER® Master Trainer, and in 2013 a JUMPING-STRETCHING BOARD, ARCHWAY and  GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer.

In addition to traveling and giving course in Italy and various cities in the United States, Irene is currently the owner of GYROTONIC® San Diego, located in the heart of North Park, San Diego.  Irene is trilingual in Italian, English and Spanish which enables her to communicate with clients from multiple backgrounds.  She is an avid dancer specializing in caribbean dance and folklore, for which she has visited several countries to perform.  Her extensive dancing experience gives her a deep and holistic understanding of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and GYROKINESIS® exercise, and how these can benefit the body’s well-being.

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Cathleen Murakami, Certified Trainer

Cathleen Murakami is the former owner of SynergySystems® Fitness Studio in Encinitas, CA, which was devoted to Pilates and GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® from 1996-2015. Currently, she is the Program Director of Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa, located in Tecate, Baja CA, Mexico. Cathleen has produced 4 Pilates Mat DVDs, is featured in several DVDs for IDEA & Healthy Learning, has authored Morning Pilates Workouts (published by Human Kinetics) and is a featured instructor on the internationally acclaimed website, PilatesAnytime.
Among the organizations she has presented for include IDEA, Body, Mind Spirit, Federazione Italiana Fitness (Italy), Asia Fitness Conference, and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Cathleen holds certifications from ACE, Alan Herdman Pilates Studio of London, PhysicalMind®, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, PMA, GYROTONIC® Levels 1 & 2, GYROKINESIS®, & GYROKINESIS® Metamorphosis. Cathleen has completed yoga teacher training with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center and Erich Schiffman of Freedom Yoga.


Paula Nascimento David , Certified Trainer

Paula was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was raised in an environment rich in Brazilian festivities and grew up dancing, sparking a passion that initiated her first steps in the world of dance, which developed into her professional career. 

In 1999, Paula began her studies at Center of Movement and Arts -Angel Vianna Dance School in Rio de Janeiro. She Studied Classic Ballet, Laban, Contemporary Dance, Corporal Expression, anatomy, vocal expression, music,  Brazilian Popular Dance, Theatrical Techniques, Kinesiology, Modern dance and Dance History.

In 2002,   She met  the Neurologist Dr. Maria Jose who introduced her to the Motor Rehabilitation  center and in the same year , she was licensed at the same school in Motor Rehabilitation and Dance Movement Therapy, studied: Laban/Bartenieff,  Alexander Technique, Feldenkraiss, Zen Shiatsu, Kinesiology and neurophysiology.

In 2004, Paula decided to deepen her knowledge in the human body and began her professional certification coursework in Godelieve Denys-Struyf, a French technique commonly known as GDS at Ivaldo Bertazzo School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 In 2007, she moved to Chicago and soon after, obtained her certifications in Pre and Post Natal and Spinal Conditions.  

In 2009,  Started to work and Trained at Chicago Northshore Gyrotonic with  the Master trainer Alissa Getz Waller., who introduced  Paula GYROTONIC®, Since then, she has expanded her knowledge in specialized training including:  GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Course 3/1/2009 -Alissa Getz Waller; GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certificate Course 11/7/2010 -Miriam Barbosa;  GYROTONIC®  Level2 Pre-Training Course (legacy) 1/6/2012 -Alissa Getz Waller;  GYROTONIC®  Applications for the pelvic  Girdle  6/8/2012 -Uwe Herbstreit;  GYROTONIC®  Leg Extension Unit Course 10/1/2014 - Erika Hassan; GYROTONIC®  Applications For Dancers Level 1 10/24/2014 -Miriam Barbosa; GYROTONIC®  Applications for the Shoulder Girdle 6/8/2015 -Uwe Herbstreit; GYROTONIC® Psoas Principles 7/10/2015 - Juergen Bamberger;  GYROTONIC®  Archway Level 1 Course 10/16/2015 -Erika Hassan; GYROTONIC®  Jumping-Stretching Board Course 2/21/2016 -Davi Edlebeck;   GYROTONIC®  Level 1 Update Course 2/21/2016- Davi Edlebeck;  GYROTONIC®  Applications for Scoliosis 10/16/2016 -Uwe Herbstreit;  lately she updated her level I - GYROTONIC®  Level 1 update course 10/22/2017 - Irene Pulli

Paula Loves to learn and pass on her knowledge to her clients helping them to work on their process of healing from injury, instability and growth through movement. 

This involves organizing, connecting, attuning and finding efficiencies within each person with the ultimate goal to inspire self awareness and create smart movers.