Heidi Wollman

santa barbara, CA 93101

Raised in a fitness center and martial arts studio, it was always about movement. Three of my father’s students represented Canada in the Olympics in judo, one of which was my brother. Being a female, it wasn't an option for me at the time so I was sent off to dance class. Training sometimes 8 hours 6 days a week, I was never going to be a great dancer, but the intensity and discipline gave me profound balance, proprioception, alignment and awareness along with the connectivity of these aspects. This knowledge became a part of my nature and decades later, continues to give me an advantage as an instructor when mixed with my passion, empathy and care for helping my clients.
The philosophy of Pilates immediately made sense to me, especially during the high impact days of aerobic classes and the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. As we know, the originators of the aerobic class went on to hip replacements in their 40s. Pilates on the other hand, while extremely intense, is not only safe (with proper instruction) but so good for you because Joseph Pilates originally started developing his method out of the need to help WWI veterans then boxers gymnasts and dancers regain their potential. Also, for me, “pain” is a language. A form of communication and we should not only respect it, but translate it.
I went on to study BASI Pilates basipilates.com and was hired at Cypress Center, Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles before graduating. I continued working there for 9 years learning hands on with PTs. These years gave me priceless knowledge in pre and post op patients, along with basic protocols for injuries and pathologies. During my time working at Cypress Center, I discovered that my clients, having ALL levels of athleticism and age sometimes needed some hands on manipulation so I went back for education in massage therapy and graduated from California Healing Arts College. This added knowledge gave me the advantage to blend Thai, deep tissue or sport massage into a Pilates session when necessary.
I will continue giving my clients everything I can. If the day comes when I am no longer passionate about what I do, I will move on.

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About Me

Degrees

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, California Healing Arts College

Certifications / Trainings

BASI - Comprehensive Teacher Training Course
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Safety & Health Institute
Expires: Aug 06, 2019

AED Certified

Amerian Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
American Safety and Heath Institute
Expires: Aug 06, 2019

Liability Insurance

  • Lockton

Heidi's Locations

Aligned Pilates studio

1516 Chapala Street
santa barbara, CA 93101

Additional Information

Rate

$110.00 / hr, in studio

Payment Methods

Cash , Cashier's Check , Personal Checks

Years Experience

16-20

Awards & Accomplishments

Languages Spoken

English

Gender

Female

10 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Glenn Wollman on Sep 23, 2011

    If you decide to improve your health, it is a good idea to choose the proper guide and trainer for your quest.
    Heidi Harrison is the right choice for many reasons:
    First is her understanding of body function related to anatomy.
    Second is her knowledge of body mechanics related to function and anatomy.
    Third is her intuitive wisdom and ability to recognize unhealthy and harmful movement patterns and correct them.
    I do not recommend her if you are a slacker but if you are prepared to trust and work with Heidi, you will see the difference in your alignment,balance and movement.

    Her instructive technique is skillful, accurate and straightforward.
    When you are ready to make the change, sign up for Heidi's class, immediately. Get ready to reap the healthy benefits.
    Glenn Wollman, MD

  • by Joanna Nelson on Sep 21, 2011

    All this was made possible through heidi's energy, hard work,and devotion.see photos in heidi's " success story" titled "at 82."

  • by albert Sonnenfeld on Sep 09, 2011

    I have been absolutely delighted with the seriousness, competence and energy of Heidi Harrison as Pilates instructor. She incites me to higher attainment, and I am a 77 year-old male, with two titanium hips, four screws and frame in successful spinal fusion. Heidi understands, but does not put up with frivolity, laziness or self-indulgence. She knows every aspect of the Pilates method intimately, applies herself and her patient to the task at hand with good cheer and encouragement.
    I cannot overstate my enthusiasm for my sessions with Heidi and my admiration for her demeanor and competence. I look forward to working with her for many years more. I am physically emboldened with success thanks to Heidi!

    Albert Sonnenfeld

  • by User on Sep 07, 2011

    I have known Heidi for over five years. I have always been delighted when I had the opportunity to do Pilates exercises with her. She always gently pushed me further than I thought I could stretch.
    I never had any residual pain after working with her.
    Her lively joyous personality and her willingness of offering advice about a healthy life style is a bonus to the refreshing, painles work-out.

    Anna Sorotzkin age 79

  • by Tracey Davis on Aug 31, 2011

    I came to Heidi fresh out of physical therapy after back surgery. Heidi is brilliant in her knowledge of the body, and took amazing care with me. She pushed me to become stronger, yet never pushed me further than my body was ready to go. It's now two years later, and I am strong, more flexible, and pain free...thanks to Heidi. Heidi has truly changed my life. I owe her more than I can ever repay for keeping my body (and my mind) healthy.

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