Jill Eisma

Master Pilates Instructor
CPI, NCPA, PMA, Host Advisor

Beginning in my early years I have been drawn to activities that develop strength and balance through movement. It’s how I first found ballet; but after years of dance I found myself dealing with chronic pain and back problems. They kept me from doing activities I loved and I was dedicated to finding a way to get back to them. That’s when I discovered Pilates! 

My dive into Pilates began in 2008. I was guided by a teacher who took the time to help me understand the exercises and how they would help me work towards accomplishing my goals and doing the things I love. With the guidance of my masterful teachers I joined their ranks in 2017 and became a third generation Pilates instructor through the world renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, CO. Working with the Taylor sisters, I obtained the Advanced Teacher Training certificate and am a Nationally Certified Pilates instructor through the National Pilates Certification Program (formally known as the Pilates Method Alliance).

I love Pilates not only because it has helped me but because I have seen the positive effects it has had on friends and other practitioners throughout the years. If our bodies aren’t aligned and if our muscles aren’t balanced, we can work hard but only cause more pain, more stress, and more imbalance. I’ve seen over and over again how - even after just a few short months of practicing Pilates - my clients are able to go to the gym again or run again. They feel good picking up their child or simply bending down to tie their shoes. Their day-to-day lives are enhanced through the power of Pilates.

As we work together to find the best approach for you, the term Compassionate Body Pilates will likely come up. I believe that we can develop strength more effectively through a compassionate approach, especially when we’re dealing with injury or chronic pain. I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be and I endeavor to help you learn how to work with your body, not against it! Nothing means more to me than seeing my clients make remarkable changes and hearing how Pilates has improved their lives.

All of the exercises I use can be adapted for each individual’s body and ability. We will find a pace and routine that works for you! I offer fun and challenging sessions while helping you reach your maximum potential. My small class or private lessons will allow me to tailor sessions specific to you!

 

Denise Gurnee

Certified Pilates Instructor
PhD, MSc, NBC-HWC 

The role of mindful movement and the preservation of functional skills including physical, cognitive, and general well-being has always been of interest to me. Early in life, I observed family members remaining physically active into their eighties and nineties. This inspired me to become involved in physical activities and also inspired an interest and academic pursuit into the clinical neurosciences. 

I first experienced the Classical Pilates Method while undergoing rehabilitation following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Pilates was central to a successful recovery from the injuries that I experienced. Through the process it became apparent that Pilates not only supported, but facilitated body-mind engagement, deep integration, and relief from pain. This experience with Pilates methodology was so impactful that I decided to pursue a career in the practice of Pilates.

A dedicated personal practice was initiated in 2010 where I sought out and trained with several second-generation master teachers trained by Romana Kryzanowska, a student of Joseph Pilates. In Spring 2018, I made the decision to enter teacher-training certification and subsequently became a comprehensively trained third generation Classical Pilates Instructor. In addition to Classical Pilates training, I received training in different yoga practices and breathing techniques both of which I incorporate into sessions as needed or requested. I use gentle yoga-based methods to facilitate movement including floor, chair, and wall yoga. All training is individualized and accessible to all levels of skill.

Health and wellbeing are essential components of our lives. I am nationally board certified in health and wellness coaching. My training focused on the attainment of health-based goals utilizing a Positive Psychology approach to wellbeing. In addition to Pilates and yoga, health and wellness coaching is available for those who are interested as either an add-on to their program or as a stand-alone.

I am passionate about using Pilates, Yoga, and Wellness strategies to help people of all ages maintain functional abilities and experience a good quality of life. 

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