Rachel Saunders is founder and owner of Primarily Pilates. Rachel first awakened her appreciation and respect for Pilates in 1995, after incorporating it into her rehabilitation program to manage debilitating and chronic pain and imbalances resulting from an auto accident. As an athlete, dancer, performer, fitness trainer and instructor, the thought of continued pain and limited mobility was unacceptable. The amazing benefits and results Rachel experienced in a short time fueled her desire to delve deeper into this emerging method of full body conditioning and strengthening.
Rachel dedicated the following three years to learning, apprenticing and refining her skills. She began studying under the direction of Christina Cansino and apprenticed for a year. In 1998, Rachel added private Pilates sessions and group mat classes to her existing Personal Training business, aerobic and dance studio located in the Northwest. A year later, Rachel was tested and mat certified for the PhysicalMind Institute by Leah Putnam at the Spring Training Studio in Mountain View, California.
The fulfillment experienced from sharing the genius of this evolving system catapulted Rachel to purchase her first “at-home” Reformer and eagerly begin her equipment and apparatus training. In 2003, Rachel completed her Pilates equipment training and apprenticing and was certified a year later by Joan Breibert, President and Founder of The PhysicalMind Institute.
Rachel continued to study, practice and teach Pilates and fitness in Arizona. Operating a 200 sq. ft., in-home studio, she taught private and group Pilates, along with personal training, fitness and aerobic classes at local clubs and spas, including the Gainey Village, before opening Primarily Pilates in February 2005. Rachel is also certified in Pilates for Golf, which targets and develops specific muscle groups to hone and improve the length of drives, the precision of putting and overall golf play.
Primarily Pilates is the culmination of Rachel’s lifetime of work and dedication to helping others to become stronger and healthier. When she is not training clients, she may be found presenting to groups or training others to become certified in Pilates.
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