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Aimee LevesqueOwner

  • Certified mat and apparatus with Body Arts and Science, over 300 hours of practice and lecture
  • Teaching assistant with Body Arts and Science International in Costa Mesa CA. Assisted Rael Isacowitz (Founder of BASI) and Constance Holder (director of education) in certification courses 2009. Host contact for BASI courses offered at Smart Body Pilates.
  • Recipient of hip resurfacing procedure Sept 2010. Specializes in developing Pilates programs for total hip replacement, and hip resurface recipients. Read more about hip resurfacing and recovery...
  • Mat certified in BASI and Physical Mind
  • Yoga training through Yogafit, Levels 1 & 2
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor (ACE)
  • B.A. in Psychology (concentration in sports psychology), and A.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine
  • Former NAC national level sport aerobic competitor and national level Fitness America competitor
  • Coach/ choreographer for competitive fitness athletes
  • Been in the fitness industry for 20 years and the Pilates industry for 10 years
Aimee has always had a passion for the human body in motion and makes living a fit lifestyle a priority. "I am so thrilled when a client reports to me the positive changes Pilates has made in their physical well being. It is a joy to share the method of Pilates with others."

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Jody Thomas

Jody Thomas grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado where she was an active runner, skier, cyclist and competitive gymnast. After high school, she moved to Boulder where she attended the University of Colorado. Jody’s interest in the performing arts lead to a bachelor of fine arts degree in Theater with a minor in Dance and ultimately, to a life-long interest in the art and mechanics of movement.

Jody’s desire to find a fitness program that would enhance her other sporting activities and help reduce the chances of injury began her interest in Pilates. She was first introduced to Pilates in the late 80’s in Boulder, but her practice really began after the birth of her daughter. While recovering from a Cesarean section in 2004, Jody used Pilates to rehabilitate and improve her balance and core support. It was through Pilates that she was able to reclaim and reconnect with her core. As a student, she became so passionate about Pilates that she entered the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) instructor training program. After more than 400 hours of intense training, Jody is certified to teach on all types of Pilates equipment.

Jody has been actively teaching Pilates in the Triangle area since early 2008. Her approach to Pilates instruction is very traditional and constructionist. Jody's technique emphasizes the precise form and execution necessary for maximum results from Pilates exercises. Her philosophy is, “The devil is in the details”. She believes that Joseph Pilates' Contrology is truly transformative, and with proper instruction, clients of all ages and abilities can enjoy more active healthy lifestyles through improved freedom of movement, increased self-awareness, and greater mental and physical control over their own bodies.

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Julie Suiter

Julie Suiter is originally from Charleston, WV, and was a champion gymnast and circus performer before graduating from Duke University with a degree in psychology.  She spent 21 years in the corporate world, holding positions in teaching, counseling, and human resources, including serving as the Director of the Wellness Program for a Fortune 500 company.  Julie has been teaching yoga for healing and transformation for 14 years, and is a fruitarian who loves acrobatics, dance, and nature.  She appreciates every opportunity to speak up for the animals.

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Amelia Crabtree

Growing up outside Chicago, Amelia thought of exercise as a chore to be avoided at all costs. Through experimenting with different forms of exercise in early adulthood, she was delighted to discovered that there were many enjoyable activities that didn't involve running on a treadmill! Incorporating regular, intentional movement into her life made a night-and-day difference in the way her body and mind felt. Amelia began taking Pilates mat classes sporadically in college, but really fell in love with the method when she tried out Reformer classes 5 years later. Having experience with dance and theater, she enjoyed the feeling of support the apparatus provided, allowing her to work in a greater range of motion safely, while encouraging flexibility and building strength. Due to recurring knee injuries, Amelia has used Pilates as part of her personal rehabilitation programs due to the low-impact nature of the method.

After many years of thinking about becoming an instructor, Amelia enrolled in the renowned BASI Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training in January 2017 and began teaching group classes and private students a few months later. She loves helping clients find the joy and freedom that comes with movement.

Having lived in Chicago her whole life, she relocated to Raleigh in August 2018 with her husband and their 2 cats––just to shake things up! Besides Pilates, Amelia enjoys cooking and enjoying all forms of art.

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Pilates has made all the difference in the world in helping me be a successful masters athlete in softball and racquetball at the national level. I'm a 63 year old woman and has successfully recovered from a hip resurface one year ago! I have worked with Aimee Levesque over seven years and extensively during the recovery phase of my hip.  Pilates means core strength and endurance which translates into torque, power, and flexibility in sports. Smart Body Pilates Studio is state of the art and Aimee is a superb instructor and trainer. I look forward to continuing Pilates with Aimee for many sports years to come!

Dee, 63 years old

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