Welcome

We are a cozy boutique studio located in Destin, Florida, where blue skies meet the blue green waters of the Emerald Coast. 

Studio Blue specializes in private Pilates and GYROTONIC® training as well as Pilates semi- private and small classes to residents and visitors of Destin and the surrounding communities.

At Studio Blue our main priority is you.  Whether you're just beginning your fitness journey (don't be scared), a seasoned workout warrior (be scared), an athlete (we can give you a competitive edge), or recovering from injury (we've got your back…and shoulder, and knee, etc), our boutique-style studio allows us to get to know who you are and what you need.  

 

Our Story

Once upon a time in a magical land called Destin, a girl from the North met a girl from the South…..and that is where Laura and Tori's adventure begins!

Initially, it was a love for teaching Pilates, a shared faith and the need to make a living that brought us together.   As our business and friendship grew, we quickly realized that we had similar desires and dreams for the way we wanted the studio to look, feel and grow.  This vision propelled us forward, the dream became reality and voila - Studio Blue Pilates was born.

We believe in giving our clients the very best, so we provide top of the line equipment, quality instruction in a spa-like environment with an atmosphere that is friendly, encouraging and fun.  Our hope and goal is that you'd feel at home when you walk in the door.  Come by and see us and be a part of our Studio Blue family!

Meet The Team

Studio Blue is fortunate to have a talented and fun group of instructors with varying backgrounds, experience and specialties.  Below are biographies of each instructor to help you choose which one might best fit your specific needs.

Laura Foster

Co-owner / Pilates & GYROTONIC Instructor

Laura Foster is a fully certified Pilates and Level 1 GYROTONIC® instructor, with a love for sports and science. She pursued a BS in Health and Exercise Science from Oral Roberts University and immediately began working for an orthopedic and physical therapy clinic in Tennessee. Moving to Minneapolis in 1994, Laura was introduced to the Pilates Method by Lonna Mosow, “the Mother of Twin Cities Fitness”. After one session, she knew she had found a career that incorporated her love of sports fitness and rehab. She completed her first teacher training program and certification with Lonna at the Center for Mind Body Fitness in 1996, and then received certification through the PhysicalMind Institute of NY.

During her 20 years of teaching Pilates, Laura has run successful private practices in Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, and Tulsa. She has studied under some “greats” – Michele Larsson, Jillian Hessel, Mari Winsor – and consistently challenges herself with continuing education courses and additional certifications, such as Pilates for Golf and most recently, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.

Laura is an avid tennis player (huge Roger Federer fan), loves spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and most recently, fantasy football. Laura feels blessed to work in a field she’s passionate about. Empowering her clients to reach their goal is a great source of joy in her life.

To book an appointment with Laura:
(615) 916-0098 or ljfoster68@yahoo.com

Rates

Private Pilates and GYROTONIC®
One Session $80
Four Sessions $300
Eight Sessions $560 (must attend at least twice per week)

Semi Private Pilates (priced per person)
One Session $50
Four Sessions $190
Eight Sessions $360 (must attend at least twice per week)

Tori Chiasson

Co-owner / Pilates Instructor

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A true Cajun girl, Tori Chiasson was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has over 20 years of dance experience highlighted with a U.S. and European tour with Impact Productions in The Toymakers Dream. She has been happily married to her husband Theron for 19 years and has three incredible boys to brag on.

Tori has always been about nutrition and exercise, but was never able to overcome injuries from a car accident that left her in chronic neck and back pain. The pain ultimately caused her to resign as owner of a thriving hair salon. After being introduced to Pilates a few years later, her life changed relative to pain as she found her new passion in health and fitness through Pilates.

Helping others became Tori’s mission and career as she became a Scott certified instructor. She has trained people in all career backgrounds and health profiles. Helping those with injuries or those who simply want to be in better shape became her life. Tori’s career began at The Institute for Healthy Living in Longview, Texas, a premier hospital owned and managed Wellness Center. Her students love her enthusiasm and passion for them and for the art of Pilates.

Favorite Food: Mediterranean
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Plank

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

To book an appointment with Tori:
(850) 797-8366 or torichiasson@yahoo.com

Rates

Private Pilates
One Session $65
Four Sessions $250
Eight Sessions $480 (must attend at least twice per week)

Semi Private Pilates (priced per person) 
One Session $45
Four Sessions $170
Eight Sessions $320 (must attend at least twice per week)

Jennifer Crider

Pilates Instructor

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Jennifer is a Stott certified Pilates instructor, teacher and trainer who earned her primary comprehensive certification with Stott Pilates at the Charlotte, NC studio. She has studied both classical and contemporary methods, and welcomes learning opportunities whenever possible. She began teaching in the pilates studio in 2007 and has passionately pursued certifications in Pilates, prenatal wellness,  ballet barre, nutrition, and kettlebells. Jennifer develops workouts for a diverse group of students ranging from the injured to the very fit.   

"I believe Pilates should be fun and functional. I aim to educate my clients on the essence of the movement as this will stay with them long after the session ends and into their everyday life. Once a client starts to incorporate Pilates principles of proper biomechanics and functional alignment into what they do daily, they begin to move with more efficiency. This translates into more energy, less pain, improved endurance and strength, an elated mood, and an increased sense of empowerment. To be able to do what we love more often and with greater ease makes people happier, improves their quality of life and spreads positive energy! This is the essence of Pilates!” 

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Jennifer has found her bliss in Santa Rosa Beach in 2011. When not teaching Pilates you will find Jennifer on the beach, playing outside, in a Crossfit class, biking with her labradoodle Jet, and enjoying life with her daughter Isla and husband Dave.

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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

— Douglas Adams

To book an appointment with Jennifer:
(850) 797-3335 or alley.jennifer@gmail.com

Rates

Private Pilates
One Session $65
Four Sessions $250
Eight Sessions $480 (must attend at least twice per week)

Semi Private Pilates (priced per person) 
One Session $45
Four Sessions $170
Eight Sessions $320 (must attend at least twice per week)

Personal and Private Instruction

Pilates and Gyrotonic® exercise is a personalized sport - it can be modified and altered to meet anyone's individual needs! That's part of the reason why it's such a special journey for each person. Students learn about their bodies, build body awareness, face and overcome personal challenges, and more! If you are a beginner, and new to the world of Pilates or Gyrotonic® exercise, it is highly recommended that you first take private instruction so you can build your knowledge of the fundamentals, as well as build your confidence before entering a group environment.

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Private Sessions

Individualized instruction utilizing all of the equipment (reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, Gyrotonic Pulley Tower) and mat work is the most effective way to achieve results in your body. If you are new to Pilates or Gyrotonic® exercise or have an injury you are overcoming, private lessons are essential to learning the method correctly.  Private instruction offers you complete one-on-one attention from your instructor and allows you to move and learn at your own specific pace.

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Single | $70

4 Sessions | $270

8 Sessions | $520

Tori & Jennifer

Single | $65

4 Sessions | $250

8 Sessions | $480

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR

Single | $45

4 Sessions | $160

8 Sessions | $300

 Semi - Private Sessions

If you have a friend (or two or three) that you want to learn Pilates with then semi-private sessions are for you! Semi-private sessions are private sessions designed for small groups of friends or family (between two and four individuals). Semi-private sessions are great if you are motivated by working out with someone else. You’ll receive individualized instruction and the sessions can be scheduled at a time that is convenient to everyone.
 

SEMI-PRIVATE RATES (PRICED PER PERSON)

Single | $45

4 Sessions | $170

8 Sessions | $320

 

APPRENTICE INSTRUCTOR (PRICED PER PERSON)

Single | $25

Important Information

We have a set of guidelines that help us maintain our quality of service. Please read over the policies here to help us better serve you. 

Group Instruction

Practicing Pilates in a group setting is often fun and encouraging.  You get to experience the dynamics of a group and learn from others!  If you are new to Pilates we recommend taking a few private lessons to learn the fundamentals and become familiar with the language and equipment.
 

Reformer Classes

The equipment work was originally designed to enhance clients' experience with the mat work.  Reformer work utilizes Pilates equipment based on springs.  The spring tension acts as resistance that can be varied to make an exercise either more or less difficult and intense.  As with all Pilates classes, you will achieve a complete body workout with emphasis placed on strengthening the core.  This class is designed for those with prior experience on Pilates equipment.  For your safety it is recommended that participants take either 2 or 3 private lessons prior to joining class.

 

REFORMER CLASS RATES

Single | $35                                   

Package of Four | $130                         

Package of Eight | $240

Apprentice Instructor Rate | $20 

Pilates Mat Classes

Practicing mat pilates can give you a better foundation in breath, alignment, and sequencing - tools you can take with you to the reformer or chair. It also is a great way to build strength and endurance because you are dependent on your own body weight during the exercises. Best of all, you can take the exercises you learn in mat classes and do them at home without any equipment. Use of props such as therabands, rings, small balls, weights, and foam rollers will bring fun into the practice!


 

MAT CLASS RATES

Single | $15

Package of Four | $48

Package of Eight | $80

Class Schedule

Monday - Friday

8:30am
9:30am


 

What to Know


Private & semi-private sessions available.
Classes are 50-55 minutes.
First time students should arrive 15 minutes early.
Packages are non-refundable and expire in 3 months.
24 hour cancellation notice required.
Less than 24 hours notice, payment is required in full. 

Other important information can be found here.

The Pilates Method

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is the art of strength, stretch and control. Legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates developed this unique exercise program in the 1920s. It is a full body conditioning system designed to develop and improve strength, flexibility, posture and coordination. A series of more than 500 movements engage both the mind and the body and are performed on specialized exercise apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates and supervised by certified instructors.

Unlike many training programs, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks ("powerhouse") serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is critical for the advancement of the client.

The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Its six principles: concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision - train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

What is GYROTONIC® Exercise?

Romainian dancer, Juliu Horvath, devised the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to help rehabilitate his back and Achilles tendon.  GYROTONIC® is a 3 dimensional exercise taught on unique weight and pulley based equipment in the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming.  The series of exercises are circular, fluid, and playful while opening the joints, mobilizing the spine, and strengthening the muscles of the entire body. 

 

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Benefits of GYROTONIC® Exercise

Promotes strong, lean muscles

Increases flexibility, coordination and balance

Enhances joint mobility and articulation

Improves posture

Perfect for improving mechanics and body awareness for golfers, skiers, and tennis players

Ideal for integrating strength and flexibility for runners, swimmers, gymnasts, martial artists, and dancers

A non impact, weight bearing exercise program for all ages

 

What's the Difference between Pilates and GYROTONIC®?

Pilates is more 2 dimensional and linear; GYROTONIC® is more 3 dimensional with spirals and arcs and there is no end point in the movements.

Pilates requires more fine tuned control;  GYROTONIC® requires more control through a larger range of motion.

Pilates focuses on alignment control;  GYROTONIC® works on "releasing" and exploring the limits within a controlled range.

Pilates equipment uses a spring resistance system;  GYROTONIC® equipment relies on pulleys and weights.

 

GYROTONIC® and GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission. 

FAQ

 

Can anyone do pilates?

Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise is beneficial for people of all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The methods are like a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy, and can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs. Some advanced moves and sequences will challenge the most elite athlete and yet others are manageable for even the frailest physique.
 

What should I wear to my sessions?

You can workout in socks or bare feet. Clients should wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too baggy. This allows the instructor to see your alignment and better correct your form.
 

How long are classes? 

All sessions and classes are 50-55 minutes in length.

How often should I do Pilates to see results? 

We recommend Pilates be practiced 2-3 times per week in order to see results.

When will I notice results? 

A famous quote by Joseph Pilates states: “In 10 classes you will feel the difference, In 20 classes you will see the difference, and in 30 classes you will have a whole new body.” It is also important to maintain a proper diet and engage in other activities such as cardio.

If I am new to the studio, do I have to complete a first time introduction? 

No, but we strongly encourage it. The introduction session allows a new client to work one on one with an instructor and discuss their goals and needs. If a client has injuries or chronic pain it is important to understand modifications and the fundamental principles of the method before joining a class.

What is the difference between matwork and equipment work? 

Both matwork and equipment work follow the same fundamental principles. In matwork, your main resistance is the weight of your own body and supporting that weight while performing a wide variety of exercises. When working with equipment you will work against the weight of springs for resistance and stability. The equipment helps assist people to accomplish some of the exercises, therefore, many people will find that matwork is more challenging. The equipment is most beneficial with clients that might experience chronic back pain or have other physical limitations. If a client is physically capable of doing both matwork and equipment it is recommended that both systems are used for maximum results.

Do I need an appointment to attend classes or can I drop in? 

A client needs to make an appointment for all Private and Semi-Private sessions.   For classes, it is preferable to make an appointment as class space is limited.

What are the benefits of Pilates? 

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to:

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance
  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk
  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Promote recovery from strain or injury
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Improve circulation
  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination
  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity
  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

 

Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant? 

Yes.  Pilates is wonderful for pre/post pregnancy as it is a gentle, low impact way to support your body, pelvis, abdominal muscles and can assist in a quicker recovery.  We have an instructor trained in pregnancy and Pilates.

 

Contact Us

850-279-1689

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Directions

 

Before You Visit

  • New clients should arrive at least 15 minutes before their class or appointment to let us get you situated in the studio and to fill out client forms.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. If possible, wear something that is not too loose to allow instructors to see your form. Shoes and socks are not needed for Pilates.
  • If you are new to Pilates apparatus, it is advised that you book a private Pilates appointment first before taking group apparatus classes. During that session, we will introduce you to the equipment, proper form, and the basic Pilates principles. This is for your safety, as well as maintaining the experience of our group classes.
  • Please remove shoes when walking on carpet.
  • Please turn cell phones to the ‘silent’ position while in the studio.
  • We provide storage for your personal belongings, but are not responsible for them.

Payment

  • All Private and Semi-Private sessions are 50-55 minutes and are prepaid by check or cash.
  • If you have purchased a Semi-Private session and your partner is not joining you, you will need to buy a single Private session for that day.
  • All Private and Semi-Private sessions will expire 3 months from date of purchase.
  • No refunds for prepaid packages.

Cancellation Policy

A Pilates Instructor works on a scheduled appointment basis. We make our living based on these set appointments. In order to use our time effectively and to accommodate clients, or prospective clients, who might be waiting for a time slot, we would appreciate a 24 hour notice when canceling. Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a full session. Thank you for your understanding.