ONLINE STUDENTS say...
University Professor, Poland
As a years-long yoga practitioner, I have not been convinced to Pilates, even though various doctors have indicated it for me as a perhaps better alternative. With the pandemics, I started online Pilates classes with Monika and I loved them! I will continue beyond the pandemics and likely never go back to yoga again. With all respect to yoga, Monika stole my heart with her amazing approach to body, with her sense of humour and the flexibility of taking into account my individual needs.
I started doing classes with Monika seven years ago. My relation with my body changed a lot since that time. I got in touch with my body through breathing, stretching, and pilates exercises. My body has become stronger and the energy balanced. Since the pandemic started we have been doing the classes online. Monika is very attentive and it really feels as if you are nearby her. Being able to move and improve my relationship with my body in the time of confinement has been essential for being able to continue living a normal life.
Life changing experience. I used to be slim and relatively fit but due to life events I put on weight (a lot) so I stopped any form of physical activity. On the top of it I twisted my knee and couldn’t walk without pain. I tried physio (no improvement), restorative yoga (got even more demotivated as I wasn't able to do the gentlest of asanas) and then someone introduced me to the Calma method and its creator. Monika has transformed my life and body. I started with 4 online classes a week via Zoom and I still do 3 private lessons just to keep myself motivated and make sure that I build on the progress I've already made. The practice is tailored to my physical abilities at the time and considers how I feel on the day. To start with, I've learned to breathe; and now the pains and aches are gone, I've built muscles, my stomach starts to have a definition and my pelvic floor plays a very important part in my everyday life :). I want to continue to lose weight and go back to other sports but I will never abandon Calma method until my dying day. The Calma method will change your life. If you are slim it will help you sculpt your body into the perfect version of you. If you are overweight and hate the way you look and feel but can't force yourself to exercise - it will give you back the drive to make the necessary changes.
I met Monika during the COVID lockdown and took online classes with her 3 times a week, over a 3-months period. Monika's classes really made a difference during this strange period! They helped me keep a well balanced body and mind. After 3 months, I felt a real difference in my body and overall wellbeing – my body was strengthened and energised as it had not been for a long time. Monika is an excellent teacher, very skilled and dedicated. Although online, she pays attention to every single detail and makes sure you have the best posture to work with. We had to stop our classes during the summer break but I look forward to continuing our lessons! I am very grateful for what she taught me so far!
I had the chance to follow Monika’s class in person in Rio de Janeiro and also her online classes. Her practice is very precise and professional, calm, focused and effective. I rapidly noticed a better posture, relief of pain in the neck and shoulders and an overall well-being. Thank you Monika!!!
Carla Guilgliano Pedalino
I met Monika and her Pilates classes in Rio de Janeiro during my first pregnancy. My gynecologist recommended her to me, and she helped me a lot! More than a physical well-being, a mental relaxation in these moments of apprehension. After that, Monika also helped me in the preparation for my second childbirth. The pelvic exercises helped me 100% ate the time of the explusion, and during the recovery after the pregnancy! I highly recommend her to gain a better body consciousness.
I met Monika by chance. It was one of those good enconteurs that life brings and you are just grateful. I was late in my first pregnancy and very afraid of childbirth. Monika knows the body as nobody and also the instinctive nature of childbirth. She made me feel ready and connected me with my body and my own birth story. I feel like I got to know her too close to giving birth but everything I learned with her was very present in the first delivery, and has always reverberated in me so much that it empowered me a lot for my second delivery. How lucky I was to meet Monika to make one of the greatest moments of our lives such as the arrival of our children even more special.
Personal Development Manager and Naturopath, Brasil
Pregnant with my second child, I started Pilates with Monika, at 5 months of pregnancy. I had pain in the legs due to the appearance of gestational varices. Thanks to her expertise, I was able to quickly strengthen all my muscules which gave me a real relief in the legs, but also in my back and especially the lumbar back. In addition to the work of Pilates, Monika offered me a real psycho-corporal support to help me live well my childbirth and my pregnancy (helping me to detach from concerns related to everyday life). During our process, I made a confident and serene decision to give birth at home. Monika was there to prepare me to give birth and she was also there during my delivery, as a doula. The work that we had done together completely helped me to free myself on the Big Day and to live with confidence one of the most beautiful moments of my life. She is an excellent professional. You can fully trust her.
Educator & designer, Brasil
I met Monica when I was pregnant with my second daughter. We did a very deep work of improving my body's awareness for months. The pace of the class and Monika’s dedication made all the difference in the preparation for my humanized natural delivery. When I think about the third kid, I already think about Monika!
I met Monika when I was pregnant with my first child. She was recommended to me as an excellent pilates teacher, who took special care with pregnant students, helping them to understand all the physiological and emotional changes during pregnancy. We worked for the body to gain space with the baby's growth. In addition to gaining more body awareness, I started to accept each change and prepare myself better for the time of delivery. Monika herself had recently become a mother and had a very positive experience of a natural childbirth, which has always been my wish too. We exchanged information about each phase: pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and raising children. She always felt calm and confident and that increased my own confidence and belief that our body was perfect for all that. During classes we also talked to the baby, and when Bento was 4 months old, I started participating with him and while I practiced pilates, he was calm in her studio or on her lap since he already knew her voice. Pilates was essential for this postpartum phase as we worked on the right contraction of the pelvic floor muscles and strengthening of arms, legs and the abdomen. My belly got back to normal in one month and I remember to have gained a lot of strength in my arms, which was useful when breastfeeding. In addition to wonderful pilates classes, the studio has also become a space for new mom’s meetings, with lots of laughter and sharing. I always left classes better than I did and more connected with myself. Monika became a friend and an inspiration of strength as a woman, mother and teacher.
Coach, High Mountain Alpinist, Woman of 7 Summits, Brasil
Monika, intense, soft, light and present. A decisive step for Zeca’s, my son’s, time to be fully expected. I still remember the first class. “Breathe, effortlessly, open space, feel your perineum.” “No force?” “No force.” How was it possible to indoctrinate a body that for years had done nothing more than force, to slow down, without making force. To feel, without making force. To breathe, without making force. Opening spaces, without force. To be stronger, without making force. Pregnancy was a huge challenge for me – to see my body change every day, lose tone, lose muscle, lose mass and gain “strength”. The feminine force, the subtle force, the force that is not muscular, but sensitive, powerful, deep and essential to transform life completely. To receive Zeca. Monika taught me how to be female. Finding strength for the pregnancy, the one without romanticism, but not with less love. Monika taught me how to wait. Not the time of others, but time for the other. Monika taught me to feel, to feel fully in the present, without false expectations for the future. Monika taught me what I needed to know so I could give birth. Centering. Safety. Presence. Calm. Breath. With all the emotion the present moment called for. It was months of Pilates, which were more than lessons of physical exercise. They were shared teachings from woman to woman, knowledge exchanged, confidence and trust. They closed the door of the fantasy of pregnancy, and opened the door of the real maternity, physical, with imperfections, and therefore more beautiful. With all this work done, I was able to live my pregnancy as a deep process of self knowledge and to give birth as a catharsis. One Thais left. The other one, still a stranger to me, comes slowly. And I’m not in a hurry. Monika taught me that.
PRIVATE STUDENTS say...
Ana Carolina Couri
Monika, you deserve a chapter in the book of my life. Because there is no body without a soul. With you, I began to notice tense tips of my toes, teeth that grit unintentionally and my short breath. Thank you for allowing me to see the vital, to connect with myself and live in a fuller, true and happy way! You are the best teacher I have ever met.
Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso
Composer, Flautist, University Professor, Brasil
Doing Pilates with Monika has transformed my relationship with my body by toning the muscles, correcting posture and increasing flexibility. All this has had positive consequences for my physical and mental well-being, giving me more disposition for the day-to-day tasks and for my professional activities.
Doctor, Brasil and Switzerland
I had Pilates lessons with Monika during 8 years and was very sad when she left Brazil. She was my favorite teacher. I certainly wouldn’t have stayed with her all that time, if she were not an excellent professional. I had started with one lesson per week, than increased to two, and finally to three. With three lessons per week I had the impression of doing Pilates every day, because it was impossible not to remember the pose and the feeling for the whole body.
I’ve always been sedentary. Everything changed when I met Monika with her Pilates lessons! I had tried several types of exercises before but I could never continue for longer than a month! Well, I stayed with Monika for three years and I stopped only because she moved to France! Effective exercises and careful supervision! I feel like an orphan! Nothing compares to Pilates taught by Monika!
Monika began the work by creating a slow time of her own so that the whims, desires and limitations of my body became exposed. First, she taught me how to breathe. That’s the beginning of everything, the beginning of life. Then she guided me to the center of my body, set in a much deeper place than I had imagined. She taught me that it is from there that everything expands. And from this center we drew a path, calmly, slowly, breathing. Suddenly, I saw my body with powers that it never had, I saw it expand, and seek new challenges. I looked in the mirror and said “This is my body!”. A proper, solid, aligned body. A body that, after months of working with Monika, I learned to listen to and, surprised, realized that it could do more than I had expected from it.
I met my dear teacher Monika through my son and my husband who were her students. They always spoke well of their classes in terms of physical improvement and pleasure in participating in the exercises. I then decided to take part in the classes and there really was a physical progress in relation to strength and balance. The classes are pleasant and at the same time demanding, accompanied by Monika’s close attention. We are sorry she changed countries since we know how difficult it is to find a teacher as efficient and friendly as she is.
I did Pilates lessons with Monika for a year and a half, mainly to treat the back pain I had. Monika is a great and very competent teacher. She knows how to explain the exercises very well and always verifies their execution, correcting when necessary and being very attentive to the students.
Interior Designer, Brasil
Monika is the teacher I’ve always wanted to find - very dedicated and paying attention to all little details. After a few lessons, I regained the assurance of walking better, began keeping myself upright and felt my body at ease with the exercises. Because of her classes, I also recovered the sense of balance. I felt reassured!