Christy Sanford (also known by her stage name SpiraLynn) is the owner and director of Studio in Essence. She has over 20 years of experience working as a fitness professional, and she is passionate about helping her students achieve their fitness goals! 


Christy knows that it can be difficult to move your body. A series of sports injuries and car crashes in the 1990s left her with debilitating back pain and muscle weakness. To combat the pain and weakness caused by her injuries, she turned to Pilates to strengthen her core. Pretty soon, she started to feel stronger, and she started to move in ways she hadn’t thought possible.


Inspired by her own transformation, she decided that she wanted to help others. Over the years, Christy has become a Stott Pilates Certified Instructor, a licenced GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer, and a Canfitpro Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She worked as a personal trainer for Nubody’s Fitness Centres in Halifax and was directing their Pilates program up until she opened Studio in Essence in 2004. 


Initially, Christy focused on Pilates at Studio in Essence. But soon, she found something that combined her love of fitness and her innate creativity—in fact, she found it dangling in mid-air! Christy began teaching pole fitness and aerial arts and winning medals at the Atlantic Pole Fitness Championships and at the Canadian Pole Fitness Championships! 


In order to share her passion for fitness and creative movement with as many people as possible, Christy developed instructor training programs for Pilates, pole fitness, and aerial hoop. And she became a licenced GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer. 


Nowadays, Christy splits her time between personal training and instructor training. She works with people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. As a personal trainer, she helps her students gain balance, flexibility, agility, strength, and confidence. As an instructor trainer, she helps some of her more experienced students become experienced instructors. 


To schedule a personal training session or join an instructor training class, contact Christy at

Christy Sanford *aka SpiraLynn

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