Private Sessions

Private sessions are the most effective way to learn Classical Pilates. Working one-on-one with a trainer will help you develop a deep understanding of your own body, and progress significantly faster. Whether you need focused attention for pain reduction, or have specific issues you want to address, private sessions are a good choice. For some bodies it is the only way to safely experience exercise. 

Do I Need Private Sessions?

The short answer is: Yes! Every single human will benefit from personal training of this kind. Joseph Pilates built his entire exercise regime around private sessions. He believed they were essential to making progress. 

During a private session you get a lot more than directions and a list of exercises. With our trainers you get corrective movement training, hands-on assistance to ensure under-utilized muscles wake up, and a much deeper understanding about what your body needs.

Private Sessions are an excellent choice if you are:

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New to exercise or Classical Pilates

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Recovering from an injury or surgery

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Dealing with chronic pain or other chronic conditions

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In need of extra hands-on assistance or have specific questions

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Managing prenatal, pregnancy, or postpartum issues

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A senior, youth, or clinically obese person

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Ready to "test-out" of the Classical System (Basic, Inter., Adv.)

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An athlete looking to improve performance

Private Session Rates

Single Session – $125

5 Private Sessions – $600

10 Private Session – $1,100

Find Your Pilates Instructor

Rayannah Salahuddin (she/her)

Co-Founder, Pilates & Fitness Instructor

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!

Notable Certifications

  • 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).

Pilates Specialties

  • 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 Gray (she/her)

Co-Founder, 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. She found Pilates after years of living in 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. She has thousands of hours of experience working with every type of body, and 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! She didn’t earn the nickname “The Pilates Domme” without good reason, after all. 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.

Notable Certifications

  • Classical Pilates Instructor, certified 2017 by Dorothee VandeWalle at Metropolitan Pilates

Specialties Include:

  • Pilates for Hypermobility and EDS
  • Pilates for Chronic Pain
  • Pilates for Beginners
  • Back Pain Management
  • Corrective Movement Training
  • Dad jokes and bad puns

Yun Choi (she/her)

Pilates Instructor

Yun found Pilates after going through modes of rehabilitation for chronic pain.  She was so inspired by the life of Joseph Pilates and what he created, so she became certified by the Mind Body Institute in 2005.

After a hiatus into the corporate world, being a mom, and general COVID blues, Yun decided life was too short not to pursue one passion in life and get reconnected to her core muscles.  Through a stroke of serenity Yun connected with The Pilates School SF and a match from heaven was made.

Don’t let Yun’s sweet facade fool you. She is a monster at getting into the nitty gritty little muscles in your body and will make you feel her workouts the next day. 

Notable Certifications 

  • Certified Pilates Instructor – The Mind Body Institute -2005

Specialities Include

  • Special Populations: Seniors, Improving Balance, Improving Body Awareness
  • Joint Stability and Functional Movement Training
  • Pilates for Beginners
  • Occasionally swearing like a sailor.

Esperanza Arab (she/her)

2021-2022 Intern

Esperanza was first introduced to Pilates as a teenager in SF after many recurring ankle injuries from playing tall girl sports. Aside from the intensity of the workout, the mind-body connection Pilates challenges us to achieve as we heal and reprogram our bodies hooked instantly. As she explored studios and other workouts while living in Southern California and Colorado, she noticed that the classical pilates instructors always prioritized safe and steady gains over the quick hit of wild, sweaty workouts. Don’t get it wrong – she loves a wild moment as much as the next San Franciscan, but you can trust she’ll make sure they’re not happening on the mat.

Intern Rates (member | non-member)

Single Session: $50  | $65

5 Private Sessions $250  | $305

10 Private Sessions $500  | $600

* Contact Alysia to buy intern private packages. Not available to buy online.

What do our clients say about Private Sessions?

“I use the privates that come with my membership.  I get 3 a month. I learn so much in these sessions it makes my group class much more effective. The best part is if I don’t use my privates they rollover to the next month.”

Antonio Compbell

Studio Online Plus Member

“I pepper in private session with my weekly workout rouines. Great way to prevent injury and strength my core.”

Emma T.

Non-Member, Buys 5 packs

“I have a bi-weekly private sessions one with Ray and the other with Rachael. These session are fantastic!  Because the instructors take notes on my session I have a continuity of care.”

Joshua K.

Non-Member, Buys 10-packs