header: Your Instructors

Alaine Smith

Alaine teaches Pilates because she lives it. Alaine brings an intentional, peaceful energy to her instruction, and emphasizes the mind-body connection for her clients as they learn to increase the body’s balance and strength through functional movement. “We’re here to get better at life,” she says–Alaine once suffered chronic pain before incorporating Pilates into her daily experience, and the practice has been life-changing.

Alaine completed her Comprehensive Peak Pilates Certification in 2014. She has been studying Pilates for over 6 years and continues to employ a learner’s mindset as she shares her knowledge with others; in her classes, Alaine exudes the centered magnetism of the humble expert. She believes in the transformative power of classical Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates one hundred years ago and more relevant today than ever. She is the mother of two beautiful children, and loves the outdoors. She’s inspired by helping others find joy in moving their bodies.

Katie Wiehardt

Katie began practicing Pilates in 2002 on recommendation from her physical therapist. She found a practice that connected with her on a mind and body level. She studied with Stott Pilates in San Francisco, becoming fully certified in matwork, reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels in 2004. Katie tells her students that “Pilates is more of a lifestyle than a workout – it enhances everything we love to do, whether you’re a cook, a writer, or a professional skier, a physically strong person in your early 20s, or an 80-year-old looking to move from sitting to standing. The movements contribute to our stamina, our endurance, and they way we go through our daily lives.”

Katie loves interacting with students, hearing their stories, and introducing them to the positive impacts of regular Pilates practice. She loves to be with her family–two sweet boys and a wonderful husband–camping, rafting, and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Ember Reinschmidt

Ember joined the Peak Bodies team in the spring of 2018. Passionate about the impacts Pilates makes in the life of her students, she believes Pilates is beneficial for every demographic of age, experience, and ability. “Pilates has a positive impact on everyone–the earlier we get started, the more injuries we can avoid in the future… But it’s no longer just for dancers, or those recovering from injuries. There’s real purpose behind every movement–it’s never just to get the heartrate up.”

Ember teaches mat class and an introduction to reformer class. She also brings freshness to and energy to the practice through six-week Pilates programs, and weekend pop-up workshops.

Adriane Melillo

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