ABOUT OUR STUDIO

Our beautiful studio is designed around an open floor plan that allows for easy access to whatever apparatus one needs to be working. We offer all apparatus of the Classical Pilates Method: Reformers, Structured Mats, Cadillacs, Ladder Barrels, 1/2 Barrels, Spine Correctors, Wunda Chairs, Arm Chairs, Electric Chair, Guillotine, Foot Correctors, Toe Correctors, Neck Stretcher, Ped-i-pul, Sand Bags, Breath-a-Cizor, plus more.

As we watch a student get into their workout, our staff has an almost endless selection of apparatus and exercises to address the specifics of a body that is revealed during their session. We are proud of the work that all the staff members have put into their education and maintenance of their growth.

OUR STAFF

Samantha Walley, Owner

Samantha has been teaching movement and exercise for the past 45 years. As a young dancer, Samantha began her career as a teacher bringing ballet to developmentally challenged children. This experience drove her into academia as she followed her family's footsteps into medicine to better understand her students. Samantha found early on in this pursuit that no amount of education could replace the physical and person-to-person encounter.

Samantha's early academic pursuits did result in her finishing both graduate and undergraduate studies in the sciences which led to a 20 year career in aerospace entineering. This combination of professional experience and continuing to teach exercise and movement in the health and gym environments eventually led her to Pialtes. Samantha completed her initial training with Polestar in 1999 and went on to complete training with The Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, a school that was established by Romana Kryzanowska and the Taylor sisters in 2002.

Samantha was licensed as a Teacher Trainer by The Pilates Center for 7 years before she developed her own Teacher Training program. She has been a student of Jay Grimes and Sandy Shimoda since 2010. She completed Vintage Pilates' masters programs "The Work™" in 2011 and "Teaching The Work" in 2014. Samantha continues her training weekly at Vintage Pilates.

Samantha's combined experience as a Pilates teacher, a teacher of Pilates teachers, her practice as Pilates student as well as her 20 year tenure in aerospace engineering gives her a unique view to how things fit and work as well as the power and beauty of the human form in movement. This experience base gives her a wide perspective in her approach to exercise and viewing the needs of a body before her.


Isabella Gwozdz

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Janet Kooba

Janet Kooba is a classically trained Pilates teacher who has been practicing the method for more than ten years. In 2018, she completed the Teacher Training Program at Vital Balance Pilates directed by second generation teacher Samantha Walley. She has studied extensively under Jay Grimes, first generation teacher, as well as Karen Frischmann, Sandy Shimoda, Trish Garland, all second generation teachers who remain dedicated to the original teachings of Joseph Pilates. She continues to deepen her understanding of the method through workshops and regular practice.

Although initially curious about Pilates after reading how one could achieve long, lean muscles by this practice, it was the revitalized, rejuvenated feeling she had after her first lesson that planted the passion. She appreciates both the rigorous movement of the method, as well as the benefits of increased strength, flexibility, stability and body awareness.

Mr. Pilates had a true desire to help his students "Return to Life" through his method, and Janet hopes to help keep that mission alive!


Leila Shukur

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Maria Emmetti...

Maria grew up on the east coast, where she began her love of movement with dance.  After a long attempt of pursuing an acting/dancing career in NYC, studying at HB Studios and Strasberg for acting and Steps for dance she ventured out to California to chase more of the same.  Once in LA she added some college credits at SMC & UCLA extension in Psychology (a little shy of graduating).  Other things she added into her life were a husband and 3 children.

Having 3 children back to back put some strain on her spine where she began her next adventure at the chiropractor. This tired quickly; desperate she decided to try Pilates.   Being an enthusiast of movement this relationship was a fit immediately.  After 8 years of being a devotee to Pilates she enrolled in the Teacher Training Program with The Pilates Institute of Southern California (PISC), where she graduated in 2005.  She continues her Pilates education by attending Pilates seminars and workshops on a regular basis.

For Maria, life outside the Pilates studio is busy with a family that also loves movement.


Marina Urbina

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Maytal Rozenshur

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Suzie Collis

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