SDK Pilates is a boutique Studio offering private and small group classes in equipment based Pilates. Flexible scheduling, timely communication, talented Instructors and fun-loving community help you stay on track.
Many of our clients come to us looking for an answer to a bothersome body part that just isn’t performing up to snuff.
It could be that nagging pain in the shoulder when you try to raise your arms over your head. Or chronic back pain & stiffness that seems to take longer and longer to resolve in the morning. Or a cranky hip or knee that limits how far you can run or walk.
Pain and stiffness like the examples cited above frequently start in the fragile and sensitive soft tissue structures of the body. Commonly, this is the result of deterioration in our posture (such as rounded shoulders) and decreased strength & flexibility, which in turn, predispose to overuse injury.
Equipment based Pilates is uniquely suited to healing and restoring soft tissue injuries to return your body to its’ vibrant and youthful self. Move freely and feel better.
Medically knowledgeable, we understand injury and orthopedic limitations. We provide appropriate modifications and support props to help you get the most out of your Pilates practice.
In addition to equipment based Pilates in the Studio, we offer Instructors for off site mat pilates and yoga. We are available to teach at your facility – business, hospital, golf club or other establishment. Please call Stephanie directly to book – 443.286.8440.
If you are new to equipment based Pilates, we ask all clients to start with an Introductory Private appointment.
If you have experience with the reformer and are comfortable with the equipment, you may book directly into a class.
We encourage all clients, regardless of prior experience, to start with a private appointment. It helps us get to know your body and helps you get the most out of your workout by learning appropriate modifications and equipment settings.
As we move through the exercise repertoire, we will assess the function of your spine, joints and fascia. If something is bothering you, we’ll take a closer look at your posture and movement patterns to see if we can make things better.
When you are ready for classes, we can help you find the one that is right for you. Here’s a basic description of our class options.
✦ Restorative or Beginner Pilates: For clients that need help with activities of daily living (restorative) or are just returning to an exercise program and need to develop strength, flexibility and proper movement patterns.
✦ Intermediate Pilates: This is our “bread and butter” class for clients that have some experience on the equipment and can manage their own settings. The Instructor assists with equipment changes when needed, provides appropriate modifications and gives individual attention to form.
✦ Athletic Conditioning / Jumpboard / Advanced Pilates: For clients that are athletic and want to increase strength and flexibility. Classes are fast paced with challenging exercises that require balance and coordination.
Stephanie Kafonek, MD – Owner
Stephanie is a retired medical doctor that has been helping clients relieve pain through Pilates since 2009. With an interest in injury and orthopedic limitations, Stephanie works with clients to restore the body and heal soft tissue injuries. Her brand of Pilates is fascia focused to target the fragile soft tissue structures of the spine and joints. Taught in a supportive environment, classes are fun and therapeutic.
✦ Fully Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor
✦ Therapeutic Yoga 500 Hour
✦ Balanced Body Fully Certified Instructor
✦ STOTT Reformer and Mat
✦ Power Yoga 200 Hour
✦ Balanced Body Reformer
✦ Therapeutic Yoga 500 Hour
✦ Reiki Master
✦ Yoga 200 Hour
✦ Peter Hess Sound Massage Practitioner
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…