About the Studio, Teachers and
Why our students love doing Pilates with us
About the Studio
We’re a best kept secret:
Embody Movement Pilates Studio is located in the LifeStart Fitness Center in the Central Park of Lisle building complex. We’re convenient to Lisle, Naperville, Wheaton and other Chicago suburbs.
Membership to the club is NOT a pre-requisite to train with our studio. All are welcome!
Embody Movement Pilates is dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals through education of body awareness, breath and imagery. Not only are they well-loved by our client community; our Teachers are highly qualified, each holding multiple certifications in Pilates as well as other mind-body methods.
**We’re available 7 days a week: Mon-Thur 6:30am – 8:30pm, Fri 6:30am – 6:30pm, and Sat/Sun 8am – 1pm.
Schedule is by appointment.
**Please note that due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, our hours are currently limited: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 7:00pm, Saturday 8am – 11am**
Come see us for:
- Private Training One-on-one
- Partner (also referred to as Duet) Sessions
- Semi-Private Pilates Group Reformer and Equipment classes
- Monthly group programs and wellness workshops
We take a balanced approach, focused on quality of movement so that your body feels the work as an efficient, holistic system. A system that you can easily transfer into sports and daily activities.
Come on in for the work, and leave feeling invigorated after each session!
Sarah de Guia
Sarah, Studio Owner & Instructor, has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Her passion for health and fitness started with group exercise, and later lead her to become a certified Pilates Instructor in 2004.
As a Certified Level One Franklin Method Teacher since 2010, she infuses education on anatomy with movement into her lessons. The Franklin Method combines scientific and anatomical analysis with movement, integrating imagery exercises that make it effective and fun. It can be used for specific performance enhancement as well as a tool to improve overall fitness and body awareness.
Sarah traveled to New York City to study with Sue Hitzmann and completed her training as a MELT Instructor, further growing her experience with the MELT Hand & Foot treatments. The MELT Method® (MELT) is a self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. This unique method, creator Sue Hitzman calls Hands-off Bodywork™ empowers people to help themselves restore whole-body efficiency and lead healthier, more active lives.
Continuing to expand her knowledge, she attended podiatrist, Dr. Emily Splichal’s programs at the EBFA on exploring how to prep the body for movement by tapping into the nervous system with barefoot science, foot to core sequencing and reflexive stability via fascial lines. Sarah has completed the Barefoot Training Specialist® Level 1 & 2 Certifications.
“I feel like we have gotten away from actually ‘living’ in our bodies day to day. I have a passion for engaging my clients in body awareness, teaching them techniques to improve posture and maintain good back health. And, whether fit or just getting back into fitness, the Pilates method is excellent to increase overall strength and flexibility. Dedicate some time to moving mindfully in session, then you can integrate that into your daily living.”
– Sarah de Guia
Becky was first introduced to the Pilates Reformer after the birth of her first child in 2005 and has been hooked on it ever since! Amazed & impressed by the results in her own body, she become a Pilates instructor so that she could share the many benefits of Pilates with others.
Having been a gymnast and All American swimmer at Naperville North High School, Pilates reawakened Kevin’s love of physical activity and has allowed him to stay active while fulfilling a passion to help others improve their health. He was profoundly affected in his own practice by the results within his own physical body, and more importantly calm that was missing before.
Jessica started her Pilates Mat & Reformer training in early 2014 with Pilates Academy International (PAI) while she was going to school at Roosevelt University to receive her BFA in Acting. She became a certified Pilates Instructor in May 2015. Additionally, she expanded her anatomy and biomechanics background by also completing Stott Pilates comprehensive coursework.
A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Karin is thrilled to be a Pilates instructor at Embody Movement Pilates Studio. Over the years, she has taught Pilates and ballet to all ages and levels at various Pilates and dance studios throughout Chicago. As a certified Pilates mat, reformer and apparatus instructor, Karin has helped clients improve
I have always had a swayed back, so this has helped me to keep my stomach in and keep my posture better…When I do it, I feel 100 times better. I’ve gotten a lot stronger in my core muscles, as well as in a lot of muscles I didn’t know I had.
I had no idea when I started how badly my posture had deteriorated. The instructor gave me keys to focus on which almost immediately helped improve the situation. She was extremely patient at helping me understand the Pilates Fundamentals.
I am amazed how Pilates has made a difference in my body. I’ve seen greatly increased strength and no longer feel stress in my lower back and hips. I didn’t expect it, but I also dropped two pant sizes in 8 sessions.
My reason to start Pilates classes was a recommendation from my Physical Therapist. I had taken some mat classes at a local health club or tried DVDS tapes but didn’t feel that I was performing the movements correctly.
Since I didn’t want to re injure myself after completing my PT treatment, my therapist suggested that I try classes at the Embody Movement Pilates Studio. My private classes instructed by Sarah or Kevin have been extremely beneficial. They have provided me with the education necessary for me to learn the basics and grow within my strength.“The Pilates method has improved my postural awareness, balance and my use of abdominal muscles to perform each movement with improved ease. The MELT method has helped to relieve body stresses and improve my connections of balance. Each method has served a positive experience beyond the mat and I am incorporating these fundamentals within my lifestyle.”
This was my first experience with Pilates. What surprised me, is was not about pushing the limits. It was more about body-sculpting and discovering about how much my body can achieve just through conscious movement. It was really eye-opening!
I had read a lot about Pilates and a friend recommended me to Sarah. I was particularly interested in Pilates as I knew my core was weak and causing lower back pain issues. I wanted the one-on-one sessions to help identify my main weaknesses and have custom workout geared towards my specific needs. Now that I’ve been doing Pilates I have virtually no lower back issues. I am so much stronger and motivated to lead a more active lifestyle. I have been seeking a personal trainer for quite some time, and I feel I have found the best! Sarah is caring and motivating. She has helped me tremendously!
I have a better awareness of my body since taking private lessons at Embody Movement. I can tell myself to engage the abs to do certain things and my breathing is more controlled. Sarah takes pride in each and every client.
I have taken mat classes from her and private lessons. They both are good but I really prefer the private lessons. It does show in my body that Pilates makes a difference in how I feel and how I look. At first it was hard work but when I see how I can do the exercises more confidently each week it is worth the effort I put into it.
I was experiencing lower back pain and shoulder discomfort. I have found a way to ease my discomfort by strengthening my core. I am feeling a lot stronger, more flexible, and better at reading my body. With this new awareness, I am able to make adjustments to the way I am sitting, standing, anything that causes stress or pain in my body.
I like the one on one work. I also enjoy using the reformer, it is a great piece of equipment. Sarah is a great trainer, she really knows how to read my body and provide necessary exercises that will strengthen and improve my performance. She makes the experience enjoyable and informative, always trying to add value.”
Before Pilates I had a lot of discomfort in different parts of the body especially in the knee and the lower back. After Pilates, I learned how to work with those areas where the discomfort and the pain is not there. It was amazing one day when I ran home and I actually was able to climb the stairs without difficulty or being uncomfortable, so it helped a lot.
Pain was more of a discomfort a high level of discomfort, it wasn’t really pain pain but it hindered me from doing things that I like to do and now I can actually do those things. Like walking, riding my bike, actually getting down on the floor and playing with my nephews, climbing the stairs to get home. I mean it sounds silly, but being able to climb a flight of stairs is wonderful. Without pain!
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