Location: Oxnard, California
Karena has been leading the direction of Pilates Teck, Inc since its inception in 1999. In this time she has authored three books: ScolioPilates, OsteoPilates and The Pilates Golf Athlete. In addition to the techniques described in detail in her three books, she is also developing her work, NeuroPilates. NeuroPilates is based on her interest in Traumatic Brain Injury and her initial work with the Wounded Warrior Batallion at the San Diego Naval Medical Center in the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care Unit. Her interest in helping those with complex exercise management was initially fed by her 10 years as the director of Pilates at SCV Therapy Services in Valencia, California. From the therapy center as well as from her own studio, her clients have been her teachers since 1999. As a result of her work, she was asked to host Pilates for Healthy Bodies on American Public Television where the special aired for 2 years. Simultaneously, she hosted her own radio show on AM1220 KHTS: Alive & Well Radio.
In 2017, Pilates Teck was asked to bring their Scolio-Pilates program to Dayton Children’s Hospital where the program is part of the medical treatment plan for patients with scoliosis. This milestone is the first step in fulfilling Pilates Teck’s mission to make exercise a part of a medical management program for scoliosis. Traditionally scoliosis is managed through observation, bracing and surgery. Karena, through Pilates Teck and the support of the medical community, is striving to continue work with more hospitals and the medical community to continue to fulfill this mission in a bigger and bigger way.
When she’s not traveling and teaching she is investigating two Scoliosis-related studies. The first is the development of “The Scoliosis Syndrome”: a predictable pattern of muscle facilitation and inhibition in scoliosis. The second is a Scoliosis Breathing Pattern Study: looking for a predictable breathing pattern for those with scoliosis.
Karena is available for in-person and online sessions. Please see our Getting Started with Scolio-Pilates document