Years ago, former marketing executive Ellen Comerford would wake up early to teach Pilates classes at gyms all over Boston before heading to work. But in 2006, she decided to settle down, and with her husband, Mark, opened a studio on Charles Street.
Core de Vie began as a fitness center offering Gyrotonic and Pilates instruction. The couple later added yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials and other services, as well as a boutique. Recently they started selling face cleanser and cream, both made from seaweed and silk.
In opening the studio, the couple aspired to create a tight-knit team of instructors and practitioners to whom they would give steady work and benefits. Only recently, Mark said, has his ideal staff come together, and he said their expertise and upbeat personalities define the Core de Vie experience.
Ellen said that the staff not only create custom workouts and treatments for their clients but also teach them how to do them at home.
"A lot of people have the mindset that other people need to heal them," she said. "But the greatest thing is showing them how to heal themselves."