Welcome to Core Pilates of Richmond

Strength + Flexibility=Pilates

Pilates delivers an abundance of benefits and at CORE it is taught on all Pilates equipment.  Each piece uses spring loaded resistance which includes the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel.  Each of these offers support and resistance to help you build strength, flexibility, core strength and improved balance.

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.

Pilates is an outstanding method to facilitate muscular balance supporting all joints as well as effectively strengthen the core and spine for injuries that may result from degeneration, deconditioning, overuse, and postural stress. Research continues to support the effectiveness of the Pilates method to assist with injury recovery and rehabilitation.

Overuse injuries that are common to running, swimming, and cycling can be prevented through aligned based strengthening that focuses on muscular balance with core control.  Pilates conditioning is an excellent complement to improve endurance, power, and agility.

Rotational sports demand mobility from the spine, shoulders, and hips. Cross body strengthening and core integration exercises in the Pilates method facilitates movement efficiency and power to help drive the ball.

An upright posture that is supported with trunk strength and core integration is accomplished with a Pilates practice, and suitable for all bodies regardless of age! Standing upright is an ageless goal.

Change happens through movement and movement heals”.    – Joseph Pilates

Why Pilates?

 Strong core and healthy spine
 Overall body strength and flexibility
 Improved posture
 Proper alignment for optimal joint function and longevity
 Excellent for post-rehabilitation injury recovery
 Positive impact on athletics and overall fitness
Improve balance and proprioception

Pilates is a body-conditioning program that was created by Joseph Pilates in the early twentieth century.  Three key components are a part of each exercise: stability, mobility and coordination of movement with proper alignment of the body.  The alignment follows pure science insuring the shoulder girdle and lower spine are properly positioned and stable, so that each exercise is executed with great regard towards core strength, control and ideal form.  An active full breath accompanies each exercise.

“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.”

– Joseph Pilates

One-on-one (private) sessions is an ideal way to address your individual needs and goals.

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Sessions are specifically tailored for every client to achieve strength and flexibility goals. Each piece of Pilates equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel) is used to strengthen and lengthen the core, shoulders, hips, spine, enhancing overall stability and balance. A mat-Pilates program is given to all clients who request this for home practice.


Private Sessions
Single session – $70
4 sessions – $275

AlignmentUseful analysis with insights on postural and mechanical stresses from posture, under-use or over-use.

This evaluation provides valuable insights into postural and mechanical stress resulting from structural asymmetries, tightness, weakness, instability, and/or overuse.

 The alignment evaluation is an excellent choice if you have experienced:

Mechanical back pain

Spine surgery


Shoulder or hip issues

Joint replacement surgery

Pregnancy and pelvic floor issues


Cost: $80

In each flexibility and lengthening session, stretching techniques will be taught along with the use of a foam roller to address myofascial restrictions. A home stretching program will be developed for each client that specifically addresses individual needs and goals.

Single session $70

Two session package $135

  If you are unable to find an appointment that works for you, please send an email with your requested appointment times and dates. You will be contacted when openings and cancellations occur. Thank you!

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Karen Roodman, MS CPT PMA®

Karen is a veteran Pilates instructor and educator in movement science. She holds three international Pilates certifications from Polestar Pilates, Stott Pilates, and the Pilates Method Alliance as well as a master’s in science degree in Kinesiology. She is a skillful teacher with a passion for motivating and inspiring clients to achieve their goals in fitness and agility as well as post rehabilitation recovery. The depth of her knowledge and experience has touched the lives of many who have experienced disorders of the spine, hip, knee, shoulder, and joint replacements. She has helped many dancers recover from injuries, athletes improve their game, and recreational athletes maintain longevity with their passion for exercise.


For the last five years, Karen has been an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Dance and Choreography teaching Pilates, dance conditioning, and injury prevention. Most recently Karen joined Balanced Body Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer of Pilates equipment and source of education in the Pilates industry, as a research analyst and contributing writer.  She is a member of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and an active community lecturer. As a former dancer and swimmer who experienced multiple injuries, she is attentive to the healing process and timely reentry into activities of daily living, athletics, and embracing a healthy and active lifestyle.

“It is no coincidence I’m sure that following my session with you last Thursday, I happened to have a lesson, including video swing analysis at Golftec.  The pro I worked with said that my turn, measured in degrees, was much improved over the last time he measured me.  THAT is amazing – I haven’t been practicing!  So, I’m quite sure it was related to the arm & shoulder exercises that you had me work on.  So the bottom line is that Core Pilates helps me maintain and improve my turn in the golf swing – a critical element in golf and a very good thing – thank you!”

– Hank K.

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 3656 Mayland Ct.
Richmond, VA 23233

Located inside South River Compounding Pharmacy