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Meet Theresa Holliday of Dream Body Pilates in Sherman Oaks and Studio City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Holliday.

Theresa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a Certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Sports Center. I worked in the film entertainment industry for more than a decade doing physical manual labor, causing lower back pain- that is why I turned to Pilates. I am experienced in aiding in the recovery, as well as overall body health and strength. I am passionate about teaching and love helping clients’ progress towards achieving their goals. I am committed and patient. I do my best to keep the Pilates fun whether teaching private or group classes. There are many different apparatus to use while train Pilates and I am certified with them all: Mat Work, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Pre-Post Natal and Cardio Jump Board. In addition to working in the film industry, I have 15 years of  experience as a Black Belt instructor and also Certified Referee, Teaching and training a wide range of age groups from young to more senior. I was born and raised in Venice, California. I have been an active surfer and surfing instructor for 15 years as well. I am very experienced in cross training with a variety of sports including Volleyball. I became certified as a personal trainer to broaden my horizons. I have recovered from many injuries, including lower back injuries without any surgeries. Many injuries or body pain can be healed through proper exercise, and I love to help people find a natural way to heal their bodies.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a challenge. Before Pilates- while working in the film industry- I was moving lots of heavy objects and wearing a heavy tool belt with a walkie. As many people realize- especially if you work in the industry on set- you are usually working 12-18 hour days on very little sleep, and everything is always done in a hurry. One day, I calculated the total weight I was moving around, and I was shocked to see it was about 1,000 lbs. a day! Eventually, my back had a laundry list of problems and I didn’t want anyone to know that I couldn’t work. The Doctor said I needed surgery, which is a slippery slope, and not the answer I was interested in. The only answer for me was that I had to change my whole life. All the years I have taught has always been my passion and side work. It was time to switch gears and turn my side passion into my career with a leap of faith!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Dream Body Pilates story. Tell us more about the business.
Since I have first-handedly recovered from many injuries, I understand how to help others on their path to recovery. I have always been a strong athlete, and am well versed in how to provide a great challenge to the elite athlete. I pay attention to detail and show my clients that I care about helping them with whatever their goals are. I have a portable business, teaching out of many different locations around the city. I also have equipment that I bring with me to work with clients wherever they can meet- whether it in their office, at the park, or at their home.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the need for fitness will only be greater. I will expand in the next years as well. I hope to open a solid location and still remain portable. I also will be putting together group retreats and seminars. Eventually a certification program is in the future.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Dream Body Pilates
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  • Phone: (310) 795-5380
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