Get to know ERA Pilates

ERA Pilates is a fully equipped private Pilates studio offering high quality one-on-one and small group sessions in the heart of Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN. Opened in Summer 2018, ERA Pilates is owned and operated by Mary K Herrera, a Balanced Body trained instructor.

At ERA Pilates we believe that no two bodies are alike, and our mission is to work with each client as an individual with unique needs and goals. All ages and levels of physical ability are welcome. At ERA, we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals by facilitating better movement based on the student’s needs.

About Mary H.

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The beginnings…

I started Pilates at the age of 14. It all started when my mother purchased a Pilates DVD of the classical Pilates series. I was hooked from an early age using the method to break up my very demanding soccer schedule. For many years, I continued to do the classical mat work unaware of the vast world that Pilates has to offer!

I quickly retired from soccer at 23 years old after I suffered a torn ACL and meniscus. The recovery process took almost two years after two rounds of physical therapy due to an initial misdiagnosis. When released from physical therapy, I had never felt so weak and out of shape in my entire life. I could not walk for more than 30 minutes without experiencing tremendous pain.

Pilates changes…

I desperately began a new search for low-impact forms of exercise. Discovering Pilates again in my search, I remembered how it always made me feel controlled and balanced. I began taking mat classes and I was hooked (again!). Because I was so weak from almost two years of very low activity, I found Pilates equipment to be a very suitable option for me.

I completely fell in love with the Reformer and Tower Pilates work. The equipment allowed me to facilitate better movement of my body and help me re-develop my strength. My knees felt strong and stable, and I couldn’t believe how good I began to feel. I even began to run!

I want to help!

Feeling these benefits for myself, I felt compelled to share my experience with others. I took the leap and began my teacher training in 2015 through Balanced Body. After having completed my certifications, I am now focused on practicing a deeper understanding of body mechanics. I love this method more than I can put into words and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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