Arwen began her Pilates journey back in 2002. As with many people, too much time spent commuting to a cubicle lead her to try Pilates as a form of stress relief; the positive benefits of Pilates on her body and mind exceeded her expectations and transformed her life.
In 2004 she moved to Hawaii to begin her certification process with the PhysicalMind Institute. She completed her training back in California with Tom McCook at Center of Balance, where she later worked and continued to study. There she was also introduced to Yoga & Meditation in movement, which greatly influenced her teaching. In 2008 Arwen began working with Lisa Graham, owner of Agile Monkey and Faculty member for Balanced Body. She since has assisted Lisa with countless instructor training courses and in the spring of 2011, Arwen became a Balanced Body Faculty member.
In the summer of 2012 Arwen trained with Nora St. John & Portia Page on the CoreAlign and offers instruction with this dynamic piece of equipment as well.
As an instructor, Arwen is dedicated to the Pilates Method but is always adapting her teaching to her clients’ needs. Her teaching style is one of empowerment, encouraging students to learn their way into better fitness & an overall better life experience. Arwen has had an active life from childhood (playing soccer, climbing mountains, snowboarding, etc), so she is able to work and teach the fit in focused, dynamic, sports specific ways. In addition she had great success with training post-rehab clients and has developed a passion for the healing process. Arwen enjoys motivating and encouraging confidence in all of her clients by helping them to develop efficient, healthy movement patterns. Being a part of a person’s journey from pain to pain-free is an amazing and wonderful thing, and to Arwen, it is the best job in the world.
Dixie Mills has been teaching Pilates for more than twenty years. In 1993 Dixie became certified through the Pilates Center of Boulder, while pursuing an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Colorado. After graduating from both CU and The Pilates Center, Dixie got a chance to teach some of the healthiest and most athletic people in the country. The following year she moved to Seattle where she got a chance to stretch her rehab skills teaching at a studio near Microsoft. Dixie also worked with many teenagers in the Seattle area on building strength and coordination to support their sports or dancing pursuits (how wonderful to have the alignment, strength, flexibility, and connectedness that Pilates brings when you are young—please consider sessions for your teenager or college student!).
After 5 years of teaching clients, Dixie relocated to New York City, where she developed several continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers. She has since taught in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia and Hawaii. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Dixie has great eyes for seeing the body’s quirks, and great hands and words for explaining how to reach your best potential.
Jeannette Normington enjoyed an 18 year career as a professional dancer, touring the world performing in production shows. Pilates was instrumental in helping Jeannette prolong her dance career. Her certifications include, mat work at UNLV in 2001, Comprehensive Pilates training through Body Arts & Science International in 2003, Pre/Post-Natal at The Center for Women’s Fitness in 2006 and Core Align 1, 2 in 2008. Jeannette interned at the Keith Kleven Institute of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Sports and Dance. To deepen her work, Jeannette is currently a part of a one-year mentorship program, “Passing the Torch” offered by Balanced Body, with master teacher, Tom McCook. Jeannette is passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates for post-rehabilitation, athletic performance and quality of life - for clients and professionals alike.
A native to Santa Cruz, Jeannette is excited to share Pilates and contribute to creating wellness within her home community. In 2008, Jeannette opened her own business, Seascape Pilates where she offers quality instruction and diversity into her workouts combining BASI, Stott and Polestar methods. Jeannette is an avid sportswoman, also trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and yoga, lately enjoying Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She is dedicated to helping people of all ages achieve their maximum fitness potential and making people feel well cared for. Jeannette is honored to join the Monkey team, having always enjoyed Agile Monkey as a friendly, professional, and supportive studio.
Pilates Mat is the foundation for the entire methodology, which aims to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body. Pilates challenges your mind and strengthens you from the inside out, enabling you to perform complex movements safely, with power and grace. The foundation of the Pilates Mat repertoire builds from fundamental exercises that help you to learn the underlying concepts and movement principles. You will learn things like how to do a proper upper abdominal curl without straining your neck, and how to stabilize your pelvis so that you can protect your back while working out. As the client progresses, the exercises become more complex, challenging them to use their accumulated knowledge to advance safely through the levels.
Props are often incorporated into classes to add fun, release work, balance challenges, refinement of movement patterns, a little help or some extra resistance into the classes. Props may include rollers, balls, therabands, ultra fit circles and more.
Beginning/Intermediate - some Pilates experience strongly recommended. Beginning and Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).