Last October, I started taking pilates classes with Jenise. I used to hate pilates because I’ve always had a weak core and could never keep up with the class. Jenise completely changed my mind about pilates. Jenise is funny and engaging (in other words, she distracts me when we’re holding a pose for a little bit longer than I think I could). Her sessions at the Body Gallery (which is in my work building) is limited to 6 people so you get lots of attention. She takes the time to get to know you and remembers what’s going on with your life. She knows that I am planning a wedding so she makes sure to give me tips on how to deal with stress. For example, she warned me that there will be a point when I will need to release some frustration so she suggested that I do burpees or pushups as a stress reliever. It was funny when she mentioned this to me but man did it help when I had a mini-freak out last week over vendor issues.
How did you get started?
I worked in an office. Sitting in a chair, wearing heels and carrying a bag was physically exhausting. My only pain relief came when I got out of my office and into a pilates class. I loved doing pilates so much that I knew teaching pilates had to be my life path.
What does “local” mean to you?
Local means the community you are in.
Why San Francisco?
I was born and raised in San Francisco. Although I have lived in both Thailand (2 years) and Miami (5 years), no place I explored offered the wide variety of flavor that San Francisco has. This lovely city offers the best of everything! I moved back as soon as I found the maturity to appreciate the city’s offerings.
Where can we find you?
I teach at a few places:
- The Body Gallery (Kearny at Maiden Lane)- All Level group mat class with props- Thursdays at Noon-6 people (max).
- San Francisco Pilates (Market St and Powell) by appointment only.
- On Pointe Training (Scott at Chestnut) groups of 4 people (max) on reformers and pilates chairs.