"I offer custom designed Mind-Body Fitness Personal Training sessions & classes in our tranquil private studio, online, and at your home or office. Discover new and fun ways to reduce stress, be active, fit, and ENJOY a life of health & wellness
(while aging gracefully)"
From learning to walk again after a major accident or reducing low back pain, to getting in shape for your wedding or after child birth, returning to exercise after a break, or "simply" reducing stress and feeling younger... our Personal Training sessions and Boutique group classes have helped thousands of people experience the joy of Mind-Body Fitness at Kona Pilates (spoiler alert: we aren't your "usual" Pilates studio). Why settle for traditional gym training or large group classes where you get lost in the masses. Established in 2003, Kona Pilates &GYROTONIC® of Chino Hills is an exclusive luxury boutique movement arts studio purposely kept intimate in size, so we can focus on YOU. We are the premier Foothill area (originally from Kailua Kona Hawaii) studio offering Stress Reduction with Chi Kung & Breathwork Practices, Contemporary STOTT Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise, TRX/Silk Suspension Training, Post Rehab Therapy, and Manual Therapy. Our award-winning studio specializes in customized Private and Duet Personal Training along with small boutique classes (that focus on quality over quantity). Our instructors/studio owners have the highest levels of education and training in Mind-Body Fitness found anywhere in Southern California which keeps your sessions informative, fresh and fun, while providing a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive environment.
Learn more about us at www.KonaPilates.com
I started with Kona Pilates about 15 years ago at about the age of 50. At that point I had absolutely no background with any form of fitness training and, besides keeping fit, my priority was finding a studio where I felt assured I would not actually sustain injuries from the workouts. I had always been fit because of extreme gardening (it's a jungle in Hawaii) and building rock walls and creating hardscapes in may spare time away from office work. I recognized that flexibilty, mobility and development over overall strength (I learned that it is called "core" strength) is required to age well. I am 66 years old now and feel very fit and self confident in the aging process. I was able to stop taking prescription medication to regain bone density, which I attribute in great part to Pilates, Gyrokinesis, and Gyrotonic classes with Laura. I have always considered the cost of the classes as a necessity and an investment in my overall health. Laura knows the human body, how it moves, how to work through injuries, how to encourage and have fun with workouts, and is, quite frankly, intuitive as to each individual's needs. I am still in Kona and take two cyber classes a week. These classes are what I do for my well being and, therefore, my happiness.
Having Laura as my first time pilates instructor was the best possible way for me to enter the world of "core on". Her instruction was clear and precise so that I understood exactly what I had to do and just as important - why. Laura is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and L.A. is fortunate to have her expertise as a top-notch Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor!!
So, a bit of background: I am an avid scuba diver, and spend a fair amount of my time practicing the technical end of that sport (chiefly deep diving), meaning that I carry lots of heavy gear, often on uneven footing (shore diving here on the Big Island of Hawaii) or on an unstable boat deck. A strong core is essential to being able to do this. Efficiently carrying and moving this gear under water also makes some unusual demands on the body, in particular the core, glutes, shoulders and low back. A great many technical divers suffer from low back pain from struggling against the gear while in the water. Pilates and Gryrotonic have given me the tools I need to address this. When I first started Pilates 11 years ago I was unable to bend to touch my toes, had trouble reaching my valves on a set of doubles and lacked any real semblance of core strength. Laura has been able to tailor a fitness regimen for me that addresses the particular needs placed on me by my sport and recognizing and helping me work through any physical limitations. Without a doubt I could not do what I am able do now without her help.
Laura is an amazing Pilates and Gryo instructor. She is very knowledgeable, very kind in her approach! I have studied with her for a few years when I travel to her home town! The studio is amazing in Carbon Canyon! Very peaceful! I wouldn't trust my body with anyone else in Chino Hills!!!
I like to start from the very beginning, laying a solid foundation of FUNdamentals that build a strong practice. I work with each new students pace and style of learning, and custom design each and every session.
I have a BS in Psychology and a MA in Transpersonal Psychology / Mind-Body Medicine. I hold a 2nd degree black belt in mixed martial arts. I am a Hawaii licensed and board certfied Medical Massage Therapist. I hold advanced certifications in STOTT Pilates (full program plus rehabilitation), GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS (Yoga for Dancers) Method exercise, Chi Kung, Bootie Barre, Aerial Yoga, TRX, Silk Suspension Training, Pilates for Golf, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, and more.
Single Personal Training Session $75
5 Personal Training Sessions ($70 ea) $350
10 Personal Training Sessions ($65 ea) $650
I also offer Duet or Couples Training
Single Duet Session $85 per couple or $42.50 per person
5 Duet Sessions ($80 ea) $400 per couple or $200 per person
10 Duet Sessions ($75 ea) $750 per couple or $375 per person
Laura is a third generation Southern California and grew up in Arcadia. Laura's first job, at age 17, was as a physical therapy assistant at a sports rehab center in Arcadia. She worked with all levels of rehabilitation from athletes to stroke patients. She was offered this job and was blessed to train extensively with this leading sports physical therapist after completing a lengthy physical therapy program for her knee following a severe skiing accident. It was this early experience, both as the client and later as the therapist, that helped to shape her career choice to date.
I have worked with students who are returning to exercise, students new to exercise (or at least the modalities that I offer), students looking to improve sports performance, students recovering from illness or injury, students who have back or neck pain, students who have found hope no where else, and students who simply love Pilates/Gyrotonic/Barre/Chi Kung.
I really love solving "issues in the tissues." Recently a client came in that is a scuba diver. He mentioned he'd been working at a computer and noticed pain across his shoulders and neck. We then found that he was unable to reach the valves on his scuba tanks (a very serious problem). So we did a single session to regain his flexibility and relieve the pain and tightness he was experiencing. By the end of our session he proudly exclaimed, "now I can turn my valves!"
Another client was in the studio complaining of knee pain. We found (thru a series of muscle action tests) that her glutes weren't firing properly. I taught her "the glute fix" and gave her exercises to do at home. Before she left the studio, we made sure she knew exactly which muscles she was to be feeling the work in, which were stabilizing, and which were to be off. She came in for her next session (a week later) and reported that her knee pain (and mid back pain) was down by 50%. Within the following week, her pain was completely gone.
Quality is far more important than quantity. Many people head to loud gyms or crowded group classes and wonder why they don't get the results they desire. Mind-Body Fitness programs are truly designed to be taught one-on-one so that each students receives personal mentoring from their instructor. Also, the quality of instruction one receives in Personal Training private sessions is well worth "the price of admission" as results and sessions are custom tailored to individual needs.
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