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Pilates Denver offers the finest instruction in the Pilates method of body conditioning. All instructors at Pilates Denver are certified from the most extensive and internationally renowned Pilates Certification Programs offered. Our instructors are trained in the classical techniques of the work of Joseph H. Pilates in addition to contemporary and evolved modalities. With this enhanced education, Pilates Denver offers people of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to learn Pilates with safety and effectiveness. Each instructor brings their dedication, wisdom, creativity and enthusiasm to their teaching within a non-competitive atmosphere. They are educated in applied anatomy and physiology and also have a deep knowledge of the body through their own movement experiences. They are excited and eager to teach you the most perfect total body workout.

STAFF

Amy de Sa, Pilates on the beach Amy de Sá, owner of Pilates Denver, has been a dedicated teacher of Pilates since 1995. She is a proud graduate of the internationally renowned BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates® Teacher Training program founded by Master Teacher, Rael Isacowitz. Amy is a BASI Pilates® Faculty member and hosts and teaches the BASI Pilates® Teacher Training Courses at her studio. She has also taught the BASI Pilates® courses in Japan, China, Australia, South Korea and in many cities across the United States as well as teaching Pilates in Brazil. She has also been the subject for two front-page articles in the Rocky Mountain News Newspaper.

As a professional dancer, Amy connected instantly with Pilates. She began her Pilates endeavors in Chicago in 1995 where she received a previous Pilates Teacher Training certificate from the Pilates Studio, Inc. under the personal training of Master Teacher and Elder, Romana Kryzanowska. She also instructed at and managed a highly recognized Pilates Studio and taught many high profile clients and Pilates professionals. She continues her Pilates studies and related movement therapies yearly in continuing education workshops and courses in addition to advanced studies with Rael Isacowitz. Amy is a member of the professional organization, the Pilates Method Alliance and holds a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Psychology from Hope College in Michigan. Pilates became the perfect match and career for Amy, harmoniously combining the body with the mind.

Amy is very passionate about teaching Pilates and educating people about their bodies. She teaches with compassion and with intellect. She brings a smile and positive energy to every session and class and strives to offer each client and her staff a beneficial and enjoyable experience at her studio which she opened on May 1, 2001.


Suzie Frasher, Pilates Instructor Suzie Frasher received her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certificate from Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates). She also has specialized training from The Pink Ribbon Program and Pre and Post natal training from the Ellie Herman Studio in San Francisco. She holds a BA in Operations Management from CU Boulder.

Suzie was first introduced to Pilates as a gymnast when she was a young child in Cincinnati, OH. The Pilates mat work was used as a conditioning tool for her gymnastics team. Later, she was re-introduced to Pilates after she had to have abdominal surgery as a college student. Her doctor recommended that she use Pilates to help rehabilitate her abdominal muscles, and after a short period of time, she saw that the physical and mental benefits of Pilates were unbelievable. After realizing that the corporate world was not her calling, she decided to get her teaching certification so that she could help others discover the many perks of a consistent Pilates practice.

As a practitioner and trainer , Suzie is continuously inspired by how pilates re-educates and heals the body. She enjoys working with people of all fitness levels, as well teaching Pilates for rehabilitation. She has experience working with people with MS, adolescents, pre and post natal, as well as athletes looking to gain a competitive edge. Suzie likes to make each class challenging, but also encourages her clients to have fun, and to enjoy pilates and all of its benefits.


Jean Barker, Pilates Instructor Jean Barker came to Denver seven years ago from the Michigan. She began her pilates journey more than twelve years ago when her then college daughter told her about Pilates which was incorporated in her theater program at Northwestern University in Chicago. At that time there was only one pilates studio in Saginaw, Michigan. Jean soon found it and began taking pilates lessons there. Jean's daughter is a successful pilates instructor at FineTune Pilates in Brooklyn, New York. When contemplating becoming a pilates instructor herself Jean sought and received her daughter's blessing. Jean received her Teacher Training and certificate from BASI Pilates (Body Arts & Sciences International) at Pilates Denver Studio under the guidance of Amy de Sa.

Just "retired" from a career in healthcare that spanned over thirty years, Jean has a deep appreciation for the health and strength benefits afforded by pilates. She considers herself neither a dancer nor a jock, and wants the average person to know that it is never too late to start on the road to health and well being. "If I can do this, with dedication so can you!" is her motto. Jean finds it exciting to help both men and women, new to exercise or just new to pilates, discover the joy of learning to use, control, and appreciate their bodies. Jean also received a certificate for Pre and Postnatal Pilates from Carolyne Anthony of The Center for Women's Fitness. Jean is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and looks forward to advancing her pilates education.


Aspen Rader, Pilates Instructor Aspen Rader grew up in Boulder and pursued her love of dance for 17 years. She then went on to major in dance and theater at both University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University. Aspen was first introduced to Pilates after she sustained a dance injury and quickly realized the benefits that Pilates had to offer. After several years of practicing Pilates, Aspen enrolled in the BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Science International) Teacher Training program, graduated and received her Certificate of Training. She has enjoyed teaching others the benefits of Pilates and pushing her students to challenge themselves to obtain their goals.


Heather Burke, Pilates Instructor Hannah McElwaney received her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certificate from Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates). She also holds specialized certificates in Pilates for Fybromyalgia, Pilates for Shoulder Injuries, and Pre- and Post-Natal Training from The Center for Women's Fitness. Hannah holds a BA in Art History and Design from UCLA. She recently relocated to Denver, CO from Los Angeles, CA and is very excited to be a part of the Pilates Denver team.

Hannah first found Pilates as a figure skater when she was a young child where it was used as a form of conditioning and rehab. She was re-introduced to Pilates as an adult due to a back injury; amazed by the results of her Pilates-based rehab she began delving deeper into the Pilates methodology. As her studies progressed, Hannah began to realize the corporate world was not for her. She found Pilates to be the perfect mind body discipline, and strove to bring her enthusiasm for its amazing benefits to others. Hannah wanted to work hands on with real people where she could assist them in meeting their personal wellness and fitness goals. She was lured by the symbiotic relationship of art and science in BASI Pilates' methodology and decided to obtain her Teacher Training.

Hannah enjoys teaching Pilates for rehabilitation, thereby teaching Pilates to clients with various injuries/conditions, as well as teaching clients of various fitness levels and abilities. She strives to educate her clients in all aspects of fitness - from the proper execution and purpose of each exercise to the importance of rest and rehabilitation.


Liz Dennison, Pilates Instructor Liz Dennison has always had a passion for wellness. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. During this time she also pursued the Foundations I Yoga Training through the Academy of Yoga. After obtaining her master’s degree in occupational therapy, a field in which the motto is ‘live life to its fullest,’ she started her career in acute care and then transitioned to working with children with Autism. Liz found that many of her clients could eliminate or improve their illness through nutrition and lifestyle changes. She found that her true purpose in occupational therapy was to work in wellness and prevention. Liz completed her training to be a Certified Health Counselor (AADP) through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Aligning with her purpose, her passion, and the belief that everyone should love what they do and do what they love, she started her own health counseling business where she works with women to rebuild their health, have more energy, and inspires them to fulfill their dreams. Nutrition and living the ideal lifestyle are no longer a passion, it is her life.

Liz’s love for movement lead her to discover barre; she is excited to join the amazing teaching staff and inspiring clients at Pilates Denver!


Marianne Blackburn, Yoga Instructor Marianne Blackburn has been a seeker of yoga since 2003, and is certified to teach through the North Carolina School of Yoga. She is Yoga Alliance registered as an E-RYT and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Marianne’s classes explore all aspects of traditional yoga, and are organic, devotional and supportive in nature. The style of classes ranges from restorative and gentle to vigorous and creative asana and they all emphasize awareness in the practice. Marianne encourages students to examine themselves and their conditioning with humility and acceptance as a path to personal growth. Her intention is to guide students to a harmonious union with themselves and the world in which we live. She also seeks to guide people on their path to wellness as a licensed massage therapist.


Amy Kuhn Amy Kuhn recently completed her BASI® Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training and is a full-time Pilates instructor. A friend recommended Pilates to Amy after a difficult pregnancy and an unplanned Cesarean section. Amy’s postpartum abdominal muscles were left damaged and weak. She also had chronic back and shoulder pain. Pilates resolved her physical pain, and she has become healthier and stronger. Amy had begun pursuing her degree and certification as a physical therapist assistant, then realized that Pilates was her new passion.

Amy is pleased to be a part of the Pilates Denver team, and she is currently working on her prerequisite classes for becoming a certified BARRE Instructor. She is excited to continue learning from her peers and from continuing education workshops . When Amy is not working, studying, or taking classes, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves to dabble in photography.


Rebecca Hilton Rebecca Hilton's career as a massage therapist began with Reiki training twenty-one years ago and the path of bringing this energy to the world gradually took the form of Massage Therapy some sixteen years ago. Fortunate to have the best mentors and teachers early in her training, she soon became very skilled at effecting change in her clients bodies. For eight years she specifically grew in neuromuscular therapy, rehabilitating injured tissue and realigning the muscular/skeletal structure. Rebecca's massage is a enigmatic mix of deeply nurturing, yet highly effective in restoring balance and harmony to the body. Along side her development as a massage therapist, Rebecca shares her energy of transformation and healing through a dual career in music as a Modern Celtic singer, songwriter and recording artist. About four years ago her attention turned to Yoga, quickly igniting a passion to study and teach Mindfullness-based Vinyasa Yoga. Turning inward, her clients find the source of healing within themselves, informing the path to healing their minds, bodies, lives and world. With a passion for working fundamentals, Rebecca guides her students to mindfully align and gain strength as they naturally open the body. Rebecca now joins Pilates Denver Studio offering Yoga classes and Massage Therapy.


Kelly Gant Kelly Gant is moving from Indiana to fulfill a life-long dream of living in Colorado. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Communication Studies. Her background, prior to pursuing her body arts career, included working for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Advertising and Promotions, developing and managing an inner-city youth at-risk program and helping her husband build his software company.

Kelly's interest in the body arts began in her late 20's when she developed a chronic hip and back problem while training for endurance runs. Also during her late 20's, Kelly began to develop symptoms of fibromyalgia. She found that Pilates and yoga were very effective ways to manage her pain. Both practices have enriched her life not just physically; they have also provided a framework in which she views the world and the role she can play within it.

Kelly has been teaching Pilates since 2005 and is certified through the Body Arts and Science International. Kelly is also a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through CITYOGA in Indianapolis and has been teaching since 2009. She has pursued additional yoga training in Yin Yoga, Adapting Yoga for Disability and the Warriors at Ease program, which brings the principals of yoga to our military veterans. She is also a 200-hour certified reflexologist through the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis reflexology program.

Kelly enjoys the challenges and creativity that can come with teaching Pilates and yoga to the non-traditional client. Her clients include professional athletes, folks ranging in age from 4 – 85 years old, special needs clients, those with disabilities and those challenged with chronic pain. She is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Pilates Denver and hopes to help clients achieve their best health!


Bridget Gantner Bridget Gantner began studying Pilates in 2010 as a student of the B.A.S.I. Pilates method. Attracted to Pilates after several years of working in education and dance, Bridget hopes to help others obtain the physical and emotional balance in their lives that Pilates has helped her acquire. Originally from the Beach Cities of Los Angeles, Bridget has taught Pilates in California and Indiana.


Char Ira Char Ira, a lifelong exercise enthusiast, started practicing Pilates in 2005 and was immediately addicted to the mind-body experience. She worked in the legal profession for many years and liked the stress relief she felt after every Pilates class. While trying to think of what she would do in her “retirement” years, her passion for Pilates was what kept coming to mind. She received the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Certificate in February 2014. Char feels teaching Pilates fits nicely with her concept of being “retired” by helping others achieve a gentle but strong workout.

Char still works part time as a legal assistant and enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends, and especially her grandchildren.


Simone Jolly Simone Jolly is a proud graduate of the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course and is excited to be a part of the Pilates Denver family.

Simone has been living in the mountains for the past 11yrs, and is excited to now be in Denver, the 'big city'; originally from London, England. Simone has a love for the outdoors and leads an active lifestyle. She believes Pilates has supported these passions offering her both the mental and physical benefits to enhance her performance. She participates in various sports which have a high impact on the body and Pilates has assisted her tremendously with preventing injuries.

Simone appreciates her training with the BASI Pilates methodology and is happy to share this knowledge with others. She truly believes that when the body is supported in proper alignment it will prevent injuries, helping one from over exerting and promote healing. In addition to teaching Pilates, Simone likes to ski, run, bike and spend time with family, friends and her dog.


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