Pilates was created by Joseph H. Pilates to rehabilitate soldiers injured during World War I. Over a period of 25 years, he developed a body conditioning system, which has become known as the Pilates Method. It involves over 500 movements designed to easily strengthen and stretch muscles using the body’s own gravity. Pilates may include matwork, props and use of specialized Pilates equipment. The exercises are gentle, the repetitions are low, and the benefits are great.
While each person will have different needs to fulfill their personal goals, Pilates can:
Our instructors have the Pilates knowledge and experience to help you meet your fitness goals. Whether you’re a grandparent looking forward to picking up your grandchildren without straining your back, a new mom wanting to return to your pre-pregnancy form or an athlete seeking to improve your performance, we understand the fundamentals of fitness and how to incorporate them into a program designed specifically for your body and your needs.
Althea has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1990. She is certified by PhysicalMind Institute as a pilates instructor and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a personal trainer. Her knowledge, energy and contagious enthusiasm make her one of the most popular instructors and personal trainers.
Althea has extensive experience in physical rehabilitation, and truly looks forward to seeing her clients fully recover from past injuries and then achieve higher levels of fitness. “By focusing on how the body and mind function as an integrated unit, we can strengthen postural weaknesses and restore functional movement. My motto: Stay flexible.”
A native Spanish speaker, Creta has performed professionally as a synchronized swimmer, as well as worked as a creative manager of choreography in television. She completed her Pilates training through Integrated Teacher Training ( ITT) here in San Francisco and enthusiastically stays current by researching and participating in continuing education.
Creta utilizes the six key principles which Joseph H. Pilates implemented into his method: Concentration, Centering, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow, bringing a focused and fun dynamic to her classes and private sessions. Her positive and passionate approach to teaching, inspires, supports and challenges her students to reach their full potential, from beginners or advanced.
Lori is certified through the Pilates Sports Center and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Speech Language Pathology and moved to San Francisco in 2001.
Lori was first introduced to Pilates in 2005, rehabilitating a herniated disc injury that halted her active lifestyle. Pilates exercises aided in not only her successful recovery but also allowed her to identify the imbalances in other areas of her body, and address them as well. She left her corporate career (and too much time sitting at a desk hunched over a computer) to immerse herself in Pilates’ highly effective conditioning practice and share its powerful mind and body transformation possibilities with others.
Knowing first hand how a body in pain can affect every part of one’s life, Lori wants to use that awareness to help people experience the benefits that come from having the balanced and strong body that Pilates can offer. Whether you are taking Pilates to supplement your own athletic ability, recover from an injury/surgery or seeking a healthier and more balanced life, her goal is for you to leave a session with her feeling stronger, taller and livelier than before.
Pilates Mat Classes
Inside our beautiful Chi studio, you’ll find a place for movement and balance. You’ll also meet wonderful instructors who will guide and inspire your Pilates practice. Classes are limited to 4-8 students. To find the class that’s right for you, please review our current class schedule.
drop-in fee $25 for 60-min class
class cards 5 for $100 | 10 for $180 | 20 for $300
Private Pilates Instruction*
With this core conditioning system, you’ll imprint proper muscular recruitment patterns, enhance joint mobility, strengthen and correct postural imbalances and restore your body to its optimal functional movement. 60 minutes.
single $75-125 | duets $130-145
5 sessions $350-575 | duets $625-675
10 sessions $650-1,100 | duets $1200-1350
Pilates For Rehabilitation*
Created by Joseph H. Pilates to rehabilitate soldiers injured during World War I, the Pilates Method involves over 500 movements designed to easily strengthen and stretch muscles using the body’s own gravity. Pilates may include matwork, props and use of specialized Pilates equipment. The exercises are gentle and the repetitions are low. 60 minutes.
5 sessions $375-575
10 sessions $700-1,100
*Rates vary by instructor.