Two years ago, on our last day of vacation in Japan, I looked at my husband and began uncontrollably crying. Jim wanted to get going early to visit the stunning Fushimi Inari Shrine, and make the two-hour uphill trek through 10,000 brilliantly orange torii gates to the top of Mt. Inari above Kyoto. My feet, ankles and hips throbbed from nine days of walking hard-surfaced streets and rushing on and off trains. I was really paying the price for five years of neglecting my body. It just all finally caught up with me.
When we got home, I got real about changing my life and treating my body – this faithful companion to all my soul’s longing and adventures – with more love, respect and compassion. The first call I made was to my good friend, Loni Palladino, and I began training with her in her studio once a week. Loni applied her wealth of knowledge and education, guided by her profoundly intuitive, gentle and caring nature, to help bring my body back to strength, agility, alignment and balance.
When the shutdown due to the pandemic began, I worried about losing all the progress I had made. It seemed classes by Zoom would be so much less effective. Let me convince you otherwise! Even through on-line connection, Loni reads my energy and the most subtle movements needed to bring me into alignment. As much as ever, she customizes each session to just what my body and my spirit need.
At 56, I am stronger and more body confident than ever in my adult life. Because of my sessions with Loni, I now easily ride my bike up to forty miles a week and take open-water swims off La Jolla Shores. And because I’m home more, and don’t make a 30 or 40-minute roundtrip to her studio each week, I was able to add a second weekly session and feel even more ease, grace and strength.
Now, more than ever, it’s essential we stay healthy, strong and agile – for ourselves, for our families and for each other. I can’t recommend Loni enough, and encourage you to reach out to her – even if you’re not local to San Diego – to schedule a consultation. Even if you’ve never practiced yoga or pilates, or done any strength and mobility exercising, Loni will guide you to increased vibrancy, confidence and good health.
With abundant love,
Pilates has changed my life and this is no exaggeration. I am 67 years old and have always hated to exercise. Under the guidance of Loni Palladino I have changed the way I think about my body and myself. I have been a client of Loni's for 4 years and my body confidence has improved so much...
~ Patricia Stewart
AFTER EIGHT WEEKS OF RECUPERATION FROM THORACIC SURGERY, I HAD LOST SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MUSCLE.
When I first began working with Loni Palladino, I could not sit up from a supine position without assistance. I had to roll onto my side and push myself up to be able to get out of bed. My legs were quite weak from inactivity too. After about 4-6 weeks of working with Loni once week through Pilates and GYROTONIC®, I experienced marked and stunning improvement in my abilities.
I was able to get on a treadmill again. I could carry my groceries without huffing and puffing. Best of all, my body continues to improve week after week. Loni teaches me to be aware of my posture and to respond to what I feel in my body. She senses what I need at each session and she gently yet firmly guides me through the activities. Loni is not only a teacher but also a partner in my recovery.
~ Donna Chapman
MY SESSIONS WITH LONI HAVE EVOLVED THROUGH THE PAST 13 YEARS AND OPENED ME UP TO EXPERIENCE MYSELF IN A WAY THAT I HADN'T PREVIOUSLY BEEN AWARE OF.
Not only have I become more comfortable, aware and strong in my physical body, my sense of how my energy and emotions affect my physical body has become very apparent. I love being able to strengthen and center in pilates, go into deep meditation in the Energy Healing Sessions, and get more freedom of movement in GYROTONIC®.
I requested Loni to give an energy session to my husband while in ICU and the results were amazing! The nurse watching the monitor came in with interest to see how she stabilized my husband’s vitals during the session. She is truly a gifted healer.
~ Vicky Hope, Interior Design
I WORK WITH LONI WEEKLY
Loni is uniquely gifted. She has a synthesis of technical knowledge, discerning intuition and a compassionate heart and spirit. I felt nurtured and strengthened at the same time. In one session, I achieved more body awareness and better alignment than in months of other Pilates work.
~ Maura McBratney, Energy Healer
I work with Loni weekly and it is the highlight of my week. Loni has the highest level of expertise and provides a customized GYROTONIC® and Pilates program for me in her serene, private studio in North Pacific Beach. Loni has a flexible, non-dogmatic approach to movement therapy and has helped me stay strong and fit even with an ongoing shoulder injury.
~ Andrea May, Hunter Gatherer, CID, Associate ASID
PILATES HAS CHANGED MY LIFE
AND THAT IS NO EXAGGERATION
Pilates has changed my life and this is no exaggeration. I am 67 years old and have always HATED to exercise. Under the guidance of Loni Palladino I have changed the way I think about my body and myself. I have been a client of Loni's for 4 years and my body confidence has improved so much by doing Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercises. My balance, core strength and agility, with Loni's inspirational (there is no other word for it) instruction, have improved so much and as I age, this means everything to me. I came to see Loni with a specific issue at first. I was not able to raise my right arm above my head due to shoulder surgery. Using Pilates and GYROTONIC® machines I am now able to raise my arm completely over my head. Being able to do this would have been enough for me but as a result of taking Pilates and GYROTONIC® classes I now feel steady on my feet, my balance has improved and so has my posture. I believe that Pilates is key to aging gracefully and fearlessly and that takes more than just the physical work that Pilates offers.
The instructor is key to the success of the program. I love the fact that Loni always assumes I can do whatever exercise she assigns me, and that alone is a real confidence-builder. Loni, however, is more than an instructor. She is a healer. Her energy healing sessions have been of enormous benefit to me when my body has not been functioning correctly. She has energized me with her healing sessions, and given me a sense of well-being that has, just as her Pilates sessions do, give me more confidence and less fear as I face getting older. She does not expect hard bodies and athletic clients. There are all ages, shape and sizes of people who exercise with Loni in her studio and as a result, Loni's studio is a welcoming, positive place to improve your body. I started Pilates with a great deal of skepticism, hating my body and assuming I would fail. Exactly the opposite happened as a result of Loni's instruction and inspiration. It was a wonderful surprise to find out I could move my body and get stronger. Loni never doubted for a moment that I would succeed.
~ Patricia Stewart
IN FEBRUARY OF 2014 I SLIPPED DURING A JUMP IN A BALLET CLASS
I fractured and splintered my 4th and 5th metatarsal. Surgery was the only option for me. I had the surgery and was in a non weight bearing boot for a few months and then in a removable boot for a few more. I knew it was going to be a battle to stay fit and get back to the many physical activities that have been a part of my life including dance. I took it as an opportunity to work on strengthening my upper body, core and to find a way to keep both sides as even as possible. I knew Loni had a knowledge of fitness and movement. She had been recommended by other dancers. I chose her because of this and the equipment she has. She is one of a few people who has both the Pilates reformer and the GYROTONIC® equipment. It is a great combo. I faithfully worked with her twice a week until I was able to get back to all my activities. I continue to see her weekly for maintenance. My foot healed properly and I have no pain. I believe this combo of her knowledge and equipment saved the day. Thank you Loni!
~ Donna Berwanger
THESE PAST 2 YEARS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH LONI PALLADINO
Via Pilates and GYROTONIC® to correct my posture that had worsened with increased computer time at work. She has strengthened my core and back and corrects a long standing tight shoulder. Over this time I’ve been able to focus on increasing my activity and she has kept me injury free. If I start to tighten up in my calves and hip flexors with running she not only helps me stretch out these areas but gives me hints that I can use during my workouts to build the opposite muscles and stay balanced. Her one on one sessions really help focus on specific areas of my body and she make sure I’m doing the exercises properly. She really has a healing touch and knows muscle physiology. I recommend her wholeheartedly!
~ Lizzie Giangreco, MD.
As a former professional athlete, I already knew how to keep myself fit. However, I endured chronic pain from residual sports injuries in my lower back, neck and elbow. Loni introduced me to Pilates and GYROTONIC® when I was in my 40’s. As a result of our work together, within a relatively short period of time, my pain had disappeared! Loni is a gifted healer who has amazing skills at reading and remedying physical misalignment. For rehab or for fitness improvement, I recommend Loni without reservation.
~ Malcolm Avner, Business, Leadership & Life Coach, Management Advisor | Family Businesses
Working with Loni, I noticed a difference in my posture right away. I've struggled with slouched posture for most of my life, but as I grow towards turning 50, I got scared I'd end up with the old-lady hunchback thing! Loni gave me hope again! In just a few sessions, my upper back opened and I truly felt beautiful! As our sessions continued, I've noticed that every day things are simply easier now. I am more centered, strong, and able to LIVE now! I have more stamina for keeping up with my teen kids, and I sleep better too. Going to Loni's studio feels like a day at the spa - with the aromatherapy and the beautiful surroundings, it simply beats the heck out of going to a stinky gym to work out! And Loni is always a delight. I highly recommend that you work with her and get these kinds of benefits I'm enjoying!
~ Mellissa Seaman, JD, Intuitive
Loni Palladino is an amazing teacher and therapist. I have explored many different modalities to try to heal my body from past injuries and old patterns and have found her work to be by far the most effective. I highly recommend her to my clients and students and anyone who aspires toward greater health and vitality.
~ James Woeber, Energy Healing Therapist and Teacher
I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH LONI FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS
As a retired professional dancer, I have a strong body awareness, but after so many years of dancing there were chronic ailments. Working with Loni has alleviated chronic pain and irritations, as well as strengthened and provided a greater freedom of movement in my body. Her high level of expertise enables her to customize an individual program which focuses on GYROTONIC®, Pilates, energy healing, and aromatherapy. I look forward to seeing her twice a week, and as a bonus, we have become good friends who can collaborate and share our life experiences and expectations. It is truly a treat to visit her studio each week.
~ Hilary Daley, Professional Dancer