Sophia Briegleb became a Pilates devotee after finding it helped ease her hip pain when other treatment methods had failed. It inspired her to train and become a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified teacher, initially offering classes in her home. Seeing few classical Pilates studios in NE Denver, she looked for a location that could serve clients from Stapleton and nearby neighborhoods—and recently opened her Kinesis Pilates studio at Stanley Marketplace. “The Stanley Marketplace is very supportive of small businesses and the location really meets the demand I’ve found here,” she notes.
Briegleb, with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and an M.S. in Neuroscience, says being a Pilates instructor combines her passion for teaching with her knowledge of human anatomy. Pilates is a fitness program designed to strengthen, balance, and relieve pain in the body. Pilates instructors complete anywhere from 450-950 hours of training, and then can take the PMA exam to become certified. A “whole body” program, Pilates can assist the rehabilitation and recovery process after an injury, or help relieve chronic pain while strengthening and improving overall fitness. “The exercises really bring awareness to movement patterns and help people achieve the mind/body connections required to reach their goals,” says Briegleb. “Pilates has been around for a really long time – and people still find value in the exercises.”
New members of Kinesis Pilates complete six initial private instruction sessions to learn the foundation and principles of Pilates and the proper use of equipment. Students develop a plan with their instructor during these sessions to address their specific issues and goals. Once the one-on-one sessions are complete, group classes of no more than five participants at a time are available, or students may choose to continue individual instruction, says Briegleb.
Those interested in Kinesis Pilates can visit www.kinesispilatesdenver.com to learn more about the practice of Pilates at the new Stanley Marketplace location. To schedule a tour or speak to an instructor, please call 303.921.7017.