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Sunday, June 10, 12–2pm

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A Gentle Warm-Up

Doug McBee, Certified Pilates Trainer

There are many ways to limber up the body when getting out of bed, taking a break at the office, or preparing for a workout. This one can be performed sitting in a chair but I’ll assume you’re seated on the floor, which will bring hip mobility into the mix.

Sit with knees bent about 90 degrees and feet together. Let your knees fall out to the side toward the floor. Let’s call this “frog legs.” The pelvis and legs will stay put through the duration, providing a nice “hip opening” stretch. Now sit very tall and straight, pull the belly gently in, and think of lifting the rib cage higher above the pelvis by narrowing your waistline. Place your hands behind your head without arching your back or lifting the lower ribs. If your shoulders feel tight, just rest the fingertips against the side of your head.

Keeping the spine long, side bend to the left on an inhale, and direct the breath into the right lung (which might help you further open the ribs). Exhale back to center and do the same to the right. Do three or four side bends each side.

Next is rotation. Inhale to prepare and exhale as you twist to the left, leading with the rib cage and relaxing the shoulders and elbows. Inhale to unwind and exhale to the other side. Do three more to each side.

Now we put it together: Exhale to twist to the left. Staying in the twist, inhale and side bend to the right; your right elbow might drop behind the right knee or the front of the right armrest if you’re in a chair. Exhale to straighten up to an upright spine, and inhale to unwind out of the twist. Repeat on the other side. Keep the belly gently scooped and the waistline narrow throughout.

Three or four sets of these, and you’re ready to get to work.


Members who are Pilates Reformer-trained may practice in our Pilates Studio!

  • Sundays 12–1pm (Doug) (no limit)
  • Mondays 6–8am (Mel) (6–7am only chairs & towers available)
  • Wednesdays 6–9am (Mel) (no limit)
  • Wednesdays 11am–12pm Johanna (limit 3)
  • Thursdays 6–7pm (Doug) (limit 3)
  • Saturdays 8–9am (Rickee) (no limit)


  • Must be approved by Parkpoint Pilates Trainer
  • No longer required to have an ‘active’ Pilates package
  • Monthly flat fee $25
  • Can attend any or all sessions (some sessions will be limited to 3 attendees)


Always wanted to try Pilates Reformer? Now’s your chance to extend the great benefits you get from mat classes by challenging yourself even more—on the Reformer! Come join the FUN and feel your body!

4-Session Series: $88 per member for 1-hour sessions
Class size limited to 6


1 Session (55 min) for $35 (½ price)


  • This is for “first-timers” ONLY (Intended to introduce the Reformer and to show it’s abundant benefits for the physically fit, as well as, practical for “rehab” individuals)
  • If you took advantage of the “free” reformer classes previously offered, you are NOT eligible for this special offer
    Only “ONE” session total per person at this discounted rate
  • Call a trainer listed below to set up an appointment*
  • Purchase your ticket at the Front Desk and be sure to indicate that this is for the one-time introduction rate of $35

*Actual training times will vary with each trainer—you will need to call & set up your training day and time directly with her.


Restorative Pilates provides all the benefits of Pilates, but at a slower pace and with lower impact. A gentle approach to classic Pilates, Restorative Pilates is designed for those who require carefully monitored exercises to increase strength, stability, and balance. The results will increase functionality and ease of movement.

  • Wednesdays 9–10am (Johanna) (limit 3)
  • Wednesday 10–11am (Johanna) (limit 3)

Physical limitations will be addressed and exercises will be designed to accommodate those limitations while achieving the benefits of Pilates—a body in balance. Please contact Johanna Avery at (707) 934-0550 for more information.


Johanna Avery

Johanna is experienced in all Pilates disciplines on equipment and mat for all levels of competency. She was certified through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006 and has been a Pilates instructor continuously since. Her other certifications include PMA (2011) and Pink Ribbon Pilates (2013) for breast cancer survivors. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients, from competitive athletes to clients with serious physical limitations. Phone (707) 934-0550

Marri Lemaire

Marri was trained and certified in Pilates through ITT with Madeline Black and A Body of Work with Jean Sullivan in San Francisco in 2004. She found Pilates after an extensive injury and lengthy rehabilitation that changed her life and relationship with her body. After working intensively with a talented trainer, she knew she found her new calling and became a certified instructor. Marri sees Pilates as a wonderful adjunct to all other sports and physical activities as well as being an extremely fulfilling physical modality on its own. Marri recently received her Certified Health Navigator diploma from Sonoma State University, helping patients and individuals realize their health goals and navigating the sometimes very complicated medical system with people undergoing long term illnesses and diagnoses, in addition to being a Registered Nurse with a CRRN certification, specializing in Rehabilitation. Phone (707) 337-9291

Doug McBee

Doug first became trained to teach group exercise in 2013 through AFAA, and began teaching at Parkpoint and elsewhere soon after. Later that year, he was certified to teach mat Pilates through BASI Pilates, then went on to complete yoga teacher training in 2014, and became a cycling instructor the same year. In 2015 he went back to BASI and completed the comprehensive teacher training course on all Pilates apparatus, and began teaching in the Pilates studio at Parkpoint in January 2016. A male instructor is a rare breed, and Doug can sympathize with issues common to men. He is eager to share with everyone the many benefits working on apparatus has to offer. Phone (707) 774-5579

Diala Naser-Kassis

Diala grew up outside the United States, and was not aware of Pilates until 2009. While attending college, she was introduced to the Pilates Method as she pursued her degree in Bachelors of Art. Within less than a year of practicing Pilates with Kinesiology Instructor Sarah Artha, Diala noticed a deeper connection between her mind and body. She felt alive again, renewed and rejuvenated. Inspired, Diala went on to further educate herself in the Pilates Method, and has chosen to become a teacher to share the benefits of Pilates with others. Diala is currently a fully certified trainer through the College of San Mateo and Balanced Body™. She has worked with clients of all ages and levels, and enjoys watching her students benefit the way she has. Her goal is to inspire and motivate people, helping them realize their body’s full potential. Diala’s classes incorporate her joy of movement, with a focus on breathing and stretching, for a workout that is both challenging and fun! Diala continues to attend workshops and conferences to expand her knowledge in Pilates. Phone (650) 270-5388

Kim Pauley

Kim is Pilates Certified through Carol Appel Pilates Plus and Stamina Mind*Body Fitness in both Mat and Reformer. Kim has been the Group Exercise Director at the Sonoma Club since 1982 and a Certified Personal Trainer and Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for over 25 years. Kim enjoys all types of Personal Training including training with weights; the Pilates Reformer or Pilates Mat Training. Kim is conscientious with her clients to make sure that they are trained according to their particular fitness level, as well as other body considerations of the client. Phone (707) 695-8528

Enrica Poore

Enrica started her exercise career 23 years ago as a Group Ex Instructor and Personal Trainer in the field of Fitness. Her interest in fitness for the whole body led her to expand her training to include Pilates and Aqua Aerobics. She has 11 years of Pilates training and was certified with Monica Anderson (Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance Teacher) and through Stott Pilates International. She also holds certifications through ACE and AFAA. Enrica encourages her students to explore aqua aerobics. This is an excellent way to get a super cross-training to complement all types of fitness programs. Besides having awesome resistance factors built in, the water is also forgiving to any injuries that might be holding a current exerciser back from doing other physical activities. Enrica has always been sensitive to the need of mixing up exercise routines to see a greater change in overall health. She is dedicated to working with her clients to develop a program that brings each person a wonderful sense of strength, awareness, balance, and well-being. Phone (702) 743-5421

Rickee Raney

Rickee has been engaged in the practice of Pilates since 2000 when she first discovered Pilates via mat classes at Parkpoint Club. Her work with the Pilates apparatus began a few years later following a rotator cuff injury, where she found complete relief from pain and impingement. She received her training and certification through ITT at A Body of Work in San Francisco and with Madeline Black at Studio M in Sonoma in 2007-2008. She is also a nationally-certified Pilates Method Alliance trainer. Rickee comes from a Ballet/Jazz dance background and has employed the use of yoga, cardio, and weight work as a compliment to her daily Pilates practice. She delights in passing on her Pilates knowledge to assist clients toward better access and improvement of the body’s dynamics related to alignment, mobility, and strength, as well as bringing benefit to life’s daily activities and enhancement of overall well-being. Phone (415) 309-4904

Mel Salada

Mel has nearly 30 years in personal training experience, ranging from post-acute rehabilitation to sport-specific training. His background includes a B.S. in Exercise Science, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Exercise is Medicine credential with ACSM, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with USAW, Pilates Allegro Reformer with Polestar Pilates, and a Personal Training Certification from CSUS. His competitive background in Olympic Weightlifting and Bodybuilding has given Mel a great understanding of the limits of the human body. His education has taught him the balance of specification vs. diversity. Decades in the health profession have brought on the knowledge of how to make exercise, recreation, and functional movement a lifelong enjoyable experience.