Studio Owner & Pilates Instructor
I opened Pilates Napa Valley in April 2007 after completing the 450-hour intensive Pilates comprehensive apparatus certification through the Physical Mind Institute method. I was inspired by the immediate changes in my own body after practicing three times a week for only one month myself, and chose to shift gears from my 25-year graphic design career, and learn to teach Pilates. I love training my clients of all ages and fitness level, and watching their bodies and lives change through Pilates, just as mine did.
Heidi Strong instructs the following:
Pilates for Lunch
Our “Pilates Power Lite” noontime express! Eat light, then fire up your core while firming and toning arms, legs and bootie for a lean sculpted Pilates body! Bring a co-worker, and bring your game to re:charge, re:energize and burn more calories for the second half of your day! Appropriate for all levels. 55 minutes - all levels.
Our signature Reformer class targets core stability muscles, improving overall muscle tone and flexibility. Designed to improve mobility and enhance athletic competence through proper form and muscular function. You will develop a deepening awareness and activation of intrinsic core postural muscles, reforming your body from the inside out! This is an efficient, effective whole body workout for every body! Appropriate for all levels. (Work performed primarily on the Reformer, with some chair and tower as space permits.)
A perfect blend of flowing Pilates exercises on mixed apparatus to re-awaken your core, rejuvenate muscles and realign your body. Acoustic music, precision cueing and deep, full breathing techniques perfectly compliment this fluid hour of active stretching and strengthening. Come back to life and feel younger, stronger, and regain balance and alignment! Appropriate for all levels. Work will be performed on the Reformer, Tower and Pilates MVe Chair.
Re:ACTIVate (90 minutes)
This class is a fast paced multi-apparatus (primarily Reformer) workout, utilizing small props and cardio bursts to get your heart pumping and calories burning. We'll target core stability muscles from the inside out to slim and tone the body without bulking...it's going to Amp you up for your day and week ahead!
Re:boot and Re:align
The perfect start of your day, these early morning classes are appropriate for any level. With simple adjustments of resistance, and focus on the core Pilates principles, the same movements are adjusted to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Exercises will leave you feeling challenged, focused and better aligned! Your Pilates practice will grow and improve immeasurably.