Laura Cotler, Authentic Pilates Union Active Instructor
Laura's primary focus is working with men and women with chronic pain and injuries. Laura works with clients who are post-rehab, post-natal, post-mastectomy, injured athletes, or those who are merely feeling achy and stiff and want to be able to bend over and touch their toes! Did you know that Pilates was originally developed as an exercise for men? It's true! A lot of men still do Pilates and in fact, about a third of Laura's clients are men!
Some people do Pilates because of chronic back pain, and others because they want a stronger core and better overall strength and flexibility. Her clients are referred to her from physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, or self-referred.
Through Pilates, Laura teaches her clients how to develop a balanced body, as flexible as it is strong. This classical approach leads to better posture, a graceful, flowing gait, and a body that moves with ease and in harmony with itself. She enjoys helping her students learn to move their bodies and to do things they never believed possible!
Laura is comprehensively trained in the Pilates method, certified since 2001 and has been teaching Pilates for almost 20 years. She teaches the authentic method developed by Joseph Pilates with an individualized focus to get you back to your optimal health and well-being, and is a member of The Authentic Pilates Union (theapu.org).
She is currently enrolled in a year-long program at Vintage Pilates, an intense graduate program based in Los Angeles for certified Pilates teachers. The program is directed by first-generation Pilates instructor Jay Grimes, who studied with Joseph Pilates and Clara Pilates. She is also Oov Certified Level 3-D, trained by Daniel Vladeta, and a MELT® certified Hand and Foot Instructor, trained by Sue Hitzman. Laura also earned certifications from various organizations which took a more rehabilitative approach to the Pilates method.
She offers private and duet/semi-private Pilates lessons in her boutique Pilates studio in the heart of downtown Davis, California. Her studio is the only fully equipped Classical Pilates studio in the greater Sacramento area that uses the original apparatus by Gratz Pilates. Laura's studio also has the new Contrology Reformer by Balanced Body. This reformer has design details that have restored it to bring back the original Reformer feel. Laura was fortunate to work on the Contrology Reformer project with Balanced Body and wrote the exercise instruction insert and also managed the photoshoot for the instruction manual. She worked on "The Making of The Contrology Reformer" with Balanced Body, which part of was filmed on location at Lift Pilates.
In her spare time, Laura can be found skiing, kayaking, swimming, dining, and dancing with her husband "Coach" Steve (goalgettersindoorsoccer.com). They have 4 children (3 now grown!) and a 7-year old labradoodle, Ruby. Laura also enjoys reading spy novels and schlepping all over California as a soccer mom with her 13-year old son, Sam.