A 60 minute session that is limited to 3-4 students. These classes focus on learning to safely use the Pilates apparatus (Tower, Chair, and Reformer) to execute movements from a beginner to advanced level. Beginner students interested in Apparatus classes are required to take a minimum of 3 Private Sessions first. This will enable the teacher to become familiar with each new body so that the student can then be "molded" into the group class.
A 60 minute session that is limited to 5 students. The focus of these classes is on understanding how the different aspects of the Reformer can work each muscle group separately, or as a whole. Students will learn the order and spring setting of the exercises, enabling them to acheive greater control and flexibility. Beginner students interested in Reformer classes are required to take a minimum of 3 Private Sessions first. This will enable the teacher to become familiar with each new body so that the student can then be "molded" into the group class.
A 60 minute session which teaches the basic fundamentals of Pilates: use of breath, core control, stability, placement, and mobility, all of which make for an energizing and uplifting experience. No previous Pilates training is required to start.
A muscle lengthening, thigh trimming, booty raising, abdominal flattening routine on the Pilates Tower. A full 60 minutes of graceful, precise actions to strengthen the entire body and leave you feeling lighter and leaner. Class limited to 5 students.
Open Level Equipment Class
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced Pilates practitioner, you will gain the strength and length the Pilates practice provides. Focusing on the basic anatomical principles and fundamentals that Joe left to us, you will be lead through a challenging workout using a variety of equipment and props through repetition and acute mind-body awareness.
Lisa Day's warm smile and bright friendly energy infuse her classes with a sense of fun, while her grounded presence creates a safe judgement-free space to connect to the body, breathe, and feel. Deeply supportive and intuitive, she meets her students wherever they are to create a practice that is empowering, challenging and yet accessible to all levels.
The pain from multiple neck, back and shoulder injuries (a car accident, sports injuries, and concussions among them), worsened by long work days at a desk, brought Lisa to Pilates. After years of working with one specialist after another and trying seemingly everything else with little success, she was amazed at how quickly she not only found relief from pain but additionally built strength, toned and reshaped her body, improved coordination and posture (growing almost a full inch due to spinal decompression), and regained a sense of ease and delight in her body.
Having experienced the possibility of moving without pain first-hand, she delights in curiously exploring new ways of moving with her students, supporting and empowering each individual with the knowledge, tools and felt experience to bring new aliveness to their body and sparkle to their spirit.
Lisa is additionally a Forrest Yoga teacher, a practice that has taught her it's possible to sweat (and sometimes shake) without strain and to do it all with a relaxed neck. From her first class, she was hooked - it was challenging and yet it left her feeling refreshed and relaxed after class, not tweaky or overstretched. Above all though, she treasures this practice for the space it provides to breathe, feel and connect to herself and others without judgement.
About Forrest Yoga
Designed by Ana Forrest, Forrest yoga is a healing, powerful style of Hatha yoga designed to address modern-day issues - both physical ailments such as low-back pain, neck and shoulder tension and over-worked wrists - as well as emotional strains such as stress, anxiety and a sense of disconnection from self and others.
Accessible to all levels, Forrest yoga uses a gently heated room, intelligent sequencing, core work, and longer pose holds to generate heat in the body allowing it move in an easeful, pain-free way.
Classes begin with deep breathing and setting an intent to quiet and focus the mind. That breath and intent are carried throughout the practice, building awareness and strengthening the connection between the mind and body.
It is an inspiring yoga practice that builds flexibility, intelligence and strength while reducing stress and building a deeper relationship with your authentic self.
Lisa Hurst de Faria, Certified Pilates Instructor
Lisa Hurst de Faria was trained in classical and contemporary dance, attending the Performing Arts School of Worcester, MA, Boston School of Ballet, SUNY Purchase, and Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival. She danced in various companies in the U.S., including Feld Ballet, Dancesouth, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, and San Antonio Ballet. In Lisbon, Portugal, she danced with the Lisbon Dance Company, where she also taught both company and school classes. She taught ballet and modern dance to young children and adolescents, and was involved in diverse pedagogical projects,theatre productions, and television.
Lisa's first contact with the Pilates technique was with Robert Fitzgerald in New York, due to an injury. Years later she re-connected with the technique, studying with Alan Herdman in London, obtaining her Pilates Based Fundamental Matwork certification from the Pilates Institute of London, and teaching at Estúdio Pilates Filipa Mayer, Lisbon's top Pilates studio, for 16 years. During this time she also taught Pilates at the National Dance Conservatory in Lisbon, working with both injured and non-injured dance students.
A certified instructor by the Pilates Method Alliance and Polestar Pilates, she was also a Mentor in Polestar's professional training program. She attended "Anatomy Trains (Myofascial Meridians for Manual Movement Therapists)" mini-courses with James Earls, as well as seminars with Brent Anderson, founder of Polestar Pilates. Lisa has been an instructor in Palm Beach County since her arrival in Florida in 2012.
Bethany McLaughlin, Certified Power Pilates Instructor
Bethany is a Florida native. She is Power Pilates certified. Bethany's passion for Pilates increased after becoming a mom. "I was first introduce to Pilates in college. I loved it then and love it even more now. After having three kids in four years, Pilates has helped me stay in shape, keeps me energized, and strengthens my entire being."
Bethany's love for Pilates is shared to her clients who leave their sessions feeling empowered to face the rest of the day.
Jacqueline McNally, Certified Power Pilates Instructor
The main focus of JBP is to bring together a dynamic group of individuals for all the right reasons. We created a sacred, nature-inspired, immaculate space. We added the best teachers and we are dedicated to making the lives of the people we touch lighter, fuller and more balanced.We strengthen the core and the spirit, so that when a client leaves the studio that energy can radiate to the people they are in contact with…especially their spouses, their children their co-workers and their precious pets! Everybody benefits! And on that note, it’s important to say that we know every single body is beautiful and every body that walks through the door will be greeted with the love and respect that they deserve. There are no limits to what your body can become!
Certified Mat Pilates Instructor Level 1 and 2
Donna Minotti, now a Florida resident, was born and raised in the state of Connecticut. Donna worked as a Health and Wellness Coordinator at a global corporation for more than twelve years. Being a physical fitness professional for more than 25 years, and having over 30 years of dance experience in ballet, tap and jazz. Donna shares her passion for health and wellness with many. Donna is an adjunct faculty member, teaching several accredited Pilates and MELT Method courses at Quinnipiac University. She is a certified MELT Method Practitioner teaching Hand/Foot MELT techniques as well as Full Body and Strength techniques for the Method.
She is a Master Spinning Instructor and International Presenter for Spinning, representing Mad Dogg Athletics. Donna is certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America as a group fitness instructor. She holds personal trainer certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Exercise Council. Donna is certified by the C.H.E.K. Institute as a holistic Nutrition/Lifestyle Coach. Donna holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Coaching Education from Ohio University.
Being involved in many philanthropic activities, she has trained many corporate employees, for the NYC Half and Full Marathon joining Team for Kids Foundation. For the last three years, she has also trained many cyclists to ride AngelRide, a ride benefiting campers of The Hole In the Wall Gang that takes them 140 miles across the state of CT.
An avid runner, cyclist and swimmer, she has participated in numerous races throughout the country and looks forward to continuing her training and competing in more.
Susan’s work is motivated by her passionate desire to teach people to heal their bodies, eliminate pain, and regain flexibility and strength. Her motto is “movement is life.” Using her extensive training in anatomy, kinesiology, and Pilates, she empowers people through education and awareness to live and thrive in strength and vitality. She continues to study new techniques bringing her clients the latest, cutting edge technology, and is currently developing TheHomeStretchMethod™.
Susan has devoted her life to helping people heal through movement. She is a gentle and insightful teacher whose work is both nurturing and powerful, and her understanding of the mind-body connection has produced amazing results.
“Susan is a remarkable teacher--insightful, flexible, precise and open to interaction with her students. She is one of the finest, most knowledgeable instructors I have met in my 20+ years of movement study.”
“Susan restored my faith in the notion that we can learn life-changing techniques and have fun, too!”
Professional Experience and Credentials
- Owner/Operator of three businesses—Pilates and More in Somerset, England, Back Sense in Detroit, MI, and a private practice at The Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington, FL.
- Pilates Instructor – The International Polo Club, Wellington, FL. Specialized in treating professional athletes in the equestrian community.
- Lecturer and Corporate Consultant - Teaching, facilitating, and encouraging audiences to achieve pain free living through movement therapy. Clients included Blue Cross Blue Shield, Detroit Dental Hygienists Association, and Stroh’s Brewery.
- Pilates Movement & Alignment Director – Spa Atlantis, Pompano Beach, FL
- Assistant Director of Health and Fitness – Jewish Community Center, Detroit, MI
Bachelor of Science Degree - Wayne State University
Stott Pilates Certification - trained (in residence) at Stott headquarters, Toronto, Canada.
- Levels I & 11 Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels
Certified NSCA Personal Trainer (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
- Fitness Institute Fitness Instructor Education and Certification
- Fitness Institute Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified in Active Isolated Stretching with Aaron Matteus
Upledger Institute - Continuing education in Anatomy and Kinesiology
- Cranio-Sacral Therapy (level I)
- Cranio-Sacral Therapy (Level II)
- Visceral Manipulation (Level I)
Anna Halprin - San Francisco, CA. Intensive Training.
- Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques
- Gestalt Movement
- Dance Therapy
A History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born in a small village near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. His father was a prize winning gymnast and his mother was a naturopath. In his early years, Joseph was interested in and influenced by both Western and Eastern forms of exercise, including yoga. He achieved some success as a boxer, a gymnast, a skier and a diver. During WW I, he taught wrestling and self defense.
Joseph came in contact with many soldiers who had suffered from various injuries during and following the war. He devised spring mechanisms attached to beds to aid in rehabilitation and so began the development of what we refer to today as the Cadillac. His system focused on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which support the spine. The central aim of Pilates is to create a fusion of mind and body so that movement is efficient, balanced and graceful.
Joe and his wife, Clara, opened a gym following their arrival in New York in 1926. The gym was located on Eighth Avenue in the same building as several dance studios and rehearsal spaces. Joseph began to work with the dancers, eventually including such luminaries as George Balanchine, Martha Graham and Jerome Robbins. Many of today's Pilates teachers have a background in dance.
Clara continued to teach Pilates and run the studio after Joseph’s death in 1967. One of their disciples, Romana Kryzanowska, later took over the studio and moved it to 56th Street. The first generation teachers are often referred to as the “elders.” Romana trained Bob Liekens who later became an extremely well known and highly regarded teacher and is now associated with Power Pilates. In 1989, Dr. Howard Sichel and Phoebe Higgins opened a chiropractic office next door to the studio. This was the connection that led to meeting Susan Moran and eventually the development of Power Pilates.
In just 80 years, the number of people practicing Pilates world wide is estimated to be near 15 million with over 15,000 instructors. In recent years, Pilates has entered the mainstream of health and wellness. Today, more than ever, Pilates is far more than a collection of exercises. It is, rather, a living discipline that continues to be developed and refined through constant use and observation.