BodyRoots

Mind. Body. Sweat.

“I started doing private pilates with JOana in 2005 after taking several of her group classes. I could never have imagined how much her knowledge as a pilates teacher and her friendship would change my life. When I started working with JOana I had been doing pilates for several years as a way of helping to manage chronic injuries sustained as an ice skater in my childhood. I was in constant pain and being able to walk one block without having to stop had become challenging – and I was only in my early 20s. I had sought advice from top orthopedic doctors around the country and was told that my only treatment option was major surgery. I tried every form of rehabilitation available hoping that I would be able to find something that would help besides surgery, but nothing worked.

It wasn’t until my weekly private sessions with JOana that I regained my mobility and flexibility, and also experienced a significant reduction in pain. I was literally able to do things with my body that I had not been able to do for 10 years, and quite honestly some things that I thought I would never be able to do again.

JOana’s knowledge allows her to modify and diversify my workouts so that every session is challenging and healing, no matter what kind of shape my injuries are in when I walk in to her studio. Even after all my years as an athlete, after doing pilates with JOana I soon found myself in the best shape I had ever been in. Not only is JO an amazing trainer, but also a remarkable person. She truly cares about your health and your goals, and will do everything she can to help you achieve them.”

— Joanne Garduno


“Training at BodyRoots is so essential to my week, my mental well-being, and my physical identity. Without it and, MOST importantly, without JO, life just isn’t as good.

JO is such an encouraging presence in my life; her unfailing smile and energy help to sustain me between workouts and I know that even if I’ve had a terrible day, I’ll leave her studio feeling invigorated and refreshed.

A week without JO and BodyRoots is like a week without the sun!”

— Kendra Harpster


“Within the first 4 months of working with JOana, I regained 1" in height that I had lost from poor posture, ever weakening core, and living in the suburbs! And, within 8 months of working out at BodyRoots, I dropped an entire suit size and lost 3" around my upper waist, which was huge for me. (I had originally started seeing JOana so that I could wear my Thom Browne trousers without having a muffin top.)

All this sounds great, and it is, but JOana has done something much greater for me: she’s changed how I view fitness and it’s impact on my mental health. I have an incredibly stress filled job. And

 ...since I started seeing JOana a few hours a week, I'm better able to deal with all the “noise.” The time I spend with her has become a highlight of my day.

Within 5 or 10 minutes of walking through the BodyRoots door, I’m not thinking about who didn’t pay their bill or which case is upside down; instead, I'm following JO’s cues, thinking about my mechanics, and noticing my progression from one week to the next. When I leave, I’m calmer, more relaxed and happier, which makes everyone who works for me a hell of a lot happier too! I simply can't imagine doing what I do without JO’s help.”

— Chad Bogar

2015 BodyRoots