Marci S, age 70 – Special Ed Teacher
“Laura Gideon is an excellent Pilates teacher. She is very knowledgeable about anatomy and how best to take care of one’s body as one ages. Laura tailors her sessions to the needs of her clients. In her private sessions, as well as her classes, she works on strength, balance, and flexibility of body and brain. As a senior, I feel in better shape than I have in years since I started working with Laura. Laura works her clients hard, but her warmth and humor make each session fun and invaluable.”
Natalie L, age 73 – Retired LCSW
“As a “senior citizen” I’m so grateful to have found Laura Gideon. Her expertise helps me work to keep my body (and mind) strong and flexible in the right places and stave off many of what I used to think were inevitable declines of aging. She teaches with enthusiasm and humor, making each class or private lesson a joyful experience.”
Monica Billet, age 83 – Docent LACMA
“I’ve worked with Laura for almost 13 years and she’s made my body happier! Celebrated my 80th birthday in late 2016 and Laura continues to help me keep well. She’s a gem!”
Heidi Hart, age 59 – Attorney/ Healer
“As a result of a motorcycle accident in 1985, my left ankle and foot were amputated when I was 24 years old. Twenty two years later I started training with Laura. Over the last 10 years, she has helped me transform my weak core and trained me to work muscles that I didn’t think I could control any more. My prosthetist told me I had one of the strongest spines he had ever seen on an amputee. Thank YOU Laura for your skill, depth of knowledge and commitment to helping me achieve my personal fitness goals.”
Lisa Poliak, MFA – Founder and Director, Inner Genius Prep
Laura is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She makes her classes fun, challenging and informative. Her foam rolling classes have helped me recover from a major illness and multiple injuries after not being able to exercise for a very long time. Additionally, she educates her students about anatomy and physiology and I appreciate the way she is always increasing her skillset and knowledge base. The fascia release classes are great for stress management and relaxation, as well improving core strength, balance and proprioception (a word I learned from her!). Her Pilates classes are challenging yet doable for any level participant because she is skilled at teaching to multiple levels of students simultaneously and providing modifications.
Christopher Jones, University Professor USC, age 50
I began working with Laura in February 2019. At the time, plantar fasciitis was keeping me from doing many of the activities that I love. I stopped running and playing basketball. The worst was having to turn down my daughter’s requests to play hide-and-go-seek tag. I had thought that I was handling my condition properly, going to the podiatrist, getting a cortisone shot, wearing orthotics. Nothing was working and clearly a different approach was needed.
Luckily for me, my wife had been seeing this amazing trainer that she could not say enough good things about. I briefly considered other trainers that were closer to home, but I kept thinking about how Laura had been the only one, out of dozens of doctors, therapists, and trainers, to figure out what was causing a mysterious and painful condition my wife dealt with for many years. That, and the fact that my wife is now pain-free thanks to Laura. It seemed like the extra time in the car might be worth it. Was it ever.
Laura was able to explain exactly what was going on. The plantar fasciitis was the outcome of many years of bad habits. The orthotics that I had relied on for so long had caused my arch muscles to atrophy. Tight hamstrings from days spent sitting at a computer, weak glutes, and poor core strength were contributing factors. I remember that she figured this out just by looking at me. Not only that, but she did so in less than 30 minutes.
I remember thinking that finally, someone got it! For the first time in more than a year, I had a sense of hope that my condition could be reversed and that my life might return to normal.
Each time I go to Laura’s is different. The overarching goals of our work together are constant, but each time we meet she has come up with a new twist or a new challenge for me. Laura is excellent at explaining what we are doing and why it fits into the agenda we have set. It feels like every session is carefully planned for maximal benefit given exactly where I am at the time. I love not knowing what is next but always knowing it will help me. I have learned a new way to walk. I am getting stronger and more flexible, and I am developing better habits when working at the computer. While I am not quite ready for basketball yet, I know that will come before too long. Already, I am again enjoying hide-and-go-seek tag.
Perhaps the biggest change I have noticed since I started working with Laura is a new belief that many years of physical vigor lie ahead of me if I am willing to do the work. I see a future where I will be able to keep up with my daughter for as long as she will let me. That is worth more than anything.
Louise S., age 72, Mind/Body Psychotherapist
I began taking Laura’s group fascia release classes at Santa Monica Yoga over 3 years ago. I realized soon after I could benefit with additional individual attention, I then began scheduling private sessions with her both in studio and now virtually. In 30+ years of focusing on my wholistic heath, well-being, fitness and strength, I find Laura is the most well trained, experienced and comprehensive exercise specialist I have ever had the pleasure working with. One of the many things that separates her from others is the breadth of her knowledge and experience. She is continually educating herself, staying abreast of the latest, cutting edge information and techniques. Every class, every private session with her is helpful, useful, and informative as well as delightful! Expertly, she weaves multiple modalities together that results in me feeling a reduction of pain and discomfort and increased joint mobility and muscle flexibility. She is the absolute best!
Susan H – Art Teacher, Glassblower age 70
I have been private training with Laura for many years (in her studio and virtually). This decision to one-on-one train with her followed after taking her Pilates Mat classes at Santa Monica Yoga for many years. I’ve always been very impressed with her ability to read her class and respond to the needs of her students. Her classes are consistently creative, safe and challenging whereby keeping her students interested and returning week after week. She uses these same skills during our private training sessions, challenging me enough and keeping it fresh and new each session. Laura helped me “prehab” before my knee replacement surgery and successfully “rehab” after my surgery. It has made such a difference in how I feel and move around in my daily life!
Paula P., Writer, Printmaker, age 72 – ABQ, NM
I am a writer and was working to finish a novel and Laura came to our home to work with me, this was in 2011, when she traveled to private homes. This involved not a small sacrifice on her part. If the gods of traffic are with you, we lived 45 minutes apart. It was L.A., after all. Once the draft was finished I was the one commuting to her private studio. I needed so much help with my posture and with alleviating the results of years of sitting and craning my neck forward to write for hours and days and weeks at a time. She helped me learn to stand to write — and to alternate with periods of sitting. She explained to me the stress my neck was undergoing every day — not to mention my lifelong habit of scrunching up my shoulders.
I am not sure I can explain how much her positive energy and exquisite skills have meant to me. She knows 20 ways of doing something that will result in the same correction. Her intuition — based on years of hard work and study — is impeccable. One’s pain does not daunt her — she is determined to restore functionality and to smooth out discomfort. She gets it — she gets everything.
In December 2016 I lost my husband, without warning. We were in the middle of a move to New Mexico. Grief is physically painful, too. I was here in Albuquerque for almost a year before I had the wits to ask Laura to work with me via Face Time (I was her 1st Virtual client). We now work twice a week via this technology. Thank god she knows me so well that she can stare into an iPad and see what I am doing. And I can understand perfectly well what she is asking me to do.
I know there are people Laura has trained for years. I understand this perfectly. She keeps us going. She loves what she does. She doesn’t want us to suffer. She is, literally, my backbone.