"The reason I like your class is that it feels like a private class. You can teach different level students at the same time and set goals for each student."
Circus Bodies classes celebrate people’s beauty from the inside out and empowers them to move with confidence by helping them to tune into their bodies. I am interested in the whole picture - wellness through movement, community and good nutrition.
My name is Pieta Ruck Keene. When I stopped circus performing my body stopped hurting. No bruises, no muscle soreness, no injury. The strength training that I had been doing echoed the movements that I performed and like a well worn path my muscles were only worked in one way - of course I was in pain.
What I really needed as a performer was a coach who was an expert in skills and their complementary strength training. I also needed help with cross training and using irregular movements that would challenge my under used and over stretched muscles to balance out my body.
As a mother I did the same thing! I held my babies on the same hip, with the same arm, I breast fed in the same position - and surprise, back came my old friend: pain.
A visit to an Osteopath Troy Bradley who was also trained in Anatomy in Motion really woke me up and started me on my body learning journey. Though I had a background in teaching competitive gymnastics and knew body shaping skills and drills my prehabilitation journey started with qualifications in Stott Pilates; CircusFit Aerial Pilates; Nimble Arts Aerial Teacher Training; Suspension Training; Franklin Method; The Body Positive Fitness Association; Stroke Rehab; and Exercise for Older Adults.
My classes are a mix of the exercises that I wish I had been given as a performer, as a pregnant woman and a new mother - all with the goal of being able to tie my own shoe laces aged 90.
My teaching style is one of acceptance and support, I will challenge you when you are ready but our bodies are on a journey and there is no hurry. You will be amazed at what your body can do with a little nurturing and time.
"As my pregnancy has progressed Pieta has put much thought into adapting exercises to work for me. I have really felt the benefits of Pilates throughout my pregnancy."
Celebrating Beauty from the Inside Out.
"I'd been suffering neck and shoulder pains for over 20 years.However after I joined your class my pains had disappeared!"
"Pieta is extremely encouraging and reassuring."