Do you look at exercise websites and see young, super-fit bodies hanging from poles in contorted positions and feel intimidated? Are you an adult prone to injuries, a couch potato glued to your iPad, a senior with balance issues or someone who just needs motivation?
If your answer is “yes” then you may be interested in Karen’s Pilates, a fully developed, personalized program that teaches proper exercise within the parameters of your anatomy.
How I came to Pilates
I ran my own business for over twenty years and raised two children. After 9/11 and cancer, I decided it was time to close shop. My kids were well on their way toward personal and professional success. Teaching Pilates was not in my purview.
I wanted to seek other opportunities and knew I no longer wanted to sit behind a desk. So as a lark in 2009, I attended the Fitness Instructors Program at Hunter College. It was a comprehensive course of study, including Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology,
Introduction to Nutrition and teaching Adult Fitness.
There were three fitness levels and Pilates was the third. An outstanding instructor from the San Francisco Ballet introduced Pilates and encouraged me to explore the possibilities. After her program, I knew that if I was going to embark on this path, it was to be Pilates.
I completed the Comprehensive Pilates Mat Certification at the Kane School in Manhattan,
opened my studio, taught at Star Physical Therapy
and have conducted private and group classes ever since.
Teaching Pilates since 2010 has been a revelation.
I had no idea that the practice would enhance my life and the lives of my students.
Private sessions are held in my studio, in a client’s home or in their gym.
I will teach 2 clients, a duet, if requested.
Held in my studio, classes are limited to 5 clients in each session which enables me to follow everyone closely.
Classes are 5 days a week and I am always adding more. A free introductory class is also offered.
“I started out doing Pilates with Karen once a week. Now, I’m up to three classes per week.
Karen is a terrific instructor and doing Pilates with her has changed my life.
I look and feel so much better. An added plus is that
she makes the class fun to exercise and the time passes really quickly." Laura H.
“We had seen a woman in our exercise class whose shape dramatically changed and asked what she had been doing. Her reply, “Pilates with Karen.” So, my husband and I signed up immediately for a free session to see if we liked it. Now, 4 years later, we cannot go without Karen’s Pilates classes. We no longer feel the crunchy weight of gravity. We are limber and strong and more aware of our posture and how important it is for good health. We recommend Karen’s classes to anyone who wants to remain flexible, strong and active for years to come. Karen is a dedicated teacher who pays attention to each student to make sure they are improving at their own pace. ” Christina D.
“Pilates with Karen has improved my strength and flexibility. My body feels and looks much better. Besides, all these benefits, the class is great fun.
I love it….” Adriana S.
"I suffer from stenosis and disc problems which makes walking difficult. I took individual pilates classes with Karen Mann which strengthened my core and back and made it less painful to walk, ice skate and do other activities." Larry P.
“THE PILATES METHOD TEACHES YOU TO BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR BODY AND NOT AT ITS MERCY.”
If you have any questions, you can contact Karen Mann by email or phone.
New York City