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Marta Bestetti

Owner and Founder - nice to meet you!

Owner and Pilates and BootyBarre teacher

I first opened the studio known as “Timeless Pilates” in 2018, to fulfil my dream of being able to teach Pilates. I started studying dance at an early age: I perceived and found myself in movement and music and in sharing a feeling that went beyond study and technique. I used to create short choreographies by myself and show them to friends first and to students then, with a great sense of freedom, joy, emotions and feelings. I studied ballet and modern dance, achieving the ISTD Advanced 2 diploma at the same time as the Language High School, the degree in Linguistic and Intercultural Mediation, all completed with flying colours, and fitness disciplines. I have been teaching in schools in the provinces of Como and Ticino since I was 18, until I realised that my big dream was to create a space where emotions and movement could come alive and revive.

Thanks to BASI® Pilates’ training I identified a path that could provide me with a more scientific approach and that could accompany me in my personal and professional growth.

Timeless Pilates is now “BASI Pilates Academy Lugano” and this is a real honour for me.

From March 2024 I am BASI Pilates Faculty.


The latest training courses:

2018 BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training

2019 BootyBarre Plus and Flex 

2019 BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training

2020 BASI Pilates Mentor Program

2021 BASI Pilates Master I 

2022 BASI Pilates Master II


Continuing education courses:

2021 “Stretching within strengthening” with Sondra Karman, BASI Pilates principal faculty

2021 “The art of cueing” with Natascha Eyber, BASI Pilates principal faculty

2021 “Learn from the Leaders Germany 2021”

2022 "The power of Aging" with Rael Isacowitz, Founder of BASI Pilates

2023 "Pilates for Scoliosis" with Rika Brixie, BASI Pilates faculty


Alessandra Bonzi

Pilates teacher

Movement has always been a part of me. Ever since I was little child, my sister and I used to play in the meadow doing somersaults, handstands, bridges. Then at the age of six I met dance and have never left it. However, there is one question that has been with me ever since I started moving at the barre: how does a body move? Is it possible to move a body by following its needs and not by forcing it?

In September 2022, I decided to answer to this question by taking part to the BASI Pilates Teacher Training in Lugano: it was a fascinating journey that led me to get to know my body and its rules more deeply. 

In september 2023 - while not stopping training, studying and observing - I started working as a Pilates instructor at BASI PILATES studio in Lugano.

BASI pilates has enabled me to understand many things about me and my body and to answer all those questions that had gone unanswered for so many years. 

The journey has just begun, but I am delighted to be able to complete my long experience as a dancer and dance teacher with Pilates. 

Of the BASI method I love the accuracy, the precision, the continuous possibility to improve every day, the attention to detail, the harmony of breath. 

My hope is to help more and more people to feel that a balance between body and mind is a key element for a wonderful life. 

Federica Selva

Pilates teacher and  physiotherapist

Federica graduated in physiotherapy in Milan in 2013.

She began her work experience in Switzerland in private practices, dealing with orthopaedic, rheumatological and neurological problems.

Passionate about movement in all its forms, she decided to approach the world of Pilates in 2021 when she began her journey within BASI and attended the CTTC course.

She loves being in contact with nature and sport in general.

Alessia Imberti

Pilates teacher 

My name is Alessia, I graduated in economics and I work as Human Resources Business Partner. I'm also a Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Barre Concept®, Pilates, swimming and water gymnastics instructor.

I started teaching swimming to children when I was 15 years old. Once I moved to Zurich, I did the water sports instructor training. In 2012, I completed my training as a Barre Concept® instructor in Munich, Germany. A discipline that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and Yoga. My passion for Aerial Yoga started in San Francisco in 2016. After a few years of constant practice, I flew to Bali and I completed the teacher training in Aerial Yoga. I flew to Bali again after 2 years to complete the advanced training, where I took the specialization in Aerial Fitness, Aerial Pilates, Aerial Barre, Aerial Kids, Aerial Yin and Nidra. In 2017 I completed the 200h Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa. I started teaching in Zurich and after 2 years I decided to start two advanced Teacher Trainings of 300 hours each. I specialized myself in therapeutic yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative, Nidra, Yoga for pregnant women, meditation, breathing techniques and Ayurvedic medicine. 

Recently, I completed the comprehensive BASI® (Body Art and Science International®) Teacher Training, where I also did the specialization in pre and post pregnancy.

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