“Great, Happy, Friendly, Funny, knowledgeable instructors:) I gained 1/8 inch in height & lost inches everywhere else.”
- Meghan Driscoll
“I joined the studio as a client in 2009 and did the Healthy Back class. At that time I was overweight and struggling daily with severe neck and back pain. After one week of Studio One Pilates, I was hooked! The instructors at Studio One taught me how to support my upper body without using my neck or shoulders. I no longer suffer from chronic pain. Plus, I lost over forty pounds!”
- Jessica Strolle
“Back & Joint has made me aware of how to stabilize during daily activities and how to improve my posture.”
- Cece Mendoza
“Not thinking anything had changed, then suddenly realizing I totally changed the way I move and feel. I noticed I have more energy walking up and downstairs, my knees feel supported I feel more aware and focused”
- Francine Dufour Jones
“I feel such a better connection & more power in my lower abdomen and pelvis. I also have multiple sclerosis - so balance is always tricky for me and strengthening my core is definitely helping.”
- Former Class Participant
The Healthy Back & Joint Basics Class was created by Paul Van Alstine, Anna Kokaurova and a team of Anchorage-based physical therapist. We saw a need in the community for people who were finishing physical therapy and we’re not ready to go to the gym yet desperately needed to keep working on their stability, mobility, and strength in a safe and intentional way.
The true inspiration for this class came out of the idea that if somebody has pain or movement restriction it doesn’t mean they can’t get toned and look good from their workouts! There is a misconception that you can't look better when working with an injury or chronic joint pain. Our approach does both - makes you feel better (less pain), gives you move control, and you look better and feel more active!
This class was carefully constructed by and with the expertise of two certified Advanced Rolfers and a team of physical therapists. We are pleased to say that we’ve worked with thousands of people since 2001 to maintain and improve their health, and get control of pain through movement. The healthy back and joint class is constantly updated with the latest research and most effective exercise and stability protocols.
VASIE Creator, Owner of Studio One
Paul Van Alstine, B.S., Certified Advanced Rolfer, and VASIE developer has over 20 years of teaching Pilates, developing training programs, and doing Manual therapy as a Certified Advanced Rolfer TM. Chronic pain controlled much of my life for almost 20 years. At this point, I feel blessed to be out of pain and physically still improving into my late 50s.
My inspiration comes from seeing how well bodies can change and improve from almost any starting point. I love working with beginners and people at all levels. I am inspired by our clients of all ages who show up consistently and make amazing progress through education and persistence.
VASIE Pilates Training Director
Anna Kokaurova has been the training director at Studio One Pilates in Anchorage Alaska since 2002. As a certified Advanced Rolfer since 2005 Anna has contributed to the VASIE Pilates method of teaching by developing programs like the Healthy Back & Joint Basics, Restore Your Post-Baby Core, Pelvic Floor Power Up, VASIE Teacher Training, VASIE Ballet Barre.
Most recently, Anna Kokaurova has developed and launched VASIE Pilates online, a program that helps studio one members and former members stay connected and in shape through online access.