A part of the health and fitness industry since 1992, Susan Holewinski competed in cross country and track during college, ran the Boston Marathon, and taught step aerobics and spinning. In 2002 a foot injury from running led Susan to search for new modalities of exercise and therapy. Inspired by the healing aspects of holistic movement, Susan began practicing Pilates and earned her mat first certification within the year. A consummate student of anatomy and movement, Susan studies with leaders in the industry – Pilates elder Mary Bowen, founder of the Franklin Method Eric Franklin, Integral Anatomy with Gil Hedley and Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers. She regularly attends educational workshops to keep up-to-date on the latest research in the fields of Pilates, yoga and functional movement. With her running history, she has a special interest in feet, knees and hips. Her passion is helping students of all ages and abilities discover and achieve their potential not only in movement, but also in life. Susan leads a practice fueled by the belief that movement keeps the mind sharp, the body flexible, and the spirit renewed.
Comprehensive Pilates | 2005 | Physicalmind Institute
Certified Pilates Teacher | 2007 | Pilates Method Alliance
Comprehensive Pilates | 2009 | PHI Pilates
500 Hour Yoga Teacher | 2014 | Cityoga
Level 3 Franklin Method Movement Educator | 2015 | Franklin Method
Indy Pilates Plus, LLC, is a quiet, intimate studio where the focus is on you – your goals and your needs. Each lesson is personalized for you, so you leave the session with the self-confidence and poise to accomplish whatever physical task you desire to accomplish – from running a marathon or picking up a grandchild to walking a block without pain.
From elite athletes to clients recovering from an injury or surgery, Susan uses her over 25 years of experience in the field of movement to help you achieve your fitness goals so you can live life to its fullest and have the stamina to accomplish “daily tasks with spontaneous zeal and pleasure”.
Originally called “Contrology”, Pilates was created and developed by Joseph H. Pilates, a German immigrant. Joe and his wife Clara moved to the United States in 1926 and started their business in New York City. Joe created a system of movement that includes over 500 exercises done on the mat as well as specifically designed apparatus like the reformer, chair and Cadillac that include springs for resistance. The use of springs separates Pilates from other exercise systems.
Pilates is more than an exercise system, it is a philosophy of life. According to Joe in his book Return to Life Through Contrology, his program is “not a fatiguing system of dull, boring and abhorred exercises repeated daily ‘ad nauseum’”, but it was “complete coordination of body, mind and spirit”. This is the basis for all training at Indy Pilates Plus.
The Franklin Method uses anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world. One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that our life experiences shape the brain we develop. The Franklin Method is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity showing you how to use your brain to improve your body’s function. It teaches you how to harness the transforming power of the mind. It can be applied to improve all your abilities. It all starts with the knowledge that we have the power to change.
Learn more about Susan's journey to Pilates in an exclusive interview at a recent convention, and practice alongside her in three short demonstrations for a single leg stretch, a double leg stretch, and the abdominal strengthener called the "Hundreds."
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Highlighting her training with the Franklin Method®, Susan is currently leading workshops within the Indianapolis area. Whether you are seeking strength-building, relief from chronic pain, an increase of flexibility, or you would just like to develop more understanding about your overall health, workshops are accessible to you; each of which focuses on a specific area of the body.
Find the location, date, and workshop that works for you.
Hone in on your personal goals for your health and happiness. Address strengthening, mindfulness, pain-support, mobility, back wellness, and more. Drawing on the modalities of yoga, Pilates, kinesthetics, and breathwork, private sessions will be specific to your needs at each meeting. Practice at our new and spacious studio featuring Gratz® equipment, overlooking the Indianapolis canal.
Openings are available now for both solo and duet/semi-private sessions.