Shawn is a practicing physical therapist. She received her Masters of Physical Therapy from USC in 1990. She has been working in orthopedics for over 25 years. She specializes in treating spine dysfunction such as neck and back pain but is qualified to treat all areas of the body. In 2003, Shawn became a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She incorporates Pilates in all of her physical therapy rehabilitation. Shawn has found that Pilates is a more effective rehab tool than traditional physical therapy exercises.
Shawn started the practice of yoga over 20 years ago. She was drawn to yoga because of its many health benefits, not only on a physical level but also on a mental and spiritual level. Shawn began teaching yoga in 1995. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification in 1999 from the Yoga Institute of Houston.
Shawn began practicing Reiki in 1999. She obtained her Reiki Master Teacher certification in 2005. Shawn is also a registered Karuna Reiki practitioner and teacher, registered with the International Center for Reiki Training. Shawn teaches monthly Reiki classes.
Shawn specializes in working with people who have special needs or injuries and incorporates supportive and healing poses in her Pilates and yoga workouts.
Stephanie has been teaching pilates and yoga since 2000. She is Stott certified in mat pilates, reformer, cadillac, stability chairs and barrels. Stephanie’s training puts emphasis on optimal musculoskeletel performance in strength, flexibility and endurance, without risking injury or building bulk.
She has over 350 hours of yoga training and is certified through Yogafit. She is currently completing 500 hours of yoga training. Stephanie is trained in Reiki and enjoys the healthful benefits of energy healing. She has taught many strength training modalities but has found pilates and yoga to be superior for strength training, injury prevention, injury recovery and flexibility. Before she discovered her true passion for teaching the essence and principles of movement, Stephanie received her Bachelors Degree in law/paralegal studies.
Rachelle is a Certified Physical therapy Aide and STOTT Pilates Instructor; she is also trained in Athletic Conditioning. She focuses on the biomechanical and neuromuscular aspects of the body to optimize rehabilitation and strength training. Rachelle has over 108 hours of Alignment and Correctives training that focuses on correcting muscle imbalances and gait. She incorporates appropriate balance of rehabilitation exercises and athletic training exercises in order to create a well-rounded exercise regimen. A very important aspect of Rachelle’s life is that she is an artist. Her approach to Pilates and exercise involves a unique and creative method of teaching.
Kari became interested in pilates to help rehab her own back. She was so enraptured with pilates she decided to became an instructor in 2008 and share this great form of exercise with others. Kari loves working with seniors to help them feel younger and move with ease. Kari also is trained in Pilates based breast cancer rehab.
Samia Markz, Certified Classical Pilates Instructor
Samia is a certified Pilates Instructor (Classical). Samia, who happens to be a gym-a-holic, discovered Pilates six years ago after overcoming and recovering from an eating disorder.
Pilates became her passion as she immediately noticed a change in her physical body; she then pursued Pilates as her hobby and completed the New York Classical Pilates Technique Certified Program under Jill Cassady’s instruction in Brentwood, California with a total of 480 hours of practice.
Using the Pilates method, Samia was able to heal herself at a profound emotional level, and from a debilitating sciatica nerve pain, and core weakness. In the process of healing Samia transformed her body, mind and life and gained strength, greater energy, lean and toned muscles, flexibility and alignment of the body. Samia believes that Pilates is the essence for all workouts. For Samia, Pilates is more than just a technique, it’s a self-discovery of the body, mind and soul, as well as a beneficial program for developing lean and toned muscles, staying healthy and mobile as we age.
Samia specializes in injury prevention, deep core strengthening, pelvic work, body alignment and weight loss. She develops training programs for new clients based on their needs. She regularly teaches private, semi-private and group classes in the following formats: Mat Pilates, Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair (a.k.a. Wunda Chair).
Samia continues to further her education in Pilates, and the human body, through daily practice and research, and by attending seminars and workshops. She is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish. Samia is also knowledgeable in American Sign Language.
Before she discovered her true passion for teaching the essence and principles of movement, Samia received a Bachelors Degree in Production Management related in the Fashion Industry at The Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York.