PILATES PERSONAL TRAINING
Never tried the Reformer? Stop by the front desk & schedule your complimentary demo!
PILATES TIP: BACK SUPPORT
Doug McBee, Certified Pilates Trainer
In other fitness modalities, they usually call this a reverse plank, but this is Pilates, and it is what it is. Back support strengthens just about all the muscles along the back of the body while encouraging deeper muscles to focus on stabilizing.
To start, sit on a mat with legs together and straight with feet pointed. Place your hands flat on the mat just behind you, with the fingers facing forward or slightly out to the side. Your spine should be long and straight, and the chest should feel open and lifted. On an exhale, engage the core (co-contract) and lift the hips upward, hinging at the hip creases. Your goal is to lift high enough to get the body into a straight line. On an inhale, lower the hips without letting them quite touch the mat. Repeat 4-6 times.
The details: The head neither drops nor lifts. It should stay comfortably in line with the spine.
It is crucial to stay lifted out of the shoulders. Letting the trunk sink downward between the shoulders may cause eventual injury. Some people may want to arch the thoracic spine a bit to keep the feeling of floating above the shoulders.
Avoid having the fingers face backwards away from you. This will externally rotate the shoulders, making them more vulnerable due to the compression into the joints.
The arms and the legs should remain straight throughout the exercise. The feet remain pointed and the toes should reach long without curling under. This will give a pleasant stretch to the tops of the feet, which we rarely get an opportunity to do.
One last note: Those with shoulder problems will want to avoid this one. If you’re getting shoulder pain, do not try to struggle through it.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS
Members who are Pilates Reformer-trained may practice in our Pilates Studio!
- Sundays 12–1pm Doug McBee (no limit)
- Mondays 6–8:30am Mel Salada (6–7am only chairs & towers available)
- Wednesdays 6–9am Mel Salada (no limit)
- Wednesdays 11am–12pm Diala Naser-Kassis (limit 3)
- Thursdays 6–7pm Doug McBee (limit 3)
- Saturdays 8–9am Rickee Raney (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)
PILATES REFORMER TEAM FIT
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
PILATES REFORMER INTRODUCTION SPECIAL
1 Session (55 min) for $35 (½ price)
- This is for “first-timers” ONLY (intended to introduce the Reformer and to show its 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 & with lower impact. A gentle approach to classic Pilates, Restorative Pilates is designed for those who require carefully monitored exercises to increase strength, stability, & balance. The results will increase functionality & ease of movement.
- Tuesdays 11am–12pm Doug McBee
- Thursdays 11am–12pm Diala Naser-Kassis
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 the front desk at (707) 996-3111 for more information.
OUR PILATES-TRAINED PROS
Marri was trained & certified in Pilates through ITT with Madeline Black & A Body of Work with Jean Sullivan in San Francisco in 2004. She found Pilates after an extensive injury & lengthy rehabilitation that changed her life & relationship with her body. After working intensively with a talented trainer, she knew she found her new calling & became a certified instructor. Marri sees Pilates as a wonderful adjunct to all other sports & 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 & individuals realize their health goals & navigating the sometimes very complicated medical system with people undergoing long-term illnesses & diagnoses, in addition to being a Registered Nurse with a CRRN certification, specializing in Rehabilitation.
Doug is certified in Group Exercise through AFAA, Mat Pilates & all Pilates apparatus through BASI Pilates, Yoga, & Cycling. A male instructor is a rare breed, & Doug can sympathize with issues common to men. He is eager to share with everyone the many benefits working on apparatus has to offer.
Diala grew up outside the United States, & 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 & body. She felt alive again, renewed & rejuvenated. Inspired, Diala went on to further educate herself in the Pilates Method, & 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 & Balanced Body™. She has worked with clients of all ages & levels, & enjoys watching her students benefit the way she has. Her goal is to inspire & motivate people, helping them realize their body’s full potential. Diala’s classes incorporate her joy of movement, with a focus on breathing & stretching, for a workout that is both challenging & fun! Diala continues to attend workshops & conferences to expand her knowledge in Pilates.
Kim is the Parkpoint Sonoma Group Exercise Director, and is Pilates Certified through Carol Appel Pilates Plus & Stamina Mind•Body Fitness in both Mat & Reformer. She is a Certified Personal Trainer & Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for over 25 years. She enjoys all types of personal training including training with weights, the Pilates Reformer, & 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. “I try to be very conscientious with the client to make sure that they are trained according to their particular fitness level, as well as other specific body consideration or injuries. We work together as a team.”
Enrica began her exercise career as a Group Ex Instructor & Personal Trainer. Her interest in fitness for the whole body led her to expand her training to include Pilates & Aqua Aerobics. She has 11 years of Pilates training & was certified with Monica Anderson (Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance Teacher) & through Stott Pilates International. She also holds certifications through ACE & 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, & well-being.
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 & impingement. She received her training & certification through ITT at A Body of Work in San Francisco & 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, & weight work as a compliment to her daily Pilates practice. She delights in passing on her Pilates knowledge to assist clients toward better access & improvement of the body’s dynamics related to alignment, mobility, & strength, as well as bringing benefit to life’s daily activities & enhancement of overall well-being.
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 & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Exercise is Medicine credential with ACSM, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with USAW, Pilates Allegro Reformer with Polestar Pilates, & a Personal Training Certification from CSUS. His competitive background in Olympic Weightlifting & Bodybuilding has given Mel a great understanding of the limits of the human body. His education has taught him the balance of specification versus diversity. Decades in the health profession have brought on the knowledge of how to make exercise, recreation, & functional movement a lifelong enjoyable experience. “Think you can or think you can’t. Either way you are right!” —Henry Ford