We hope to provide you with a wide range of class and instructor options so that you can find what works for you. If there is something you would like to see on our schedule please let us know and we will see what we can do.
Kristin Jamieson, PT, Instructor and urban holistic co-founder
About her PT Style: "I believe that people are empowered through knowledge. Whether it is simply that they finally understand why their shoulder hurts every time it gets just above 90 degrees, or the role and importance of something called fascial tissue. When a person truly understands why it is that something is inflamed, how it got to be that way, and ways that will help it get better, they can be more in control of their healing. My mission is to first help people get out of pain through the use of functional manual therapy. I use a hands on approach combining soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, trigger point and active release, and muscle energy techniques to first release and realign the body. Once we have freed up mechanical restrictions we begin the process of strengthening and stabilizing, retraining unhealthy movement patterns and habits, and coming to a place of whole system-wide healing. I have a vision of a world where everyone has a solid understanding of how their body works and what it needs to feel good and function optimally. Where every person has the tools to help themselves feel better in their body."
Kristin is a Physical Therapist and Founder of WIT (Wellness Integration Tools: a San Francisco based wellness and education consulting company), and co-owner of Urban Holistic LLC. After obtaining her Bachelors from the University of Colorado, Boulder Kristin relocated to the Bay Area. It was a love of science that brought her to San Francisco where she worked as a researcher at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, UCSF Department of Neurology intent on getting a PhD in Neuroscience. After several years in the lab it became clear that her calling was to work with people. She followed up her undergraduate degree with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences.
She returned to the Bay Area, this time with her husband and son, and has been practicing Manual Physical Therapy and teaching Pilates since 2003.
She founded the company WIT (Wellness Integration Tools) in 2016 with the goal of being able to reach more than one person at a time. Over the years she has developed a method that combines many different areas of study to provide what she believes to be an easily attainable path to wellness. Her mission is to educate people about their bodies and the fascial network, provide tools to unlock awareness and promote healing, and to create a culture of prevention.
Kate began her study of Taiji in 1990, becoming a senior student of Chen Style Hunyuan Taijiquan under Master Zhang Xuexin in 2010. While studying with Master Zhang she received instruction in Hunyuan Qigong, Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling Exercises), short Hunyuan form (24), Chen Yi Lu form (83) and Er Lu (71) form, 24 Cannon Fist and Taiji sword forms. At the recommendation of Master Zhang, she began teaching in his class at Golden Gate Park and at such institutions as the UCSF Medical Center, including the Mount Zion Cancer Center and the San Francisco Richmond YMCA. She has familiarized herself with other movement modalities including Yoga, Feldenkrais and the Alexander Technique.
Janine Fondiller is a certified Pilates instructor with 19 years of experience and a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to the practice and teaching of Pilates. Janineʼs approach is informed and inspired by her many years as a dancer, aerialist, yoga practitioner, and her dedication to continuing education. She is currently completing a 200-hour yoga certification, in Yoga & Mindfulness. Janine received her formal Pilates training from Ellie Herman in 2000. In 2008, she was invited to become an Master Instructor for Balanced Body, and currently leads teacher trainings for Balanced Body Education in San Francisco.
Janine specializes in teaching private sessions and small group classes, and is especially passionate about using Pilates as a rehabilitative practice for injury recovery and prevention. When she’s not hard at work in the studio, Janine enjoys travel adventures near and far, standup paddle-boarding, learning to play ukulele, and riding her vintage red bicycle around town. She is grateful to her students and teachers alike for their continuous inspiration. Learn more at janinefondiller.com.
Karen is a multi-disciplinary functional movement practitioner. She is a certified comprehensive Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, NASM personal trainer and ACE group fitness instructor. She teaches TRX, Barre, Yoga and Pilates. Her group classes are oriented towards fun, flow, functional movement and rebalancing.
Karen has a particular passion for teaching CoreAlign, which is a standing workout that incorporates unstable surfaces to reinforce functional movement patterns with a focus on alignment, proprioception and constant neuromuscular feedback. This type of workout is effective in reversing “tech posture” which impacts office workers who must spend long hours sitting at the computer. CoreAlign is for anyone interested in improving posture, core control, strength, flexibility, gait and balance. It can benefit those graduating from physical therapy, clients with scoliosis, athletes, pregnant or post-partum women and the elderly.
Karen values body positivity and enjoys working in private and group sessions. She has worked with individuals who have shoulder injuries, hyper-mobility, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis and low back conditions. She has helped various clients progress to full function and balance after injury including shoulder, low back, hip, knee, ankle and foot. She has training in postural analysis, foot and gait correction, prenatal and postpartum Pilates.
Karen’s goal as a movement practitioner is to empower her clients to feel strong and free in their body, mind and spirit so they can pursue their life’s greatest passions.