About Perseverance Movement Specialists & Pilates

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"We Help People Aged 40+ Become More Active, Fit and Independent So They Can Confidently Live the Life They Love Without Fear, Limitation and Having to Depend on Painkillers or Procedures..."

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Our Mission To Help People Like You

At Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates we love to help people in their  40's, 50's, 60's & beyond get back to actively living the life they want and deserve. Which means a life that isn't weighed down by fear, limitation, not feeling like yourself, depending on painkillers or having to keep going back to the doctor for procedures or pills, but a life wherein you can confidently enjoy doing all the things you love without the worry of pain or causing a larger problem later.

When you have to face sudden or continual chronic pain in you lower back, hips and knees, neck, shoulders, or if you experience an injury from exercise or sport - it can be very easy to just tell yourself it will "just go away" with time and rest" or that it "isn't really that bad or limiting."

No matter how much people hope and seek the quick fix magic bullet they often suffer longer than they need to and find themselves creating other aches, pains and problems elsewhere in their body and as time goes on they end up giving up and limiting the activities they love.

The pain and limitations often end up worse than before and requires longer to truly address all the problems that have now been created.

With so many options out there about what to do or where to do for help and direction it can be overwhelming.

The thought of making the wrong decision, wasting your time, money or putting your current or future health at risk can cause so much indecision it is hard to take action.

That is why we are here to support you by listening to your story and goals and provide all the information you need to make a confident decision for your health and fitness.

Do You Feel the Same Way?

You are NOT ALONE. At Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates we hear this all the time....it is very common that people who come to us have often:

  • Thought the pain would just go away on its own - but it didn't and are unsure of what are their options to fix it
  • Went to see multiple doctor's for many visits, only to be told to "rest" and take some "painkillers" or just "avoid" being active - then when they go back for follow up to be told the same thing again, more rest, pills & waiting
  • Looked on Google and YouTube for exercises, but they didn't help and only were left more confused or in worse pain
  • ​Thought that if you rested it would go away, but it actually got even more painful, stiff, tight and weak
  • Tried pills, creams, braces, some "feel good" massages or injections without any real lasting relief and improvement to feel more stable, mobile or confident in their ability to do the things they want & love
  • Were told by family or friends that it was just a part of "normal" aches and pains everyone gets with age, that it is just "a part of life" - and to just take pills or some exercises they tried in the past

Sound Like What You Are Experiencing?

If this sounds like what you are experiencing and you are unsure about what to do- then we would love to help you by inviting you the opportunity to book a call with one of our Movement Specialists whom is an expert in your area of need. Sometimes when you have tried other things that haven't worked it actually allows us to identify what WILL work!

Just click the yellow button below to schedule a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complimentary without any obligation to book any appointments after the call. We value health and fitness and believe everyone should be living their best life possible- so we want to help you put any fears, doubts or concerns to rest by providing you the information you need to make the right decision about what to do next to reach the outcomes you want.

We Exist to Serve, Empower & Equip You

At Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates our team of dedicated and experienced professionals are held to the highest standards of care and service, we want to get to know you as a person- you are not just another appointment to us.

The opportunity to help you reach your ideal health and fitness potential and freedom is a privilege and we do whatever it takes to help you succeed, whether that is direct, honest advice and guidance, pursuing resources, devoting time to you in and outside of sessions or working with other members of the health and fitness community on your behalf. We enjoy taking the time to get to know about you, the activities you love, your goals and aspirations.

Whether it is individual one-on-one  session with one our Specialists or in one of our small group Pilates classes we want you to feel like you belong, are valued, understood and have a voice in reaching your health and fitness goals. 

We believe that there always "is a way" to be able to do the activities you love, it is only a matter of finding the right methods and putting them into practice at the right time.

If you would like to know how the team at Perseverance Movement Specialists and Pilates can help you live with less pain, fear and get back to doing the activities you love when and how you want - then if you want you can begin with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment at our studio:

Note:  This FREE Discovery Session is something that we offer to persons who a unsure, nervous or skeptical about working with a Movement Specialist. It is designed for someone who is uncertain of the benefits  of working with one or if we can deliver the outcomes they really want and get back to the active life they dream of. If this is you, then please start with this complimentary session so we can get to know each other, find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk to you. 

We Love to Help People:

  • Be more active, confident and independent, so they can keep up with friends and family and do the activities they love without the worry of being in pain, stiff or  injured later.
  • Find out what is wrong, fix it and keep the problem from coming back. We'll give you the peace of mind and ensure that your problem is “corrected” properly, and will clearly plan, explain your mobility problem, how we will fix it, the simple things you can do to speed up the process, stay healthy and prevent re-injury.
  • Stay free from painkillers that never really fix the problem, only mask it and have harmful side effects.
  • Who don’t like to waste their time, money and want to take the right action at the right time. Our expertise in the body and movement allows us to know how the body should feel, move and respond to your customized mobility program, so we can adjust your program and implement all the right strategies and at the right time.
  • Avoid becoming a boomerang of injuries and failed surgeries. Our Mobility Methods and Principles are targeted to fix everything that is contributing to your pain or limitations, the compensations created by the bad patterns that developed. Most importantly we help you prevent these weak links from creating bigger problems that will continue to frustrate and limit you throughout your life if not corrected now.
  • Learn about their bodies and want to do the right things to stay healthy and fit. We will give you the knowledge and tools you need, so you will learn to stop doing the wrong things that cause pain, compensations and injuries and start doing the right things to become stronger, more active, mobile, flexible, stable, independent and healthier long term.
  • Stop the ceiling effect placed on their health, fitness and quality of life. We breakdown the the misconceptions and barriers placed on you and work with you to find “the way” to live a more active life without having to give up doing what you love.
  • Get more fulfillment and enjoyment out of everyday. Life is too precious to be limited in your ability to enjoy quality time with family and friends and be the person you want to be because fear, pain, immobility or weakness are holding you back physically and emotionally.

We believe wholeheartedly in our ability to serve and help people- especially people that want to be helped but may have been overlooked or under served in the past.

There is no greater enjoyment than to watch our clients begin to live the life they always wanted and to finally feel strong, confident, capable and leave the anxiety and uncertainty of their future health behind. 

If you want to know more about the costs - and what availability we have for at our studio or our on-site services, then please click the button below and complete the quick and simple form:

What You Can Expect

Have you ever asked yourself what kind of EXPERIENCE you want when it comes to your health and your ability to stay and become more active, mobile, stable, independent, full of energy  and life?

When it comes to your health, wellness, fitness and getting help for a specific problem or goal, do you want to settle for generic exercise programs taught by a generalist or a Specialist that has been helping people just like you get back to living the active life they enjoy?

Does it matter to you if you understand what exactly is causing your problem and limitations, why you are told to do or not do certain things  and what are the risks are if you don't fix the problem correctly?

This is why we are a team of experts  and professionals that are dedicated to you, so you will enjoy your progress and look forward to every session!

We treat you like family and this drives us to go above and beyond to make certain you feel heard, cared for and know that we always do what is the right and best thing for you at the right time. 

We meet you where you are at, take you where you want to go and we have fun throughout the journey!

We get to know you and develop customized solutions and programs that will allow you to become more active, healthy and mobile so you can get back to doing the activities you love without fear, limitations or being dependent on others, unnatural methods or being continual stuck at the doctor's office!

If you have tried other different fitness routines or "treatments" that are generalized with little to no results, you don't want to waste any more of your time not doing the things you love or if you are fearful of what your health will look like in the future.... and you are ready to empower yourself with long-lasting results and solutions then you should consider working with our team!

The Perseverance Principles and Methods for Healthy and Active Living

The Perseverance S.M.A.R.T. Principles

When you are thinking of a health and fitness program you need to honor where you are at in life right now, your current abilities and goals. 

People get injured because they often are doing the wrong things for what their body is capable of right now. It is critical to have the right exercise and health program that can adapt to your needs and goals, so you can avoid getting injured and stay strong and active like you want. 

We will teach and train you how to apply these principles to your daily routines, fitness programs and the activities you enjoy.

  • Season of Life: Your fitness and activities levels will change over your lifetime depending on the season of life your in, your changing body and personal goals. You shouldn’t be doing the same thing all the time. Your program needs to adapt and evolve with you.
  • Method of Movement: Having a balanced program to help you perform the activities you enjoy and appropriately recover from them is essential.  It is important to adapt and vary the types and method of exercise you are doing to balance the frequency, duration and intensity you are active or inactive.
  • Age: Acknowledge and honor it. But don’t slow down or give up what you love doing. The body’s physiology, hormones and metabolism will change over time. Your wellness, fitness and nutritional plans and programs should support and respond to this.
  • Restore: Your ability to recover from activity or inactivity is the best indicator of your health and fitness. To keep your body and mind healthy you need a balanced program that incorporates focused stretching, strengthening, massage and rest. This allows your body to recover and restore itself, will help prevent injury and illness or having to limit an active life.
  • Time: Balance is key when it comes to being active or when you find yourself unable to be as active as you’d like. We will show you the best, simple things you can do to balance having to be stuck at a desk, in a car or what you need to do if you are more active and training so you don’t get injured.

The Perseverance Movement Method

How to Stay Active, Fit and Injury-free

These 4 Methods are the fundamental principles for how you should prepare and recover from activities to restore your body to the balance it needs and avoid injury.

We will show you the right program, tools and exercises to help you understand your body better so you will know where you should focus your attention to stay healthy, fit and injury-free.

  • Release: The tension, stiffness and restriction of muscle and fascia needs to be regularly released with massage from a Specialist in addition to the self massage routine that you need to be should be doing on your own or in our classes to improve your mobility, and avoid pain and injury.
  • Stretch: You can only be as strong as you are flexible and mobile. Targeting specific muscle groups, correcting their compensations and imbalances is key to prevent poor posture, muscle strains, cramps and arthritis.
  • Stabilize: With improved mobility you need to strengthen and stabilize the joints that are now more freely able to move. This helps to “lock” everything in place so you feel strong, stable and in control of your body.
  • Restore: Mind and body balance and unity is the cornerstone of your health. Incorporating intentional breathing and rest into your day and activities can help protect your mind and body from stress, keeping you energized, active and centered.

Our Team

Dr. Yvonne Castillo, MSPT, DPT, CPT


Founder of Perseverance Movement Specialists & Pilates

Dr. Yvonne Castillo is one of Santa Barbara’s leading Movement Specialists who helps active adults become more active, fit and independent so they can confidently live the life they love without fear, limitation or having to depend on painkillers or procedures.

Every day people consult Yvonne looking for the guidance to get them back to their active lifestyles faster and permanently. She helps them understand and address their current performance limitations, individual risk factors and weak links, prevent injury, avoid loss of mobility, flexibility, strength, stability and balance, avoid surgery and protect against falls and the slow decline  of their independence or stop the steady increase in aches, pains, stiffness, loss of energy or confidence in their ability to be active like they truly desire to be.

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Our Firm Guarantee to You

ALL and ANY treatment and services you receive at Perseverance Movement Specialists & Pilates are covered by a Full "Love it or Leave It" Money Back Guarantee. That means we make you extremely satisfied with our services and very HAPPY like you hope, or you DON'T Pay for any of it. We are so confident in our ability to serve you we guarantee it. We love to WOW our clients and believe in blessing their socks off! Come try us and we'll make you a believer in the power & possibilities of working with a Movement Specialists & Pilates will bring to your life!

“ Here Are 3 People We’ve Helped Recently 



Early 30s, Santa Barbara, CA

I thought I could just heal on my own and take some ibuprofen and the pain would go away but it just wasn't working. My pain was pretty bad. It was affecting my personal life. I couldn't work out anymore. Since coming here I've had a lot less pain. I've felt a lot looser and my posture has been a lot better.



Mid 30s, Santa Barbara, CA

I was having severe pain in multiple parts of my body and unable to do my job, participate in the activities that I enjoy or sleep for more than a few hours. Yvonne clearly has a deep understanding of the human body and is also a very talented Pilates instructor. Her methods have changed my life.



 Late 40s, Santa Barbara, CA

I tried all the things you usually try when you first get hurt, you know, you take some risks, you take some painkillers, you try icing, stretching, those sorts of things and they'd help in spots. But it just wasn't functioning the way I knew it should at this point. Now I can do most of what I want to do!

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