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Bodies Mind

Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Bodies Mind, a Pilates and somatic movement studio, has been part of the Mill Valley community for over 20 years. The studio is equipped with a full range of Pilates apparatus, as well as various props, to help clients enhance their strength, endurance, and body-mind awareness. They offer intro sessions for first-timers, mat classes, and apparatus sessions that utilize the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel, Pedi-Pole, and other equipment. Self-directed open studio sessions are available for clients with an appropriate level of proficiency. Bodies Mind strives to make Pilates affordable, interesting, understandable, and fun for every student.

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Center for Balance

San Rafael, CA 94901
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Center for Balance, located in San Rafael, has been helping clients reach their optimal level of fitness since 1999. They specialize in Pilates conditioning, structural bodywork, injury rehabilitation and prevention, ergonomic assessments, and postural and gait analysis. Pilates sessions are customized to accommodate each client's age, fitness level, and personal objectives, and they utilize Pilates machines, resistance cords, physioballs, balance boards, and other equipment. Structural bodywork is employed to realign the body and relieve acute or chronic pain, tension, and stress. Center for Balance recommends structural bodywork for treating headaches, arthritis pain, and injuries related to sports, repetitive stress, or accidents.

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Internal Fire Pilates

Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Internal Fire Pilates, located in Mill Valley, is proud to be the only Pilates studio in Marin County equipped with Gratz, Basil, and Peak apparatus. The instructors at Internal Fire Pilates are committed to passing on the original teachings of Joseph Pilates, and they work closely with clients to guide their practice and help them achieve their fitness goals. They offer mat, reformer, tower, and mixed apparatus classes for various levels of ability, as well as private and semi-private sessions. Several class packages and membership options are available to fit every need and budget. Internal Fire Pilates also hosts a teacher training program designed to help students reach their full potential as instructors.

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Marin Pilates Studio

San Rafael, CA 94901
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Marin Pilates Studio is located on the second floor of the Montecito Shopping Plaza in San Rafael. Janette Jones, the owner of Marin Pilates Studio, has been teaching Pilates professionally since 1996 and has over 30 years of experience providing therapeutic massage. Apparatus classes for small groups are offered Monday through Saturday. Private sessions are available for clients who want workouts personalized for their specific needs and goals. Newcomers to Pilates are always welcome at Marin Pilates Studio, and they're committed to offering competitive pricing for their services. Clients speak highly of Marin Pilates Studio's intimate atmosphere and Janette's encouragement and commitment to their success.

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Mind Full Pilates

San Rafael, CA 94901
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Mind Full Pilates in San Rafael has been helping clients achieve their fitness goals for years. They specialize in Pilates using the newest state-of-the-art reformers. Their reformer classes last 55 minutes and are limited to 5 students at a time to ensure everyone receives personal attention and experiences a fun and effective workout for the entire body. Mind Full Pilates also has a separate room for private sessions. They offer a variety of class packages and membership options to accommodate different needs and schedules. Mind Full Pilates strives to create a friendly and welcoming environment where students can safely practice at an affordable price.

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Novato Pilates

Novato, CA 94945
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Novato Pilates has been providing fitness training for all ages and fitness levels at their modern, fully equipped studio since 2004. They offer Pilates classes for small groups that last 55 minutes and utilize floor mats, the Reformer, and other specialized equipment. Their certified Pilates instructors also work one-on-one with clients in private sessions, and they require a minimum of 3 private sessions before clients can join a Reformer class. They also have Gyrotonic classes for groups of up to 6 people and offer private training with the Gyrotronic Tower. Students speak highly of the personal attention and encouragement they receive at Novato Pilates.

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Parallel Pilates

Larkspur, CA 94939
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Parallel Pilates is a boutique style studio in Larkspur that opened in 2011. They strive to integrate the East Coast tradition of Classical Pilates with the innovative and creative aspects of West Coast practices. Their experienced instructors focus on proper alignment and positioning for workouts that are rigorous, fun, and produce maximum results. Parallel Pilates offers a variety of group classes, including mat, reformer, and chair. All classes last 55 minutes and are kept small so instructors can ensure correct form and alignment. Private sessions allow clients to receive one-on-one attention and a workout specifically tailored to their needs and goals.

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ROC Pilates

777 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
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ROC Pilates is a studio offering yoga and Pilates classes in San Rafael and the surrounding areas. Its yoga sessions combine yoga asanas and reformers, which help improve flexibility, agility, and core strength. The studio incorporates music into its contemporary Pilates instruction designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners. Owner Christine Szymanski has been practicing Pilates for 10 years. In 2019, she founded ROC Pilates to cater to the fitness needs of newbies, athletes, and individuals recovering from injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I become a Pilates instructor?

A: Pilates instructors typically take a course and earn a certification in teaching Pilates. Some courses may only teach mat or reformer Pilates, while others teach both. Technically, there are no legal license or certification requirements to teach Pilates, but most studios will only hire trained instructors.

Q: Who was Pontius Pilate?

A: Pontius Pilate was a Roman governor in the 1st century. He served under the emperor Tiberius and is known for being a judge at Jesus' trial. Pilate is thought to have been the one to order Jesus' crucifixion. Some people have credited Pontius Pilate with inventing an early form of Pilates, but this is widely disputed.

Q: Who invented Pilates?

A: Joseph Pilates invented this popular form of exercise. He was a nurse in World War I and experimented with putting springs on hospital beds to help patients tone their muscles. This gave him the idea to invent what we now know as the reformer machine. Joseph Pilates opened his first studio in 1923 in New York.

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