Ruth Ann Smith
Ruth Ann is a native of eastern NC. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Communications and a minor in dance. Her love of dance blossomed in college through her continued study of ballet, and her time as a member of the dance team.
Ruth Ann’s fitness career started while still in college. After working several years in a fast paced and stressful environment as a TV news producer and reporter, she returned to fitness and began her practice in the Pilates discipline. She firmly believes Pilates helped her regain the strength she once had as a dancer, as well as providing a regimen that truly relinked her mind/body/spirit connection. This connection carries into her teaching style with a work/recover method which allows clients to flow from one exercise to another with a gentle stretch nestled in between. Ruth Ann’s mission is to help her clients develop graceful strength and postural awareness for life. Like a duck gliding over the water, the hard work is happening beneath the surface, but all we see is graceful movement. Ruth Ann believes the gentle but constant reinforcement activates the core, relaxes the neck, shoulders, extremities and breath during her sessions and teaches students to be more like that duck. In Joseph Pilates’ words, “Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”
Ruth Ann has worked with clients ranging in age from 14-93, as well as those living with various health issues including Parkinsons, scoliosis, herniated discs, and osteoporosis. Helping her clients feel better is her reason for teaching. “I want my clients to walk out of the studio feeling better than when they entered, and with the skills to maintain that good feeling.”