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Haley New (Pilates)
I started to practice Pilates because I want to live my life without too many aches and pains; I know that in order to do that, I have to invest time and energy into my body. Pilates is a different sort of workout. Pilates is all about supporting your spine and skeletal system in proper alignment while you move. The focus in Pilates is on your inner most core group of muscles. You will strengthen and lengthen the muscles attached to your spine. Not only will you develop a stronger center, you will also gain mobility in your spine, shoulders, and hips.
Clients say to me I feel taller after their lesson and that Pilates is very complimentary to their weekly routine. It’s up to everyone to give him or herself a quality life; Pilates is a great way to invest in oneself. No matter what ailments you may have, Pilates practice will help you gain and maintain stability, mobility and strength throughout your body. I love to help people wake up the mind body connection and strengthen their core through the Pilates method. Concentration, control, precision, breath and flow are some of the Pilates principles that you will focus on through out your Pilates training. Absolutely everyone can do Pilates, come try it, your back and body are worth the investment. Your back will thank you.
“If, at the age of 30, you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If, at 60, you are supple and strong, then you are young.” – Joseph Pilates
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates
Erica Pinigis (Pilates)
Erica Pinigis came to Pilates work as a somatic supplement to her dance practice while completing her MFA in performance and choreography at Mills College. Her dance training in Martha Graham technique continues to shed light on her ongoing study of Pilates, and in turn, Pilates continues to enrich, enable, and sustain her highly active lifestyle.
Fully certified in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre, and CORE (HIIT), Erica offers dynamic group classes and private sessions to folks from all walks of life – from grandmas that want to play more with their grandchildren to professional dancers looking to refine movement patterns or stay fit in an off season.
Erica has worked intensively for the past several years in the STOTT PILATES® San Francisco Bay Area Licensed Training Center, Blue Sparrow Pilates, where she taught 35 hours per week for clients with goals ranging from managing auto-immune conditions and multiple sclerosis, pre-surgical strengthening, pre and post-natal care, as well as injury prevention, recovery, athletic conditioning, and targeted movement patterning for professional dancers, cyclists, and other athletes. She loved helping them achieve more fully active lives and decreasing pain. Erica has also worked as a post-rehab trainer – meaning that she has worked in conjunction with a Physical Therapist after the most acute healing is done to supplement the PT’s homework exercises and ensure that proper form is being maintained.
Erica is excited to set up a teaching practice in Madison since her relocation, and delighted to join the wonderful folks at Jules!
Melissa K. Schwert (Pilates)
Melissa spent her youth participating in water sports, including the challenging art of synchronized swimming. Since then, she has enjoyed trying different forms of body movement – from yoga to flamenco and belly dancing.
In 2004, she enrolled in a Pilates mat class and was drawn to how it combines sports-like physical ability with artful movement. Over time, she’s realized the balance and meditative peace that it brings to her life and has taken great pleasure in sharing her love of Pilates as an instructor for more than 10 years.
Melissa has taken training from several Pilates masters, but owes most of her knowledge of the discipline to her mentor, Kathleen Conklin. She is currently working on certification through Balanced Body.
When not honing her Pilates skills, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and many pets. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Liron Weiss (MELT method)
I am one of the first certified MELT Instructors (over 10 years of experience with the method). I am a former professional tennis player and instructor with a bachelor in Physical Ed and master in Educational Psychology, I always had the passion for educating myself and others about personal improvement and well being – body and mind.
Based on my personal experience from the past 10 years, I am a huge believer in the MELT method as a way to reduce (even eliminate) many forms of physical pain. I discovered MELT as a last resort for a chronic pain in my neck. The pain persisted despite repeated PT sessions and efforts of chiropractors and prevented me from maintaining my active and sports intensive lifestyle. Since I discovered MELT, I am no longer a “slave” to the pain. MELT is now an integral part of my life, It helped me to regain trust in my body! By regularly practicing MELT, I am a more efficient athlete and I can more freely perform everyday activities as a busy carrier woman and a mother of two.
Just as Sue Hitzmann- the creator of the method, did for me 10 years ago, I have taken on the mission of doing so for others; I’ll teach you how to eliminate the pain you suffer from and have a more efficient and balanced body.
For more: interview with Liron Weiss
Liron Weiss is an excellent teacher and a fantastic resource for the Jules Pilates clientele. I am so grateful to have her as a part of our team. I was initially skeptical at Sue Hitzmann’s MELT Method book, but what she was saying made sense and was easy to follow. When Liron started teaching at Jules Pilates, I started doing some of the techniques on a regular basis. These MELT techniques really help me with my overuse patterns from demonstrating exercises on the same leg all day, from standing on a hard floor, from my scoliosis, from commuting to the farm once or twice a day, basically from the affects of my life. Now I’m a believer.