Many rehabilitation professionals treat symptoms, and sometimes that works just fine. Often times though, the pain you are feeling is the symptom of something else, perhaps an injury in another area that never completely got better. Kathleen has the ability to look at the body as a whole, which means she can look beyond a current injury and often trace back weaknesses in the body that may have led to the injury. This insight helps to prevent the injury from recurring, and is a huge benefit of incorporating Pilates into your rehabilitation.  


Kathleen has many years experience as a Physical Therapist and PMA-Certified Pilates Instructor. What sets her apart as a PT is her dedication providing the best care and attention to her patients. To do this, Kathleen is committed to listening to her clients and staying absolutely committed to their goals and recovery, as well as keeping up with scientific, clinical and experiential knowledge in the ever changing world of the physical body. She assesses each patient individually and provides unique advice to each person, taking their daily physical activities into account and working out specific routines which help balance the body and reduce the impact of the injury.


Her curiosity to learn more about the Pilates Method took her to study and graduate from Pilates at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO and also Polestar Pilates, two of the most comprehensive and well-respected Pilates training programs in the world. Adding this whole body exercise and movement method to her expertise and knowledge base allows Kathleen to offer her clients a service above and beyond PT, helping to keep their bodies injury free and fluid.


develop a strong core

Pilates exercises develop a strong powerhouse or core (the deep abdominal muscles and muscles that support the spine). Strength and support of the core and ALL of our muscles, along with length and dynamic flexibility leads to "uniform development" and whole body health.


build body awareness

Pilates can help you gain awareness of your posture and support from your core as you go about your daily activites. When you are more aware of your body, you can control and enjoy it!  Over time, you can gain the ability to correct yourself and improve your form as you go along. Awareness and knowledge of your body a fluid process that takes practice, but works. This goes a long way to prevent future injuries.


"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure."  

                                                – Joseph Pilates

improve sports performance

Athletes  often see Kathleen for problems related to muscular inbalances. Over-working the big strong muscle groups over time can lead to the smaller deeper support muscles getting weaker, and the stronger, more superficial muscles getting stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injuries and chronic back pain. Balancing small and large muscles with strength and flexibility leads to better and safer sports performance, and a longer active sports career.

improve posture and balance

Pilates trains you to use your core muscles rather than holding your position with superficial musculature. Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse – the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor – to support our posture allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head to move freely, and relieves stress on the hips, legs, and feet.


"You first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities."

                                                – Joseph Pilates

All quotes are from Joseph Pilates' book "Return to Life"

gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

More conventional or traditional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates emphasizes flexibility with strength, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured, performs better, and feels healthier!


"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion."

                                               – Joseph Pilates

develop your mind-body connection

By emphasizing fuller breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement. In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress and pain.


Pilates "develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."

                                               – Joseph Pilates





Kathleen McDonough PT MA NCPT

224 Greenfield Ave

Ste 1

San Anselmo, California 94960