Bellabody Pilates

Bellabody Pilates

1 employee
8 years in business

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I am a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher, have verifiable, documented certification for all Pilates equipment. Why is that important? We work with complex anatomical movements and spring resistance equipment that requires more than a weekend training. We want you to walk out feeling better than you walked in!

Additionally I am the only licensed Buff Bones instructor in Phoenix with advanced Pilates training working with those with osteoporosis. I have also completed advanced training with post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors, post-surgery rotator cuff, scoliosis, dancers and athletes, Pilates for Golf, and working with clients with a variety of auto-immune disorders, sciatica, orthopedic and spinal issues. I am a certified Burn at the Barre instructor and have fun with the creativity of designing unique and challenging barre classes! We offer five Silver Sneaker eligible Mat Pilates classes a week and love working with seniors. When you come to BellaBody Pilates, the focus is on you! 

Pilates transformed my life--I lost over 70 pounds, rehabbed my knee, and am in better physical shape than I was 20 years ago. I love helping my clients transform their lives! The studio is quiet, private, and the focus is on the individual. Our clients range in age from 10 year old gymnasts to 84 year old grandmothers. Pilates is for Every Body and we work hard to help you improve your quality of life!

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Phoenix, AZ 85022
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to learn as much about the prospective client as possible. You will complete a new client intake form before your first session and we will review it before you start working out. Next, I carefully observe the client's movemnent patterns and compare what I see to what the client has told me about their physical condition. I like using the 3 intro lesson package to learn about my client as well as get their feedback. After the 3 sessions, the client will have a good idea of what Pilates is and I will have a plan of action formulated to help my client reach their goals. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT), I completed over 500 hours of training on the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chairs, Ladder Barrel, and the Mat through Pilates Sports Center (PSC) in Encino, CA as well as passed a comprehensive written exam. I am certified as a Burn at the Barre instructor through PSC, Level One CoreAlign, a licensed Buff Bones instructor in Phoenix (bone health and balance with a focus on those with osteoporosis and joint/bone issues), have completed advanced training in post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors, post-surgery rotator cuff, scoliosis, Pilates for Golf, and Functional Fitness certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In January 2017, I am proud to be hosting Pilates for Neurological Conditions at BellaBody Pilates drawing participants from all over the US for advanced training working with those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Stroke. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, available on my website, I offer a variety of packages for individuals, duets and group fitness. Addtionally I offer discounts for first responders, military, teachers and cancer survivors.

How did you get started teaching?

Becoming a Pilates instructor was the last thing that crossed my mind when I enrolled for a Mat certification course. I had been practicing Pilates with twice a week private lessons for seven years and thought that if I learned Mat exercises, I could supplement the privates with self practice. What happened? I fell down Alice's rabbit hole and discovered Pilates was so much more than the exercises. As part of the certification, I needed to train some people so one thing led to another and I ended up with alot of clients and loving teaching. At the time I was still working full time as a financial advisor and did both for about a year and a half. After much soul searching, I retired after 18+ years as a financial advisor to run my studio and teach full time. I haven't looked back!

What types of students have you worked with?

My clients range from 10 to 84 years old with a variety of fitness levels, health conditions, male and female. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

BellaBody Pilates has an annual pre-Thanksgiving fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society. We raise much needed funds and gather wish-list supplies for a wonderful cause. We host several fundraisers each year and strongly believe in the power of giving back to our community. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

1. Instructor's qualifications and experience- do they know what they're doing? Are they a PMA-CPT? Are you looking to learn Pilates or do exercises using Pilates equipment? There is a big difference in how you will feel. 

2. Location--is it close enough to be convenient for you to attend regularly?

3. Will the sessions fit in your schedule and will you make the committment to attend? 

4. Cost--is it affordable enough to maintain consistency?

5. Equipment--does ther studio have professional quality Pilates equipment? Is is well-maintained? Is the teacher qualified to teach on all of it?

6. Does the instructor and studio carry liability insurance? Are they certified in CPR? 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Knowing one's goals, physical strengths and challenges and communicating those at the intitial meeting with the prospective instructor is important so the instructor understands what you want.  Additionally, having mutual agreement that open communication to make "course corrections" going forward is vital in order to continue to make progress.