A Pilates studio for the mind, body and spirit

Laurie Beck and son Tyler

Laurie Beck with her son, Tyler, who helps run her Gulf Place studio.

Kristiana Scott | The Sun
Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 05:14 PM.

When a car accident left Laurie Beck with chronic back pain and limited mobility, she knew she had to try something different. So she took a chance on Pilates, and it changed her life.

“After my first class, I was euphoric,” Laurie said. “I honestly felt possessed with it. I couldn’t stop going back.”

A decade of Pilates later, Laurie decided it was time to open her own studio, Pilates by the Sea, putting roots down in Santa Rosa Beach .

“Pilates has truly been my saving grace,” she said. “It’s very hard to explain, but it’s helped me through so much. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and Pilates gave me an escape from it all. I kept my studio open so I didn’t have to focus on what I was going through, but could focus on helping others.”

Laurie did not let cancer get the best of her, but instead found healing and therapy through her craft. She’s found that Pilates is for the mind, body and spirit — mind being the most important.

“If you’re not mentally connected to your body or you’re not in a good place mentally, it affects you deeply,” she said. “Being healthy isn’t just about diet and exercise — you have to have your mind right. It’s only then can you be truly healthy.”

These values transferred easily to Laurie’s three sons — two of which are following in her Pilates-footsteps. Her son Tyler helps run her studio in Gulf Place , and her son Nick runs her new studio in Sandestin, Pilates by the Sea at Sandestin. Although she admits both sons were reluctant to try Pilates at first, now they’re hooked.

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