YOU ARE ONLY AS YOUNG
AS YOUR SPINE IS
– JOSEPH PILATES
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS
BETH BUTTERWORTH: Owner/Instructor
Beth’s education and background prior to falling in love with Pilates, is in Rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist, primarily working with children.
Beth completed her Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training with Body Arts and Science International (BASI) as well as Pilates Institute of America (PIA). A true believer in the power of Pilates, Beth loves to help build the foundational and fundamental skills that are the corner- stone of a solid Pilates practice. Beth’s style of teaching has a classical flow with modifications and functional movement. A strong believer in continuing education, she attends several workshops and training programs annually and holds certifications and CES’s in several specialties including Mike Wright/ Pilates for Golfers and Mariska Breland/ Pilates for Neurological Conditions, TRX level 1. And most recently, Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies Advanced BASI Education Certificate Course.
Time spent away from the studio is most happily spent outdoors, as she loves to golf, hike, and especially loves days spent with toes in the sand.
A BA in French, a stint selling on a national level for my family’s business and a fun , busy, crazy 10 year career in retail management led me to meditation, followed by yoga while I was living in NYC. My interest in yoga led me to my first teaching certification in 1999. I opened Body of Light Yoga in Millburn, NJ in 2000 and had a successful 10 year run. Body of Light was selected as one of the top 5 yoga studios in NJ in 2005.
My passion for yoga led me to deeper studies and certifications. The style of yoga I teach is a contemporary system of yoga that is therapeutic in nature and is adaptable for all age groups, body types and activity levels. You can find out more at www.debkurilla.com.
After receiving a BS in Health, Physical Education and Dance, I entered the Fitness Industry during the emergence of Aerobics and Group Exercise. I taught a wide variety of classes and earned additional certifications through ACE, (American Council of Exercise) and AFAA, (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).
In keeping with a desire to offer my students movement options, I began my study of the Classic Pilates Method, recalling the effective mat classes I took during my dance training. I received my first comprehensive certification through the Pilates Institute of America, and later became a Master Instructor teaching and mentoring new instructors. Then I had the honor of studying with First Generation Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel, graduating from her Master Mentor Program, and subsequently being designated a Second Generation Instructor.
I also enjoy teaching Barre classes at the studio, and I love helping and watching each student progress in their Pilates practice as they discover all the benefits of this wonderful exercise.
I was introduced to Pilates in 2006 while living outside Chicago. My neighbor invited me to a class, and I was immediately hooked! My flexibility and strength increased, and I appreciated the mind and body connection.
In 2021, I made the decision to pursue my passion of Pilates and began my instructor certification. My training has focused on the Classic Pilates Method through a program accredited by the Pilates Method Alliance. Currently, I am continuing my Pilates education and am working on my advanced certifications.
When not in the studio I enjoy time with my husband and visiting my two grown daughters in Boston. We love to walk, travel, and enjoy the outdoors!
After a love – hate relationship with long distance running, I was left pretty beat up. A friend told me about Pilates on the Reformer. I immediately fell in love! After many years of taking classes and feeling stronger, I decided it was time to take the next step and become a Pilates Instructor. I enjoy teaching my clients how to achieve their fitness goals with the Pilates method. I continue to study Pilates with the intention of helping myself and my clients feel healthier and more empowered.
My Pilates training has been through Balanced Body University. I have completed Movement Principles, Mat, Reformer and Mixed Apparatus ; all 1, 2 & 3.