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 of Movement’s Afoot. She also studied with Kelly Kane at Kinected, both of who are located in New York City. Jenny is a licensed Buff Bones Instructor, which is a medically endorsed full-body movement system for Bone and Joint health. She also hold certifications in Pilates Through Pregnancy to treat any and all peri-partum conditions, Pilates for Rehabilitation: Therapeutic Exercise, TRX and has a Pole Dance Level 1 and 2 instructor certification through elevatED.
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 grew up in 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 by her ballet teachers as a way to keep herself conditioned whether she was injured or correcting muscular imbalances to achieve perfect form. After graduating SUNY at Purchase, l she did her certification with David Seth Fink and continued her training with Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteleur-Hall. Her Pilates expertise is honed from over two decades of teaching- as Pilates has also evolved. She has just as many years of study as an Iyengar yogi, and continuously searches for pearls of wisdom from physical therapists, acupuncturists, and other body gurus.
Her holistic philosophy involves specific attention to precision and detail. A bespoken session takes in the student’s strengths and weaknesses by discovering the most efficient way to re-pattern their movement and encourage bodily awareness. With simple biomechanics, corrective injury prevention, and playfulness- the range of Molly’s 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 inspire joyful mindfulness.
Noel MacDuffie, CPI
Noel MacDuffie is certified to teach Pilates Mat and Equipment through Balanced Body University and Physical Mind Institute. He has trained extensively in neuromuscular retraining and anatomy with anatomist Irene Dowd for the last 12 years. Pursuing his desire to help folks move with ease no matter their circumstance, he has developed a specialty in working with injuries and sensitivities. He is particularly good at adapting to daily adjustments in posture and alignment to help his clients find ease and return to their lives realigned!
Noel is currently a freelance theatrical director and choreographer. He was a professional dancer and choreographer with Carolyn Dorman Dance Company and the Nancy Hauser Dance Company among others.
Noel taught Pilates at Clay Health Club and Spa for 13 years and managed the Pilates department for the 2 years. He also teaches for Complex Fit and at New Leaf Physical Therapy.