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Pilates Mat

The Mat

The Mat The Pilates Mat moves are done on the floor or raised bench. The mat moves focus on building abdominal core muslces while maintaining proper alignment and avoiding any strain. Beginners are offered supportive Mat accessories to make the moves easier to performa and more empowering to do the exercises. All ages and strength levels can enjoy abdominal toning mat moves.

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ARC - A Wooden Spinal Corrector


Arc – Originally Joseph Pilates created a Wooden “Spinal Corrector” as a supportive tool for mat moves. In more recent times the design and materials have been modified for ease and now the very light weight black foam “Arc” is offered as a ma move suppoort tool. The “Arc” has become a favorite tool for beginners as the structure easily supports the body in a variety of challenging mat moves and empowers people regardless of size and strength. The “Arc” can be used on the mat and on the reformer.

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The Pilates Cadillac or Trapeze Table

The Cadillac

The Pilates Cadilla is also called the “Trapeze Table” and supplies a variety of expericenses that allow the body to be suspended in every direction. The sturdy canopy supports a hanging trapeze,a wooden roll down bar and a metal push through bar used for a variety of arm and leg resistance exercises. A full array of spring attachments make this unique piece of equipment akin to a home gym! The dynamic movements of the cadilac exercise develop core muscles you never knew you had!

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A picture of the Pilates Reformer

The Reformer

The Reformer is the most famous piece of pilates equipment and benefits people in countries all over the world. It can be used to assist healing and transformation of the body after injury or illness. It is also commonly used by professional athelets to train on and to take their fitness levels to the highest degree. Regardless of whether you are a beginner seeking improvement and restorarion or a professional athelete pushing for a personal best in Fitness, the Reformer creates length in muscles, strength, flexibility and dynamic fitness of the whole body.

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The Pilates Wunda Chair at A Room For Pilates Studio in Sebastopol, CA.

The Wunda Chair

The Wunda Chair as a traditional Pilates piece of exercise equipment with a wooden pedal on it that is held up by resistance springs. There are many full body exercises where either the hands prss the pedal down and up to target upper body strength, or the feet are placed om the pedal for the building lower body strengt and corordination.

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The Pilates Ladder Barrel at A Room For Pilates Studio in Sebastopol, CA.

The Ladder Barrel

The Ladder Barrel is used for a wide range of exercises including full body stretching and spinal flexibility moves where the shape of the barrel provides support for the body to lie over and the ladder provides hand grips or a place for the feet to step on. It also is used to build strength with upside down aerobic leg moves and can be used by both beginners and advanced students.

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Amy LoflandAmy Lofland
17:55 08 Dec 23
I’ve worked with Ruth at A Room For Pilates for a little over a year. I had never done Pilates and wanted to be sure I was learning the techniques and equipment correctly. Ruth’s attention to technique and using the correct muscles while keeping me challenged is what has kept me going back. I am stronger and more toned while keeping the flexibility in my body for good balance and stability. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to keep agile, toned and healthy.
Robin McNattRobin McNatt
02:36 11 Apr 23
Ruthie is a wonderful pilates instructor. I’ve enjoyed doing pilates with her for the past two years. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging. I am a lot more flexible since starting pilates with Ruthie. Thank you, Ruthie!
Christine GChristine G
17:43 02 Oct 22
I found Ruthie and A Room for Pilates after injuring my back at work. After doing restorative stretches and gentle exercises that released my painful, tight muscles and doing gentle movements, I was able to return to work safely and stronger than ever. I am continuing to see her weekly and feel so much better after my sessions! I’m grateful to have her in Sebastopol.
Sonja WanhalaSonja Wanhala
04:54 16 Apr 22
I have noticed a significant increase in strength and flexibility after working with Ruthie! She is a true professional who cares about others health and wellness!
Becky GarlockBecky Garlock
16:30 16 Feb 22
I don’t do reviews often, but I am compelled to encourage others to experience the wonders of the Pilates Reformer, and Ruth Drier (A Room for Pilates) in particular. I have been working with Ruthie for just over a year now, on a weekly basis. I was looking for a way to build my upper and lower core to ease chronic neck pain from a car accident.When I first contacted Ruth via email, not only did she respond immediately, she provided a detailed analysis of the ways in which she might be able to offer assistance. The attention to detail has not changed since that first contact last summer. She is meticulous about planning each session to focus on ways to build upon work from the previous week, while continuing to explore new ideas and challenge me physically. The most amazing part is that she is always ready to make adjustments after checking in with me at the beginning of each session.It is such a pleasure working with Ruthie – she is a fantastic personal trainer! I leave each session feeling like I have done well, made progress and learned key techniques for improving my body mechanics. Ruthie is so patient and intuitive during each session, subtly reminding me of key components of each move, reinforcing the correct alignment/positioning.During the COVID shutdown, Ruthie didn’t skip a beat! She transitioned into Zoom sessions, which are amazingly effective. I must admit, I was doubtful about doing personal training via Zoom, but it has really worked well for me and she has been beyond flexible in finding a good time that works for us both.For anyone looking for a capable, knowledgeable, patient and truly amazing personal trainer – look no further. Ruthie is a gem!
Adiel GorelAdiel Gorel
23:27 06 Oct 21
I have been working with Ruthie Dreier for about a month now.I started out very stiff, really stiff as a board.Strength work was not what I felt I needed since, like many men, I felt comfortable lifting weight and getting strong.What I needed was flexibility.Within this month, I can already safely and easily touch the floor with straight legs, do the downward dog in good form, and I don’t feel pain when I do all the stretches.As a major bonus, just walking around I feel lighter, better, and more “cat like”.Even a nagging lower back injury has subsided almost to the point of disappearing.Ruthie has been a perfect teacher for me: supportive, clear, never pushing me too far, and gradually and safely guiding me on the path.It’s been far more rewarding than I had expected.Adiel Gorel,Marin County, CA
Bonnie C.Bonnie C.
05:51 06 Aug 20
Ruthie is a very knowledgeable Pilates Instructor who helps me target the areas I need and want to work on.She has really helped me in many ways including toning my legs! She is compassionate and knows how to make it fun!!!
Elena DillonElena Dillon
22:34 05 Aug 20
I was skeptical about online Pilates after loving in-person Pilates instruction, but Ruthie has done an amazing job of transferring the in-person work into a wonderful on-line experience. She's a gifted teacher and it's quite remarkable how she can translate many of the Reformer techniques into an at home experience utilizing balls, rollers and other easily accessible materials. I can't recommend her on-line class highly enough. She's given us extra tips, recorded sessions so we can review them, and been very, very supportive.
Dawn WooDawn Woo
16:33 04 Mar 20
I am very grateful for A Room for Pilates! Since beginning private sessions with Ruthie four months ago, I have enjoyed a much improved physical experience. I notice the benefits of training while doing everyday tasks from the less strenuous - such as walking up and down stairs, sitting at a desk and working on a computer or driving a car - to the more strenuous such as hauling a 50 pound bag of chicken feed. Most excitingly, after only a couple of months of sessions, I returned to road and mountain biking after several years. My husband and I rode up Mt. Tamalpais for the first time in 25 years and I was able to easily ascend the mountain thanks to Ruthie teaching me to use my body more efficiently. Also, my knee that often felt painful since it was injured several years ago has felt better and is stronger. And after decades of needing chiropractic adjustments on a frequent basis, I have needed only one since training at A Room for Pilates.Prior to working with Ruthie, the only experience I had with pilates was on a mat at home while following an instructor on a video. That approach often resulted in physical pain, so I began to think that pilates wasn’t a good fit for me. But because my mom - who is in her mid seventies and still playing tennis - credits her sustained physical strength to practicing pilates on a reformer with an instructor, I decided to try the same. Ruthie’s instruction style is perfect for me. She is so encouraging and sets a pace that enables me to gain strength with each session without overdoing and ending up in pain that becomes a disincentive for returning. She always asks how my body is feeling and if there are areas of it or exercises that I would like to focus on for that session. Her studio is an inviting and peaceful space. There is always parking available in the lot for the building. Ruthie stays on schedule and is prompt with communication when arranging for appointments, etc....Ruthie has commented that strengthening through pilates can provide so much freedom, and I totally agree! Because of the benefits that I have enjoyed from the private training sessions, I feel that the money for them is well spent. I happily and highly recommend A Room for Pilates!
Sam WooSam Woo
16:38 07 Feb 20
I would highly recommend A Room For Pilates with Ruthie! Ruthie is extremely knowledgable in her craft and the human body, which was invaluable to me as a dancer with injuries. Ruth helped me better understand my body mechanics and gave me exercises to strength areas which traditional workout methods were unable to access. Ruthie’s studio is a calm and inviting place to be and Ruthie is so approachable and kind. I came to Ruthie with no prior knowledge of Pilates; now I have the tools to prevent dance injuries, keep my body in alignment, and maintain my full body strength! Thank you Ruthie!
Cathy OlsenCathy Olsen
04:10 28 Jan 20
Ruthie is so knowledgeable and thorough. She watched my technique very carefully and was able to identify the cause of my pain and give me tools to improve my posture and work on strengthening the correct muscles to ease the pain going forward. I learned more in 2 sessions with Ruthie than I did in 6 months of physical therapy! I would highly recommend her!
A. G.A. G.
01:14 13 Feb 19
Invest in yourself by working with Ruthie! I've been looking for ways to exercise for years but have never stuck with anything until I found Ruthie and her one-on-one Pilates sessions at A Room for Pilates. While I consider myself to be a healthy person, like most of us, I have those places that hurt or are stiff. Ruthie creates an individualized program that suits my pace and takes into account my unique needs. Her price is very reasonable. So, I wouldn't change my individual sessions with Ruthie for any group class. I find myself enjoying our sessions. My self-image and self-esteem have improved tremendously since I began. I feel strong and capable, and feel an overall sense of physical and mental wellbeing. Thank you Ruthie 🙂
Victoria LasinVictoria Lasin
21:00 15 Dec 18
Pilates is a weekly part of my life now — thanks to Ruthie's caring, one-on-one approach. I appreciate her attention; she meets me at my level and then encourages me to reach for a little more. And she always keeps it interesting, bringing in new moves and helping hone technique. Plus, I'm learning so much from her extensive knowledge of body mechanics. Ruthie is a gem!
Cari WynkoopCari Wynkoop
04:10 05 Dec 18
I am fairly new to Pilates and started seeing Ruth a few months ago. I had tried group classes and felt the benefits of Pilates, but really didn't know much about the extent of Pilates. I like to run and was interested in Ruth's significant background as a runner. After just a few months of weekly sessions with Ruth I am amazed at her ability to transform, empower, strengthen, and coach with such positive energy and positive results. It is rare to find someone who so gracefully pairs knowledge with kindness; and leaves you feeling uplifted both in spirit and strength. Five stars and a big high five for Ruthie -- she is the best!
Eric HoffmanEric Hoffman
01:47 18 Jan 18
Ruthie is awesome! She's a patient and encouraging teacher with clear instructions and demonstrations of the exercises and her cozy studio is the perfect environment for one-on-one instruction.I have muscle and joint problems which have not responded well to regular physical therapy. Ruthie's approach to Pilates and her choice of specific exercises with an emphasis on rehabilitation seem like they will work well for me. I intend to keep coming back.
Bare Raydiance SalonBare Raydiance Salon
08:50 09 Nov 17
Ruth has transformed my body! I get many compliments asking what I've been doing! Not only do I have sleek lean muscle tone but she has re-educated my body how to move correctly. I've had 3 knee surgeries and have spent years compensating and protecting. Ruth's vast knowledge of body mechanics and her diligent attention to posture and position detail is amazing! I've spent years in gyms and in boot camps and never before have I seen such awesome results or felt so incredible as I do know!! I am hooked on Pilates and absolutely look forward to our one on one sessions. Definitely recommend trying it out!
Heidi SilvermanHeidi Silverman
00:14 28 Oct 17
Ruth is very sweet at listening to your needs and explains everything so you understand. I had never done Pilates before and knew absolutely nothing about it. I was so impressed and intrigued with the whole concept. I left feeling so relaxed. Almost felt like I had a massage. I definitely went back because the one on one is amazing and she’s just awesome! I have recommended her to everyone I know