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 cornerstone 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. And most recently has completed a TRX Training 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.
With nearly 20 years in health and fitness, I have helped clients of all ages achieve goals and make positive lifestyle changes.
After an early career as a photojournalist, having earned a BFA in photography and film at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, I got married and had two sons 19 months apart. Overweight, I sought stress relief at a local gym. Realizing the profound effects of regular exercise on my quality of life and energy levels, I changed career paths and never looked back.
Now a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, I have acquired NASM’s Corrective Exercise, Fitness Nutrition and Senior Fitness specializations. Fulfilling a dream of becoming a Pilates instructor, I completed the PIA Reformer Levels I, II, and III. I also attended chair, BOSU and advanced reformer continuing education workshops. An avid runner and 2018 Boston Marathon finisher, I strongly believe in Pilates for injury prevention and have taught Pilates for Runners workshops. I love to see clients improve their posture, flexibility and core strength through the practice. A certified TRX instructor, I also teach dance and senior fitness classes.