Many Pilates teachers began their careers as dancers or personal trainers. I started as a visual artist and art historian. And while art history taught me a lot about the human form, I never expected I would become a Pilates instructor.
It was the arrival of my son Chester that first took me out of the galleries and into the Pilates studio. Feeling out-of-sorts and gone soft, I tried Pilates and the experience went to my core, not only restoring my body, but also boosting my self-confidence. The results were so amazing that I left the art world behind and delved into Pilates, studying with the world-renowned Romana Kryzanowska, a protege of Joseph Pilates. I was so inspired by Romana’s teaching and the method itself that I wanted to share my story of coming to Pilates. In that spirit, I wrote two books on Pilates, both aimed at helping people find their inner strengths.
I also opened a studio, one that focused on women - especially postpartum women - to help them get their bodies back while also giving them access to other support, including mother’s groups, and an in-house massage therapist. Gradually, clients who weren’t new mothers came to me, too: athletes, people looking for relief from the aches and pains of aging, cancer survivors, and people who just wanted to get in shape. I decided to meet this broader demand by taking my teaching on the road. I now commute between studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, give private sessions at clients’ homes and sometimes run retreats in magical places. Originally from America’s Dairyland, I currently and happily reside in New York City.
BOOKS BY KARRIE
Post-Pregnancy Pilates: An Essential Guide For A Fit Body After Baby (Penguin, 2005)
In this book, Karrie draws on her personal and professional experience to enable her readers to heal and reshape their bodies. She developed this program for new mothers to regain their fitness after pregnancy and childbirth, while telling her personal story of how Pilates changed Karrie’s body and life, and how it can change yours.
The Pregnancy Edge: An Athlete's Guide To Strength And Performance (Penguin, 2004)
Addressing the specific needs of different types of athletes such as golfers, runners, skiers, swimmers, cyclists and tennis players, the book also outlines the muscle groups used during specific movements. Additionally, the book gives special attention to the common injuries associated with each sport, how to prevent them, and emphasizes how Pilates enhances sports training as well as overall health and fitness.