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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Natural Awakenings 2017 Pilates Teacher & Studio Profiles

May 30, 2017 10:36PM

Tina Sferra of Elite Performance

Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester, PC

Tina Sferra, MSPT Studio Owner
175 E. Main Street, Suite 204 Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
917.476.2164 • ElitePTandPilates.com
 
How would you describe your studio?

I am not a purist, I am a fundamentalist. I believe in building a sound structure within which to live, because when one subscribes to the brilliance inherent in the Pilates system, a balanced body is created within which “ability” is enhanced and “dis-ability” is eliminated.

What is your professional passion or goal?

Live long, live strong, get to the core of the matter. My passion for my work in Pilates is that it heals bodies and souls. It’s not necessary to experience functional limitations and disability. We can choose a path of self-care and lifelong self-practice in Pilates through a sound education in body mechanics.

Any new-student specials?

No, but we’ve expanded our space and services. Our new Pilates studio in Mount Kisco accommodates Pilates duets. We also offer individual and small-group injury prevention programs for dancers and soccer players: for dancers, The Intelligent Dancer and Progressing Ballet Technique workshops and Pointe Readiness Evaluations; and for soccer players, team trainings combining Pilates and evidence-based conditioning principles for developing increased stability and resiliency, and instruction in selfcare recovery techniques.

What do you most want our readers to know?

At my studio you will reengineer your body under the eyes of a highly filtered lens: Pilates with a physical therapist. It’s amazing to observe a post-surgical patient in a boot using the Tower equipment to re-educate the gait through the core, or someone with a fractured spine come back strong once the core has been activated. I love teaching injury prevention to athletes, gymnasts, dancers and skaters and watching their performances jump to the next level.

 

Integrative Pilates

Kathy Briggs, Owner and Instructor
Carmel/Kent NY

integrativepilatesstudio.com • 845.797.3354 • [email protected]

How would you describe your studio?

Integrative Pilates is a classical studio that provides private Pilates instruction to meet individual needs. Clients come to Integrative Pilates to gain strength and flexibility in their already healthy bodies to improve their performance in golf, tennis or any sport. Others come to improve their overall strength, balance and flexibility.

What is your professional passion or goal?

I fell in love with the Authentic Pilates method after it changed my life. I had suffered with intense chronic back pain for many years, and it is truly miraculous what Pilates did for me. I wanted to share the method with other people so they could improve their physical strength and overall health. I decided to open my own studio, Integrative Pilates, so that I could help people achieve a higher state of well-being and help them increase their core strength and flexibility.

Any new-student specials?

I offer discounts on packages of private sessions.

What do you most want our readers to know?

Pilates is for everybody, not just for athletes. People with back issues gain core strength and flexibility to improve their daily activities with greater ease and confidence. The Pilates method is also wonderful for those who need improved posture, increased muscle tone and better balancing abilities. In order to get the most out of your Pilates session, it is essential to execute the movements correctly. Personalized one-on-one instruction allows the client to carry out the movements with proper form and alignment, which aids in engaging the proper muscle groups. The benefits of private Pilates instruction compared to group classes are abundant.

 

Rhinebeck Pilates

Elaine Ewing, Studio Owner
6400 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY

845.876.5686 • RhinebeckPilates.com • [email protected]

How would you describe your studio?

Rhinebeck Pilates is a classical Pilates studio, fully equipped with Gratz apparatus, located in the center of the village of Rhinebeck. We offer private sessions and small-group classes to men and women of all ages, from professional athletes to those recovering from injuries, and everything in between.

What is your professional passion or goal?

As a certified authentic Pilates teacher, Elaine Ewing is passionate about following the style and order of exercises originally intended by Joseph Pilates, with the goals of making her students stronger and more flexible and turning their imbalances into balances—and thereby improving their quality of life and endurance to excel at all things they enjoy.

Any new-student specials?

We currently have three intro packages for anyone new to our studio: the Best Way to Start Pilates Package ($300 for 5 private sessions); the Intro to Rhinebeck Pilates ($100 for 1 private, 1 equipment class and 1 mat class); and the Intro to Group Classes ($195 for 3 Reformer, 3 Tower and 3 mat classes). We also offer private sessions with apprentice teachers that range from $10 to $50. Additionally, Elaine runs a new-student special in Manhattan that includes 5 private sessions for $375.

What do you most want our readers to know?

Since 2003, Rhinebeck Pilates has offered classical Pilates in the Hudson Valley, and we’re proud to be one of the only fully equipped studios in the area, to give our students the most authentic and beneficial Pilates experience possible. We are known in the area for our students’ satisfaction with our high-quality services, knowledge and friendly teachers— we’ve been named Best Pilates in the Hudson Valley five times. All of our teachers continue to further their Pilates education on a regular basis by studying with the most experienced teachers in the method.

 

Pilates and More

Valeria Barreto, Studio Owner 129 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY

914.478.3560 • pilatesandmorestudio.com • [email protected]

How would you describe your studio?

Pilates and More is a health and fitness studio offering a wide assortment of activities for both body and mind. We design unique programs to help clients condition their bodies in order to achieve a life unimpaired by physical limitations, and full of ease and joy.

What is your professional passion or goal?

Our goal is for clients to leave our studio feeling stronger, healthier and more prepared to face the challenges of life.

Any new-student specials?

All new clients get a special $10 rate for their first walk-in class of any kind. New Pilates machine clients may choose a discounted Introductory Three-Session Private Machine Pilates Package to begin customized learning.

What do you most want our readers to know?

Don’t be intimidated—Pilates (and More) can do wonders for every body! We are much more than a “fitness” studio; we offer reshaping, restoring and rehabilitation for the whole body throughout the life cycle. Since 2007, we have been here to care for you and your body, whatever your age, health situation or level of experience. We pride ourselves on having an inclusive community atmosphere where clients feel comfortable improving and enjoying themselves. We offer customized Pilates machine private sessions, duets and small groups; a full calendar of walk-in classes, including Mat Pilates, Barre Fusion, Yoga, Zumba and Walking Workout. Massage is also offered for full body care.

 

The Pilates Center Rhinebeck

Beth Graziano, Studio Owner
3752 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, NY

845.876.5114 • ThePilatesCenterRhinebeck.com

How would you describe your studio?

The Pilates Center Rhinebeck is the only studio in northern Dutchess County owned and operated by a classical, authentic secondgeneration teacher. I studied under and was certified by Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates’ principal protégés. We have been teaching in Rhinebeck since 1996 and have inspired several other local studio owners to begin their careers in Pilates.

What is your professional passion or goal?

Because Pilates can be tailored to your unique health and fitness needs, our goal is to ensure that each session meets your changing abilities and strengths, and that you walk out of your session feeling taller, stronger and more energized than when you walked in. We have helped golfers and tennis players improve their game, and horseback riders sit better in the saddle. However, the challenge I find most rewarding is helping people recover from injury. The Pilates Method is ideally suited for this, and we have had great success with clients sent to us from physical therapists.

Any new-student specials?

Since it is important to understand not only the method, but how to get the most from the apparatus, we recommend working privately for a few sessions. Therefore, we offer an introductory package of five private sessions for $300.

What do you most want our readers to know?

We teach Pilates the way it was meant to be taught, placing emphasis on correct form to achieve improved strength and flexibility. Pilates can truly change how you live in your body, but it is also fun and invigorating. In our studio you will receive experienced, personalized attention, even in group classes.