I began my journey into the Art of Contrology with one very specific goal, to help others. This journey began in 2007 after facing life threatening challenges that caused my body to deal with daily, chronic pain. Not only did Pilates help me significantly reduce my level of pain, but it also helped strengthen and tone my entire body.
Joseph Pilates once said “Patience and Persistence are the vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor”. These qualities are cornerstones upon which I have dedicated myself to complete over 1000 hours of Classical Pilates Training as well as completing a Peak Pilates Comprehensive certification with an additional 700 hours of tutelage training. Pilates can be done throughout a lifetime not just a season in your life.
Becky Lenski was first introduced to the Pilates Reformer after the birth of her first child in 2005 and has been hooked on it ever since! Amazed & impressed by the results in her own body, she become a Pilates instructor so that she could share the many benefits of Pilates with others. In 2009, she became certified in Mat Pilates through both the PhysicalMind Institute and through Power Pilates.
In 2010, with a desire to further her Pilates education she became certified in equipment through the PhysicalMind Institute. She has also been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2009. Having worked with a range of clients including Pre & Postnatal moms, those recovering from injury and/or surgery as well as the intense athlete, Becky passionately believes there is a place for Pilates in everyone’s life. Regardless of your shape, size, age or athletic ability Becky would love to introduce you to Pilates or further your Pilates practice and help you reach your fitness goals.
When not participating in her own Pilates practice, Becky enjoys TRX suspension training, weight training, barre classes and spending time with her two boys 🙂
Jessica Fonseca was introduced to Pilates in 2004 while living in Chicago. Having spent her childhood as a classically trained ballet, tap, and jazz dancer, Jessica instantly fell in love with the Pilates movement principles. She decided to pursue her Pilates certification in 2009, and completed the Pilates Mat and Reformer training through Balanced Body. She spent the next few years teaching Pilates in Shorewood, IL, while also working as a high school English and fiction writer.
After dealing with several life and health issues that created mental and physical challenges for her, Jessica found relief through Pilates. She believes that the healing movement and deep mind-body connection of Pilates can aid in overcoming many mental and physical limitations.
In 2016, Jessica completed her 500-hour comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body, which included in-depth work on each Pilates apparatus. She has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2016. Having worked with clients of all ages, physical abilities, and genders, Jessica believes that Pilates can benefit EVERY body at ANY stage of life. She strives to make Pilates accessible to all her clients to help them discover their own healthy mind-body connection.
When not continuing her own Pilates practice, Jessica writes fiction and English curriculum, practices yoga, and gets her cardio in by chasing her crazy mini-schnauzer around. Jessica also runs a Pilates informational website, www.roottocorepilates.com.
Sabine was first attracted to mat Pilates in her home country of Switzerland in 2002. After she moved to Chicago in 2015, she discovered apparatus Pilates and was immediately hooked.
At the beginning of 2016 she had a back surgery and her medical professionals advised her to go back to Pilates to assist in recovery. With clearance from her PT, she worked with a studio teacher while also doing physical therapy. She re-discovered Pilates and appreciated how it helped her gain greater fitness, fully supporting her rehabilitation and successfully returning to daily and athletic activities.
She was fueled with passion to then share what Pilates has done for her recovery and completed her 600-hours comprehensive teacher training in September 2017 through Pilates Artistry, Inc., in Chicago before moving to Naperville.
She is working as a full time Pilates teacher since December 2017 and is teaching a wide spectrum of diverse people with different body shape, age, with prenatal and some with a history of previous injury or other conditions.
Jennifer Cornwell RYT200
My journey began the day I realized how disconnected life had become. I knew some thing had to change, and it had to start from the inside out. This led me to my mat.
Through my transformation, I became inspired to guide others along their path. My teaching is powerful, thoughtful, and generous. I want to see my students soar by removing all obstacles and limitations. Change happens with each breath. It may start with once a month or once a week, then you realize it is everyday. Let me help you notice the shift and embrace all the goodness that flows in!
Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
Melissa Smith was introduced to Pilates in 2006 and quickly fell in love with the mind-body connection. After running several marathons Melissa suffered a complete traumatic rupture of her Achilles tendon in 2015 requiring extensive surgery. In addition to physical therapy, she practiced Pilates to further her recovery, embracing the principle that movement heals. Truly believing that Pilates is for everybody, she has enjoyed working with clients of varying ages and abilities.
Wanting to share her passion for Pilates, Melissa completed her mat certification through Power Pilates in 2017. Melissa then left a long career in retail/culinary general management to focus on furthering her Pilates education. In early 2018 she completed her Power Pilates 600-hour comprehensive training, certifying her in apparatus at the advanced level.
When not furthering her own Pilates practice, Melissa enjoys utilizing her culinary background to cook and entertain. An avid dog lover, she and her husband have a small business boarding dogs, treating them to doggy vacations while their parents are away.