Camarillo Pilates

Camarillo Pilates

7 employees
21 years in business

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We are the first Pilates studio established in Camarillo and still going strong! We have several certified teachers on staff ready to help you meet your health and fitness goals! We pride ourselves on our small group atmosphere that gives personal attention to each client, and considers their fitness levels and limitations- you are never just a number, even in a group class! We are constantly studying the latest fitness trends and continuing our education to enhance our practice and serve our clients. We have many specializations in addition to general health and fitness. We also have a strong group of aging clients who practice Pilates to maintain health, strength and balance! It is never too late to start! 

This is a labor of love for me. I personally experienced the benefits of Pilates in recovering from a broken back and left my previous profession to teach this method! I love seeing what Pilates can do for not just the body, but the mind and spirit. I am happy to come to work each day. We have cultivated a very positive community in the studio. I appreciate the respect and kindness that our client's have for one another. 

I am in constant pursuit of knowledge and regularly attend workshops and certifications to meet my client's needs as they progress or as they face health challenges and injuries. I enjoy helping others, I enjoy learning and I find the body fascinating. I believe passion makes you good at what you do.

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Camarillo, CA 93010
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Each student is given personal attention to assess their fitness goals and ability level. We highly recommend private sessions when new to Pilates, and these will be required if the client presents with any special conditions or injuries. An introductory private session will take the client through the Pilates fundamentals on the mat and reformer while assessing their movement patterns in various postures. This helps us determine whether they are ready to join group classes or need to spend some time in one on one sessions. Those who have sufficient Pilates experience are welcome to try a group class!

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

All of our instructors are certified with a minimum of 500 hours of Pilates training. Many have additional certifications and specializations in areas such as dance, injuries and postural faults, prenatal/postnatal fitness, neurological conditions such as MS, stroke and Parkinsons, Pilates for the aging client, Osteoperosis, Breast Cancer rehabilitation, Personal training, Athletic training, BOSU fitness. The list goes on! 

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

Pricing is detailed on our website. We provide monthly autopay programs as well as class 10-packages that clients can work from at their own pace. We also offer Private, Duet and Trio sessions.

How did you get started teaching?

Our teachers each have their own story, many started after using Pilates to benefit their own bodies and moved forward to share the benefits with others. Personally I found Pilates after fracturing my back in a snowboarding accident. After completing PT, I still didn't feel "normal" or confident in movement- even 2 years after my injury. I tried Pilates upon the recommendation of my chiropractor, and within 6 weeks I felt like a different person! After practicing Pilates for a few years personally, I left my job as a project manager to pursue certification and share this life changing method with others. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with clients as young as 12 and as old as 90, both male and female, whether healthy and looking for general fitness or injured and coping with disease. I have additional certifications in osteoperosis, prenatal/postnatal fitness, neurological conditions and I am currently studying post-op breast cancer rehabilitation. I have helped clients prepare for and recover from mastectomy surgery, knee surgery and spine surgery. I have worked with clients dealing with lower back bain and arthritis in addition to many other conditions- almost everyone is dealing with something. I am very comfortable working with the aging population in addition to my young and healthy clients! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love my job, and I am so fond of the community that we have built in the studio. We know our clients, we know their bodies and we give them what they need to succeed at Pilates but also to smile and boost their spirits when they come to the studio. Recently we surprised our oldest client on her birthday with a champagne toast and cake at 10am! She is 90 years old and she does Pilates 2-3 times a week for the last 15 years! She is amazing and can still keep up with group classes! It was meaningful to celebrate her journey, her positive attitude and her amazing abilities. 

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

You are putting your spine, mobility and health in the hands of your Pilates instructor! Make sure they have a solid certification that requires in person training, observation hours and student teaching- at least 500 hours! These days teachers can train online or get a certification in one weekend- this is not enough to teach Pilates! Make sure they have experience in working with clients like yourself- do you have an injury or a special condition? Make sure they are comfortable in working with your issues! Find a studio that takes the time to know your body and the modifications you may need- even in a class setting, they should be teaching to the group that is present not just shouting out exercises- one size does not fit all. Small groups are important in Pilates, you shouldn't be a number, your teacher should be looking at you, correcting you and making sure you are getting the most out of each session. 

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

Is the instructor certified? Through what organization?

How many hours of training do they have?

What additional trainings or areas of expertise do they have?

What is the studio cancelation policy?

Do class packages expire at the end of the month, how long do you have to use your classes up? 

Are you injured, pregnant, dealing with chronic pain, recovering from surgery? Make sure to ask about their experience with these conditions and their comfort level in working with them.

How many clients are in each class?