Gratz Gallery | Heather Thomas Shalabi on the Reformer
Profile from the Swakate Series
Always a movement enthusiast, Heather Thomas has been teaching Pilates for two decades. Her recognition of Pilates’ benefits and passion for the discipline led her to embark on intensive training, completing her full Studio certification in 2002, Traditional Pilates through 360° Pilates Benjamin Degenhardt in 2016, and Classical Pilates with Alycea Ungaro’s REAL Pilates in 2018.
Heather opened Hong Kong’s Flex Studio in 2005, which has steadily become the city’s premiere fitness destination and Classical Pilates Teacher Training Centre. Heather also leads annual retreats in Asia, and as well as workshops to empower people to take control of their physical well-being. Her interest in movement and the body stems from decade-long training in classical ballet as a young girl, and subsequent daily yoga practice whilst living in New York City in the 1990’s.
Heather has a strong business background, with degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia Business School, as well as extensive marketing experience with the Walt Disney Company. She has designed and overseen the buildout of six Pilates studios in Hong Kong; her two decades in the Pilates industry have led to an extensive network of connections, global resources and a firm belief in the endless global possibilities Pilates offers.
“The body WANTS to do the right thing… 99% of the time we fail to give it an operating platform on which to improve. All it takes is the slightest nudge in the right direction to see profound neuromuscular change with just a few reps of an exercise. That’s the incredible honour we have to live in our bodies… we can abuse it for years, yet it will robustly adapt to positive change in order to return to the amazing miracle that is the human physique. Pilates is the embodiment of this potential.” — Heather Thomas, Founder of Flex Studio
See her full bio at flexhk.com/pilates/heather-