Two years after completing surgery and finishing radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer, I was eager to regain strength and function. My acupuncturist highly recommended Cristal for Pilates. Cristal has been instrumental to me in regaining my life force. Cristal is an artisan bringing knowledge, versatility, and intuition to her healing practice. She employes a wealth of treatment modalities that enhances Pilates and has something different for every session, depending on what I brought to her studio. One year later I can truly say I am better and stronger - physically, mentally, and emotionally. With deep gratitude for the work we have done and continue to do.
-Sheri Gleason, RN, BSN
I feel great! After a year of pilates with Cristal, my body is so happy! Always very active, I have been working out almost every day of my life for 35 years. Something like 10 years ago I started to reduce my activities (running, dancing, paddling, surfing, hiking) due to pains, cyclic sciatica and/or knees or ankles getting swollen. My lower back and shoulders were always tied. My body could never rest. Over the years, I tried a lot of different treatments (osteopathy, PT, chiro) but even if some of them were temporarily helping in reducing my pains, it never seemed to solve my issues, always coming back. Cristal does not focus directly on pains or stressed muscles. She realigns your body from feet to head. She gives you hints to be aware of all the muscles you forgot about and to be able to read the messages sent by your body (and yes it talks a lot!!). Now that my body found a better harmony, my pains and tenseness are disappearing. My body is finally able to rest! It feels aligned, strong with solid foundation and with the tool box to keep it that way!! I also look better hearing a lot of: "You look great! All tuned!!" This is just amazing!! I now work out more than before and my body just loves it 🙂 I definitely recommend Cristal and her pilates! It just works!! Mahalo nui Cristal!!"
-Severine Busquet PHD, scientist, dancer
I have been a client of Cristal's for the past five years. I had done some Pilates in the past, but I quickly realized that her teaching style and knowledge was above and beyond anything I had experienced. This became abundantly clear as she guided me through two pregnancies. She modified my practice as my body changed and supported me physically, emotionally and often spiritually right up until the birth. Our sessions made me strong during pregnancy and I believe my recovery was as smooth as it was due to her training. I was back in the studio four weeks later continuing to build strength and heal. She also taught me infant massage which has been a great tool for connecting with and soothing my children. I cannot say enough about Cristal and Aware Aligned Awake. She constantly educates herself and really takes on each client's individual needs with the utmost care. I recommend her in the highest regard."
-Jen Williams - working mother of two
My husband and I come to Hawaii every year at Christmastime. We come for the sunshine, the warmth, the beauty AND Cristal. I am blessed to be able to have six private lessons with her each time we come. In describing Cristal, it's like comparing a doctor to a specialist. Cristal is the specialist! She draws upon many areas of expertise and extensive background training in her teaching. I have been learning the mechanics of movement, the mind and body connections and most importantly, how it feels to move organically. After each lesson I write out the key points and then even though I take Pilate classes back home, I constantly refer to my "Cristal notes." Whether you live in Hawaii or come as a visitor please be sure to include Cristal in your plans!!!"
I am a lifelong athlete and had serious issues with my body. Taking Pilates with you fixed them and they really haven't returned and it's been over 5 years and I continue to perform at a high level. I can't thank you enough."
-David Harrison Weber - athlete, musician, surfer
Cristal has been an amazing instructor. I have an injured knee and after 5 years, I shifted my posture to compensate for my weak knee instead of strengthening it. I took many yoga classes thinking that it would help me. Being very flexible, I could do a lot of the asanas without feeling too much of an effort. Although I would feel a good stretch, I never felt I was strengthening. My back would chronically hurt and my knee did not feel any better. I started Pilates with Cristal looking for a new experience. Cristal's knowledge of anatomy has facilitated the process of identifying my postural inefficiency so as to help me re-align myself and strengthen my core. She has helped me access muscles that I didn't even know could be engaged. After a year, it's been a long journey of undoing years of bad posture. In retrospect, I've realized that when I was doing yoga, I was emphasizing the stretch rather than the support. Through Cristal's guidance, I've learned that less is more. Choosing not to go as far in the stretch but keeping the proper form is where I've gained my strength. And understanding what is proper form has been a long process of Cristal's adjustments and re-adjustments that I would have never gotten in group classes. Although my knee is not completely painless, it has felt a lot stronger and my back is now feeling a lot more supported. Cristal has provided me with the tools to recognize my triggers and the appropriate set of exercises to correct them. The journey is not over yet but I definitely feel I am on the right path, thanks to Cristal. If you are looking to strengthen your core, check her out!!!"
-Mai N., IT consultant
Cristal is a wonderful Pilates mentor. Since I began sessions with Cristal I have learned so much about how my body is really supposed to work . Like many people that spend a large part of their day in front of a computer, my body has developed many imbalances that limit my flexibility, balance, strength and comfort. Not only are Cristal's sessions rejuvenating but I can take the Pilates principles learned and apply them to other activities in my life, such as working on computers with proper ergonomics and surfing with better balance and body mechanics. Thanks Cristal!"
-Henry Lau, computer consultant
Cristal Rocks!! I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. It was a wonderful and problem-free experience. I attribute a large part of the my good fortune to Pilates training with Cristal. Use of breathing patterns and understanding what my body is doing was a great help during labor. Pilates has had a wonderful effect on my body. Since I started training with Cristal, I've lost over 25lbs, increased flexibility and muscle tone."
-Monica Lau, photographer
If you want to learn pilates in paradise, go see Cristal. Well versed in anatomy and with a keen eye, Cristal targets the instant a body shifts out of position and with patience and persistence she teaches awareness and proper control of new movement patterns. While on vacation in Hawaii, I was truly blessed to have six lessons with this most gifted teacher. Over the course of these sessions I realized with great surprise and delight that the pain in my legs that comes whenever I stand for any length of time had completely disappeared. I feel like a new person! As well, as a follow up to my classes, Cristal provided me with homework exercises, recommended books and tapes, and the assurance of her guidance should I need help. I am so grateful to have met Cristal!"
-Lynne Jensen Math teacher, Vancouver, B.C.
I originally started Pilates through various videos and classes. I was thrilled with the results. One year ago, I decided to treat myself to a private lesson with Cristal. What I got was a transformation! I've been Cristal's student for two days a week ever since. My muscle tone, flexibility and energy levels have been reborn. My body has been totally reshaped. I no longer have asthma or use inhalers and nasal sprays. Cristal has an amazing gift and I feel so lucky to be her student."
I came into pilates at the start of the summer with a lot of uncertainty about the tightness and pain in different parts of my body, especially my back. As a college athlete who played two sports non-stop throughout high school, I had the mentality of ignoring and playing through pain. Not until I came to Cristal did I become aware of the bigger picture of what's right for my body and how important recovery was for me, especially with my frequent back pain and scoliosis. She gave me so many important tools such as awareness of proper alignment, empowerment to listen to my body, and the ability to eliminate my own back pain. Cristal is awesome and I've gained so much from pilates with her! ***I'm stoked that my back pain is now in my control and can be completely eliminated (even when I'm sitting!) - without surgery or even lessening the s curve in my back."
Working with Cristal gave me some great foundation to movement and awareness in my body. Her serene studio was a private, wonderful place to unwind and find my center again while traveling away from home for a few months. She taught me a how to find my natural breath, muscles of my core, and to how differentiate to find healthier movement within my hips and shoulders. Her knowledge and dedication inspired me to continue exploring the magic and healing of good movement."
-Cass Cornish Los Altos, CA.