Susan has been with The Pilates Room almost from the beginning. With a background as an Aerobics Owner & Instructor turned AFAA Personal Trainer, & certified Reebok cycling Instructor, Susan continued her to expand her knowledge on the cutting edge of the Pilates trend. Susan is certified in Mat-work, Tower, Chair , & Reformer by PHI in Pittsburgh & Mark Trudeau of Quantum Fitness. Susan’s classes have a unique energy that combines the true workout of Pilates with the compliment of Personal Training approach & pace of an aerobic class. Her most recent obsession is the Ballet Barre. She has created her own blend named BarrAtone which again is composed all of her backgrounds. She is a Mom of three and enjoys playing golf, and spending time with her family at her Easton, Md getaway.
While working on an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, Kari was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She ended her six year organic farming career returned to college. Kari graduated from Bard College with a BA in Art in 2003. While at Bard, she also studied modern dance and found Pilates. Convinced Pilates boosted her healing from Lyme disease, she pursued a Pilates certification through Power Pilates In New York City in 2003. Because of the effects of the Gyrotonic Expansion System® on her Aunt living with Parkison’s Disease Kari furthered her training in 2003 with completed her certification with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic® Seattle. In 2010 she trained with Mia Munroe and is a current Gyrokinesis® apprentice.
Christina “Chrissy” Hritz, a former dancer and lifelong mover, first discovered the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise techniques in 2005. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients, having witnessed healing and transformation, pain reduction and prevention, and the freedom through movement that GYROTONIC® exercise can provide. Chrissy is a certified Pilates Instructor, Gyrokinesis® Pre-trainer, Gyrotonic® Master Trainer and Physical Therapy Aide.Outside of the studio, she is completing a BS in Kinesiology at George Mason University."
Janine began her apprenticeship style training 23 years ago in Singapore where she studied under posture expert Ivana Daniell, (BodyID).
She furthered her training under the supervision of physical therapists associated with Matilda Hospital Rehab Clinic Central, Hong Kong.
Upon returning to the States, Janine chose Polestar Pilates Education for her Pilates certification. Secondary Pilates training was through PHI Pilates.
Janine established The Pilates Room (1st in McLean) in 2002.
In 2005 due to a combination of escaping studio management and her curious nature to learn, under the advice of her original mentor Ivana, she sought out the GYROTONIC® Method. Her creative nature led her to blend other modalities such as advanced connective tissue massage, & aerial yoga. Her approach to any kind of exercise is alignemnt first.
Janine is the wife of a restauranteur, a baseball Mom, a small business owner, and a dedicated, passionate, and nurturing teacher.
Juggling is her specialty.
Fali is an accomplished and passionate physical fitness educator and instructor for 25 years.
She has a plethora of experience which include: Mat Pilates, Reformer, Chair, Tower, Barrel from Balanced Body, Centered Being and Core Dynamics Pilates, Barre,
and Aerial Yoga
Fali loves to dance and teaches Belly, Salsa, and Meringue Dance, Zumba, Step, Kickboxing, Free Weights,
Cardio, & Water Aerobics.
Sarah is a California native, an impulsive lover of life, and a travel junkie who describes herself as a “city girl at heart with a beach bum soul.” She brings 14 years of dedicated practice, warmth, and lightheartedness to each of her classes. She strongly believes in the mind-body-breath connection, and the body's remarkable ability to heal itself. Her main focus is to provide individuals with the encouragement, knowledge, and drive to transform and maintain a strong and supple body. Expect a challenging, healing, and playful class set to fun, upbeat music.
In addition to teaching yoga & pilates, Sarah is a somatic life coach. Translation: Her work is based on the fact that the body stores everything - trauma, memories, emotions, etc, and uses her expertise within the mind/body field to guide you toward a deeper understanding of the body’s signals, while clearing blockages; leading you to easily live a more empowered and joy filled life. She leads workshops and retreats worldwide.
The variety and style of classes offered at the Pilates Room is unlike most places. All major pieces of apparatus are offered in a group environment -
the Reformer, Tower and Chair - so the variety is endless. Very intimate, very personalized, and always changing to keep the mind fresh and the body challenged. The Team at The Pilates Room consists of a unique blend of Pilates Instructors from all different trainings such as Polestar, PHI Institute, Power Pilates, Core Dynamics & the GYROTONIC Method®. They are all trained in Matwork, Reformer, Tower, and the Chair. A Combined 40 years of experience amongst the professionals @ TPR; coming from a variety of backgrounds; they are passionate and dedicated to the safety and well being of their clients.
Julie, our newest instructor, has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years. Julie originally graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Design and Marketing, and moved to San Francisco where she lived for 14 years. It was there that she discovered her calling and passion for Pilates. After she met her husband Mark, she moved to Great Falls where they now live with their yellow lab, Ovee. Julie is certified through Peak Pilates and is furthering her training and education in functional anatomy for movement and injuries. She has even spent time studying cadavers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC to better understand the human body. When not teaching, she works on marketing projects, collects wine and is an active board member of the Capital Speakers Club.
Jenny April, DPT blends her knowledge of classical physical therapy with the holistic traditions of the Gyrotonic® Method & yoga to create a fresh perspective on physical rehabilitation.
Jenny April graduated from Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, with a focus on a Motor Learning approach to Orthopedic Rehabilitation. She specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, back pain, postural misalignment, and stability issues.
Her treatments are informed by Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, and Cranial Sacral Therapy, which address principles of alignment and breath awareness necessary to prevent re-injury and create maximal postural stability and ease. She is also able to identify chronic dysfunctional movement habits and facilitate healthy breathing and neuromuscular patterns in her clients.
Additionally, her dynamic background in figure skating, acrobatics, dance, and soccer allow Jenny April to tailor sport specific home exercise programs designed to take athletes and dancers to the next level of kinesthetic proficiency.