Welcome to
Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy

We provide physical therapy and Pilates training to help you
move better and feel better in your body.


Tactile Cueing and the Nervous System
October 26, 2019

Join Cari Riis Stemmler in California at the
Annual PMA Conference for this outstanding course!


Physical Therapy:
Your recovery is in good hands

At Paragon, your condition will be evaluated and cared for with your needs put first.


Pilates Reformer 1 Teacher Training
November 1-3, 2019

Begin your journey into Reformer teacher training!


Challenge Your Body & Mind

Whether you’re a beginning or advanced student,
our skilled teachers can help you achieve your goals.


Pilates Mat 2 Teacher Training
Nov 15-17, 2019

Continue learning the Intermediate and Advanced level Mat exercises.


Dance Medicine:
Stronger bodies, stronger dancers

If you are an injured dancer or simply looking for top-notch dance conditioning,
Paragon is uniquely qualified to address your needs.


Pilates Reformer 2 Teacher Training
Dec 6-8, 2019
Dec 11, 18, 2019 & Jan 8, 15, 2020


Pilates after 50?
You Betcha!

Check out a recent article featuring Cari and Tiza!


Classes designed for every body.

We offer mat and equipment classes for students of all abilities. We also offer private sessions and specialty classes in rehabilitative Pilates as well physical therapy.

Move better. Feel better in your body.

At Paragon, we use a holistic approach that leads to true, lasting results.

Physical therapy combined with Pilates’ emphasis on strength and mobility is a powerful pairing. Whether it is a painful back, a tight hip, or declining balance, we use a holistic body/mind approach that leads to true, lasting results that clients definitely notice in their daily lives.

Our Areas of Expertise

Paragon is a unique, welcoming space that supports every body on their wellness journey.

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Pilates is a whole-body approach to gaining strength and improving wellness. Together, we’ll help you achieve your full potential.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

At Paragon, we’ll help you reconnect with your body and overcome injury. You’ll return to life with more energy, flexibility and strength.

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Dance Medicine

Dance Medicine

We offer education and training for every dancer’s needs. You’ll return to performing with heightened technique and stronger form.

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Teacher Training

We offer the highest quality Pilates instructor training and continuing education workshops through one of the world leaders in the industry, Balanced Body Education.

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Making connections. Building a healthier you.

Don’t ever give up on your body! Joint replacements, multiple surgeries, age — Paragon Pilates will help keep you moving! Thank you for increasing my strength and flexibility, and teaching me smart body mechanics. I am a new woman!

– C. F.

As a busy mom, I need to make the most of an hour away from work and kids. Paragon is a happy place to go for a 'mom break.' You always feel energized at the end of each session.

– P. G.

After a few months of therapy at Paragon, I have regained 85% of my left arm movement and improved my golf game by cutting down on the size of my swing. Thanks Paragon!

– G. C.

What I appreciate most about Paragon is how careful my instructors are with my body, gently working within my own physical parameters to create a healthier me.

– S. D.

My six months at Paragon have resulted in a smaller waistline, better posture, more flexibility, and many compliments stating how healthy I look.

– P. R.

Now that I have returned to dance, I am stronger and more flexible than ever, and I owe much of my success to the wonderful people who work at Paragon.

– S. H.

Tactile Cueing and the Nervous System
October 26, 2019

Join Cari Riis Stemmler at the PMA Annual Conference in Monterey, CA! Touch is a powerful teaching tool when done appropriately.  This workshop is for Pilates Instructors who would like to go deeper in their teaching practice by learning effective hands-on techniques to be used in assisted stretching and providing tactile feedback.  These tools will help your client find improved technique within their movements.  There is discussion around the effectiveness of touch, the effect of touch on the nervous system, as well as proper alignment of shoulder, hip, and torso.

Participants will learn: the power of effective touch, how the nervous system responds to touch, how to respect the sensory system in the body, and safe ways of assisting the body in order to find proper technique.

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Pilates Teacher Training: Reformer 1
November 1-3, 2019

This course introduces the Universal Reformer, the center piece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to safely using the Pilates Reformer for a wide variety of supine, seated and standing exercises for the beginning to intermediate student.

Prerequisite: Movement Principles

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reformer arms
Side Bend Mermaid

Pilates Teacher Training: Mat 2
November 15-17, 2019

Mat 2 includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports specific activities are also covered.

Prerequisite: Mat 1

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Pilates Teacher Training: Reformer 2
December 6-8, 2019 (16 hours) -OR-
Dec 11, 18, Jan 8, 15 (4 hrs each day)

Reformer 2 includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes and sessions to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized. Included are a variety of programs designed to keep your clients inspired. Paragon is offering two training options this year – a 16-hour weekend course (Fri-Sun) or four weeks (Wed eve) for 4-hour each day.

Prerequisite: Reformer 1

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Paragon: A model of excellence, perfection or beauty.

A perfect embodiment of a concept; one having no equal; flawless.

Studio information

Questions? Please call the studio:
(952) 405-9765 or email us at

We are located at:
5101 Vernon Avenue South
Suite 2A
Edina, MN 55436
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Studio hours

6:30 am to 7:00 pm
6:30 am to 2:00 pm
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Our hours may vary based on class schedules, private appointments and continuing education workshops.

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