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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Private Sessions with Be Beautiful Pilates
When someone mentions Pilates, you may picture a room of
lean, fit bodies on Reformer machines doing all sorts of complicated
movements.It can be a bit intimidating
to those who don’t spend every day devoted to fitness or are beginners who want
to avoid injuries.
A few years ago, I was feeling clumsy and out of shape from
sitting at a desk all day.My
chiropractor recommended that I look into Pilates classes to help strengthen my
core and improve posture. While doing some online research, I found 5 star reviews
about Be Beautiful Pilates, run by Flavia Bruni.In
addition to the glowing reviews, her lessons had had been named “Best Pilates
for Women” by New York Magazine and she happened to be up the block from my
office in SoHo.
I soon met with Flavia, a native of Italy, and immediately
took to her warm, nurturing, and down to earth personality. As a professional dancer,
she is very concerned with body awareness and the prevention of injuries.Flavia assessed where I was in my fitness and
slowly introduced different exercises.In our weekly one-on-one sessions, we discovered that using the reformer
aggravated my lower back so she instead taught me movements on the mat.
As I got more comfortable with the exercises, the Reformer was
incorporated a bit more.Yet, most of my
session is done on the mat using therabands, balls of all sizes and the Pilates
springboard on the wall for arm and leg strengthening.
An hour with Flavia feels more like a great physical therapy
session than an exercise class.Working
with her enables me to do movements that loosen up my body from sitting at a
desk. Her lessons are not only designed
to make you feel better and stronger in the present, but also to keep the body
moving in ahealthy way as it ages.
Flavia introduces more complex exercises when she thinks I am ready for
them and offers encouragement to try them.If anything causes pain or feels wrong, she will never insist that you
need to complete the exercise.She is
also continuously learning about different exercise techniques to help her
clients.She incorporates movements from
Feldenkrais, dance, yoga and other modalities that complement the Pilates exercises.
Although private sessions are more expensive, if you have
injuries, are out of shape, or just want some personalized time with a trainer
who will design an exercise program just for you, don’t hesitate to contact Flavia. If you
mention this blog post, you will get 10% off your first lesson.You won’t regret it!
Andrea Goldstein is a digital marketing
professional with a passion for pop culture.
@nydigitalmarket on Twitter