Makiko Oka-Castro

Natural Healing & Life Style Consultant
Posture & Movement Specialist 

Makiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She grew up in a traditional Japanese musician’s family. She was strictly taught to focus on good posture and how to strive for balance in her life. She has been using what she learned to observe, help and communicate with people because Posture is the most important communication tool.


  • In 1990, she moved to NYC and joined the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and performed with the company between 1992 to 1994.  

  • In 1996, she started to teach Pilates, but then she realized its limitations as a treatment for some of her clients. So she derived her own style of specialized Pilates for pain management.  

  • In 1997, she established her own Dance Company, 舞 Mai Dance Project and performed throughout the US and Japan.​

Her Makiko-Style Pilates gradually evolved into Makiko Method-Posture Balance.

Educational Credentials: MA in Dance Education from NYU, BA in Drama Study from Nihon University


Active Certifications: CNC (Certified Nutritional Consultant), CGP (Certified GAPS Practitioner), GCFP, FGNA, (Certified Feldenkraise Method practitioner and guild member), Reiki Master

And other training and skills:

  • Body: Pilates, Gyrotonic Expansion System, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Food Therapy,  Japanese Hari (Japanese style acupuncture without needles)

  • Mind: Hypnosis (NHG, NLP and Ericksonian hypnosis), Regression Therapy (present and past life through an energy healing)

  • Spirit: Vision Reiki (Founder), Intuitive Healing, Inner Vision Healing, Energy Clearing & Healing (a bad Qi/Chi clearing), Meditation

  • Dula Training

Our Collaborators

Rieko Sakuramoto R.A.

Private Chef

Shoko Dubuski

Yoga Teacher