Move, Sweat and Transform!

Balance In Motion is a Pilates Studio located on Chicago's North Shore in Winnetka. We specialize in Pilates and small group fitness ensuring a safe and effective workout

Pilates Classes


A one-on-one workout includes instruction on the Pilates equipment as well as mat work. The instructor will assist you in the correct alignment in order to receive the maximum benefit from the exercise. This workout will be uniquely designed to meet your personal movement goals.

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A Duet lesson is shared by two students. Beginning level lessons are taught on the Reformer, while advanced students work on all the equipment. A Duet lesson is structured to give a well-rounded workout appropriate for both students.

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Cardio Apparatus

Get your Cardio and Pilates in one workout! This advanced class alternates between Cardio intervals using the jump board and Pilates exercises! Be prepared to sweat! Maximum of 4 participants. Advanced level only.

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Restorative Mat Pilates


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We also offer

Fighter Fit

Approximately one hour of intense interval training combined with boxing fundamentals. Cardio includes some running, jump rope, spin, and plyometrics. Strength and endurance and core are vastly improved through many different bodyweight exercises, including pushups, burpees, battle ropes, sit ups and more. Very old school! Boxing fundamentals are used on mittwork, shadow boxing and heavy bags. Speedwork and combinations improve cardio as well as burning MAJOR calories.

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SLAM=Spin, Legs, Arms and Abs, Meditation This is a high intensity spin/sculpting class done in intervals with respect to proper body alignment and muscle recruitment. You will definitely get your heart rate up in this class and sculpting exercises help to achieve muscle burn. We often work with weights,TRX, BOSU, or MOTR in this challenging class. We end with a meditative stretch and cool down. This class requires fitness shoes.

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Spinning is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed Star Trac bike. As you pedal, motivating music plays and the instructor talks you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout. During the class you vary your pace—sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. Spinning burns serious calories (about 450 in 45 minutes) and offers a great aerobic workout. All levels welcome. Maximum of 10 participants.

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TRX Apparatus

TRX is suspension training that requires core stabilization for all exercises. The TRX equipment will be used in this class along with the apparatus equipment.

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Nicole Boehm


Nicole enjoys an active lifestyle and is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist and swimmer. She fell in love with Pilates immediately, as it provided excellent cross-training for her other physical activities. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University and became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2011. She is now a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES and CORE Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training. Nicole is continually upgrading her training and knowledge. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, an AFAA group fitness instructor, and has trained in the MELT method and TRX Suspension Training. She has also trained in the Pink Ribbon program, which is a post-reconstruction training for breast cancer. Her passion for teaching is apparent in her outgoing and caring demeanor. She always puts clients first, and provides them with an enjoyable and productive workout.


Kristin Brandt


Kristin is trained through Polestar's internationally recognized comprehensive Pilates training program. Trained on all apparatus as well as personal fitness assessments, she is able to provide a dynamic Pilates routine tailored to her clients' goals and needs. Kristin works with a range of clients in age and fitness levels, along with post rehab clientele. Kristin has her B.A. in psychology and has worked in mental and behavioral health, special education and social services for close to 12 years. She was introduced to Pilates in 2008 and immediately fell in love with both its physical and psychological benefits. Recently, with a desire to switch gears while maintaining her passion to help others to improve their quality of life, she pursued certification as a Pilates instructor. Her goal as an instructor is to facilitate a positive movement experience, increase the mind-body connection while helping people achieve their ultimate level of health and happiness through Pilates.


Beth Brauen


Beth Brauen trained intensively in dance during her adolescence and entered Texas Christian University’s dance program. After living and working abroad, she changed track in her career and earned a masters degree in physical therapy at The Hogeschool van Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Her interest in health and wellness led her to pursue a fitness teaching certification at Fysiofit, located in The Netherlands. When first introduced to Pilates, "I was struck by the anatomic correctness of the motion. Coming from a therapy background I knew this was more than just a form of exercise. It works toward proper muscle recruitment patterns and body alignment contributing to re-balancing the body.." Beth completed her Pilates comprehensive education with Stott and continues with ongoing educational seminars and workshops  with various established schools of Pilates.


Charmaine Goldman


Charmaine first came to Pilates to rehabilitate an injury and better manage her scoliosis. She completed her Pilates training through Balanced Body University and has been teaching Pilates since 2007. She finds it rewarding to help her clients move in safer, more efficient movement patterns. Recently her continuing education has focused on postural imbalances and movement dysfunction through the Postural Restoration Institute.


Lila Ray Goldsmith


Lila Ray first came to Pilates to help get her body back in shape after baby number three. She completed her Pilates training through the Pilates Method Alliance Program and became a certified instructor in 2011. She loves Pilates because it connects your body and your brain in the most positive ways. She believes everyone feels better after a Pilates session, even when you are having a bad day. Lila Ray loves being a Pilates instructor so she can share her enthusiam about Pilates with others. Her clients range in age from 18-80 years old. She loves to encourage her clients to reach their maximum potential. Currently Lila Ray lives in Highland Park with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs.


Karen Kafkis


Karen opened the Pilates Barre as an 18 year fitness veteran and multiple business owner. Her career in fitness began with her love of Spin where she received her Instructor certification through Mad Dog Athletic Spin. Shortly thereafter Karen discovered The Pilates Method. As a former dancer she was drawn to Pilates as it combined 2 of her passions, ballet and fitness. Karen’s extensive background includes certifications through Stott Pilates, Pilates Midwest and the PhysicalMind Institute. Her specialties include one-on-one instruction and Restorative/Rehabilitative Pilates. Karen’s passions also include nutrition and eating clean through an organic lifestyle where she believes: “You can’t have a fit body without a healthy nutritional platform to support it. One cannot exist without the other.”


Mark Rosenstein


Mark Rosenstein is a half and full Marathon finisher, as well as many different endurance races including Muddy Buddy, Spartan, and Tough Mudder.


Laura Sorensen


After retiring from eleven years of practicing law to be home full time with my boys, I started running for exercise and diversion. When my knees and hips started “talking back,” a friend recommended spinning as an alternative and complement to running. I was hooked immediately, in large part because of the music, but I also began to see the benefits of spinning. After spinning for four years and composing spin playlists in my head after each class, I started teaching. I have been an instructor for three years at The Pilates Barre. To me, the right music is the motivation and inspiration that gets people started in spinning and the results (cardiovascular conditioning, fat burning and metabolism boosting and strength building), along with the music, keep people coming back.


Paul Tomak


Paul began his dance/fitness career at a very young age. He first studied dance at Lou Conte’s Chicago and eventually received a ballet scholarship to Indiana University where he majored in Theatre and Dance. After college, he worked as a performer on Holland-America’s Noordam and traveled around the world for a year. Paul then moved to NYC and was blessed to call himself a working actor/dancer. His credits include many National/International/Regional Tours, as well as numerous productions for Disney Theatricals and Disney Cruise Line. During this time, he and his friends also began to incorporate Pilates into their dance regimen. Paul continued his training and love of Pilates and became one of the first instructors to teach Pilates reformer classes at New York Sports Club. In addition to Pilates, he has been a certified trainer for the past 17 years with AFAA and NDEITA. Paul believes that his transition from dance to Pilates was for the main purpose to prove that body awareness combined with movement, precision, and core strength can change our whole being and those around us. We should be the inspiration…so let us all continue with this… Cheers!!!


All private, duet or class reservations are available by appointment only and you may reserve as many appointments as you like, as long as you have an account with a positive balance or a credit card on file. You can click here to manage your schedule and make payments. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy on all Pilates Appratus sessions and 12-hour cancellation policy on all Group/Fitness classes. You will be charged for appointments cancelled less than 12 hours in advance of Fitness Classes, and 24 hours in advance of Pilates Classes and sessions. Cancellations may be done either online or by email only. Cancellations may not be made by phone or given to instructors either verbally, by email or by text. Each client is responsible for their own schedule. If you have a reservation, and do not show up to class, you will be charged.
Instructors may not take verbal cancellations
We accept cash, checks and credit cards. You may add money to your account online using a credit card. Accounts may be used for all services at Balance in Motion.
There are no refunds or exchanges
There is no expiration date on your account, however, please note there is an expiration date of 6 months on all packages. No exceptions.
Duet Policy
In the event that one person in the duet cancels with 24 hours notice the other person will be notified and given the option of paying for a private session or canceling the appointment at no charge. If the other party cancels with less than 24 hours notice then the client canceling will be responsible for payment and the other person will pay the usual duet fee.
Studio Etiquette
Please silence all cell phones and limit use to outside of studio. Please avoid using any scented products in the studio. Some clients have allergies or sensitivities to certain perfumes and lotions. Please limit conversation to Pilates related questions and comments. It is important for clients to able to hear their instructor's directions in order to stay safe and get the most out of their session. Please do not wear shoes in the apparatus studio.

Six Principles of Pilates

Pilates demands intense focus: "You have to concentrate on what you're doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements." This is not easy, but in Pilates the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.
"Contrology" was Joseph Pilates' preferred name for his method, and it was based on the idea of muscle control. "Nothing about the Pilates Method is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment. "All exercises are done with control, the muscles working to lift against gravity and the resistance of the springs and thereby control the movement of the body and the apparatus. "The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy."
For practitioners to control their bodies, they must have a starting place: the center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates Method. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body - encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs — as the "powerhouse". All movement in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse and flow outward to the limbs. This is the main focus of Pilates. It does this to strengthen the rest of the body. This can have effects for years to come if you are consistent with the exercise.
Flow or efficiency of movement
Pilates aims for elegant sufficiency of movement, creating flow through the use of appropriate transitions. Once precision has been achieved, the exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina. In other words, the Pilates technique asserts that physical energy exerted from the center should coordinate movements of the extremities: Pilates is flowing movement outward from a strong core.
Precision is essential to correct Pilates: "concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value". The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many halfhearted ones. Here Pilates reflects common physical culture wisdom: "You will gain more strength from a few energetic, concentrated efforts than from a thousand listless, sluggish movements". The goal is for this precision to eventually become second nature and carry over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement.
Breathing is important in the Pilates method. In Return to Life, Pilates devotes a section of his introduction specifically to breathing "bodily house-cleaning with blood circulation". He saw considerable value in increasing the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body. This he saw as cleansing and invigorating. Proper full inhalation and complete exhalation were key to this. "Pilates saw forced exhalation as the key to full inhalation." He advised people to squeeze out the lungs as they would wring a wet towel dry. In Pilates exercises, the practitioner breathes out with the effort and in on the return. In order to keep the lower abdominals close to the spine; the breathing needs to be directed laterally, into the lower rib cage. Pilates breathing is described as a posterior lateral breathing, meaning that the practitioner is instructed to breathe deep into the back and sides of his or her rib cage. When practitioners exhale, they are instructed to note the engagement of their deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and maintain this engagement as they inhale. Pilates attempts to properly coordinate this breathing practice with movement, including breathing instructions with every exercise. “Above all, learn to breathe correctly.”


Private Apparatus - One hour session - $80
Duet Apparatus - One hour session - $50
30 minute Private Apparatus - $40
4 Person Apparatus Class - $40
3 Person Apparatus Class - $44
Spin Walk in - $20
SLAM - $30
Fighter Fit - $40
5 Private sessions - $375
10 Private sessions - $750
10 Duet sessions - $480
10 Group Apparatus sessions - $380
10 Spin classes - $180
Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change. Though we do our best to keep these prices up-to-date ...

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