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Meet Eva Wennes of Pain-Free For Life Pilates in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Wennes.

Eva, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a Pilates instructor and a corrective exercise specialist. I work with people who suffer from chronic pain (neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee, foot, etc.) and/or have a chronic condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, MS, scoliosis, asthma, etc. I help them become pain-free, so they can return to their favorite activities and feel good in their bodies again.

I came across Pilates 13 years ago, after I hurt my knee in a skiing accident. I had reconstructive knee surgery, which took me a long time to recover from. While recovering, I wasn’t able to exercise like before and a friend, who saw my struggles, suggested that I take a Pilates class with him. I immediately fell in love with Pilates and continued taking classes even after I had made a full recovery. Pilates became my passion and it was only natural, that I wanted to become a Pilates teacher.

A year after becoming certified in Pilates mat and apparatus teaching, I opened my own Pilates studio (10 years ago) Over the years of working with clients, I found myself drawn to people who suffer from chronic pain. I wanted to help them the best possible way I could, therefore I found it necessary to deepen my knowledge in pain elimination through exercise. I now hold an advanced level certification in The Biomechanics Method. I’m also certified in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute and I’m a level I practitioner in Neurokinetic Therapy.

The combination of all these techniques alongside with Pilates makes me very successful at my job. I design personalized pain elimination programs for my clients to help them move better, have less pain and enjoy life again.

Although in the recent years large group lessons have become the mainstream in Pilates, I believe in working with my clients 1-on-1. This way I can give them the attention they need and I can cater to their specific needs.

I also have an online coaching program, which allows me to help people anywhere in the world.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Pain-Free For Life Pilates story. Tell us more about the business.
In order to deliver the best results to my clients, I use a combination of different modalities in my practice, such as The Biomechanics Method, Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute Neurokinetic Therapy.

What sets me apart from other Pilates studios is my focus on overcoming chronic pain with the right kind of exercise. A lot of things people do in the gym or in their everyday lives, contributes to their chronic pain. I want to change this and make the world a less painful place, one client at a time. I’m also passionate about educating my clients on what they can do on their own to feel and move better, so they don’t need to rely on pain meds and they don’t have to stop doing things they love (gardening, hiking, running, playing with the dog, chasing the grandkids, etc.)

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think my industry will be so much needed in the future! Thanks to the electronic devices and the sitting lifestyle, people start developing chronic pain at a much younger age these days.

Young kids are in physical therapy due to neck pain, back pain, etc. Since most adults are sedentary for most part of the day, thanks to a desk job, car commute and Netflix on the couch at night, this lifestyle causes chronic pain in the body. I don’t see this trend changing, therefore practitioners like me will stay very busy helping people with their chronic pain problems.


  • Private Pilates sessions with a focus on Pain Elimination – $80/session

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Leslie London

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1 Comment

  1. Debbie Orman

    October 28, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    My energy coach, Sonia Bueno de la Torres, is such an amazing person and fantastic at what she does!

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