About Puget Sound Pilates

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”

J. H. Pilates

Valerie Van Horn-Cotey, BASI®-CPT, PMA®-CPT has been participating and teaching in the fitness industry for over 35 years. She has taught aerobics, conditioning, Les Mills CXWorx™, ballet, yoga, Pilates Mat and is currently a certified Body Arts and Science International (BASI®) and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®) Pilates Instructor.  She has been involved in many sports activities since childhood and through college (Springboard Diving, University of Washington), ballet for the last 25 years, and continues to enjoy ballet, swimming, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing.  And of course, Pilates.  

Valerie started practicing Pilates apparatus 15 years ago due to back pain, which was rapidly resolved:  Pilates vastly improved her sports and dance performance and overall conditioning. Because of her extensive sports experience, Valerie promotes Pilates strongly to any athlete striving for the next level of performance enhancement and injury prevention.  She encourages mature clients with osteoporosis, degenerative joint disorders, or post operative conditions to practice Pilates, as it can safely assist rehabilitation, and even prevent further degeneration for these conditions. Valerie believes above all that Pilates conditioning will ensure the strength and flexibility of the spine, keeping individuals of any age active and pain free.  She finds great motivation in learning and incorporating contemporary principles of functional movement and applied kinesiology into her Pilates classes.

Specialization coursework Valerie has completed includes:

  • Spinal and Trunk Abnormalities, Brett Howard MA

  • ACL Injury Prevention in the Pilates Studio, Meghan Bubnis, PT, DPT, PMA-CPT

  • Thoracolumbar Fascia: The Second Brain of Movement, Shari Berkowitz

  • Wunda Chair Programming for Knees and Hips, Meghan Bubnis, PT, DPT, PMA-CPT

  • Proximal Control for Better Knee Function, Cara Reeser, Jeremy Laverdure, DPT, PMA-CPT

  • Demystifying Scapular/Humeral Rythym, Karen Sanzo, MS, PT

  • Motor Control with the Oov, Karyn Staples, PT, PhD, OCS

  • Hollowing and Bracing, Karen Clippenger, MSPE

  • Pelvic Connections: The Pelvic Floor and More for Movement Instructors, Cameron Angus, MSc, MSSP, MMACP

  • Respiration Mechanics and Rib Dynamics, Kelly Kane

  • Gait Control, Diedra Manns, DPT, MS, COMT, PMA-CPT

  • Alignment, Load and Tempo, Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS

  • Designing a Pilates Program for Runners, Victoria Torrie Capan, PT, CPT

  • Hacking the Nervous System to Improve Exercise Performance, Mariska Breland, CPT, Meghann Koppelle, BS

  • Embryology Informs J. H. Pilates, Elizabeth Larkam, MS Ed

  • Pilates for Foot and Ankle Injuries, Matt McCullock, Elliot Fishbeing, PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT

  • Pilates for Men: Building Strength, Flexibility and Power, Brett Howard MA

  • Applying the Pilates Method: The Jumpboard for Plyometric Training, Sally Anderson, PMA®-CPT

  • Optimizing Pilates for Post Rotator Cuff Repair, Teresa Maldonado Marchok, MPT, PMA®-CPT>

  • Real Hands On, Alycea Ungaro, PMA®-CPT

  • Pain: What to Say and Do within PMA Scope of Practice, Madeline Black, PMA®-CPT

  • Know the Body you are Teaching, Lolita San Migel, PMA®-CPT

  • The Trapeze Table: The Best Massage Ever!, Mary Bowen, PMA®-CPT

  • Pathologies and Protocols for the Shoulder, Brian Richey>

  • Pilates for Athletes, Brett Howard MA

  • Anatomy in 3 Dimensions for the Pelvic Floor, Nora St. John MS

  • Fascia in Motion, Anna Maria Vitali, MD

  • Testing the Core, Elliot Fishbein, PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT – Matt McCulloch

  • CoreAlign Essentials for Rehabilitation, Carrie Lamb, PT, DPT, OCS – Rhondi Miller, PT, MS, SCS, ATC

  • The Psoas as a Core Muscle, Madeline Black

  • Posture, Balance and Gait Analysis, Elizabeth Larkam MS Ed

  • Mat for Motor Control, Stability and Balance, Elizabeth Larkam MS Ed

  • Promoting Healthy Aging with Pilates, Karen Clippenger, MSPE

  • Assessing and Correcting global Movement Patterns, Tom McCook MS, Nora St. John MS

  • Hip and Knee Biomechanics on the Reformer, Karen Clippinger, MSPE

  • Fascia Oriented Training for the Deep Front Line, Elizabeth Larkam, MS Ed

  • Low Back Pain and Pilates: Flexion Based Programs, Karen Clippinger, MSPE

  • Correcting Computer Posture with Pilates, Elizabeth Larkam, MS Ed

Valerie completed her Comprehensive Teacher Training Course program with BASI™ Faculty Instructor Brandon Gamble in University Place, WA. Designed and developed by BASI™ founder Rael Isacowitz, the program is unique in integrating both the art and science of human movement with a contemporary approach to the work of Joseph Pilates.