Meet the Instructors

Rachel

Through teaching, Rachel hopes to inspire others to find motivation, enthusiasm and understanding of their bodies. She aims to provide balanced, well-rounded workouts that increase energy, improve posture and encourages a healthier lifestyle.  

 

Having spent 15 years in a corporate working environment, Rachel's passion for pilates led her to study anatomy & physiology and complete an advanced certification as a Stott Pilates instructor. Rachel is a Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor and is pre and post natal trained as a corrective exercise specialist (PCES). Rachel has completed dozens of workshops including neurological disorders, balance, back care and athletic conditioning to name a few.

 

Rachel began teaching in 2006 and has worked in Australia, England and finally the U.S.A, where she now calls home.

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Amanda

Amanda was exposed to Pilates at the young age of 12 as her jazz teacher began each class with a Classical Mat Flow as a warm-up. In addition to dancing her whole life, she competed as a Rhythmic Gymnast for 8 years and later started experiencing injuries and weakness in her joints from the excessive hyper-mobility training drilled into her growing body. Pilates became a way of strengthening the proper muscles for pain management and injury prevention. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from the UW- Madison and became a certified Pilates instructor immediately after graduating. She holds a 500 hr comprehensive certification from The Lab, as well as certs from Balanced Body, PCES (Postpartum Corrective Exercise), and PRI (Postural Restoration Institute).

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Abigail is a professional dancer who was introduced to Pilates mat and Reformer at the age of 12 as a means of cross-training, injury prevention and overall physical wellness. Pilates supported her throughout her dance career in Chicago, allowing for increased mobility within strengthening that she found to be necessary even beyond stage life. She is also an active member of community outreach programs, using her knowledge of movement to encourage healing among marginalized communities. She received her training through The Lab 500 hr comprehensive certification program and has previously taught at Equinox Lincoln Common as a private instructor. She believes in the power of Pilates to help people gain health longevity through postural awareness and alignment, enhancing breathing patterns, developing functional core strength, and reducing unnecessary tension through improved joint mobility. 

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Samantha

Samantha found pilates during her studies in modern dance at Point Park University as a way to keep her body healthy, strong, and aligned, during long rehearsals. Her pilates practice was vital throughout her professional dance career during performances in cities across the world; such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Seoul, and more.

 

Samantha has her Bachelors of Fine Arts, a 500hr pilates teaching certificate from “The Lab”, PCES (Pre/Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist Cert.), and PRI (Postural Restoration Institute; Pilates Cert.). As a result of her passion for pilates and rehabilitation, she is currently completing her Pre-Physical Therapy certificate at Northwestern University.

 

She has been teaching pilates in Chicago for the past four years and is thrilled to join the Resolve Pilates family.