Heide's enthusiastic approach towards optimal fitness emphasizes proper form and function. Each workout creates a mind-body connection through pilates, yoga, core strength and stability. She believes that a well rounded and straight forward approach towards health and fitness is essential for a balanced lifestyle.Heide received credentials from the Health and Fitness Institute Cal State Hayward, Yogafit International and Physical Mind Institute. Heide's backround includes bodybuilding competitions, race events, yoga retreats and pilates seminars.Her goal is to motivate each client to achieve his or her personal health goal through physical and mental balance.
Kathy Thomson is a Pilates and CoreAlign instructor. She began her career in San Francisco as a scholarship student with the San Francisco Ballet. She moved to New York in 1979 to attend the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Kathy was a member of the Martha Graham Ensemble and was a charter member of the certification program to teach the Graham Technique.
In 1980, Kathy began studying the Pilates Method with Carol Trier — one of Joseph Pilates's original teachers — in New York City. Kathy also studied with Deborah Lessen, who co-founded the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). In the mid-1980s, Kathy became the Director of Dance at the Masters School, a private high school in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her Pilates certification from master teacher Carol Appel in San Francisco and became a member of the PMA. In 1997, Kathy founded the Reach Pilates studio at Reach Fitness in Palo Alto. In addition to teaching private and group sessions, she coordinated two teacher trainee programs for Reach Pilates.
Kathy is passionate about working with her clients's individual needs to help develop functional awareness through the practice of Pilates.
As a child in school, on a daily basis, Adam played soccer, tennis, rugby, field hockey and also participated in swimming, track and field, barefoot cross country and many other sports including horse riding and the martial arts, which he started at a very young age.
Throughout his travels around the world, he continued in his martial arts training, earning black belts in various styles and holds a Chinese teaching certificate in Tai Chi and a 500-hour yoga teacher certification.
Adam has been involved professionally in the wellness industry since 1990, once owned his own wellness center in Colorado and has written several fitness manuals. He has trained various special populations including children, para-Olympic athletes and seniors. Having spent many years training with Billy Blanks in TaeBo and Karate.
Adam spent years focusing on martial arts style fitness programs. He has now gravitated to Tai Chi and Yoga for his own personal fitness/wellness training. Adam’s original training in Yoga came via strict Iyengar training but without the usual props commonly used in that style.
He has also practiced Yoga with John McAfee, the controversial yoga guru and creator of McAfee software at his Relational Yoga Mandiram in Colorado.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, motorcycle riding, traveling worldwide and more.
By partnering with clients and combining a wide range of modalities, he is able to customize a plan for each person combining massage and stretching techniques to address both short- and long-term goals.
Short-term goals include relief of muscle tension, recovery from competition or muscle overuse, or simply relaxation. Long-term goals address more chronic problems such as movement restrictions due, and/or structural issues with goal of enjoying an active lifestyle.
Education and Certifications:
San Francisco School of Massage
World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts
California Massage Therapy Council
Deep Tissue Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy
Sports Massage Therapy
Advanced Stretching Work
Rachael is a Bay Area native, growing up in Redwood City. She is a lifelong believer in bodywork who started getting Massage for her birthdays starting at the age of 12, and is now passionate about helping others through Massage.
She practices a variety of Massage, with her favorite and specialty being Deep Tissue. Rachael has been practicing the art of Massage for seven years, working both in Spa and Clinical environments. She currently likes spending her free time hiking and attending Hot Yoga classes.