Pilates improves core strength and flexibility while balancing muscle tone to improve postural alignment. Through the use of controlled mindful movements on either the mat or Pilates equipment; Pilates benefits the whole body. Pilates is invaluable as a fitness regime, and an important adjunct to professional sports training and rehabilitation.
Our mission is to bring about a positive, healthy change to each individual through the principles of pilates. Those principals not only engage the mind and body but also can affect a positive change in the way in which we live our daily lives. Hopefully that change will permeate through their family and into the community.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Virginia Thomas and I am the owner of The Pilates Studio of Hood River. I have been in the fitness field for 20 years now. Wow has it been that long? I was a fitness trainer and massage therapist for many years working with all ranges of physical abilities. I worked with professional body builders and America's cup captains while living in San Francisco and when living in British Columbia I worked with Olympic mt. biking teams, and water polo teams.
My next stop on the map was Florida where I became a certified Pilates instructor with Power Pilates.
I have been teaching Pilates for many years now and still find there is so much still to learn about the human body and movement. In this passion for Pilates I am always looking to find ways in which to help resolve injuries and challenges in the body through rehabilitative work and exercise as well as providing a safe place for clients. It is a great pleasure to help people reach their goals whether it be creating more stamina for their sport of choice or to keep them moving pain free through their lives. My clients make it such a joy and I have made a great deal of friends along the way.
I now live in Hood River, where I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like bicycling, hiking, The beautiful Pacific northwest is a great place to live and play.
I am so excited about the constant learning and growth of my life and career.
I truly have been blessed with this life I have been given.
In Light & Laughter,
A career as a professional dancer took me to the Bay Area, New York, Las Vegas, Russia and the Caribbean. Over the course of my dance career I discovered the healing and strengthening benefits of Pilates, and how much more balanced and strong I could be even after an injury. Inspired to share Pilates with others, I obtained my teaching certification through Power Pilates in New York. During the next several years I taught classical Pilates in New York, Las Vegas, and now in Hood River, where I enjoy the beauty of The Gorge hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.
In my teaching, I draw from my background as a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, dancer and kick boxing instructor. My love of movement, fascination with body mechanics and the flow of energy, and keen eye for alignment (yes, and misalignment) inspire my practice. Working with you, whether you are an athlete, dancer, weekend warrior, couch potato, or anywhere in between, gives me great pleasure. I love to share your excitement as you become less stressed, more pain free, leaner, taller, stronger, and more confident while you develop more ease in movement.