• Pelvic floor physical therapy for both women and men for conditions such as pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, post-surgical symptoms, & perinatal conditions 

  • Holistic physical therapy & wellness for those with chronic or complex health conditions 

  • Pilates and Yoga-based Rehabilitation 

  • Manual therapies including visceral and myofascial mobilization, functional manual therapy, and craniosacral.

Polestar Pilates

REPAIR Physical Therapist

AMELIA FOSTER

 I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. Though I had grown up playing a variety of sports, my first real connection to movement as a form of therapy began when I completed Pilates for Rehabilitation training through Polestar Pilates while still a student at UM. After graduating, I began working in a Pilates-based private practice in the Atlanta area. During this time, I worked to obtain my OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), pursued extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy through the Herman and Wallace Institute, and completed a 200-hour yoga instructor certification. I also began training in a variety of manual therapies (visceral mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and functional manual therapy) to further boost the outcomes and experience of my movement therapy skills. I am now in the process of furthering my training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. As a therapist, I have a passion for the treatment of women's health issues, chronic pain conditions, and utilizing a more holistic form of physical therapy in an effort to help my patients heal both physically and emotionally. I continue to be fascinated by the incredible complexity of the human body, the interactions of our many systems, and all of the amazing ways we can build resiliency and confidence in the way we move and live. In my free time, you can find me thoroughly enjoying the variety f outdoor activities that the area has to offer from beach volleyball, to rock climbing, to Scuba diving, to hiking the redwoods with my Newfoundland, Mabel

ameliafosterphysicaltherapy.com

OWNER

SUSTAIN Instructor

EDUCATE Instructor

SANDY NOVEMBRE

Polestar Pilates

  • Musculo-skeletal injury prevention

  • Post Rehabilitation & strengthening

  • Pelvic instability education 

  • Posture and alignment training

Sandy K. Novembre is a Polestar trained instructor and owner of Monarch Pilates Studio. She has been teaching Pilates since 2003. Her Pilates experience began in 1998 when she injured her back playing collegiate volleyball. She was introduced to Pilates at the Center for Dance and Sports medicine at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. She used Pilates to rehabilitate from surgery for a herniated disc. In 2002 she moved to Santa Cruz… to settle somewhere beautiful. She began her Polestar training and mentorship with Sherri Betz at TheraPilates. Through her training, she was able to understand the cause of her injury and change her alignment.  As a dancer and athlete, Sandy values the importance of correcting the imbalances in one’s body. She completed the Level two Yamuna Body Rolling Certification, the Cypress Health Institute Massage training and taught for Polestar Education. She uses her hands on skills and understanding of movement to guide her clients into new alignment and strength. In 2006 she married Pete and had two daughters.  She found Pilates essential for pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum recovery. In 2017, after 10 years of teaching in her quaint home studio, she opened the new Monarch Pilates location. Sandy has returned to her love of Dance as well as finding a new joy in running and yoga. She feels the strength and alignment discovered in Pilates empowers us to take charge of our physical well being. Teaching others to find this power is a  joy she cherishes each day. Sandy's vision of Monarch Pilates continues to grow. At the heart is a warm and welcoming studio comprised of talented and compassionate teachers. Each teacher brings their unique set of knowledge and passion. Working together they creating a place where one can embrace their movement needs to heal, strengthen and thrive!

JESSICA DAMON

EDUCATE Instructor

  • Musculo-skeletal injury prevention

  • Post Rehabilitation & strengthening

  • Perinatal and Postpartum

  • Neurological and balance training

  • Pilates for scoliosis

  • Posture and alignment training

  • Dance conditioning

  • Pilates for endurance athletes

MFA, Certified Pilates Instructor

I was introduced to Pilates in my late 20s after years of recurring, dance-related back pain. My body responded so well to the work that I immediately enrolled in a teacher training. One week into that training I crashed my bike and slipped a disc - learning to teach Pilates while injured was an enormous, though painful, gift that has greatly impacted my work with clients and rehabilitation. I have been teaching since 2006, including 5 years running a small somatic arts space in Oakland. I am grateful to have trained and later worked with Nora St. Jean and Naomi Leiserson at Turning Point Studios. Their skillful transmission of the Dance Medicine lineage, coupled with the years I spent working in a chiropractic clinic supporting clients during acute injury, were foundational to my teaching. I have additional certifications in Pilates for Scoliosis from Karen Clippinger and Perinatal Pilates from Stephanie Forster, and an MFA in Dance from CU Boulder. My approach to Pilates is sometimes non-traditional, incorporating principles from a wide range of complementary modalities (Axis Syllabus, Alexander Technique, Fascial Movement Training, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais Method, hatha yoga, and neurology, to name a few - I am a perpetual student!) And I am constantly sourcing the body wisdom gained from years of dance training. Outside the Pilates studio, I am also a grain-free baking aficionado, independent dance artist, mama, yogini, and nervous newbie surfer. I look forward to our work together!

jessica@wingspanmovement.com

www.wingspanmovement.com

415.418.8357

LAURA ELY

INTEGRATE Instrutor

 

 

 

AMELIA FOSTER

REPAIR  Physical Therapist

 I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. Though I had grown up playing a variety of sports, my first real connection to movement as a form of therapy began when I completed Pilates for Rehabilitation training through Polestar Pilates while still a student at UM. After graduating, I began working in a Pilates-based private practice in the Atlanta area. During this time, I worked to obtain my OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist), pursued extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy through the Herman and Wallace Institute, and completed a 200-hour yoga instructor certification. I also began training in a variety of manual therapies (visceral mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and functional manual therapy) to further boost the outcomes and experience of my movement therapy skills. I am now in the process of furthering my training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. As a therapist, I have a passion for the treatment of women's health issues, chronic pain conditions, and utilizing a more holistic form of physical therapy in an effort to help my patients heal both physically and emotionally. I continue to be fascinated by the incredible complexity of the human body, the interactions of our many systems, and all of the amazing ways we can build resiliency and confidence in the way we move and live. In my free time, you can find me thoroughly enjoying the variety f outdoor activities that the area has to offer from beach volleyball, to rock climbing, to Scuba diving, to hiking the redwoods with my Newfoundland, Mabel

MEGAN ADNEY

INTEGRATE Instrutor

 Laura’s journey to Pilates culminated through a path of holistic healing. She suffered from chronic headaches, neck and back pain as a child.  After a car accident in 1990, she began receiving chiropractic care.  In 2003, she became the office manager at Action Chiropractic Center.  An interest in holistic nutrition led her to study through Clayton College of Natural health and Hawthorn University. Nutrition became a key factor in managing her pain. While Chiropractic and holistic nutrition improved her quality of life, it did not relieve all of the chronic pain. In 2018 she completed the Polestar Pilates training and her mentorship at Monarch Pilates. She has followed her interest in neurological repatterining through continuous studies and a comprehensive Motor Control Oov training.

  • Oov Neurological and balance training

  • Pilates for scoliosis

  • Posture and alignment training

SUSTAIN Instructor

Polestar Pilates

Polestar Pilates

Megan began practicing Pilates in 2011 after the birth of her daughter. Like many women, she was determined to renew her strength postpartum. She discovered Pilates brought more than strength, she felt empowered and inspired.  She wanted to share this feeling of success with others. In 2016 Megan began teaching Pilates Mat at a local studio. Her desire to learn more about the body and movement led her to Monarch Pilates. At Monarch she learned how much more Pilates had to offer; by properly connecting her core and correcting her movement tendencies, she was able to reduce neck and back pain that had challenged her for years.  It opened her eyes to a whole new avenue of teaching. In 2019 she completed the Comprehensive Polestar Pilates training. She enjoys combining her love of cardio with her  knowledge of how to use the body correctly.  Megan is an excellent choice when looking for a teacher to meet your fitness goals while also learning how to move safely and efficiently.  

  • Fitness & Conditioning

  • Alignment & Posture

PADMA BORREGO

EVOLVE  Structural Integrative Therapist
RENEW Yoga Instructor

Padma Borrego is a certified yoga instructor, licensed bodyworker and certified structural integrator.

Her own history with a serious injury has focused her work on self healing and sharing what she learned with others. She has been teaching yoga and movement as well as practicing bodywork for over 20 years. She believes in the body's ability to heal. 

She is excited to join Monarch Pilates and it's inspired group of women. As a newer resident to Santa Cruz, she is honored to share what she loves with this community. Her work is inspired by her desire to support the embodied evolution within each of us. Accessing a deeper breath shifts how we move inside our own bodies. Finding ease in less mobile places in our bodies changes movement patterns and builds courage in the whole system. Settling our nervous system and clarifying our deeper needs enables change and fosters healing on all levels. She offers bodywork, yoga, and energy healing to support you on this wild and beautiful journey

(631)- 278-1406

padmaborrego@gmail.com

padmaborrego.com