Pilates Hawaii2020-07-24T10:16:15-10:00

What Is Pilates?

Developed in the 1920’s by Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates Method is a form of exercise, injury rehabilitation, and overall body conditioning that incorporates posture, breathing, flexibility, balance and strengthening. By focusing specifically on abdominal control, pelvic stabilization, and neutral spine – what Pilates calls the “powerhouse” – a person is taught to stabilize the trunk while moving the arms and legs freely. The result is improved strength, energy and flexibility, and correction of body imbalances and poor movement patterns. The goal of Pilates training, beyond slimming and strengthening, is to teach you to be confident and in control of your body and to use it to your greatest advantage.

Pilates Hawaii

What Sets Harmony Pilates Studio Apart?

Harmony Pilates & Physical Therapy provides the most full service Pilates studios in Hawaii, offering Pilates equipment classes, private and semi-private Pilates sessions in a beautiful, professional and energizing environment. You will always work with a certified and highly qualified Pilates instructor. We have state-of–the-art Pilates equipment by Balanced Body, including the newest reformers on the market and other apparatus to aid you with your workouts. We have two locations in Hawaii – Kailua and Manoa. We have classes throughout the day and on weekends, so you have many options to make a Pilates workout fit into your schedule! We love our clients and love showing what Pilates can do for your body!

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What You Need To Know

Pilates is a fantastic, effective and fun method of fitness. It makes a great addition to an already active lifestyle. It helps to improve muscle imbalances, flexibility, overall strength and endurance. Try Pilates and you will see improvements in all of your daily activities. It will improve how you sit and stand, how you move, walk and run, even how you perform skilled activities and sports.

We offer a variety of Pilates classes, as well as, private sessions, semi-private, trio sessions, and workshops. We can accommodate all activity levels from the beginner to the experienced Pilates client. We also have classes for Seniors, those coming off an injury or those who have been inactive. Do Pilates and you will feel and see the difference!

Our certified instructors provide 50 minute classes with small class sizes of 6 or 7 people, to ensure you receive individual attention and maintain proper form throughout the exercises. Our studios are equipped with the state of the art reformers with towers by Balanced Body. We offer classes 7 days out of the week.

The classes we offer include Pilates Equipment classes using the reformer and tower, Pilates Equipment Basics for those new to Pilates, Therapeutic Pilates and Balance & Bones class for those recovering from injury or who have been inactive for a while, Jumpboard on the reformer, Restorative Pilates and we have a new Pilates-Yoga Fusion class. See our class schedule for further class descriptions and times.

No prior experience is necessary to join our classes. We do provide a beginners evaluation and a basics class to help you get started comfortably. A few private Pilates training sessions are also beneficial to prepare you for classes. We offer new clients and those coming out of physical therapy a 3 pack of private sessions at a discounted price.

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How To Get Started

There are several ways to get started. If you are ready to start right away, you are welcome to create an account, purchase a class package and schedule classes yourself with our online scheduler. Go to the class schedule on this website, login. If you have questions, would like to book a beginners evaluation or private sessions please complete the contact form on this website and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Harmony Pilates Class Types

Pilates Equipment – Basics

If you are new to Pilates or the reformer, we recommend starting with our Pilates equipment Basics class. Here you will learn the fundamentals of the Pilates method. Core stability is the focus of this class – the ability to maintain neutral alignment of the spine, ribs and shoulders, while also working on improving breath, overall strength, flexibility, articulation of the spine and mobility of the rest of the joints of the body. To get the most out of your workout, learn your fundamentals!

Beginner’s Evaluation

We also offer a beginner’s evaluation with one of our certified Pilates instructors. This includes a movement analysis to determine your readiness for Pilates, introduces you to the reformer on how to change springs, set up the equipment and some fundamental exercises, so that you are prepared for joining the appropriate class. A beginner’s evaluation is 50 minutes, costs $35 and can be scheduled by calling one of our offices or simply complete the Pilates contact form.

Therapeutic Pilates

If you have been inactive for a while, coming off an injury, have a chronic condition or are a Senior we recommend starting with our Therapeutic Pilates or Balance & Bones class. These classes are geared towards those who need a gentler pace and focus on increasing flexibility, core strength and balance.  Recover, strengthen, avoid re-injury and develop greater fitness with this class.

Pilates Equipment Class

This is our most popular class taking you through the classical and modern Pilates repertoire on the reformer, tower and integrating other small props such as the fitness circle, bands and foam roller.  A thorough full body workout unlike anything else, which will strengthen, tone and stretch to create lengthened and lean muscles and develop deep core strength.  Stay injury free and fit with this class!

NEW!   Pilates-Yoga Blended classes

We are proud to offer Pilates-Yoga Fusion and Restorative Pilates classes.  The Pilates-Yoga class charges your energy with powerful movements and balance challenges, taking yoga to the reformer following the Pilates principles.  Restorative Pilates recharges your energy when you slow down to focus on breath, deep connection, muscle and tension release, taking Yin-Yoga to the reformer. 

Prenatal Pilates Classes

Our prenatal Pilates classes are the perfect workout for any stage of pregnancy! Join us to work on strength, flexibility, posture and breathing, all meant to keep you healthy and strong during this special time. This is also a perfect class for anyone looking to recover quickly after pregnancy. When we have a group of ladies wanting prenatal Pilates we provide prenatal classes at either studio. Please complete the contact form if you are interesting in forming a pre or post-natal class. However, you ladies are welcome to attend any of our classes, just talk with the instructor first.

Private Classes

Do you have a group of friends, colleagues or a sports team who would like to experience the benefits of Pilates? We can provide private classes for your group, either a single session or a series of classes. With Pilates training you will feel the difference in everything you do!  To schedule just call one of our offices or simply complete the Pilates contact form.


Check this spot on our website for upcoming workshop announcements! We offer various workshops throughout the year.

Private Pilates Sessions

Private Pilates sessions are the cornerstone of any good personal training program. In these sessions you will receive one-on-one instruction from a certified Pilates instructor. Exercises will be based on your fitness level, injuries, goals and strengths. You will use a variety of Pilates apparatus and equipment, and learn the basic principles of Pilates and how to apply them in different areas of your life. We can also create a customized home program for times you are away from the studio.  To schedule just call one of our offices or simply complete the Pilates contact form.

Semi-Private or Trio Sessions:  NEW class format coming soon! 

Workout in a smaller class size with semi-private or trio sessions.  You will receive individualized instruction from one of our Pilates instructors. Working in a small group of 2 or 3, the instructor can focus attention making you get the most out of your workout.  To schedule just call one of our offices or simply complete the Pilates contact form.

Our Instructors

Asa C Mills DPT
Pilates Instructor
Asa grew up in Washington state and Idaho and has been active in sports and fitness for most of his life including snowboarding as a teenager, collegiate rugby, and his ongoing passions for martial arts and surfing. In addition to the benefits of sports training, he has witnessed and personally experienced various sports injuries, which led him to earn his Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Miami in 2009 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Miami in 2012. There, as a student of Dr. Brent Anderson, he discovered Pilates and became a certified Pilates instructor with an emphasis on rehabilitation through Polestar Pilates. He went on to work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA where he completed a residency in orthopedic physical therapy and became a board-certified orthopedic specialist (OCS). Dr. Mills has experience and expertise in manual therapy, strength training, injury prevention, joint mobilization, neural mobilization, and post-surgical rehabilitation. His wholistic treatment approach focuses on improving the overall wellness of his patients. When he is not treating patients or teaching Pilates, Dr. Mills enjoys surfing, diving, hiking, sailing, travel, muay thai, and playing music.
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Laura Foster
Pilates Instructor
Laura Foster received her 450 hr. Comprehensive Pilates Certification in 2008 from Core Conditioning Physical Therapy and Pilates thru Balanced Body University. As well as continuing education most notably with Blossom Leilani Crawford, and Courtney Miller’s Athletic Reformer series. Laura went through the Cancer Exercise Institute training program, learning the safest and most effective ways to create an exercise Pilates based program for anyone that is currently undergoing cancer treatment as well as those on their way to long term survivorship. Helping patients minimize treatments and side effects, correcting range of motion and muscle imbalances. She has taught and worked with a wide array of clientele at studios throughout Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, PA. Laura studied Musical Theater and Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma before relocating to Los Angeles to dance, perform, and teach professionally. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Winifred R. Harris’ Between Lines Contemporary Dance Co. touring America and abroad. Laura has as well taught ballet, and classical modern techniques for studios, non-profits, and dance companies including the Regina Klenjoski Dance Co, Joseph Allen Decker Dance Co, and the Music Center of Los Angeles:. She has also appeared in regional commercials and film. After dancing professionally Laura found Pilates helped her recover from injuries, moving, and strong. Now here she is on this beautiful island, where she will continue teaching everything she has learned in a supportive and joyful environment. Laura Foster Comprehensive Pilates Certification since 2008 with Core Conditioning Physical Therapy and Pilates, Balanced Body University
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Lahela Hekekia
Pilates Instructor
Lahela Hekekia has been in the health and wellness industry since 2001 – as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and NCBTMB certified since 2001; teaching massage therapy since 2005; teaching Pilates since 2007, and fully certified by Pilates Method Alliance and STOTT PILATES ® since 2011. (Level 1 STOTT PILATES® certification in 2008). Lahela has also studied Osteopathic Sciences for several years and is Level 3 Certified through the Franklin Method®. Lahela loves to describe how Pilates with self-massage changed her spine – after 2 years of daily practice, she had an x-ray and noticed a substantial improvement in her spine and hips. That was in 2009! It has been about 10 years since then, and she has continued to fine tune her body ever since, while striving to understand functional movement. Along the way, Lahela discovered an amazing therapy that resolved her own case of Plantar Fasciitis in 6 treatments and sought out the training as soon as it was available to LMTs. Lahela has attracted a number of clients with Scoliosis and other spine issues as a result of her own progress. She also loves to keep athletes injury free, whether weekend warriors or serious international competitors. She also loves to work with Kupuna, helping them achieve more autonomy through better coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility. Some of her clients are in their late 80s. Lahela believes that the key to resolving chronic aches, as well as, helping someone achieve their best physical potential is a combination of Pilates, Bodywork and the ability to understand how someone is moving - or not moving. Lahela works closely with our and other Physical Therapists whenever possible to augment therapy, as well as, to assist in the transition from rehabilitation to a reglar maintenance exercise program. Lahela can offer assistance to PTs and clients as a Certified Graston Technique® Specialist and as a Certified Medical Myotherapist. The protocols Lahela has learned and is qualified to teach through approved workshops include the following: Tendonitis and Tendinosis in general Reducing adhesions in connective tissues to facilitate muscle function Scar Tissue Mobilization Low Back Pain Rapid Recovery Method Postural Deviation Correction Structural Integration Advanced Neck & Head Treatments: Headache Relief Treatments TMJD Treatment Reversing Military Neck Whiplash Recovery Anterior Neck Work Thoracic Outlet Treatment Protocol Rapid Recovery Protocols for the Arm: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow False Carpal Tunnel Seated & Side-Lying Technique Options Trigger Point Pain: Identify & Release Fibromyalgia Recovery Method™ Body Mechanics & Self-Care for LMTs Stretches for Expedited Recovery Hydrotherapy for Medical Massage Lung Capacity Expansion Techniques Advanced Leg Treatments: IT Band Release TFL/Tensor Fascia Latae Release Knee Injuries Shin Splints & Runner’s Injuries Foot & Ankle Injuries including PLANTAR FASCIITIS Compartment Syndrome Quad & Hamstring Balancing Reversing “Uniceps Femoris” Hip & Pelvis Treatments: Pelvic Decompression & Hip Balancing False Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome Gluteus Minimus & Medius Release Ultra-Athlete Pre & Post Event Protocols Ligament Sprain Recovery Treatments Complete Shoulder Treatment Sequences: Frozen Shoulder Release Deltoid Treatments Bicipital & Supraspinatus Tendonitis CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Licensed Massage Therapist (MAT #6286) – since 2001 Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage (NCBTMB #307766-00) – since 2001 STOTT PILATES, fully certified – since 2011 (Level 1 Certified, 2008) Pilates Method Alliance, Certified Pilates Teachers – since 2011 Franklin Method® Level 3 Certified – since 2015 (Level 1 Certified, 2011, Level 2, 2013) Certified Graston Technique® Specialist – since 2018 Certified Medical Myotherapist (Haase Medical Myotherapy®)– since 2019
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Carrie Menke
Pilates Instructor
Carrie Menke has been a STOTT Pilates instructor for 15 years and holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Washington State University. She comes to Hawaii via Bangkok Thailand, where she owned and ran her own private Pilates small business. There she also taught clients at a leading city Pilates studio for the past 10 years. Carrie teaches clients at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Her experience and qualifications include teaching injury and special populations and has designed and taught programs for clients with Parkinson’s, scoliosis, osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements, and back injuries. Teaching exercise and wellness has been a true calling for Carrie, as her clients can attest to. She is enthusiastic about improving the bodies and lives of others and is excited to work with people of all ages and fitness levels.
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Jillian Loustaunau
Pilates Instructor
Jillian joined Harmony Pilates in July 2020 following the completion of her 500-hour comprehensive training program. In addition to mat and reformer Pilates, her training includes Exo chair, barre and TRX. While PR and Marketing have been her career for nearly a decade, she found her true passion with Pilates. She started practicing to relieve lower back pain that was caused by lordosis and made worse by her desk job. She quickly became hooked to feeling stronger, more flexible and more energized. She recently relocated from San Diego to Kailua and looks forward to broadening her teaching experience at Harmony Pilates by leading clients to feel their best.
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Belle Knopf
Pilates Instructor
Belle Knopf has been a teacher and instructor for over fifteen years. She has taught a variety of dance and yoga styles to children and adults. Belle grew up training to be a semi professional dancer at companies around the East Coast. Being passionate about how the body moved and reacted to breath, she decided to continue her education pursing a Dance Therapy degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. After studying that for a few years Belle became a certified yoga instructor, a Yoga Trapeze instructor and a kickboxing coach. She has also completed several workshops including Yoga and Anxiety and is certified in CPR. Currently Belle is continuing her fitness teaching education and taking four new teaching training courses, including Pilates mat and Reformer. Once completed Belle will have over a thousand teacher training hours under her belt. Belle is excited to bring her knowledge and skill back into a classroom. Her ultimate goal as a Pilates instructor is to help people find balance and strength so they can live fuller and healthier lives.
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Antonella Zappador
Pilates Instructor
Trainings: 2020 CPR & First Aid Recertification 2014 UH Manoa BS Health & Wellness 2008 State of Hawaii Massage License 2006/07 BBU Pliates Certification with Jaydene Sniffer from Pilates Advantage (all modules: Mat, Reformer 1-2-3, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Tower and other apparatuses) 1996 Massage Certification at Body Therapy Institute Santa Barbara 1987 Urbino Italy BS in Motor Sciences
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Ben Kaufman
Certified Personal Trainer
Ben is a multi-talented Certified Personal Trainer with over nine years of training experience. He has led group fitness classes and has over five years of experience teaching Yoga as well. He is an avid student of various martial arts and is passionate about strength training and performance enhancement. Ben’s interests in acrobatics and martial arts gives him a unique approach to his practice and his clients. Ben continually expands his knowledge and skills to help his clients from all walks of life. Ben is certified thru ACE (American Council of Exercise) and was certified with NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine). Ben has 200 hrs of Yoga Training. He has a BS in Bio-cognitive Psychology from University of Maine. Ben received a course in Exercise Science and Fitness at UCSD. He received Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is CPR trained and recently completed Senior Fitness Consultant and Strength and Fitness Consultant Certifications.
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Pilates Is A Way Of Life

Harmony Pilates and Physical Therapy is proud to be a host studio for a variety of well known and respected teacher training programs.

We also offer continuing education and PMA CECs through our own programming.

Please note that Harmony Pilates supports the Pilates Method Alliance and their work in the Pilates industry. We encourage our students to take the PMA exam once all requirements are met. Our teacher training programs strive to give our students all the knowledge they will need to pass this exam, including the 450 class hours required to sit for the exam.

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Class Pricing & Memberships

Beginner’s Evaluation

One-time private informative session prior to first class.
Not mandatory, but recommended!


Pilates Equipment Classes

Includes Pilates equipment, Pilates equipment basics, therapeutic & restorative Pilates and jump board. Buy a 10 Pack for a better value $24 per Class


Balance & Bones Classes

Cost is $20 for a single class. Buy a Balance & Bones 5 Pack for a better value $18 Per Class.


Pilates Mat

Pilates Mat classes offered periodically. Please call or email for details when Pilates mat classes become available.



Four classes per month.

$22 per class



Eight classes per month.

$21 per class



Twelve classes per month.

$20 per class



Sixteen classes per month.

$19 per class


3 Private Intro to Pilates Sessions

A 3 pack of private Pilates sessions to introduce you to the Pilates method and our studio equipment. A one time purchase, at a promotional rate of $65 per session.


Private Sessions

Private Pilates instruction tailored specifically to your needs. Call to book! Buy a 10 Pack for a better value at $75 Per Session.


Semi-Private Sessions

Semi-private Pilates sessions, for you and a friend. Buy a 10 Pack for a better value at $50 Per Person.

$55 Per Person

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Where do I start?2019-04-09T15:54:29-10:00

If you have an injury or a prescription for physical therapy from your doctor, contact us to set up your first appointment and find out about insurance coverage. To start Pilates classes, click on our class schedule, find the class you want and sign up. You will be prompted to create an account and purchase a class package or membership. If you’d like to try first we have a $10 trial class for new clients only!
Keep in mind if you are new to Pilates and have never used the reformer, we highly suggest you take a beginner’s evaluation so we can help you choose the appropriate class. Private Pilates sessions may be recommened to address specific needs and fitness goals. Please complete the Contact form to schedule a beginner’s evaluation or Private sessions.

Tell me about your Pilates classes2019-04-09T15:44:25-10:00

We believe that students should be trained in the true essence of Pilates – get a great workout, learn about their body, and have fun! You will get a beginner to advanced workout depending on the class you choose, and you will always be challenged no matter how fit or un-fit you are. We have two beautiful and comfortable studios, and instructors with years of experience and varying backgrounds, so you will never get bored and will want to come back for more.

How does Pilates fit in with my current workout program, and how often should I do it?2019-04-09T15:19:46-10:00

Pilates works well with all fitness programs and can enhance them. The core stabilization and strengthening exercises in Pilates will improve your performance in any sport or activity. Most people experience the highest benefit when doing Pilates two to three times a week. As Joseph Pilates quoted: “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 and have a new body in 30 sessions.”

What if I have an injury or health issue?2019-04-09T14:50:21-10:00

Pilates was actually first developed as a rehabilitation and physical therapy tool. It is ideal for injury recovery in that you will strengthen muscles while protecting your body and relearning proper movement patterns. If you feel limited in your injury, we recommend starting with the Beginner’s Evaluation. Some private Pilates sessions will help focus on your specific needs and can prepare you to join classes. If feel ready to try a class, you may want to start with the Pilates Equipment Basics or the Therapeutic Pilate’s classes. Contact Us Call us if you aren’t sure where to start! You may want to consider starting with Physical Therapy as it can address the specific injury or health condition and can prepare you for Pilates classes.

Can I lose weight with Pilates?2019-04-04T15:52:28-10:00

Yes! By using resistance and toning exercises and increasing your heart rate, Pilates can contribute to weight and fat loss and lean muscle development. Pilates training creates a longer leaner muscle tone not bulk. Ultimately weight loss is a result of diet along with proper and regular exercise. Working with a nutritional consultant and increasing your daily exercise will help you attain permanent weight loss.

What should I bring and/or wear?2019-04-09T15:56:39-10:00

Wear comfortable clothes to move in. For women we suggest exercise pants or short, sports bra and t-shirt/tank and for men we suggest exercise pants or shorts and a t-shirt. No need for sports shoes in Pilates! We suggest wearing Pilates’ toe socks they have sticky pads on the bottom so you won’t slide on the equipment. We have them available for purchase. Socks also keep your feet, the equipment and studio clean and sanitary. For physical therapy, please wear clothes that allow us to get to the injured area.

Do men do Pilates?2019-04-04T15:41:10-10:00

Yes! Men gain as much, if not more, benefit from a Pilates program. They will gain balance, flexibility and strength in muscles that don’t get trained or used in the gym or with traditional sports. Pilates will aide in recovery from back injuries and improve performance in recreational activities. No matter how much time you spend in the gym, Pilates will challenge you and add to your overall strength.

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