About Taos Pilates Studio
Taos Pilates was opened in 2002 by Carrie Field. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the Pilates method and the Taos community has inspired and improved the lives of numerous Taoseños. Carrie is going to graduate school in Albuquerque to study occupational therapy in Fall of 2017. Congratulations Carrie, we will all miss your presence and smile!
She is leaving the studio in the capable hands of Jennifer Birch.
We are interested in meeting each of our client's needs. Pilates is gentle, effective and accessible to all fitness levels and ages. Here at Taos Pilates Studio we are educated and equipped to facilitate total physical conditioning and enhanced athletic performance, as well as safe exercise during pregnancy and postpartum. We also facilitate effective rehabilitation from injury, relief from stress and joint pain, and improved posture. We are committed to providing excellent service.
At the heart of the business is more than 15 years of experience teaching Pilates. All of our trainers graduate from a 450-hour certification program and regularly attend continuing education courses. Taos Pilates Studio is proudly equipped with state-of-the-art Balanced Body equipment.
What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) developed his ingenious method of exercise in response to a frail childhood in which he survived rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever. He combined his studies of Yoga, Zen meditation, ancient Greek exercise, intense self-study and his experience as boxer and Circus performer later in life to create the series of more than 500 exercises known today as Pilates. Mastering the ability to move from the body's center, along with strengthening the abdominals intelligently, is at the core of the technique. Pilates' non-impact approach increases muscle strength and flexibility while improving posture and range of motion. Pilates exercises are performed both on specialized equipment and on floor mats. The unique spring resistance of Pilates equipment provides traction for the joints while improving alignment through each exercise. Participating in a Pilates program balances the strength of the muscles supporting the skeletal system, and thus creates a more anatomically efficient body. By balancing the body's strength and range of motion we can restore the body to its natural equilibrium, stimulate a sense of wholeness and generate physical as well as mental well-being.
Like any fitness or rehabilitative program, commitment and regularity play important roles in its effectiveness. To reap the full rewards, Taos Pilates Studio Recommends 2-3 Pilates workouts a week.
What We Offer
During the initial private session, the client's physical history and fitness goals are gathered, and the trainer performs an in-depth postural analysis. Client and trainer work together with this information to create a personalized program that will deliver dramatic results. Private lessons are available by appointment. $80 per session.
In a semi-private session, instructor guides 2-3 students through an equipment workout. The workout is tailored specifically to the individuals. Taos Pilates Studio requires at least 3 private sessions before joining a semi-private. Semi-privates are available by appointment. $40 per person for duets/$30 per person for trios.
GROUP CLASSES - UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, TAOS BRANCH
In 2010 Taos Pilates Studio began teaching the Pilates course for UNM Taos. The course offers a look into the philosophy of Joseph Pilates from his book "Return To Life." The students study some basic anatomy of the muscular skeletal structure. However most class time is devoted to working out and learning pilates exercises on and off the equipment. This course has been a wonderful addition to the studio.
All sessions are 55 minutes. A few sliding scales slots are available, people with disabilities are encouraged to inquire
Jennifer Birch has been practicing and teaching pilates for 15 years. She received her 450 hour teaching certificate in 2003 from Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy in Kansas City, and was named Kansas City's Best Pilates instructor in 2004 by Pitch magazine. Jennifer's teaching style has been influenced by her practice of Iyengar Yoga, intensive training in anatomy and physiology, and her belief in the body's innate ability to heal. Pilates will help you find an inner sense of alignment and strength, allowing you to move through your life in a more centered and graceful way. Attention to detail, precision alignment, and a deeper connection with your own inner teacher are benefits you will receive from instruction at Taos Pilates Studio.
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