About Emerald City Pilates
About Emerald City Pilates
At Emerald City Pilates, we work hard to provide the best private Pilates session in Seattle.
Located in Belltown, we are an appointment-only studio so it will always just be you and your instructor working together for your session. Unlike other studios that have multiple sessions occurring simultaneously, at Emerald City Pilates, you are guaranteed to get the attention you deserve.
And to help you get a little more familiar with Pilates and our style of teaching, we've created an e-book, "Pilates 101: Your First Session" that you can download for free and get started immediately. It's also a wonderful resource to have as you learn more about your body and Pilates, as well as some easy to do at home exercises so you can feel like the bomb.com anytime. Contact us for STOTT pilates, and private classes and sessions at our Belltown studio - conveniently located near Queen Anne, Denny Triangle, South Lake Union and other Seattle neighborhoods.
Get the special attention you deserve with a one-on-one session from one of our amazing instructors. 100% private and tailored exclusively for you, our Pilates workouts help you achieve optimal body results without an audience. We also offer in home training in the Seattle area as well.
Receive a customized workout along side a friend, co-worker, or family member to reach your goals together. These are a great option for those with previous Pilates experience or those looking for a more generalized workout.
* Please contact us at [email protected] to schedule duets.
Not quite ready to commit? Try one of our 20-minute complimentary consultations. See the studio, chat with an instructor to make sure Pilates is right for you. We're confident you'll see why we're Seattle's choice for private pilates sessions and classes!
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What is Pilates?
What is Pilates?
You’ve heard it’s awesome for core strength and a kick-ass, sweat-free workout, but you may be wondering what Pilates really is.
Originally called Contrology, Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates in 1918. Focusing on strengthening both the mind and body through awareness of breath, alignment of the spine, and strengthening the deep torso and abdominal muscles referred to as the core, Pilates is a full mind-body workout. Over time, several different styles of Pilates have emerged.
At Emerald City Pilates in Seattle, we teach contemporary Pilates, which means that all of the original Pilates exercises have been adapted and modified according to the most up-to-date information about the body and movement.
For a detailed history of Pilates, watch this animated video.
Our team of Pilates instructors are some of Seattle's finest and are ready to provide you with excellent Pilates instruction and outstanding customer service.
All of our instructors are trained in STOTT PILATES, which is based on the original teachings of Joseph Pilates, and that have been updated by a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and exercise professionals to incorporate modern exercise principles. This style of Pilates applies biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement to the exercises ensuring you are using your body the way it was designed to move.
The STOTT PILATES instructor education is often considered the "Ivy League" of Pilates, with hundred of hours of coursework and close supervision by instructor trainers, completing the certification is a serious commitment that takes years to finish. Fully certified instructors are experts at movement with a deep and thorough knowledge of human biomechanics enabling them to create Pilates workouts that are challenging and restorative.
Driven, Detailed, & Humorous
My passion: Improving client's health and vitality
Specialties: All equipment, pre & post natal, injury rehab, improved posture & functional movement, holistic health.
Fun, Challenging and Innovative
My passion: Helping clients achieve unique goals
Specialties: Strength & Flexibility, preventing and rehabilitating injuries, mind/body connection
Creative, Focused & Flowing
My passion: Helping clients improve their mind-body connection.
Specialties: Movement studies, Assisting those with dance and other related injuries, Functional anatomy
Witty, Thorough & Progressive
My passion: Making fitness fun and easy to understand.
Specialties: Movement, Holistic Health, Working with athletes, Triathlon, Franklin Method
After starting my full time desk job, I noticed at the end of the day I felt so stiff and hunched. I am a dancer and thought that a dance class or joining a gym might help me loosen up but my uncomfortableness still persisted. Plus, I ended up being more sore after dance classes and grossed out after using the communal machines and being with the grunting weight lifters at the gym.
Emerald City Pilates was a perfect fit for me. I found the experience to be exactly what I needed. A private session with a great instructor that customizes your workouts to provide relief, better alignment, and adding tone. I would definitely recommend it to any young professional that is looking for a refreshing interactive way to exercise."
I started practicing Pilates to build strength and increase flexibility. This work helped me manage my back and shoulder alignment. Jessica has also convinced me to change my diet. She uses various tools to assess sensitivity to food and cajoles me to reduce my sugar intake.
These changes have reduced inflammation and have helped reduce weight. All this work combined has increased flexibility and has ended back and knee pain. I actually enjoy our time together. She is entertaining to say the least. After an hour of laughing through a session I leave ready to face my week.
I'm a competitive swimmer, and I came to Pilates with the goal of improving my swimming. Working with Jessica has been wonderful for that, especially with her background in triathlon and swimming.
In particular, she's designed and implemented a Pilates plan that's specific to swimming and specific to my personal races within swimming. I was able to improve my personal record in the 200 meter breaststroke by 2.80 seconds. I can't recommend her enough.
Pilates is great for everybody. Whatever your fitness level is — from total newbie to trained dancer — we can create a personalized workout that will improve your strength, flexibility and posture. We’ve worked with all types of clients and their goals, like preparing for a special event such as a wedding or a race, to people just wanting to feel better and more confident in their bodies on a daily basis.
Our studio caters to private and duet sessions only, so we do not offer group classes. Duets are a good option if budget is a concern for you, however, we ask that you bring your own partner, friend or co-worker since we do not pair people up.
Our clients typically find street parking on 5th Avenue within a block or two of our studio, usually right on our block.
We recommend doing Pilates at least once a week. Most of our clients work with us once, twice or three times a week, but depending on your budget and goals, you could easily do Pilates everyday.
Pilates is most often a low intensity exercise, so you are not likely to get a strong enough cardio workout to lose weight. However Pilates will definitely increase your muscle tone, especially in your abdominal area so you will look skinnier. We also find that committing to a fitness routine helps our clients make better diet choices and helps them stay committed to living a healthier lifestyle — which in turn, helps them shed some extra pounds.
Absolutely! We love helping clients with injuries and have tons of success getting people back to doing what they love. We have also been trained to work with pregnant women, and those with scoliosis and osteoporosis.
Pilates was created by a man, so yes, men can do Pilates. In fact, numerous NBA, NFL and other professional athletes, both male and female, love doing Pilates. Pilates lovers include: Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and swimmer Natalie Coughlin.