Pilates Wellness Studio
Jan 28, 2011 03:00AM
By Beth Davis
Tobie Hall, owner of Pilates Wellness Studio, has been interested in health and wellness for as long as she can remember. Originally planning to become a nurse, after receiving a degree in fine arts from Ball State University, she chose to become a massage therapist. Twenty-one years later, she is practicing massage therapy, and in fact, still has many of her original clients.
After taking a Pilates class when her lower back started hurting from bending over doing massage, she instantly fell in love with the lifestyle, the stretching and the whole idea of working with people. Hall began training and is now a PHI certified Pilates instructor. She is also certified through the Center for Women’s Fitness for prenatal Pilates and is currently working toward her master’s certification.
Hall spent most of her career working at other studios and going “above and beyond” the call of duty before opening Pilates Wellness Studio a year and a half ago. “I am a natural self-starter so starting the studio was exciting for me,” she notes. “I love to keep busy by nature, which is required when owning a business.”
The studio offers all varieties of Pilates from mat class to reformer group classes. A mat workout is simply Pilates performed on a mat, while a reformer is equipment created by the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates. Private instruction is also available wherein the individual uses additional equipment created by Joseph, such as the cadillac, ladder barrel and wunda chair. Hall says she likes to take Joseph’s work and add a more contemporary approach.
According to Hall, Pilates provides healthy movement to a body that needs to move efficiently and effectively. It builds strength from the “inside out,” improves breathing, balance, posture and helps the internal systems function better.
Depending upon each client’s needs, Pilates can help correct spinal abnormalities, imbalances in posture, lengthen short muscles and shorten long muscles. “We work with clients that have knee problems, arthritis, scoliosis, weight issues and strokes,” explains Hall.
The studio is not just limited to Pilates. Yoga, personal training, and even facials, waxing and electrolosis are also offered. A month-long weight loss challenge combines personal training, reformer classes and mat classes designed to motivate participants and manipulate their metabolism.
All ages and fitness levels are welcome at the studio, where Hall says she and her highly skilled staff work together to find the right place for each individual. “We assess each persons needs before we start, get to know them as friends and develop a strategy accordingly.” Hall, for one, prepares in advance for each client she sees—reviewing each file and creating a lesson plan for every person she sees.
For Hall, creating a safe, friendly atmosphere and a relaxing, healing place to grow physically and emotionally is a priority. “I want everyone to feel welcome at our studio. I honestly feel that each person that is brought into my life is a blessing, and each day is a blessing,”