Building on her foundational studies of exercise physiology and physical education in Germany, Jenny specialized in fitness training, exercise for rehabilitation, and exercise for aging adults. Once in California, she received her Pilates teacher certification from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and a Personal Trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Drawn to Pilates because of its precise methodology and mind/body integration, Jenny loves sharing her passion with clients of all ages, and takes a personal interest in their progress and well being. Jenny feels fortunate to have made California her permanent home and establish her own Pilates studio in Los Gatos.
Our unique approach to Pilates
At Pax Pilates, co-founded by Jenny Paxson and Barry Shimelfarb, we believe every client deserves the best in personalized, one-on-one attention. Focusing primarily on private sessions, Pax Pilates provides a peaceful setting in a fully equipped studio in the heart of downtown Los Gatos. Our unique approach combines the core principles of Joseph Pilates with the belief that practicing Pilates is a path that goes beyond just a physical workout. Pax Pilates offers a re-education of body and mind that supports a healthy lifestyle, self discovery, well-being, and success.
About Jenny Paxson
Studio Lead Jenny Paxson is a graduate of the internationally recognized Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program where she studied under Sherri Betz. Just like Joseph Pilates, Jenny was born in Germany and later moved to the United States where she pursued her passion for helping people live healthier, happier, and more balanced lives.
Pilates is a method of total body conditioning, started over 100 years ago in Germany by Joseph Pilates, that emphasizes proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement – the “Pilates Principles.” The method focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.
Practiced regularly, Pilates offers numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, as well as muscular and mental coordination, are key components of an effective Pilates program.