Slim, graceful and with a beaming smile, Caroline walks her talk. In fact she’s so highly qualified in the Pilates World that I’m starting to think it’s quite an honour that she’s focusing her energies and passion here in Ibiza. Having traveled across the World to train under a wide range of Pilates ‘gurus’ (my phrase, not Carolines) she initially returned to her home in Germany and started a very successful studio, based solely on word of mouth. However the energy and focus of the people on Ibiza had also caught her imagination – people who wanted to live well, to live peacefully, to be healthy and happy and somehow seem to put a little more effort into this than they do elsewhere.
Finally, despite the fact that it was quite a move – different climate, different language, different lifestyle – the decision was made and Caroline and family (she has children – my jaw nearly hit the floor at this point – she exudes NO stress, no slightly frayed edges and frankly her body gives NO hint of childbirth. This Pilates has a LOT going for it) moved to Ibiza. Carolinewas and remains driven to share her knowledge, to help improve peoples wellbeing within the community across the island and island visitors alike.
Her teaching style is inspiring. She’s utterly professional and the encouragement is genuine – there is no doubt that she lives and breathes the merits of Pilates. In the one – to – one that I photographed, the student is Soraya Khalje, the USA National Downhill Mountain Bike champion who has celebrated the benefits of Pilates, despite being rather new to it (new to it and she can do that?!)
Group classes are held at Galeria Elefante (Santa Gertrudis) costing 15 euros (or ten sessions for 100 euros). However, groups don’t suit everyone and despite her busy schedule, Caroline offers home / villa/ hotel visits. I asked and waited, with a cringe ready, just how much it would be for her to come to my home and instruct me in Pilates. Just 90 euro per session – between you, me and the gatepost, by island standards that’s good – before you even factor in the calibre of teacher she is!
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