About The Pilates Center
Joseph Pilates once wrote, “Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology (Pilates).”
At The Pilates Center we embrace that message wholeheartedly. Pilates isn’t merely a system of exercises, it’s a path to healthier and happier living. Please, join us. Whether an enthusiast, professional or student, we look forward to sharing our passion for Pilates with you.
The Pilates Center History
Sisters Rachel and Amy received their Pilates training in New York City at the original Pilates Studio and were certified as teachers by Romana Kryzanowska, heir to the classical tradition of Joseph Pilates. Today Rachel and Amy are master Pilates teachers and teacher trainers, published authors of the “Everything Pilates Book” and most recently, have partnered with Balanced Body to design CenterLine, the classically inspired Pilates equipment used throughout the studio.
Rachel and Amy grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where they began studying ballet at a very young age. Eventually both Rachel’s and Amy’s passion and commitment helped them reach impressive milestones in their ballet careers.
Rachel danced professionally with the David Taylor Dance Theatre and with Brent Mason and Company. She was the Director of Dance at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts and taught ballet in New York City at The Alvin Ailey School. In addition to her dance credentials, Rachel received a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Dance from Loretto Heights College in Denver.
Amy attended The Julliard School for Dance and later performed with The Garden State Ballet in New Jersey. She received a B.A. in Dance and a M.F.A in Dance History from New York University. Amy also taught ballet at various dance schools in New York City for ten years.
Like many New York City dancers in the mid 1980s, both Amy and Rachel found themselves at the Pilates Studio where Romana Kryzanowska was carrying on the work of Joseph Pilates. Little did they realize then that in the following years they would witness the near extinction of Pilates and then play a significant role in the rebirth of the industry as well as becoming an integral part of Pilates history.
Over the decades, many Pilates teacher training programs have diverged from the original presentation of Joe’s methods. Amy’s and Rachel’s commitment is to maintain the powerful integrity and originality of Joe’s work as it was taught to them by Romana and as they learn it from archival films and the writings of Joe. It is this allegiance to Joe’s unique work that forms the following core beliefs from which Pilates is practiced and taught at TPC:
Pilates is a comprehensive system of exercise that must be taught in its entirety to reap the full benefits envisioned by Joe. Pilates instructors should be knowledgeable about every piece of equipment and their corresponding exercises because they are integrally tied together.
Pilates instructors should be able to perform up to the intermediate advanced work or higher in order to understand the exercises in their bodies. This helps them better:
- The cultivation of a healthy body, mind and spirit can have a profoundly positive effect on the world.
- The Pilates Center Mission
- The Pilates Center’s mission is to heal the world by empowering people to transform their health and “Return to Life”.
The Pilates Method
The Pilates method is a system of movement and therapeutic exercise developed over a span of 60 years by German born athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph H. Pilates. Utilizing the specialized equipment he designed, the method works by toning muscles as well as balancing muscular force at the joint level. It stimulates circulation through facilitating muscular flexibility, joint range of motion and proper musculoskeletal alignment. In addition, it promotes new neuromuscular patterns, heightened body awareness, and more precise coordination. All these things combine to help prevent future re-injury and reduce – even in some cases alleviate – chronic painaltogether.
Pilates Teacher Training Program
The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program is offered in 6, 12, or 18 month courses:
- The Intermediate Program is completed over a duration of six months, and comprised of one Formal Lecture Series, 374 hours of internship, and 4 exams.
- The Advanced Program is completed over a duration of 12 or 18 months, and comprised of two Formal Lecture Series, and 800 hour internship, and eight exams.
Both the Intermediate & the Advanced programs may be taken in Boulder CO, or at one of theTPC Licensed Studios or Host Studios around the world.
Prospective Intermediate Program students should have completed 17 hours of Pilates lessons. Prospective Advanced Program students must pass a Program Evaluation in which they demonstrate a proficiency in Level III exercises, and be injury free.
Contact The Pilates Center
The Pilates Center
5500 Flatiron Parkway, Suite 110
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 494-3400
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