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
“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
“I was big into crossfit and tore my hamstring,”
And now, after working in his mom’s studio for more than three years,
“Pilates focuses on building those fundamental muscles, which is the real fountain of youth,” he said. “It strengthens you from your foundations — feet, ankles, and core. It teaches you fluidity and grace, giving you better spinal mobility. Basically, Pilates teaches you how to move more efficiently.”
Pilates by the Sea is located at