“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

-Joe Pilates

NEW FOR 2024:
The Pilates PT Reformer Studio!

How Can Pilates Help You?

“Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”

By the end of a class, my goal is that you can breathe a little deeper, stand a little taller, and move a little better.

Breathe Deeper

I love to talk breathing mechanics!  The primary breathing muscle, the diaphragm, and the low abs/pelvic floor work together.  If you can breathe properly, you can use your abs! The push and pull of this system allows you to move fluidly and strengthen your muscles with “uniform development,” one of my favorite Joe Pilates expressions.

Stand Taller

Once we have our breathing system, we can strengthen everything else to help stand us up taller.   Computers, smart phones, driving: they all bring us forward and down.  Pilates will open up your front and strengthen the muscles you need to be just a little bit taller.

Move Better

When we can breathe and stand taller with proper alignment, we can MOVE!  Isn’t that the goal? Our joints work best in good alignment, with proper muscular control surrounding them. Are you a regular hiker or cyclist? Great!  Pilates will allow you to hop into that pick up basketball game or climb at the playground with your grandkids. What could be better?

Now Offering Studio and Virtual Classes

NEW FOR 2024: The Pilates PT Reformer Studio

You can now choose to join me in my new studio for live, in-person classes.  Or opt for a virtual class in the comfort of your home.


Erin Brooks, PT, DPT, NCPT

Physical Therapist/Pilates Instructor

Hi!  I’m Erin.  I am a board-certified physical therapist and Pilates instructor.  I earned my B.A. at Luther College in Decorah, IA with coursework in biology and mathematics.  During my undergraduate career, I fell in love with geometry, physics, anatomy and biomechanics: the foundation of movement.  I also competed in varsity cross country and track and field; my specialty being the 3000m steeplechase.  The steeplechase is an incredibly athletic event and I only wish I had known about Pilates back then!

After college graduation, I bummed around Boulder, CO for a few years.  I worked in a bike shop and a bakery; I ran many miles and cycled even more.  I dabbled in triathlon.  Eventually, I figured out how to use all those math and physics and anatomy classes and started my physical therapy degree.  I earned my clinical doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Colorado Denver in 2010.  A year into my practice, a major injury to my spine and pelvis led me to the magic of Pilates.  I knew little about the work, but intuitively believed it could help to heal me and support my injuries.  I was right.  Soon after, I earned my Pilates teacher certification at The Pilates Center in Boulder. I have since logged thousands of hours of class and individual instruction, as well as thousands of hours of personal practice.  It just might be an obsession. 

I truly believe that physical fitness and happiness go hand in hand.  Muscular strength is just as important, maybe even more than, cardiovascular fitness.  Ideally, they grow and develop together.  Strength work should be fun, rewarding, and empowering.  It should help us age gracefully and healthfully.  It should help prevent falls and injury whether you are 20 or 50 or 80 years old.  “Thin” does not mean healthy, and “overweight” does not mean unhealthy.  Strength transcends size and Pilates builds uniform strength.  Try it.

Outside of Pilates, I love early morning runs where I solve all the problems.  Then coffee.  Mountain biking with my squad of strong lady friends is about as good as it gets. My pillow fort building game is strong, I was taught by the best engineers: my daughters.  And I can hold my own on skate skis with my husband.  Someday, someday, I’ll perfect that loaf of sourdough bread.  To go with my coffee.

Working With Injuries

I have a clinical doctorate in physical therapy and have maintained an orthopedic practice for over 12 years.  I treat all body parts, but specialize in operative and non-operative hip rehabilitation, pelvic floor and core integration, low back pain and dysfunction of the foot and ankle.  Call or email me to set up an appointment.

Worried you can’t do Pilates because of pain or injury?  I might enjoy teaching people with injuries and medical issues even more than I enjoy teaching those without.  I love to problem solve, and many injuries arise from patterns and postures that most all of us could stand to correct.  Shoulder problem or hip pain?  Happy to help!  Scoliosis?  You bet! Osteoporosis?  For sure, and maybe let’s chat ahead of time.  My classes help to unwind and unpattern movements that have caused or could cause pain.


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