EHF (Enhanced Health & Fitness) Pilates is a boutique studio specializing in injury prevention, post-rehab and injury recovery. We work with a vast array of clients, from overall healthy individuals who wish to stay in great shape to those needing more care to help with their injury recover and physical issues. We train professional athletes, triathletes, cyclists, surfers, post-rehabilitation patients, seniors, pre and post-natal women and specialize in working with those overcoming and managing injuries. In offering clients the fundamentals of proper movement to increase strength without rigidity and improve mobility we have seen great success in reducing pain, improving posture and enhancing everyday activities.
EHF Pilates has been very successful in using the Pilates method to aid those with auto-immune conditions and other neuromuscular complications… no matter your fitness level or injury EHF Pilates provides optimal training to maximize your health and wellness goals. For those who need more care, we are happy to communicate with your Physician, Physical Therapist or Chiropractor to ensure we are working as part of a team to help aid in your recovery. We offer visual cueing, tactile feedback and demonstrate exercises and movements to increase mind-body awareness and re-educate your neural-muscular connections to improve posture and gait. EHF Pilates is referred to by Physicians, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, other clients and body-workers to help manage low-back pain, care for an injury and maintain functional fitness. Our well-educated trainers are chosen not only for their knowledge and competency in the Pilates method but for their various backgrounds in the fitness industry and their innate ability to teach clients.
EHF Pilates owner, Natalie Walker, Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (N.C.P.T.) and Master Trainer with Pilates Sports Center (PSC) educates the newest generation of Pilates Teachers. She has been in the fitness industry for over two decades and opened EHF Pilates in 2003 after a few years in mainstream fitness began to take its toll on her body due to various injuries. She realized working “smarter rather than harder” would keep her healthy and fit while her love and passion for Pilates and its healing benefits ignited the desire to share it with others and aid in their recovery as well.
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Natalie has worked with a vast array of individuals, many with severe physical limitations and has become very intuitive in aiding their rehabilitation process, increasing balance and strength and reducing pain in clients ranging from 12 to 88 years old. Natalie received her mat work certification through the Physical Mind Institute in February of 2002, completed her comprehensive teacher training course from Long Beach Dance Conditioning (LBDC) a year later and is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT). She continues to further her education at the university level, in addition to attending workshops in the fields of Pilates and rehabilitation.
Natalie began teaching popular group exercise formats like Step, Body Pump and Spinning and became a Certified Personal Trainer in the late 1990’s. Despite her education and awareness of exercise movement, the excessive pounding aerobics and weight training caused left her searching for a fitness routine that would keep her fit for life without exacerbating her injury. From her first private session, she knew Pilates would sustain her fitness level, without causing greater problems to her joints.
Soon after she completed the Pilates apprenticeship, Natalie returned to school to enter the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at L.L.U. However, while completing her observation hours at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas CA (P.T. department), she realized how beneficial Pilates can be for those with injuries and decided to pursue a career in Pilates instead. In her fun time Natalie is an avid cyclist with Swami’s Cycling club in Carlsbad. She includes regular Pilates to complement her bicycle commute to the office and long weekend rides for a fit, flexible and healthy body!