Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Sutto.
Hi Natalie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been practicing pilates for almost 25 years as a means to calm my overactive mind through breathing and guided movement. I became an instructor at the encouragement of my husband after the adoption of our youngest son. Our youngest son came home from the NICU extremely sick, his right arm/hand paralyzed and required intense therapy and surgeries. As a constant mover, my husband suggested I take a Pilates training program as something to get me out of the house and do something I’d always loved. Neither of us anticipated that it would turn into my true passion in life! As a nurse and natural empath, I gravitated towards more clients with complicated histories and goals. I pursued additional training and certifications – cancer, osteoporosis, scoliosis, concussion, MS, Parkinsons, spinal cord injury, postural reeducation and breast cancer until I tied it all together with an additional comprehensive training through internationally recognized program, Polestar Pilates, that equipped me to fully focus on Pilates as a rehab tool. I’ve worked with triple amputees, professional athletes, paralympic Gold medalists, survivors of traumatic brain injuries. I truly believe everyone can be empowered through better movement. I am the mom of three (adopted) boys and two of them have significant special needs. My goal is that clients walk out of the studio feeling better and feeling SUCCESSFUL. When our bodies betray us, it is devastating and I see one of my primary roles (and my staff – all educated through Polestar) is to help each client find power within their body – wherever they are.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, the movement industry is not very cohesive. I rather quickly found mentors from all over the country and started a tiny studio in my basement. It’s been difficult to differentiate the work I do from traditional Pilates to the public, physicians and my target market – anyone in pain or who wants to move better. My biggest obstacle is that St Louis doesn’t know I exist!
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about 314 Pilates?
Registered Nurse – US Air Force Officer MBA
Pilates Movement Specialist & Educator – I evaluate movement patterns (postural, gait, movement); gather client centered goals (personal and movement based) and create short and long-term personalized qualitative and quantitative movement plans to make lasting changes.
I love working with 1:1 with people who have amazing stories of perseverance – amputees, traumatic brain injury, cancer, debilitating functional losses and creating plans that start as dreams but step by step are accomplishable. HOPE is powerful. No one walks out of my studio feeling they’ve failed – regardless of how their session goes. Walking, rolling, scooting through my door is an accomplishment and I make sure every client FEELS this.
I am most proud of the sessions that begin with a client who refuses to do something and through patient presence, I am able to establish an atmosphere of trust with my client so they feel able to take risks in movement that make THEM proud. These are my best days.
I think what sets me apart is that I don’t believe there is a “right” way. My goal is to empower the client. That looks different for every client. I don’t want my clients to need me forever – I want them to know they are on the path to strength (whatever that looks like for them) and we can make it up on the way 🙂
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t believe in luck but I believe in blessings. I learn as much from my clients as I teach them. I have the opportunity to work with people who have lived unbelievable lives of hardship, sorrow, loss and amazing abundance. These lives have so much wisdom and grace to bestow.
In my own life, I have three sons that I am blessed with adopting and we’ve had many challenges but we’ve had twice the blessings and grace.
- Private Integrative Movement Session $135
- Duet Movement Session $80
- Student Teacher Movement Session $25
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