Bodies Mind® Studio


Pilates by AIM

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About Our Unique Studio Format

Bodies Mind® offers a unique Open Studio system, where our clients advance their movement and exercises practices to self-sufficiency.

Today, this is a rarity in the field of pilates. It’s “pilates practice” ~ how it used to be ~ following the operational structure of Joseph Pilates’ original studio, and the studio of his protégé Carola Trier (where Carole Amend first began practicing pilates over 35 years ago). As taught by Joe and Carola, each pilates apparatus is part of a system, and sessions are designed for each client based on individual needs, goals, and desires. So, while clients practice together, they each progress at their own level and pace. This encouraging environment provides an opportunity for clients to witness their progress, and to be inspired to meet the challenge to further advance their practices towards transformation.

Over the past two decades, the commitment to this way of teaching and learning has produced the evolved cueing techniques that are the basis of our signature Pilates by AIM Mat classes. These cues not only ensure safety for every body, they are also essential to obtaining the full benefit of the original pilates apparatus.

Your Commitment is Rewarded

The real fun begins as you take charge of your practice. You’ll learn all you need to know to be independent and self-motivated…then you’ll be inspired to deepen your experience even more! As you progress, the cost of apparatus sessions decreases, which is a great incentive to give it your all!

Begin by scheduling an Intro Session and decide whether to explore the Apparatus (Private/Practice/Open Studio), Mat, or both. Invest in your Health & Happiness at Bodies Mind® Studio!

Intro Session

This is the Bodies Mind® signature orientation to defining, developing, and deepening your personal movement practice. More of a conversation than an assessment, in this session, you’ll introduce yourself, your movement history, and your interests, and learn about the services offered at Bodies Mind®. You will experience the mat and/or the apparatus to support and enhance your unique movement and exercise practice and you’ll begin to understand and feel what distinguishes pilates from other disciplines. Whatever path you choose for your body-mind practice, at our studio or elsewhere, this session will definitely shift your perspective on what pilates and somatic movement practice is all about and what it can do for your health and happiness!

Begin your Pilates & Somatic Movement Practice journey with an Intro Session: $25 fee

Mat Classes

Pilates by AIM Mat Classes include our signature Bodies Mind® Pre-Pilates Practice as well as Bodies Mind® Somatic Correctives to progress your Pilates Mat practice.

This is the ultimate practice for building a sound mind in a sound body, towards the goal of increased spontaneous zest and pleasure in all your daily activities. This class is intended for novice and experienced movers alike (bar any acute ailments). An Intro session is recommended prior to participation.

Pilates exercises are designed to build your body uniformly no matter what your present condition. You will move at your own pace and experience level, and be encouraged to advance your physical and mental skill sets. You will learn the essential repertoire for building your practice and be challenged towards the dynamic excellence appropriate for your body, in a supportive and motivating environment. The best part is that these are exercises that you can do on your own at home!

*Maximum 5 participants

M W F 6:00 am
More Classes Coming Soon
Sat 9:00 am (invitation only)
 $30 per class, drop-ins welcome


Available Packages:

$250 Series of 10 classes (2 month expiration) | $250 Eight (8) Mat Classes plus one private session (one month expiration) 

Apparatus Sessions

Pilates by AIM Apparatus Sessions are by appointment only. Each practice includes the use of the original Pilates apparatus: Universal Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel, Baby Arm Chair, Pedi-Pole, Foot Corrector, Mat, and more.


$90 per session | $820 for 10 sessions (10 week expiration)
One-on-one pilates and general movement sessions focusing on body-mind balance and uniform physical development and correction, as well as training for excellence in performance. Privates are appropriate for addressing high-performance goals as well as therapeutic issues. You’ll experience top quality pilates & somatic movement education to develop body-mind awareness and progress to your fullest physical potential.


Maximum 1-3 participants practicing/progressing their individualized programs
$50 per session | $460 for 10 sessions (6 week expiration)
Up to three clients per hour. Entrance into Practice is decided on an individual basis. Move at your own pace and program. Practice sessions are a continuation of the individualized attention of private sessions, with the benefits of the teacher’s eye and guidance and the wonderful opportunity to observe fellow clients at different stages of practice. Your individualized programs are regularly updated and progressed.

Routes to Practice-level are:

  1. Private Sessions: Generally, between 10-30 Privates are suggested for newcomers to the method
  2. Prior Experience
  3. Intro to Practice Intensive: a three-hour workshop to introduce you to the basic repertoire (by demand—for those who qualify)

Open Studio:

Available for self-directed sessions for those who qualify: $150 per month Up to 12 sessions plus a private session each month
At Bodies Mind®, you are encouraged to self-motivate towards mastery, and always supervised for safety. A committed Practice-level proficiency leads to independent, Open Studio practice. These are self-directed sessions for seasoned, committed clients who qualify. Enjoy full use of the studio during hours of operation, space permitting. At least one private session per month is included.

It’s Easy to Connect With Me Online!

Meet me one-on-one in my studio through FaceTime or Skype. When we have our private one-on-one class, there are just a couple of things you will need to do to prepare:

  • Make sure you have a designated space with a minimum 5/8” thick mat (or fold towel to simulate).
  • Please set up your computer to frame your entire body when lying down, preferably with arms stretched overhead. You don’t have that much room? Not to worry, we’ll make it work!

That’s it! Call me to schedule an appointment at 415.378.8330.
Private online classes are paid in advance. I’ll email you a link with payment information. I’m looking forward to connecting with you!

About our Services

Bodies Mind® Studio provides the best in Pilates and Somatic Movement Education for body-mind physical conditioning, chronic pain relief, injury prevention and recovery, and performance excellence. Bodies Mind® Academy serves to advance the emergent movement practice profession by offering our signature Pilates by AIM Curriculum and more, heralding a new analysis of the work of Joseph H. Pilates by the Amend Integrative Model (AIM). Bodies Mind® is owned and operated by Carole Amend, a Somatic Movement Educator with 35+ years of pilates experience. She serves clients from all over Marin & the Bay Area: Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Francisco, San Rafael, Point Reyes, Petaluma, and beyond.

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