Chelsea Peck, Owner & Instructor
Chelsea Peck started practicing Yoga at age 9, instantly seeing the benefit of mental clarity through physical control. This concept has permeated throughout her life, and Pilates was the natural destination.
Chelsea Peck is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Instructor, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. With this broad base of knowledge she is able to create inventive, interdisciplinary workouts, keeping students on their toes.
As a Pilates Instructor, Chelsea focuses on helping her clients develop deep core strength, effortless posture, and proper alignment through the classical Pilates Method. As a Personal Trainer Chelsea specializes in incorporating cardio training and proper nutrition into her clients lives. As a Yogi, she teaches breathing, meditation, and cultivating the mind-body connection. Her holistic approach to total health and wellness is what sets her apart from other instructors.
Chelsea grew up both on the West Coast and in Honolulu dancing ballet, hula, belly dance, and West African dance. In addition to her Pilates obsession, she’s also a runner, hiker, cycler, yogi, surfer, and swimmer.
Chelsea has traveled the world, ending up in California where she earned a BA in Political Studies and International and Intercultural Studies from Pitzer College, as well as certificates through The School for International Training (SIT), and UCLA. It was in college at Pitzer where she first became obsessed with Pilates and the immediate results it offered her, but continued on to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as DP of a film studio, and Artist Development Manager at a Music Management Company.
After deciding that she wanted a career that she truly enjoyed, she left her office jobs and became one of the first Pilates teachers certified through the Pilates Place teacher-training program, and soon after earned her personal training and yoga certifications.
At Pilates Place, Chelsea was trained in both the Classical and Contemporary/West-Coast Pilates styles. Her specialties include: Pre- & Post-Natal, Sports Conditioning, Teens, and Classical Mat Pilates. Clients have described her as perceptive, precise, determined, and thoughtful. Her workouts are always challenging and insightful, with impeccable sequencing and upward progression.
She thrives on challenging clients to work hard, think about fitness differently, and feel amazing! As Joseph Pilates famously said: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”. For Chelsea, health and fitness training allows her to help clients find their own genuine happiness.
After years of preparation, Chelsea relocated back home to Honolulu in 2013, and launched ‘Pilates O Ka La’ in June of 2014. She is thrilled to bring a new kind of fitness studio home to Honolulu.
In 2016 Chelsea partnered with the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki to offer "Penthouse Pilates", a sunset Pilates mat class at the hotel which has become one of Honolulu's hottest fitness events, happening every 3rd Thursday.
In 2017, Chelsea became a Lululemon Ambassador for the Waikiki store & continues to popularize Pilates on O'ahu.
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Instructor Certification
Pilates Place 450 Hour Instructor Certification (Mat, All Pilates Apparatus, Pre- & Post-Natal, Special Conditions)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer Certification
Yoga Collective 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Certification
Yogaworks Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor Certification
BA from Pitzer College: Political Studies & International & Intercultural Studies, French Minor
Christina Black, Instructor
Born here in Hawaii, Christina Black has always embraced an active and artistic lifestyle. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering she decided to move to New York City to pursue dance professionally. Various injuries led her to discover her love of Pilates and in 2013 she earned her Comprehensive Certification from Balanced Body in New York. In Los Angeles, she expanded her training to include the Redcord Suspension System. She loves motivating and challenging her clients to reach higher levels of physical and mental well-being. She’s worked with athletic individuals seeking a balanced workout to clients with various injuries to prenatal and postnatal women to Multiple Sclerosis, early-onset Alzheimer's, Scoliosis, and patients recovering from a Stroke. She is thrilled to bring her Pilates knowledge back to the islands and hopes to inspire her clients through movement, alignment, and breath.
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification
Redcord Suspension System Instructor Certification
Patricia Henderson, Instructor
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Amanda Millin, Instructor
Amanda Millin is a 500+ hour, classically-trained Pilates instructor who learned under Jill Cassidy, a Romana protégé. A competitive swimmer, beach volleyball player, and surfer, Amanda turned to Pilates for rehab after tearing her rotator cuff for a second time. She has years of first-hand experience with sports injuries and believes strongly in the traditional approach to Pilates and the power of its movement to heal and strengthen. Amanda is also an environmental journalist focusing on sustainable seafood and fisheries and is currently the program coordinator at Loko Ea fishpond.
Heidi Revay, Instructor
Heidi is a California native, born in LA. Living a holistic life and helping others do the same is Heidi's passion and purpose. Movement, breath, and meditation have evolved as her primary go to for all of life's experiences. She has always had a love affair with fitness, but found her calling when she was introduced to Pilates in 2005. She quickly signed up for Pilates Mat and Equipment certification while living in San Diego. She also teaches vinyasa yoga, barre and TRX. Her most recent endeavor is Life Coaching. She believes health is not only about the physical body but also emotional, mental and spiritual. "In order to have holistic health you need to bring awareness to all four pillars."
In Heidi you will find a happy, energetic and passionate spirit that keeps her students motivated and her classes upbeat. She focuses her attention on each student, making sure the body is in alignment for every posture. She is thrilled to share her energy while guiding you to find your all around health. When she's not in the studio she loves studying and listening to all things health, relationships and women's studies. Come share your love for health and join her in finding a healthier, stronger you.
Jessica Howard, Instructor
Jessica is originally from Colorado but has grown roots here on Oahu over the past 12 years. Having always been physically active, she has found Pilates to be incredibly healing both physically and mentally. Fully certified in mat and equipment from Body Balance along with pre/post-natal and neuromuscular rehabilatation knowledge, she has years of private and group class-based experience. Dedicating herself to teaching others this method and helping them achieve their goals is her passion. As she get older, she is more and more about finding fulfillment in what she does. She believes to live a life full of passion and joy is the best service of all.
Vanessa Brooks, Instructor
Vanessa Brooks was born and raised in Carlsbad, California, started off as a a professional dancer. Brooks has been teaching dance and movement for 17 years. After having double knee surgery at the end of 2005, Brooks found the positive effects of Pilates and began her Pilates education while attending California State University Long Beach. In the summer of 2006, Vanessa received her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International, with an emphasis on Dance Specialization, under the direction of Karen Clippinger. In 2008, Brooks received her Bachelors of the Arts degree in Dance from California State University Long Beach. Brooks is also certified in Piyo by Beachbody, TRX by sculptworks, and teaches Barre classes. She has taught Pilates and fitness at numerous studios and gyms throughout southern California including Frogs Club One, Kore Pilates, Elite Fitness Spas for Women, Pure Fitness, Morgan Run Resort and Spa, Yoga Works, and Crunch Fitness. Brooks has found the passion for helping people regain physical and emotional self-confidence and well-being through Pilates and fitness, and is honored to offer a classes at Pilates O Ka La.
Bachelors in Dance from California State University Long Beach
Pilates with Dance Specialization through Body Arts and Science International via Karen Clippinger
Piyo through beachbody
TRX through yogaworks/sculptworks
Own created Barre classes
Hillary Brown, Instructor *Currently living off-island, but Co-Teaching the Pilates O Ka La Instructor Certification Program
Hillary Brown grew up studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical Dance and was an active youth in the talent and film industry in Salt Lake City Utah. In 2001 she made Hawaii her home. She first got introduced to Pilates as therapy for a knee injury and feel in love with the method due to all the many principles and philosophies that it shared with dance.
In 2008, Hillary suffered a major stroke leaving her unable to speak and her right side paralyzed. She again returned to Pilates as therapy where she made leaps and bounds in her recovery over two years. To this day she is still doing her Pilates practice where she is still seeing improvements. She credits a great deal of her miraculous recovery to the Pilates Method. “My doctors told me that I would not be where I am today if I had not been in such good shape before the stroke. I credit that, and my body awareness to Pilates. Pilates helped me get back into dancing after near death, and to Pilates, I owe my life.”
Hillary has now completed over 2,100 hour in certification trainings and shares her passion for Pilates with her dance students and clients, in hopes that the method will help others the way it helped her. She owns and directs her dance and Pilates company The Total You llc, and specializes in classical and contemporary Pilates styles, Scoliosos therapy, Archival Pilates, pre-natal and post natal, Pilates for the active aging adult, Pilates for runners and paddlers, and pain management.
Streamline Body Pilates 1200 hr. Certification in Mat, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac.
Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy 400 hour training in Mat and reformer.
Special Certificates in Pre and Postnatal, Scoliosis therapy, Pain Management, Pilates for the active aging adult, and Pilates for Teens.
University of Hawaii Bachelor's in Speech Communication.
Dance instructor in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical ages 3-adults
Mikum Leah Webster, Instructor *Currently on maternity leave until approx May 2019
Mikum Leah Webster is a Dance Scientist and Pilates Therapist who recently relocated to Oahu from London, UK. Over the last four years she has been working in an internationally recognized Sports Medicine Clinic as a Pilates and Redcord Therapist.
Her career as a movement practitioner began while pursuing a professional dance career. After years of being riddled with injuries she became fascinated with anatomy, physiology, and helping others that were plagued with similar problems. This led her to receive a Masters of Science in Dance Science from Tinity Laban, a comprehensive Power Pilates certification, and a Sling Exercise Therapy (Redcord) Certification through the Neurac institute in Oslo, Norway.
She relocated to Hawaii so her husband could complete his Masters at UH Manoa. With over 14 years practicing Pilates and 5 years of clinical Pilates experience she is accustomed to working with patients of all abilities and individual needs, but specializes in back pain, pre- and post-natal Pilates, and lower limb injuries. In her free time she works as a research consultant for University dance departments and you can often see her work presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conferences.