Well Paced Learning
Fine. Go get a pilates book and try to DIY, or do the right thing and get at least a few private sessions first with Susanna. The principles of Pilates are why it works. The principles are why every single time I devote focus and time to it, my life is changed.
I have enjoyed and utilized all sorts of body-fix modalities, but Pilates keeps my 6'3" athletic life on track and I feel committed for life. More accurately, it keeps me on a healing arc from a myriad of sporty imbalances (kayaking, stand up paddle, cycling, football net, desk life, driving, yoga).
Susanna is intuitive and surgical. Those are the first words that came to me, and they're probably perfect to describe her skill, but she's also kind and funny! She really sees and cares about what is going on. We can only hope for a master like that!
Fortunate is the person who gets to be in a Pilates class with Susanna Gaertner! She is upbeat and hilarious, encouraging and demanding and totally professional. Pilates is a precise form of exercise and Susanna, more than any other teacher I've experienced, understands the most obscure nuance as well as the big picture. I take one class with her a week and I can see my progress as the weeks go on. Susanna knows everyone in her class by name after they've been to one class. The personal attention she gives her students, no matter how large the class, is really impressive. This kind of attention has kept me coming back. At this point, there are several of us who should be in the advanced class but we won't leave. Susanna adjusts for us and gives each student the appropriate level of Pilates exercises. I have to say this has been my best exercise experience in ten years.
-Carolyn Reynolds, Santa Cruz
In an intensive four-day session Ms Gaertner provided me with nutritional information and exercises which I will take back home with me... I had to travel all the way to the US to find someone of her intuition and skill to devise a program which I can actually follow.
Ms Gaertner has extraordinary talents in sensing just how much a body is able to do and in creating a program for that specific body. I am very pleased. I really think that meeting Susanna has been the best possible thing for my health and well-being.
I cannot recommend her enough.
- A. Luu, Taiwan
I've been going to Pilates classes for over 20 years and have seen the most amazing results since taking your classes just 10 months ago. The difference between your classes and the other classes I've taken is the individualized attention and coaching you've given to me. I'm an avid cyclist and have maintained a high level of fitness throughout my life. My enthusiasm for your instruction is a result of knowing I am more comfortable every day as I sit, stand, ride and do all the activities I love. I have more range of motion and strength in my core than I even thought was possible. You have taught me to be comfortable working at the level I'm at so I can improve by building a strong foundation. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to make positive changes in their bodies to try your classes! I'm 45 years old and have two grown children - my body looks and feels better than when I was in my 20's.
- Arleen Pietrzak, Certified PUSH Therapist, Pain Relief Specialist