Evolved from concepts and movement techniques created by Joseph H. Pilates more than 80 years ago, the Pilates Method dramatically improves core strength, flexibility, coordination, and posture. It creates a body with elongated muscles, flat abdominals, and a strong back. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing, the participant gains improved body awareness, balance in muscle strength and flexibility.
The workout is surprisingly relaxing and revitalizing due to the synchronized breathing. It can be modified for mothers-to-be, yet challenging enough for the super-fit. Pilates has both mat work (exercises on the floor) and apparatus work. Both can be individualized, therefore the outcomes work for everyone, regardless of age or conditioning level.
Special Introductory Pricing
$25 for a 30 minute private lesson
$45 for a 1 hour private lesson
- $30 per person for 1 hour duet lesson
3 half hour sessions for $53
3 one hour sessions for $105.00
Cancellation Policy: If given more than 24 hours notice, students will be able to reschedule their lesson without penalty. If less than 24 hours notice, students will be required to pay for their lesson.
About the Instructors
Karen Shanley was a professor at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. for 24 years; Dance Chairperson for 17 years. She has taught dance, conditioning for many years, including 21 years teaching Pilates and 11 years with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She has worked with students and clients of all ages, backgrounds and physical needs. Karen’s initial Pilates training took place prior to official certification programs. In 1998 she re-certified at Long Beach Dance Conditioning under the expert instruction of Marie Jose Blom and was awarded “Certification with Distinction.” In 1999 she certified in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM ®, Levels I and II. She is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, a Smart Spine™ trainer and studied the Franklin Method. Karen also introduced and started a career education program in Pilates training at Orange Coast College in 1995 (long before there was a Pilates studio on every corner and in every health club). Since that time over 150 students have graduated from the program and are actively teaching Pilates in the So. California and other area studios.
Michele is a Certified Pilates Instructor. Classically trained at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, she has taught a wide range of students: young children to the elderly, pre to post natal moms, the very frail to the fit athlete. Michele's love of movement began as a child studying dance, earning a BA in Dance, training and dancing professionally in NYC, all the while honing her teaching skills. Today, Michele has been teaching Pilates in mostly therapeutic environments in conjunction with chiropractors, osteopaths, physical and massage therapists. Michele is very excited to share her skills and knowledge with anyone in the CCD community who needs rehabilitation, wants muscular and postural awareness, fitness and core strengthening, and most importantly, wants help in preventing injuries. Michele's lifelong enthusiasm and love for dance make CCD a perfect fit for both her as well as our studio full of aspiring young dancers and athletes.