Systems & Operations; Expert in Physical Therapy & Movement
An orthopedic physical therapist specializing in Pilates-based fitness, rehabilitation and injury prevention, Christa Gurka’s reputation speaks for itself. Highly respected and recognized in the Pilates and Physical Therapy community and throughout the media, Christa’s contagious energy and palpable passion has earned her a clientele of both local fitness enthusiasts and high-profile athletes, including Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and various Miami Heat players, WNBA star Ruth Riley; pro volleyball player Kelly Schumacher; NBA player Victor Oladipo and pro golfers Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis. Her studios have also been home to many whose careers depend on their appearance, health and performance.
As the director of a private PT practice specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, Christa discovered and fell in love with Pilates and the remarkable benefits it has on the body and mind. In addition to her undergraduate and master’s degrees in physical therapy, she went on to receive her Pilates training through Polestar Education and is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor. She continued to pursue advanced training in the areas of functional movement screening, corrective exercise, manual therapy and myofascial release techniques. Christa, who has an extensive knowledge of sports training, is certified in golf-specific physical therapy and has served as staff therapist for the PGA and LPGA. She has recently become a keynote speaker for the Pilates Method Alliance annual conference mentoring studio owners on how to grow and scale successful businesses.
Today, Christa owns, operates and teaches at Pilates in the Grove which now serves both the Coconut Grove and South Miami communities with its two premier locations. Her studios set the benchmark in Pilates instruction and physical therapy interventions. Pilates in the Grove is also home to a comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program educating dozens of high quality instructors each year. Christa has expanded her practice to include business mentoring for female small business owners in the healthcare and wellness industry. She hopes to continue to inspire and empower other business owners to operate successful and profitable companies.
Pilates in the Grove is where South Floridians go to benefit from the expertise of qualified Physical Therapists and Fitness experts offering group, semi-private, and private sessions.
Pilates in the Grove founder Christa Gurka opened her first studio on Miami Beach in 2007 after running a private practice Physical Therapy clinic for several years. The idea was spawned after realizing the amazing benefits her clients were experiencing after completing pilates-based physical therapy and their desire to continue with Pilates for fitness but were afraid to go to a BIG BOX gym. She wanted to create an environment where clients could safely and effectively achieve their fitness goals without the high maintenance of a larger boutique studio. She assembled a team of highly qualified instructors and physical therapists in an effort to bring her brand of high quality wellness services to the local community.
In 2010 Christa wanted to bring her love of all things fitness to her local Coconut Grove community and opened Pilates in the Grove. At this time the business was also transitioning into a complete health and wellness brand and quickly established itself as the highest quality Physical Therapy practice in Miami. Her team has over 70 years of combined experience and is eager to help the community on their journey to a painfree lifestyle. Her studios continue to set the benchmark for high quality fitness and wellness services.
Offered throughout the day Pilates in the Grove classes help to increase flexibility while strengthening the abdomen, back, arms and legs. Pilates also helps to improve posture, balance and agility while correcting imbalances and weaknesses within the body. Since group sessions are capped at eight students, you can expect plenty of personalized attention from the instructors.
Whether you’re slimming down, looking for a new way to unwind or decrease pain and improve function, the team at Pilates in the Grove will leave you feeling strong, stretched and energized and will help you develop your body and mind so you can get into the best shape of your life.
You can now visit our Miami Studios at two convenient locations, in Coconut Grove and in South Miami. Both locations offer reformer pilates classes, barre classes, and physical therapy services.