The Pilates Loft Experience


We are committed to providing our clients with an unmatched level of expertise, offering the newest techniques and a safe experience for all fitness levels. All of our instructors are well educated and certified through some of the most respected Pilates certification programs available. The studio also supports the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the top international certifying non-profit organization for Pilates professionals. 



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Marie Artman has taught various dance and fitness classes for more than thirty years. Mrs. Artman holds a Bachelor of Education in dance therapy and a Master of Education in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. While Marie began her doctoral work in exercise physiology she continued to keep abreast of the current trends in dance and exercise techniques. 

During her undergraduate work, she was a member of the Valois Dance Company at the University of Toledo. The Dance Company performed two concerts a year; Mrs Artman also worked in local school systems as the resident “Creative Movement Instructor”. One of Marie’s more memorable positions she held in addition to the above mentioned was “head Instructor for Richard Simmons” at his studio in Toledo. While pursuing her Masters Degree, she owned and operated Fitness Design, Inc. for eleven years. The company provided corporations and hospitals a dance exerciseprogram for employees on site. 

In 1990, Marie relocated to Georgia with her husband Dr. Martin Artman, to start their new married life. As owner of the Pilates Loft on St. Simons Island for 10 years, Marie has also been certified as a Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioner for the prestigious Polestar Education Company. She also holds a second certification in Floor Barre through Zena Romnett in New York City.

Marie is a sought after motivational speaker and has produced a successful DVD, Classical Alignment. The DVD is designed to bring dance conditioning into the wellness community. She has presented her work at the International Spa Association conventions in Italy, Wales and Florida. The legendary Forbes Five Star property “The Cloister Resort” on Sea Island in Georgia asked Marie to bring her Pilates practice to their fitness center several years ago. Marie opened and operated a successful fully equipped Pilates Studio and Program for the resort; prior to that Marie acted as a specialty instructor for the Fitness Center performing Pilates Mat classes, Group lectures, Zumba classes and water fitness classes for over 18 years.

Marie’s newest venture is relocating her Pilates Loft practice to a fully designed Wellness Center on Saint Simons Island. This fully equipped Wellness Center offers Marie’s reformer classes, dance and barre class, CoreAlign Classes, massages, and facials. It is because of her dedication to her profession that Sea Island members, Resort guests and the local community come back to her classes again and again. When it comes to expertise in her filed, Marie Artman is the consummate professional who strives for nothing short of perfection.

Watch for Poodles and Pilates book publication in 2019!

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Kelly Anderson relocated from Athens, GA with her daughter, Olivia, to join Pilates Loft of SSI in June 2017. Kelly is a Certified Classical Pilates Mat (2007) and Classical Pilates Apparatus (training 2013- 2015)Instructor through Power Pilates, Atlanta, GA. Along with teaching group classes and one-on-one sessions in Pilates, she has experience in teaching Indoor Cycling, Resistance Training and various Cardio and HIIT Boot Camp classes since 2007. Kelly has worked in a number of gyms, Pilates studios, the YMCA and has administered her own in-home Pilates personal training business. 

Kelly’s areas of interest are in Pilates rehabilitation, corrective solutions for body imbalances and sport specific Pilates for improving skills and techniques in activities like running, golf, swimming and tennis.

Kelly recently completed a training on the Pilates Oov Apparatus through Polestar Pilates in Jacksonville, Florida. She has plans to further her education in rehabilitative Pilates through Polestar and Core Align in the coming months.

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Holley Rogers has practiced Pilates for more than 10 years beginning as a client at the Pilates Loft of SSI. She earned her Classical Pilates Mat Certification from Power Pilated in 2012 and taught mat Pilates classes in Athens, GA until moving back to her hometown of St. Simons Island in 2016. Holley completed her CoreAlign® Instructor certification through Balanced Body in 2018 and joined the Pilates Loft as an instructor to lead and expand the CoreAlign® program.

Melissa Andon B.S., L.M.T.

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With over 20 years in the Fitness and Exercise Science field, Melissa has always emphasized excellence in all her teachings. She has a gift to present enthusiasm, safety, and quality of movement to all her students. Currently, Melissa is completing her Pilates training with the prestigious Polestar Education company. In addition to her love for Pilates she is a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor (RYS 200 hour) and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Fitness Instructor. She teaches a variety of group fitness classes including cycle, dance fitness, barre fitness, aqua fitness, kickboxing, strength training. Melissa holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science, a Certification of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and CPR/AED.