Risë Karns Stokstad
Founder, Instructor Trainer
Risë leads students through a process of guided self-discovery to understand what is truthful for their body, to find their neutral, balanced posture, and to establish a powerful, flexible physiology.
She has a strong background in movement education, anatomy, kinesiology, and dance performance, and is a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer. She also spent many years engaging in personal practices of research in consciousness.* To these long standing skills and interests she has more recently added explorations into nonphysical or energetic therapies.
The result is that she now offers her clients analysis, exercise and other treatments that range from the most practical, physical level to what could be described as energetic realignment or healing.
She therefore addresses your postural challenges or pain patterns by working on the level of simple exercise and/or by helping facilitate the release what may even be ancient patterns of limitation stored in your physiology.
In working with Risë you both enter a process of discovery where you are empowered to gain a connection to your own physiology and experience unencumbered physical and even emotional functioning.
In this process Risë plays the role of a catalyst, and feels guided to bring every possible effective element to your session to provide relief, flexibility, strength, integration, and growth.
Risë is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, studied Pilates in NYC in the 1980’s while dancing professionally in a contemporary dance troupe. In 1997 she completed an MFA in Dance at the University of Iowa. In 1998 she received full certification as a Pilates instructor from Moira Merrithew at the STOTT PILATES training center in Toronto.
Later that year founded Body Symmetry Studio in Fairfield, Iowa. She subsequently assisted in STOTT PILATES manual preparation and was a performer in some of the original STOTT PILATES training videos.
She was invited to serve as a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in August of 1998, and her studio was designated as a Stott licensed training facility for the state of Iowa. She then conducted multiple Stott certification courses over a period of seven years.
In 2005 she relocated to Seattle and worked at the Seattle Stott Licensed facility, Body Center Studios. In 2008 she returned to Cedar Rapids and founded Pilates Center Cedar Rapids.
- The Transcendental Meditation Program
- Reiki Master (the Radiance Technique)
- Matrix Energetics Richard Barlett, DC., ND.
- Conscious Systems Dr. Mark Dunn
- Healing Spectrum Thomas Gates