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Brand 2 : HKS (Heather King-Smith)

 HKS is the Profesional Education Brand of Heather King-Smith.   Heather is a Research Driven Creator of education covering a wide range of her expertise.   Mbodies asks Heather to produce and deliver education in 3 main areas  :

  • Women's Wellness
  • Post Rehab Restoration of 'normal' function
  • Postural Rehab

You can see the modules that Heather Teaches for Mbodies to the Right of this page and by clicking on each you will get further details.

Heather's Women's Wellness modules form one third of the Women's Wellness Specialist Qualifications - you can discover more abut this from the left menu on this page.

More about Heather below !



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. 


Heather brings to Mbodies two strands of Education :

1) Women's Wellness and Posture Correction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Diastasis Rectus Abdominus :  "Restoring the Core: Healing Diastasis Recti and Improving Pelvic Floor Function with Pilates Exercise”

Stopping Leaks: "a Stepwise Approach to Reducing Stress Incontinence"

Dynamic Posture and Breathing Retraining: "from Classical Pilates to Current Research"

Myofascial Slings : "Form, Force, and Function: Application of the Myofascial Slings in Pilates and Functional Exercise"

2) Post Rehab Modules

Hips Don’t Lie:  "Understanding and Addressing Lumbopelvic and Hip Disorders in Pilates"

What the Shneck? : "Addressing Dysfunction and Maximizing Function in the Shoulder and Neck"

We’ve Got Your Back: "How to Address Common Injuries and Disorders of the Spine through Pilates Exercise"