Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophia Briegleb.
Sophia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I studied Sports Medicine and Neuroscience in college and graduate school, and loved all things related to the human body and how it worked. Soon after, I had three children and I started to experience pain in my hip and pelvis that slowly stopped me from doing the kind of movement I loved. At 30 years old, high impact exercise was off the table for me and I found that unacceptable. The number of therapists and the amount of time and money I spent to treat my chronic pain was almost laughable. In the end, I decided to dedicate all my efforts into classical Pilates, as it seemed to have the most healing potential for me. Certainly, Pilates is no quick fix! It took eight months of several sessions every week to become pain-free. But after almost a decade of pain, that change was profound.
I was so impressed with what Pilates had done for me that I trained to become a teacher and opened a studio out of my home. Within a few months, my schedule was full with a waitlist. At that time, The Stanley Marketplace was being built and it seemed like the ideal location for a Pilates studio, as the area surrounding it is notably void of classical Pilates studios and the Stanifesto, Stanley’s mission, matched my vision exactly. I opened there in June 2017 and we’ve been happily spreading the power of Pilates to our community ever since!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The jump from home studio to commercial space was huge. I thought I would be opening the business at Stanley with another teacher, but that didn’t work out and I ended up building, opening, running and teaching solo. I–the scientist by training–was creating websites, taking photos, marketing, selling, booking clients, teaching six days a week for as much as 8 hour-long sessions/classes in one day, cleaning the equipment and studio every night, and washing and folding the cleaning cloths daily. My feet hurt from standing all day, my voice was hoarse from talking non-stop, I lost all desire to see people after work. Fortunately, I was able to hire some wonderful teachers from the same school at which I trained (The Pilates Center in Boulder) and lighten my teaching load.
Finding balance is a continual struggle though and within 14 months of opening, I developed such significant damage to my vocal cords that surgery and voice rest was required. Ten months post surgery, I still have not returned to the teaching load I want. Fortunately, I’ve dedicated great effort into developing my staff and I’m proud of their ability to teach Pilates in the way that our clients expect. Our clients have also been incredibly patient with my vocal limitations post surgery.
As Pilates teachers, we help others find balance and uniform development in their bodies and this is the perfect example of how we need to also do that for ourselves.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
There are many good Pilates studios in the Denver area. Some of the ways in which Kinesis Pilates is unique is that we are a more classical studio that honors the work and intention of Joseph Pilates, the creator of the method. We know the body, anatomy, biomechanics, and movement science and we use classical Pilates to not just teach you Pilates but also to help you learn about your body and how best to use it. We have great results with people in pain from a variety of conditions and get referrals from doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists. See the testimonials page of our website and our Google reviews for examples.
We are strongly committed to the success of our clients–we take notes on every lesson, we plan for each private, we collaborate when clients take lessons with other teachers so their transitions are smooth and their progress continual. Since we commit to our clients, we ask them to commit to Pilates by starting with a package of five privates–our New Client Starter Package. We find that by beginning with one-on-one instruction and attention to detail, our clients are more successful. It also allows us to better individualize instruction in group classes if they chose to go that route. Our class sizes are five or less and clients enjoy the detailed attention they get in our classes.
Our teachers continue their education with workshops, movement science courses, and the amazing Kathy Grant Heritage Training offered at Pilates Aligned in Denver (you recently featured them in an article). We are eager to learn and constantly exploring how best to solve problems, and it shows in the results our clients achieve with us.
What were you like growing up?
I was inquisitive—always asking questions and always challenging the status quo. I bothered many authority figures in my teenage years with my incessant questions. It was no surprise to anyone that I wanted to study science. I had parents who had a love affair with exercise and it must have made an impression on me because I love movement and studying movement. I was creative. I liked to help others.
Teaching Pilates and owning a studio has been a wonderful way for me to ask questions, solve difficult problems for our clients as well as our studio, make a meaningful impact on others, and keep myself challenged and curious.
- New Client Starter Package of 5 privates – $295
- 10-pack of privates – $650
- 10-pack if classes – $250
- Address: The Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas Street, #258
Aurora, CO 80010
- Website: www.kinesispilatesdenver.com
- Phone: 303-921-7017
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org