After a serious car accident left her with debilitating neck, shoulder, and back injuries, Laurie Beck searched for a way to ease her pain. She found reprieve in Joseph Pilates's marriage of Zen Buddhism, anatomy, and the Greek philosophies of mind, body, and spirit. Later, the practice helped her fight a tough and ultimately victorious battle with lymphoma and leukemia.
Now, this strong woman—described by Vie magazine as a "beautiful and vibrant" person who can "light up a room with her smile"—leads a group of certified instructors in helping others reshape their lives. They show students of all ages and abilities how to strengthen their cores through body-sculpting Pilates, Gyrotonic, and barre classes using reformer machines and floor work. Laurie also eases pain through her reiki practice, guiding her clients’ energy toward healing and away from lonely light sockets.