Professionals at Trinity Pilates
Most days of the week, you will find a steady flow of clients in and out of the intimate home studio that is Trinity Pilates. Heather teaches privates, semi-privates, and small group classes nearly every day. However, she is lucky to have a Pilates-trained Physical Therapist colleague treat patients at the studio on Tuesdays, and some other days as needed. Read more about what Heather and Julie have to offer below.
Heather Smith, Owner
Heather King-Smith, MPH, PMA-CPT has been teaching Pilates since 2000, completing her Pilates certification just after graduating from Emory University's School of Public Health. She began her Pilates adventure with the Pilates Guild, and studied and passed her final practical exam with Pilates elder Romana Kryzanowska. As a former dancer Heather was drawn to the mindful movement of Pilates, and loves the graceful movement Pilates imbues its regular practioners. Understanding the benefits of Pilates as cross training, injury prevention, and preparation for childbirth, Heather maintained a regular practice of Pilates while training for the Athens to Atlanta Inline Skate Marathon in 2001 and 2002, and practiced Pilates throughout her two pregnancies in 2003 and 2006.
A perinneal learner, Heather continues to study a variety of movement modalities for her own practice and for her clients. Heather has a background in dance, yoga, and fitness, and incorporates elements from each of these into her work. She enjoys work in post-rehabilitation Pilates, having taught since 2006 at a physiotherapy clinic in Atlanta called One on One Physical Therapy, which uses Pilates to transition patients from therapy to fitness.
In 2009 Heather joined Balanced Body's faculty, and teaches other Pilates teachers, from their initial training through to continuing education. Heather has developed her own curriculum for physiotherapists to learn to teach Pilates, as well as unique, evidence-based courses for Pilates teachers. Learn more about those courses here.
A Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance, Heather also is Level 1 Functional Movement Screen FMS Certified, and is working on completing certifications through NeuroKinetic Therapy Level 1 and Redcord Active. She also has completed several yoga teacher training programs, including one with David Swenson and one with Core Power Yoga. She has served as adjunct faculty at Emory University School of Medicine's Physical Therapy program since 2012.
Heather lives in Decatur with her two daughters, husband, and dog Rocco (the studio mascot, who watches from his own window into the studio from the backyard). She enjoys running, reading, cooking, and going to the Florida Gulf Coast beaches and North Carolina mountains whenever possible.