BASIC SEMINAR for Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training Program


December 1st – 2nd, 2017 with Instructor Trainer Lauren Stephen,

Friday, 1pm – 5:00pm,  Saturday,  10:30am – 3:30pm.*

Basic Seminar for Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training taught by Lauren Stephen, Senior Instructor Trainer.

Certified Instructors may audit for $100/day.

**To reserve your space, call 206-405-3560 or email

*Times subject to change.

More info on our website at

Parking at our Dexter Ave Location


Due to construction in the neighborhood, street parking can be limited. The best street parking can be found on 8th Ave N and Republican, and also on the side streets between 8th and Dexter, and between 99 and Dexter.


The green shaded areas on the map below near the studio are paid parking areas. To park in the privately-owned lots (not on the street), payment is made either by phone or by smartphone app via Parkmobile (there is no machine to pay with cash or credit card).

Call 877-727-5832 to pay by phone. The parking zone number for the private lots is 421.

Click here to download the app.



Get Fit with Mat Pilates – PSI on KING TV

On March 2, 2015 Lauren and Steve flew back from San Diego from a seminar with Moses Urbano and drove directly to the KING TV studios to shoot this segment for New Day Northwest. Check it out and see some of your favorite instructors in action!


Romana’s Pilates Conference 2016

Held in July 2016 at the Garland Hotel in sunny LA, the biennial Romana’s Pilates conference drew an impressive crowd from all over the world. Seattle’s own PSI was well-represented with owner Lauren Stephen, Tara Stewart DPT, and instructors Emily Haldeman and ColleenHoelscher in attendance. There were plenty of happy reunions with former PSI apprentices and instructors including Sarah Olds, Ivy Gabriel, and Tracy Katona. The endless parade of RP instructors include Roxane Richards-Huang, Cynthia Lochard, Cynthia Shipley, Trish Garland, Mari Winsor, and so many more!

roll out the barrels

Roll out the barrels! Setting up for the biennial Romana’s Pilates Conference held at the Galaxy Hotel in Los Angeles, July 28 – 31, 2016 Photo by Emily Haldeman


from left: Lauren (Seattle), Laura (Sydney), Louisa (Sydney), Cynthia Shipley (NYC), Maytel (LA); in front Tamika (Sydney)


Cynthia Shipley (NYC) & Katie Cooper (Dallas)


Lauren & Janice Dulak, author of “Pilates for the Dressage Rider”


Stephanie Guimond (London), Rebecca Convey (London) & Lauren

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Springs Classes / Wednesdays @ 12:15pm

Improve your form, strengthen your core, and lengthen your muscles.

DATE: Wednesdays at 12:15pm
COST: Single $30, 4 Class Package $112 ($28 per class)

Group Springs & Mat Classes are a great, affordable way for mat, semi, and private clients alike to incorporate more spring resistance into their Pilates workout schedules.

Prerequisites: because spring resistance requires increased skill, experience and awareness to stay safe in a class setting, we are requiring those new to Pilates apparatus to take a minimum of 1 to 3 half-hour or full private sessions. We are offering a Springs Class Pre-Requisites package designed to teach new clients about springs and mat basics.
PRE-REQ PKG: New Client Privates (min. 2 privates for $110) or Half Hour Private/Package (One 1/2 Hour Private/$35, Three 1/2 Hour Privates $100).
INTRODUCTORY OFFER FOR MAT MADNESS REGULARS! Your monthly Mat Madness purchase entitles you to HALF PRICE Power Springs & Mat Class for Single or Package Prices AND your FIRST Springs Class FREE!  
Call or email to reserve your space in any of these classes as space is limited to 5 people per class, 206-405-3560,


Mat Madness is Back!

The Best Pilates Value!

One Month of Unlimited Mat Classes for $100

Stay fit and save.

Pilates workouts are based either on the Pilates mat work, which is done on the floor with a minimum of equipment, or on Pilates equipment (cadillac, reformer, wunda chair, electric chair, etc).

Mat classes are recommended for both beginners and accomplished practitioners. Mat exercises incorporate all of the fundamental movements and Pilates exercise principles. The mat exercises are adaptable to any fitness level. You can quickly gain a lot of strength and confidence in the Pilates method by taking regular classes.

PSI offers a variety of class times and the Mat Madness Package is a great value.

Sign up today at the front desk.


Massage Therapist Cynthia Callison, LMT,  is available on most Tuesdays by appointment.  Cynthia takes most major insurance, with the appropriate referral as well.

Massages are 1 hour and 15 minutes for $95. Call or email for more options


Call 206-405-3560 or email for more info, or to book a massage.

Our Beloved Romana

Our beloved Romana, our teacher trainer, mentor and dear friend has passed away at 90 years old, and she will be missed…
“A lifetime instructor – Along with her daughter and granddaughter, Kryzanowska trained teachers from her studios in Texas and New York, traveling to Seattle for many years. She passed away peacefully on the morning of August 30th, 2013. We are terribly saddened by her departure, and are so grateful to have so many years with her.  We have been, and continue to be committed to passing on the magnificent legacy she has left us.  So in her words…her favorite toast “LOVE ALL AROUND” will continue always….

Read the story Pure Pilates: A protégée shares her expertise

Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training program is strict: about 700 hours of supervised work. Lauren Stephen set up her studio,  Pilates Seattle International, on the strength of that training, and worked hand in hand with Romana for over 20 years”

Introduction to the Equipment: The Pilates Reformer

Today’s Pilates apparatus come in many different shapes and sizes but are fundamentally similar to the equipment Joseph Pilates used in his original studio in New York City. Some features have been enhanced but the basics of the machines remain the same.

The Pilates Reformer is a bed-like device that comes in different heights to accommodate the user. The original reformers were made with wood frames. At PSI all eight reformers are made from metal.

Features of the reformer include:

* The carriage—a mat that slides back and forth.
* Springs which are adjusted to increase or reduce tension to the Carriage.
* The Footbar which is adjustable for different exercises or to keep the client in proper alignment.
* The shoulder blocks help to stabilize clients while on the carriage.
* Straps which can be made of leather or rope are used to move the carriage back and forth.

With its sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys, more than 100 exercises can be performed on this surprisingly versatile apparatus. You can perform exercises on your back, stomach, side-lying, seated forward, seated backward, on your knees or on your feet. There is an extensive repertoire of exercises that can be done on the reformer and it is a great piece of equipment to have for group exercise settings.

The core, if you will, of the Pilates Reformer is in the gliding platform on which one can sit, kneel, stand or lie on their front, back or side. The user pushes and pulls off the foot bar using the arms, legs, wrists and ankles to slide back and forth along the rails in a controlled manner while the tension in the springs gently works the muscles.

Torso stability and postural alignment is established while working peripheral limbs in a range of motion. The adjustable springs allow for progressive resistance, which helps to lengthen and strengthen the muscles rather than building bulk. It makes for an effective, no-impact stretching and toning workout that is friendly to the joints.

Don’t be surprised if some beginner Reformer exercises seem simple – a relaxing, almost effortless glide back and forth on the carriage with none of that overexertion sensation you get from pumping iron. The effects go deep, and you’ll engage muscles you never knew you had. As you progress, the fitness challenge becomes significantly greater.

Building Up to Semi-Privates

How do you know you’re ready for Semi-Private Lessons?

Semi-Private lessons are a cost-effective way to maintain a vigorous Pilates practice at an affordable rate. Clients enjoy the benefits of working with a Certified True Pilates instructor when they sign up for group lessons of two to four people.

If you are a fairly healthy individual, have completed five to ten continuous private lessons and know your basic program by heart, then you are eligible for semi-private lessons.

Knowing your basic workout means: you know the names of the exercises and understand the basics of the mechanics of what you are doing, you know the order of your program, and you have a fair idea of equipment set up: you know how to to set up your springs, footbar, box, etc. (and of course you can always ask for reminders!).

Talk with your instructor to see if you’re ready. Generally a standing semi will need to be filled before we open another one within an hour. Please also be aware that partial semis with compatible clients may be combined, so you may not always be with a specific instructor.

Enhancing the quality of life through exercise is even more enjoyable when working out in a small group of equally dedicated folks.