To make high quality personalized training more accessible, inclusive, and affordable so that everyone can experience the power of permanent change through authentic Classical Pilates.
How it All Began
The initial seeds of an idea were planted on a sunny afternoon at our favorite local cafe. Ray and Rae were engaged in a caffeine-fueled discussion about how prohibitively expensive Classical Pilates can be. We asked ourselves if there was a more affordable way to bring this training to a larger audience.
Could we do it without diluting the integrity of the work? If we could, would we be able to dispel the myth that Pilates is only for flexible women and graceful dancers? How could we encourage people of all genders, backgrounds, and sizes to try integrating Pilates into their lives?
The answers to those questions converged upon a single solution, and that solution is what we now call The Pilates School.
This program is our way of sharing the transformative experience of authentic Classical Pilates with a larger audience in a clear, organized, and focused way. Our mission is to give you the tools you need to keep your body strong, safe, and balanced no matter where life takes you. Classical Pilates is a journey of self-discovery, and we want to guide you along yours.
Classical Pilates is for everyBODY.
Here’s to the journey!
-Ray & Rae
Years in Business
Classes Per Week
The Head Ladies In Charge
Rayannah "Ray" Salahuddin (she/her)
Co-Owner, Classical Pilates Instructor/ Personal Trainer
Ray has worked in the fitness, health and intercollegiate sports industries for over 26 years. Aside from her Classical Pilates certification, she holds advanced degrees in Kinesiology, as well as numerous certifications in pretty much everything but Yoga. That said, you will never catch her calling herself Dr. Salahuddin. You will catch her dorking-out over the latest exercise science research, and pushing you to get every bit of squeeze, stretch, or lift out of your body. So yeah, be ready for that!
- Classical Pilates Instructor, certified by Dorothree VanDalle at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle WA 2017
- Personal Trainer – NSCA
- Strength and Conditioning Specilist – CSCS
- Group Fitness Instructor – AFAA
- Indoor Cycle Coach – Martix/ Johnny G Spinning. ( We could go on but you get the idea).
- Special Populations: Pregnancy, Recovering from injury, Seniors, Pain Management.
- Weight Management- based Pilates training.
- Pilates for Athletes/ Advanced Pilates Training
- Transitioning to a high Pilates system (Basic to Intermediate)
Rachael "Rae" Gray (she/her)
Co-Owner, Classical Pilates Instructor
Rae is our resident queer, burlesque-performing, leopard print-wearing, cheeseburger-eating Pilates glamazon. She was a shoe designer and costumer before one fateful day 7 years ago when she dislocated her hips, sacrum, tailbone, and lumbar spine all at once. She found Pilates after years of constant pain so severe she could barely walk. Despite months of physical therapy, only a consistent Classical Pilates practice truly healed her hypermobile body and gave her back her life. This inspired her to earn her Classical Pilates teacher certification, in hopes that she might share this extraordinary method of movement with others who suffer from life-altering pain.
Rae is a magician with super flexible bodies, but she has thousands of hours of experience working with every type of body. She will keep you safe while making you strong! But don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll get off easy- she knows exactly how and when to push you to the next level! After all, she didn’t earn the nickname “the Pilates Domme” without good cause. Clients often refer to Rae’s rather unique ways of making complex exercises more approachable. She will have you “reaching for a martini over the sleeping cat on your lap ” and doing “an inappropriate thrust that would make a sailor blush” to get your pelvis in the right position. You will be laughing while your core muscles are dying at the same time.
- Classical Pilates Instructor, certified 2017 by Dorothee VandeWalle at Metropolitan Pilates
- Pilates for Hypermobility and EDS
- Pilates for Chronic Pain
- Pilates for Beginners
- Back Pain Management
- Corrective Movement Training
- Bad puns and dad jokes