Episode 213: Maggie Downie - Movement as medicine

This episode guest is Maggie Downie from Personal Euphoria

Maggie Downie is a Pilates Instructor and the owner of Personal Euphoria. She has a B.A in history from Eastern Connecticut State

University and has studied Pilates since 2002. She is certified in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Mat Pilates through STOTT Pilates. Maggie has trained in Pilates for breast cancer rehabilitation and Pilates for pre and post-natal clients, Pilates Equipment as well as injuries and special populations. She has also taken classes and trained under Pilates Elders Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher, Jay Grimes, and Lolita San Miguel. She thinks it is a privilege to work with different bodies- whether athletes or someone doing post rehab. She has been a guest on NPR and Better CT to share and discuss her knowledge of fitness. Her enthusiastic, upbeat personality is effective in helping students become energized about health and wellness.

On this episode Maggie and I discuss:

  • Maggies background
  • What is pain?
  • I ask Maggie how she works with clients that are in pain
  • I ask Maggie who's work and research in pain has influenced her the most
  • I ask Maggie what in her opinion are the leading factors to many individuals pain
  • I ask Maggie why she wrote her book?
  • I ask Maggie about the importance of language when dealing with clients and pain
  • I ask Maggie about how she deals with individuals who really self identify with their pain
  • I ask Maggie what are the biggest things her has learned in her life and career
  • Maggie and I discuss the difference between sport and health
  • I ask Maggie what a typical day in her life is like?
  • I ask Maggie for you top resources
  • I ask Maggie for her top and current book recommendation?
  • I ask Maggie for her top life advice
  • I ask Maggie, if she only had one year left on planet earth, how would she spend that year and why?
  • I ask Maggie, if she could invite 5 people to dinner, dead and alive, who would she invite and why?


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - www.personaleuphoria.com

Facebook - Personal Euphoria Pilates

Twitter - Personal Euphoria

Instagram - personaleuphoria

YouTube - EuphoriaPilates


Podcasts Mentioned:

OPEX Podcast #051 - Quinn Henoch Founder of Clinical Athlete


Videos Mentioned:

TEDxAdelaide - Lorimer Moseley - Why Things Hurt

Lorimer Moseley Pain Research Video

Pain, the brain and your amazing protectometer - Lorimer Moseley

The Mars Generation | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Robert Sapolsky -Human Behavioral Biology course 

Books Mentioned:

Keep Moving

The Sensitive Nervous System

High Performance Training for Sports

Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation


Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance

Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School

The Four Agreements


People and Resources Mentioned:

Adriaan Louw

Liz Cooke

Gil Hedley

David Bulter

NOI Group

Lorimer Moseley

Greg Lehman

Stuart McGill

Jack Kruse

Precision Nutrition

San Diego Pain Summit

David Joyce

Daniel Lewindon

GWS Giants

Quinn Henoch

Bill Knowles

Robert Sapolsky 

Sean Mcgarrity

Jack White

Meg White

The White Stripes

Karl Newells - Constraints Led Approach Model

Mount Kilimanjaro

Stott Pilates 

Joseph Pilates 

Katy Bowman

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Thomas Edison 

Benjamin Franklin

Jim Al-Khalili

Eric Helms

Precision Nutrition

Lyle McDonald

Renaissance Periodization 

Elon Musk

Alan Watts

George W. Bush

Mark Twain

Michelle Obama

Ben House

Abraham Lincoln

Jacque Fresco

Martin Luther King Jr

Nelson Mandela


Adolf Hitler

Joseph Stalin

Paul Chek

John F. Kennedy 

Teddy Roosevelt 

Jack Kruse

Pat Davidson

Functional Medicine Costa Rica


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