Staff profile

Heather King -Smith

Instructor Trainer

Based in

Georgia , UNITED STATES

Website

http://heatherkingsmith.com/about-heather-king-smith-specialized-pilates-teacher-trainer/


Biography

Heather King-Smith has been teaching Pilates for 15 years.

As a student in the Master of Public Health at Emory University, Heather turned to Pilates for stress relief and to balance the sedentary lifestyle she acquired while writing her thesis. Heather loved Pilates and valued the balance it provided to her academic life, and after a few years of practicing Pilates, she decided to embark on a teacher training program in early 2000.

Originally trained by the Pilates Guild, and having studied with and passing her final practical exam with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska, Heather comes from a background rooted firmly in Classical Pilates. 

After teaching strictly the Classical method for three years, Heather became interested in learning more about the adaptation of Pilates to the different bodies, injuries, conditions, and levels of ability she was seeing in her teaching practice, but she was unable to find the continuing education she desired through Classical Pilates schools. 

Through her membership with the Pilates Method Alliance, Heather was found and hired by One-on-One Physical Therapy in 2006, and discovered that she loved the challenge of working in post-rehabilitation Pilates.

She felt it was important to branch out and explore other Pilates schools, and sought continuing education with Katy Roelle of Reformation Pilates, Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates, and Nora St. John and Balanced Body. 

In 2009, Heather joined the faculty of Balanced Body and began leading teacher training and continuing education course for Pilates teachers. 

Heather practiced Pilates throughout both of her pregnancies and found Pilates to be an excellent way to maintain fitness during the changes a woman’s body undergoes during the childbearing years.  

In Heather's own Pilates studio and practice she specialises in working with pregnancy and post pregnancy issues and is recognised in her region as being the specialist in working with clients to help with regain normal Pelvic floor Function and to address issues such as Diastasis Recti. Heather also specialises in working with women and men diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti, in addition to her work with prenatal and postnatal women.

Heather has served as adjunct faculty at Emory University’s School of Medicine, Doctorate of Physical Therapy program since 2012.  She and colleague Dr. Julia Granger, PT, DPT, SCS, teach an elective course to the third-year students entitled, “Pilates for the Rehabilitation Professional,” which instructs students on the Pilates Mat exercises and how to integrate Pilates into their clinical practice. 

The students have been a source of inspiration and continue to challenge Heather in her methods of helping new teachers hone their cueing skills. In this work she has also gained a deeper understanding of specific injuries, health conditions, and special populations’ needs for Pilates instruction.

After having trained a cohort of newly hired physiotherapists at One on One in 2012 based on Balanced Body’s curriculum, Heather realized there is a need for Pilates teacher training customised for the needs of physiotherapists and began developing a curriculum specifically to meet this need.  The Pilates 4 Rehab curriculum is based on Heather’s experience working closely with physiotherapists in a rehabilitation setting, and learning from their feedback and experience in using Pilates as a therapist with their patients.

Heather is excited to share her knowledge of working for over 10 years in post-rehab Pilates and women’s health with experienced teachers who are seeking to work with more post-rehabilitation clients. She feels that the information she shares will help teachers gain more confidence in working with clients recovering from injuries toward the road to fitness.