We are an Authentic Pilates studio in Seattle dedicated to supporting your unique journey to better physical and mental health.

Founded by Christl Marcontell, Kinesia Pilates is a boutique Pilates studio dedicated to teaching the classical method of Pilates as developed by Joseph Pilates and taught to his protegee, Romana Kryzanowska. Christl first encountered Pilates as a way to regain core strength for aerial dance after pregnancy. In addition to Pilates, she trained and performed contemporary dance and dance theater in Seattle, learning somatic and developmental movement sequences in dance training which has become part of the Kinesia teaching style.

Our teaching approach is movement and posture focused, emphasizing functional movement choices, physical/emotional centering, shaking up posture habits, and having fun getting strong. We emphasize  energetic, sustainable workouts, believing, as Joseph Pilates said, "The spirit guides the body."


  • Embrace a personalized system of exercise that can be tailored just for you 

    At Kinesia Pilates, we get to know you and develop a plan based on your needs that helps you meet your unique goals Our instruction is highly personalized and delivered via individually tailored one-on-one sessions or very small groups. In every case, we teach you how to modify exercises to meet your needs.

    We build long-term relationships based on trust and respect which allows us to keep track of what is working and what isn’t. As your goals and needs change, we continuously update your plan.

  • Gain an adaptable wellness tool you can use every day so the work stays within you.


    Learn an empowering approach that encourages you to own the work for yourself. We teach you the goals of the exercises and how to modify them to support your body’s needs.


    Learn how to use the reformer and other specialized equipment so you have control of how to use the equipment safely. We also teach the mat with small props as part of the system so you can do the work successfully wherever you are. 

  • Improve whole-body health in a fun and focused inclusive community 

    We work to create a welcoming, supportive environment where you can dramatically improve flexibility, posture, and coordination. You do not have to be in good shape to get started. We will start wherever you are and work at the pace the feels right for you. 


    Whether working one-on-one or in small groups, enjoy a warm community of practitioners who support each other without judgment.



We are certified to teach the exercises and philosophies of Joseph and Clara Pilates, as handed down to their world-renowned protégé Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo.

Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1883 and immigrated to the United States in the 1920s. He dedicated his entire life to creating a system of exercise to help people attain excellent physical health and manage the stress of modern living. After Joseph's death in 1967, his wife Clara Pilates continued the studio they founded in New York City for a few more years. In 1970, Romana became the director of what was by that time called "The Pilates Studio." Romana dedicated her life to preserving the work as closely as possible to what she learned teaching by his side. She traveled for 60-years educating the next generation of Pilates teachers and forming an elite group of new teacher trainers to carry Pilates masterwork into the future. 

"Health a normal condition, and it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it."

~ Joseph Pilates



Joseph Pilates created systems of movements, or movement phrases, that are effective because of the sequencing and the energy put into their execution. When practiced regularly, Pilates delivers powerful physical and emotional benefits.  


  • Balanced muscle development

  • Improved posture

  • Reduced incidence of injury

  • Increased balance and flexibility

  • Greater mobility and stamina

  • A longer, leaner look

  • Increased core strength and stability

  • Heightened performance in athletics, daily activity and dance


  • Increased concentration and focus

  • Improve memory and brain training

  • Enhanced mind-body connection

  • Improved sense of well being

  • Greater enjoyment and zest for life

  • Stronger feeling of internal strength

  • Reduce and cope with stress

  • Support recovery from depression and anxiety


Kinesia is an Authentic Pilates studio offering tailored private and small group classes in Seattle's Pioneer Square and online.

314 1st Ave South,  Seattle, WA 98104



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