Kirsti Viitala - Owner
Being a lover of dance and movement my whole life, I was hooked after my very first Pilates session. I was participating in Pilates twice weekly for years. After a restructure in my corporate job I reevaluated my working lifestyle and decided to follow my passion into a 600 hour classical teacher training Pilates course.
I am a APEA certified Pilates teacher, with over 7 years teaching experience, working in both large and small Pilates and fitness studios. I also have 7 years of Corporate Human Resources experience.
I have practiced Pilates continuously before, during and after two pregnancies. I credit Pilates for helping me to prepare for labour and then also with the recovery. Labour (and actually all of motherhood), is one long endurance marathon, your body needs to be strong yet mobile to safely pace yourself and finish the race without injury!
Since having children, I struggled with finding the time to get out for scheduled exercise classes. Trying to find the right time between naps/during naps, getting a babysitter or if you could take the kids with you then just hoping that they’d behave at least somewhat so I could get a workout in. It was stressful. So now I do 90% of my exercise and Pilates at home, when it suits me and my family- talk about convenience! This is how Kirsti Pilates To You was born!
I strongly believe Pilates is for everybody. Everyone can benefit from connecting the mind to the body throughout safe and purposeful exercise. Learning how to move correctly from your centre will allow you to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. I personally love the feeling of a little more length through my spine after a Pilates session, when I have to get in the car after a class and adjust the revision mirror up, I know I’ve practiced Pilates effectively.