Corey Anne Radtke, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, Founder: Pure Body Pilates


Corey

My journey to becoming a Pilates teacher began with ballet lessons at the age of 8 in a suburb of Los Angeles, California.  By age 10, I was at the dance studio five days a week.  After two summers studying dance as an early teen at The School of American Ballet in New York City, at the age of 15, I was invited to join a Los Angeles ballet company, Ballet Etc.  However, my short dance career ended at the age of 18 due to a bad ankle injury.

Years later with a career in the film industry, I was plagued with lower back and neck pain. The pain would come and go as I sought different chiropractors, massage specialists and physical therapists. While living in Munich, Germany, our first child was born. My pregnancy was healthy, however, afterward, I found myself to be in more pain then I had ever experienced.  I instinctively knew that if I wanted good health and to be a good mother, I needed to find something else. It was very clear to me at the time that if I didn’t find a way to strengthen my back muscles and my body core that no treatment could ever really work effectively.

Around that time a friend opened one of the very first Pilates studios in Germany.  At that time I had never even heard of Pilates. She invited me to come and try a one-on-one session with her. And that day became the beginning of my new life!  I was immediately hooked!

Pilates was truly a miracle for me. It allowed me to utilize my ballet training yet taught me how to stabilize my core and find my inner strength. Because my core was so weak from my pregnancy and years of not working out correctly, it took about 6 months for me to have real strength.  But, from the very beginning of my sessions I felt relief. Another benefit emerged as I was learning the practice: I discovered a mind body connection. My practice became meditative. My mind would feel so clear after a workout.  And though I could only get to the studio 2, sometimes 3 times a week, my daily life greatly improved. I felt healthy and light on my feet. I could keep up with anything life (and my baby) threw at me. What a gift I was given!

In 2002, we moved to New York and I discovered The Kane School in New York City, (now part of Kinected) and continued my teacher training.  Founder Kelly Kane is renowned in the Pilates field and has established an anatomy-based teacher-training curriculum.

I continue to seek out Continuing Education for Pilates teachers and attend classes in Manhattan and elsewhere whenever I can. Learning about how the body works and what it is capable of have become a true passion.

I firmly believe that a deep knowledge of the bone structure and muscular skeletal system is vital to be being an excellent teacher.  Being able to identify which muscles are engaged (and possibly over-worked) and which ones are not is the path to a person’s strengths and weaknesses.  I can then address each client’s needs to work effectively on correcting any imbalances and improving overall function in the body. I have received excellent training to work in a rehabilitative capacity as well as advanced body conditioning; offering something for all ages and levels of abilities.

My passion for the Pilates modality continues and I am always seeking out new and creative ways to teach.

Certifications:

Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Teacher

Training:

Certificate for Pilates Equipment Training from KANE SCHOOL, New York, New York

Certificate for Pilates Mat training and Pilates Equipment Training from Pure Body Movements, Munich, Germany