What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise that enables people to correct muscular imbalances and improve movement patterns. Pilates focuses on activating stabilizer muscles through specific breathing techniques, while also working to maintain neutral alignment of the spine. This unique approach also incorporates support and stabilization of the head and cervical spine (neck), shoulder girdle (shoulder blades and shoulder joint), rib cage, and pelvis.

Applying this holistic approach to fitness incorporates:

  • fusion of mind and body,
  • concentration and breathing,
  • precision and control,
  • balance and centering,
  • and flow of movement.

In the fall of 2007, Susan began her own Stott Pilates Teacher Training Certification Courses at PNWP. In January of 2008, she received certification to teach Stott Pilates at the Essential and Intermediate level in Mat and Reformer. On January 31, 2010, Susan became a fully Certified Level One Stott Pilates Instructor in Cadillac, Stability Chair, Barrels: Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Arc Barrel, Injuries and Special Populations.

Susan’s Mission

To teach clients about basic body mechanics and postural awareness. I strive to provide clients with safe, effective, and functional exercise programs where each individual can apply what he/she learns through our Pilates lessons to his/her activities of daily living.

Educating the mind so the body can move freely.

By applying the Stott principles Susan teaches clients how to engage “core” muscles properly, with the results improving:

  • spinal stabilization and mobility,
  • postural awareness,
  • muscular endurance,
  • joint range of motion,
  • proprioception,
  • coordination,
  • balance,
  • ease of movement,
  • stamina,
  • and flexibility.

Susan breaks down each exercise so her clients truly understand where the movement is initiated from in the body. Susan’s slow and gentle approach to teaching Pilates enables her clients to attain their fitness goals, while learning to heal and prevent injuries.