We draw from both Western anatomical / rehabilitation science as well as Eastern yoga / meditation / martial arts practices & philosophies to define our sense of deep "Energetic Core."
By teaching our students to move from their deep energetic core, a free flow of energy occurs throughout the torso, arms, and legs, allowing the entire body to be engaged in each movement and exercise.
Movement initiated from
the deep energetic core, along with proper breathing, alignment, and
sequencing, allows exercises (and daily activities) to become more efficient
and effective ~ the true meaning of "Functional Fitness."
Why train with us? Rather than working your muscles "mindlessly" at the gym or big group exercise classes (where attention to subtle detail is simply not taught), we offer personalized attention and the highest trained instructors in town. We'll teach you HOW to use your body with proper muscle firing, stabilization, and ease (even on a neurological level). You'll learn to utilize and strengthen your body from the inside out for a lifetime of ease, flexibility and grace. Be sure to watch the video over at the right for a great explanation of what we do.
Mindful Movement and Massage Sessions at Kona Pilates will help you...
Love your body ~ embrace
the Kona Pilates difference
Kona Pilates is an intimate boutique-style movement and healing arts studio created by a dynamic, highly trained, and passionate husband and wife team (Steve Von Hargett and Laura Crittendon). Kona Pilates is located in Kailua Kona on the Healing Big Island of Hawai'i. Our Studio, and our Kona Pilates Method®, have evolved from over 40 combined years of experience and training as both licensed movement/
massage therapists and educators. We have helped so many people overcome their complex "issues in the tissues" and chronic pain that had been previously misunderstood by western medicine and traditional physical therapy. Learn more about Our Owners....
Our serene studio is home to the full assortment of STOTT PILATES® and GYROTONIC© exercise equipment.
What we offer
Each session at Kona Pilates is as unique as you are.
More than simply a 'personal trainer,' or rehab professional, our instructors/therapists draw elements from a synergy of traditions, including: STOTT PILATES®, GYROTONIC®, Yoga in Motion (GYROKINESIS®), Yoga Therapy, Body Rolling, Fascial Fitness, Chi Kung, Meditation, Breathwork, and Dance. Our goal is to create an integrated and holistic custom program to increase core strength, alignment, and flexibility, along with re-educating of the body's musculature, fascia, and movement patterns. We strive to meet and exceed each individual client's specific goals and needs. We meet you where you are, and teach you how to get where you want to go.
In addition to movement arts, our Manual / Massage Therapy sessions help release long held dysfunctional patterns in the body (muscular, boney, fascial, neurological, and more). Massage dove-tails beautifully with our Movement Arts sessions allowing your body to return to its natural state of balance,
alignment, ease, and grace.
At Kona Pilates our focus is on you! Your goals, your needs, your energy level for day. To keep our superior levels of service high, we offer solely private and duet sessions (as well as small group classes as the beach).
For more information about Pilates, GYROTONIC, Yoga in Motion, and Massage...click on the appropriate photo to the right.
All Sessions are by appointment
and many are available now via Skype!
No matter your fitness/wellness goals, we are here to assist you on your Journey.
"Pilates is THE best thing I have EVER done for myself. I am a classic type A personality. My mind is buzzing from the moment I get up until I fall asleep at night. My poor posture was creating pain and headaches, and the idea of "quieting my mind" to reduce stress was something I could never do. Until now. I had read that some of the benefits of Pilates was mental focus and improved posture. I was curious. But it was my girlfriend who purchased a gift session for me that finally got me to go into Kona Pilates. I am forever grateful that she did.
Focusing on all of the Pilates principles while simultaneously performing slow, controlled, and precise exercise movements was just what I needed. It takes mental focus to perform the exercises properly, so when a work thought would come up, I'd lose my Pilates form. From my very first session, I noticed that after the hour it was as though I had experienced a mental health vacation, with the added benefit of stretching my muscles, building strength in my core, and my posture has already improved. I now look forward to my Pilates lessons and really feel the difference when I miss a session. Thank you!!!"