Joe Sargent is a certified personal trainer and movement teacher who grew up in Vermont. After studying philosophy at Columbia University, Joe’s interest in the transformation of human experience led him to spend the next 7 years exploring primarily physical and mind-body oriented practices that aim to improve movement, awareness, embodiment, and overall health. Some of his influences include gymnastics, circus arts (specializing in hand-balancing), the Ido Portal Method, Continuum Movement, as well as principles and techniques from martial arts, western somatics and modern dance. Joe works with his clients to achieve their goals, no matter where they are in their own process of transformation. He believes the most valuable things he has to teach come from his own embodied experience - the skills, physical attributes, and internal qualities of awareness and kinesthetic sensitivity that he has developed over the years. His methods aim to produce greater strength, flexibility, ease of movement, neuromuscular control, improved athletic performance, and a sense of awareness and connection throughout the body.
Kevin Comeau, CMT, CPT
Kevin Comeau provides bodywork and personal training at Open Door. The principles of centering and biomechanical efficiency borrowed from martial arts feature strongly in his approach to exercise. Whether working on flexibility, strength, balance, or agility, participants in Kevin’s classes maintain mindfulness toward using their bodies in an integrated manner. Kevin's aim in training, as with bodywork, is the restoration and maintenance of movement: free, full, and painless. The particulars of fitness- functional strength, suppleness, higher capacities- are built upon this foundation.
Kevin is a certified personal trainer and has practiced and taught traditional Japanese martial arts for thirty-five years. He has been a deep tissue massage and myofascial release therapist for 25 years; for the past 21 years he has taught advanced massage classes at the River Valley Community College and body awareness at the Community College of Vermont.