Joseph Pilates (Pi-LAH-teez) began teaching his exercise method in the late 1920’s. The Pilates Method or “Contrology” was defined by Joseph Pilates as “the science and art of coordinated mind-body-spirit development through natural movements under strict control of the will…Contrology movements are designed to exercise to its full extension every single bundle in the 800 voluntary muscle-motors each of us has been given to alter ourselves.’ The Method combines calmness, centeredness and limberness with motion, muscle tone, and strength to help restore balance back to the body for ultimate flexibility and strength.
The benefits of Pilates are manifold:
- Increased physical and mental strength and endurance. It is ideal for those with stressful lives or those recovering from injury
- Improvement of muscle flexibility and joint mobility
- Improved coordination, posture, balance, and alignment
- Improved sleep, energy and confidence
- Improving the efficiency of body movement and skills to prevent injury (1)
KIMA provides one-on-one Pilates either as part of your physical therapy program or as a separate service. Your physical therapist will help to devise a program with our certified Pilates Instructor. Connecting with the deep muscles of your core through Pilates training can help support your body to restore motion and function. This is a safe and effective way to transition slowly back to an exercise program after injury.
Jenny Long, CPI
Jenny is a Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor trained by Master teacher Lesley Powell in NYC. She received her Pilates Mat Certification with Kelly Kane at Kinected and is certified in Pilates Through Pregnancy to treat any and all peri-partum conditions under Marcia-Elizabeth Thompson of Stillpointe Acupuncture. She has a certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation; Therapeutic Exercise with Kimberly E. Fielding, is a Certified TRX Instructor, and is a Pole Dance fitness Instructor Certified through elevatED in NYC.
Originally from Tucson Arizona, with a dance and vocal performance background, Jenny received her BFA in Musial Theater from NYU. She spent time performing in NYC, in tours and regional theater as a member of Actors’ Equity Association and assisted Radio City Rockette Summer Intensives. She also taught Pilates to Juilliard students and worked as a Pilates teacher on staff at Movements Afoot under her teacher Lesley Powell for eight years.
Jenny is in her sixth year working at KIMA and loves all the learning opportunities it has to offer. Not only does she enjoy working alongside specialized physical therapists and bodyworkers daily, but also attends many of the continued educational courses offered to employees on the latest cutting-edge research. She is passionate about teaching and truly enjoys helping people get out of pain, learn about their bodies and improve their fitness with Pilates.
Molly Phelps, CPI
Molly hails from SoCal, but has fallen in love with New York and has called it home since 1994. As a young pre-professional ballet dancer, Molly was taught Pilates as a way to keep herself conditioned whether she was injured or correcting muscular imbalances to achieve perfect form. Her knowledge is gleaned from a professional dance career and her teaching expertise is crafted from almost two decades of teaching Pilates and just as many years of practice as an Iyengar yogi.
Her holistic philosophy involves specific attention to detail and precision, each bespoken session hones in on the student’s strengths and weaknesses by discovering the most efficient way to re-pattern their movement and encourage bodily awareness. Through specialization in the core principals of biomechanics and corrective injury prevention, the range of Molly’s training and experience allows her to custom design specific exercises for her clients, liberating them from their habits and awakening them to their potential. She is influenced by a lifetime study of diverse movement, and strives to both teach and practice joyful mindfulness.