Leah completed her Pilates certification through BASI and has been teaching full-time since 2010. She's taken numerous continuing education courses and has a variety of certifications, including a Posture Alignment Specialist certification through the Egoscue Institute. She was introduced to this modality in 2016 and realized it provided a missing link in her Pilates work with clients. Education is critical in changing movement patterns and keeping clients out of pain. Posture Alignment therapy offers this in the first session. Presently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Corrective Exercise, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, and Geriatric Exercise Science. She takes pride in relating to her clients in a beneficial way that they can understand, which enables them to recognize that the body works as one functioning unit. Clients motivate her daily, and watching them improve their overall health and live with less pain provides Leah with immense gratification.
Leah has experience working with the following conditions and clientele: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, hip replacements, knee replacements, spinal cord damage, sciatica, Parkinson's, atrial fibrillation, COPD, cancer, pregnancy (prenatal & postpartum), multiple spinal disc conditions, nerve damage, Morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, drop foot, bunions, and more.
Learn more about Leah and her journey in an article published about her in Voyage Chicago!
Emmanuel completed his Pilates certification with Steven Winterstein of Kinetic Axis and is also certified through the National Pilates Certification Program.
Emmanuel Ramírez is a professional dancer and ballet teacher with more than 15 years of experience. Born and raised in Mexico, he has lived in Chicago for the last 4 years. He began practicing Pilates 15 years ago to strengthen and condition his dance technique. He enjoys helping others learn and feel the benefits of Pilates in their fitness routines and daily activities.
"Reformer Pilates has helped my clients and me rehabilitate and also train at the highest level. Reformer Pilates has been a regular part of my professional training and personal exercise routine for over a decade." Rick mixes an element of personal training and the Reformer during group and private sessions. He has been a working actor since 2000, SAG in 2005, and IMDb nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for his work on his original film "In the Driver's Seat. Rick has worked on over a hundred gigs in; film, tv, runway, print, and performing theater on stage in nine plays in Chicago. He's successfully coupled his acting and 19-year Personal Training career, allowing him to help numerous people meet their fitness goals, including A-List actors, A-List Musicians, and Hall of Fame athletes.
Sarah completed the BASI Pilates comprehensive training in Chicago in July 2022. An Atlanta native, she has spent time working at a studio in the Atlanta area. She has recently transitioned to Chicago to be closer to family and to continue her Pilates career. She is currently working toward finishing the teaching hours required for certification.
Sarah first became interested in Pilates through teaching barre classes. She loves the Pilates emphasis on alignment and the opportunity to build, restore and heal the body through quality movement.
Additional qualification: SoulBody Barre certification since 2019.
Coming from a background in teaching movement, primarily martial arts and ballroom dance, Jeremy became interested in Pilates in 2001 with a focus on naturally recovering from his injuries, and in 2006 he completed the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Training program. Jeremy’s continuing education in anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, scoliosis, spinal conditions, and shoulder, hip, and knee injuries has led to a professional focus in chronic pain syndromes, sacroiliac dysfunction, and functional movement retraining.
He believes that all populations: older adults, elite athletes, parents, and weekend warriors can benefit from intelligent movement training and becoming more efficient in their activities. In 2010 Jeremy completed the CoreAlign training through Balanced Body and in 2011 became a CoreAlign Master Instructor. Jeremy is also a certified personal trainer and a licensed massage therapist with extensive training in Thai massage, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. With a firm belief that the standard of the industry must be raised to meet the expectations of the public and medical community Jeremy lectures and presents workshops on functional movement.In he 2022 launched a new brand, MovED, offering a fresh approach to healthy movement for all bodies and a continuing education program focusing on functional anatomy and dynamic kinesiology for Pilates instructors, strength trainers, and physical therapists.
Dr. Daniel McEowen is the founder of SustainAbility Movement Health and Physiotherapy, featuring services focused on keeping the moving parts inside your body functioning so that you can sustainably participate in your life the way you desire. Dr. McEowen is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 2011 and is currently a Doctorate of Health Science candidate. He is dedicated to continuously learning and has become a "lifetime provider" of Astym soft tissue regenerative treatment. He has a particular interest in understanding the body's interconnections to promote a healthy and functional movement system. To this aim, Dr. McEowen has completed coursework with CREAT, RockTape, DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization), and the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in pursuit of a certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT). Working with Dr. McEowen, you will receive only one-on-one individualized care designed to meet your specific needs with interactive, manual techniques and education to keep you moving in life.
Hannah is a transplant from Florida, where she studied Theatre and Political Science at Florida State University. She is also an actor and real estate agent with Fulton Grace Realty. Hannah became interested in Pilates as a means of incorporating movement and breath into her acting techniques! Connecting the mind, muscles, and breath create another pathway to access deep emotions. Hannah enjoys seeing movies at the Music Box and theatre around the city, yoga, weightlifting, and a nice walk by the lake.