About Our Studio
Our studio is fully equipped with Reformers,
Trapeze Tables, Chairs, Arm Chairs, Ladder Barrel, Spine Correctors, and the newest inventions, including the Konnector and
the Arcus. We are an official SmartSpine© Academy, so a session at our studio is like a spa
treatment! We pamper you with heat and "decompression", while you strengthen and align. You leave invigorated and
lengthened, and with each session you feel taller, more centered and relieved of pains. You move better, sleep better, get
stronger and leaner, and get your life back!
Pilates equipment by Balanced Body.
Our Directors are trained
and certified in the Advances in Pilates Technique through Long Beach Dance Conditioning,
under the direction of Marie-Jose Blom. Our Certified Staff Teachers and Apprentices have completed Purifying Pilates' Comprehensive
Teacher Training Course in order to keep consistency within our studio. We approach the Pilates Method as a movement
science with a biomechanical knowledge and a focus on fascial oriented training. We specialize in therapeudic exercises for
scoliosis and back pain and post-injury rehabilitation. We continue our study through advanced
workshops with the industry's top professionals.
Director, Master Instructor
Rene began taking Pilates in 2000 for a bulging disc. Improved posture and
the ability to work in the garden again, pain-free, convinced her of the importance of this work. She completed her
certification through Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2004 and opened Purifying Pilates with her daughter, Martine, in 2007.
In 2010, Rene developed and held Purifying Pilates first Comprehensive Teacher Training Course. In addition to numerous
continuing education workshops with master teachers such as Elizabeth Larkam and Julian Littleford, Rene attended Marie Jose's Pilates
Leadership Introspective Master Training Series in 2011/2012. Rene is a Certified
MELT Hand and Foot Instructor (2016) and is Certified in Kinesiotaping Levels 1&2. She completed the Fascial Fitness
Teacher Training in 2014, and continues to study the exciting science of fascia. She specializes in working with clients
recovering from injury and with clients who have back pain and scoliosis. She loves knowing she can help people to be pain-free
and to get a good night's sleep!
Martine began Pilates at the age of 12 after being diagnosed with "significant
scoliosis". She was lucky enough to have Elizabeth Larkam at St Francis Hospital's Dance Medicine Center as one of her
first teachers. Pilates has kept her out of surgery and virtually pain-free. As a dancer, Pilates improved her strength, technique
and flexibility. After graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Martine completed her Pilates
Teacher Certification at Long Beach Dance Conditioning before opening Purifying Pilates with her mother. In 2016, she completed
the MELT Hand and Foot Instructor Certification. She is our Pre/Post Natal Specialist, and she works with scoliosis clients
from the ages of 6 all the way through 80. She continues to study Sports Conditioning and Injury Prevention for athletes,
hoping to lengthen and strengthen the careers of dancers and athletes of all kinds. Martine's Reformer, Jumpboard and Circuit
Classes are challenging and exhilarating.
Kate Lynn Roberts, Certified Staff Teacher (bio coming soon)
Mary Kalbhenn, Certified Staff Teacher (bio coming
315 2nd Avenue | San Mateo, Ca 94401| Phone: (650)