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The Pilates Studio


Building strength & balance in body, mind, & spirit

719.539.4210

 

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The Pilates Studio


Building strength & balance in body, mind, & spirit

719.539.4210

 


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WHO WE ARE


Salida Pilates

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WHO WE ARE


Salida Pilates

Our Story

The Pilates Studio in Salida, Colorado started in November of 2003. Steve O’Neill settled in Salida after many years working in corporate positions and non-profit organizations. Steve was enjoying living in a small mountain town with all its benefits. Many other body-workers in the area found out about the experience Steve has with The Pilates Method not only working on himself, but also teaching others. They encouraged Steve to open a studio to support the community and all the other body-workers in the area.

Starting out with a small space on the corner of F Street and Sackett Street, participation from the community allowed The Pilates Studio to grow. An additional instructor began in June of 2004 and another in February 2011. We moved a larger location in September 2005 with additional instructors added to meet the demand of additional clientele. At this time there are four full-time certified Pilates instructors involved with the studio teaching private sessions on both mat and equipment, group classes on mat and equipment, spin bike classes, boot camps and clinical Pilates for rehabilitation clients.

August 2011 brought us to our newest and largest space yet - 300 W Hwy 291. This spacious location allows extra room for three spin bikes as well as larger mat and equipment classes.

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Our Philosophy


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Our Philosophy


 

At The Pilates Studio, our goal is to help clients incorporate core stability not only in Pilates exercises but also in every aspect of their lives. As they acquire coordinated movement skills under our supervision, clients can also learn from us how to safely play a sport or perform a job, how to stand, bend, rotate, lift weight or simply maintain a “neutral pelvis/neutral spine” position. Each principle in itself is a ‘micro-skill’, which when combined with other micro-skills, form a functional ‘macro-skill’.

We focus on breath to lead every movement performed; the breath leads the muscular engagement. We practice concentration, control, centering, fluidity, precision, breath, imagination, intuition and integration.

Through concentrated and creative effort you will reap the myriad benefits this unique method of conditioning has to offer, awakening your body through movement and your mind through conscious thought.

We at The Pilates Studio feel strongly that a new client should start with private instruction to assure that s/he knows the proper breathing techniques, muscle contraction and release and to make sure the spine, neck, and entire body is maintained in a safe position during each exercise, before moving into a larger class.

Our Mission: Building strength and balance in body, mind and spirit.

Our Vision: To encourage the understanding in our community of the value of the mind-body connection, so practitioners can integrate what is learned in The Pilates Studio into their daily life

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Our Instructors


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Our Instructors


 

Our instructors are always continuing their journey as Pilates professionals.  We believe in the value of continuing education and advance certifications.  Our faculty are experienced, caring and passionate Pilates instructors from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their rich diversity of experience and perspectives allow us to offer courses appropriate for studio, fitness  and post-rehabilitation environments.  Check out their Bio’s below.


Steve O'Neill

Steve O’Neill

With over 20 years in the corporate world, traveling, sitting at a desk, and even being physically active, Steve found himself with low back pain and bad posture. He was introduced to Pilates to help his back and overall fitness. Back pain diminished with time and fitness levels increased to such a degree that it allowed him to return to his love of sports. His running and biking improved and his ability to play racquetball, a sport he truly loved, was to a level where he was able to play without pain. Steve’s initial training took place in Boulder, Colorado. Through teaching he found that using the breath to initiate muscle engagement and movement allowed a person to experience the complete Pilates. Changing from the corporate world into the non-profit world didn’t relieve the stress on his back, so the need for Pilates continued. Steve started using Pilates also as a stress-reliever from the intensity of raising funds to support operations. Finding himself refreshed after working with Pilates he found additional energy to continue working long hours for non-profits. Arriving in Salida, Colorado, Steve was asked to use his background in Pilates to start a studio. Using his 40 plus years of sports as a background, he decided to gain additional education, in Pilates, through the Physical Mind Institute in New York City. Steve is a certified instructor in all levels of Mat and Standing Mat instruction as well as all levels of Equipment instruction and also Pilates rehabilitation. Steve has used his business background to start and continue operating a successful Pilates studio.


Sonia Walter Salida Pilates Instructor

Sonia Walter

Sonia comes to The Pilates Studio with an extensive background in cycling. She started in the Midwest where she raced with a women’s team in Wisconsin, to cycling in Colorado where she would cover 7,000 miles a summer. Her love of being on the road developed her athletic background. Steady weight lifting also developed her major muscles, yet her back, and especially her shoulders, would cause major discomfort during her rides. Introduced to Pilates in 2003, Sonia saw the benefits of stretching and lengthening her muscles to enhance her athletic performance. Pilates allowed her to sit more comfortably on the bike for many hours and gave her more power to spin. It also negated the pain that used to reside in her shoulders during and after a ride. She has since discovered trail running and mountain biking; Pilates has helped immensely with navigating difficult and rocky single track with no injuries by increasing her balance and strength. She can now comfortably run and ride hours on her favorite trails with no pain or injuries.

Certified by the Physical Mind Institute in 2004, Sonia sees her teaching as a way to help people understand and appreciate the movement possibilities of their bodies. Sonia completed advanced education through Balanced Body University, finishing the Reformer modules in fall of 2009, the Tower/Cadillac module spring 2010 and Chair/Ladder Barrel spring 2011. In April of 2012 she completed her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training through Balanced Body completing more than 488 hours of Mat, Reformer and Apparatus training.  This is a significant step in her career and certified as a Master Pilates Instructor, she is now allowed to teach other instructors. She hopes that each client can learn the joy of movement. After giving her clients the ability to move more comfortably and from their core, she loves to give them a good workout!


Kyanne Danowski

Kyanne has taught dance for over 25 years. In 2000 it had taken its toll and after experiencing low back pain and surgery, she tried Pilates on a suggestion from a friend.  As strength and balanced muscle tone returned after only three months, she was hooked.  She continued teaching dance with renewed vigor and endurance.  It didn’t take long with her movement background before she decided to get certified to teach Pilates.  She is Balanced Body University trained and certified in Mat 1 and 2, Reformer 1, 2 and 3 and Arc apparatus training.  She has been teaching Pilates for over 5 years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and now she hopes to inspire students in the Pilates method here in Salida. With her years of dance training and teaching, Kyanne has a good eye for proper alignment and enjoys seeing improvement in her clients.  She believes that Pilates is the perfect exercise for everyone because it works the whole body in a balanced way and can be modified to fit any fitness level.

When Kyanne’s husband, Phil retired last February, they decided to fulfill a life long dream and move to the mountains.  They picked up their bags, lock, stock and barrel, and moved from the lush farmlands of Iowa and found a home with a small apple orchard and gardens in Cotopaxi, Colorado. What a change! What an adventure! They love the outdoors and are in awe of the beauty around them.  Kyanne loves to hike mountain trails and is eager to try her hand at snowshoeing and other mountain sports.  They have great expectations for their life here in Colorado, a state that has so much to offer.


Helen Walser

Growing up, Helen played pretty much any kind of team sport available to her, from basketball, softball, soccer and even football during college.  After college, Helen turned to both cycling and group fitness stay strong and active and relieve the stresses of the corporate world.  It became such a big part of her life that she began to teach in different fitness facilities around the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area.   She became a certified group fitness instructor through AAAI/ISMA and certified spinning instructor through both Johnny G. Spinning and Cycle Reebok.  The years of teaching, along with an active outdoor lifestyle, lead to severe pain in her neck, back and hips.  Faced with slowing down or finding a solution, Helen discovered The Pilates Studio and the benefits of core strength, body awareness and balance.  Helen has now been an avid student of Pilates for three years and has seen improvement in her strength, athletic performance and teaching skills as she incorporates the principles of Pilates into her fitness classes.  Helen has now joined the Pilates team as an instructor and has completed her mat certification through Balanced Body and will continue with certification in the other Pilates disciplines.  She is also currently studying hard to sit for her personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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