Teaching Romana's Pilates™
Studio is Fully Equipped with Gratz Apparatus™
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18 Division Street, Suite 203 • Saratoga Springs New York 12866
The Romana’s Pilates Approach
Joseph Pilates asked his longtime student, Romana Kryzanowska, to continue teaching his method of body conditioning after he was gone, and dictated every exercise to her exactly as he meant it to be. When Joe died in 1967 Romana helped his wife, Clara, run the studio and has been teaching ever since, maintaining the integrity of the work in its original form.
In the last several decades, Pilates has exploded, becoming more mainstream, and many people have added their own spin on the work, some offering certification programs. While it has been very exciting that Pilates has impacted so many lives, and many are getting good results from these variations, some of the changes people have made or their lack of training before teaching have caused injuries, sometimes giving Pilates a bad name.
Although by the time they tried it was not possible to trademark the word “Pilates,” in an effort to put a label on Joe’s original work, Romana recently trademarked “Romana’s Pilates” and “True Pilates.” And today Romana and her daughter Sari continue to travel around the world teaching the Pilates method just as it was taught to them by Joseph Pilates. Find out more at: www.romanaspilates.com
At our studio
We strongly believe that Pilates in its purest form creates the best results because we have seen it in our clients’ bodies. Because preserving the integrity of the method is so important to us, all of our instructors are certified by Romana’s Pilates(TM).
We encourage you to work with all of the instructors at Reform. Scheduling your sessions with everyone will make your experience here more fun, more well-rounded, and will give you a better understanding of the work. We have seen the best results in the clients’ bodies that have done this. Here are some of the benefits of Pilates.
We promise we will NEVER STOP LEARNING! We love Pilates, and we practice what we preach. Our goal as Romana’s Pilates Instructors at Refom is to keep becoming better teachers. We are fascinated and humbled by the Pilates Method and strive to go deeper in our understanding of the work and in our own practice. We take lessons from our mentors and attend continuing professional education (CPE’s) with Romana’s Pilates frequently. This keeps all of us excited about Pilates and gives us new ideas and inspiration in our teaching. The work is infinite, we love that it will never get boring!
The Making of Reform Pilates Studio
I started taking Pilates as a college student in the Skidmore Dance Department. In a very short time Pilates completely changed my body and my dancing. For the first time I was able to move using the right muscles and I was immediately hooked!
When I graduated from Skidmore in 2002 I stayed in Saratoga and worked at Shannon-Rose Design. I continued to study Pilates mat work and began working on the apparatus as much as I could. Pilates was one of the most important things in my life. I would have $4 left in my bank account, but would figure out a way to take a lesson every week. I enjoyed my job at the graphic design firm very much, but my body did not like sitting at a desk all day. I felt so good doing Pilates, I knew I had to figure out a way to get certified. Eventually I saved enough money that I was able to quit my job and spend most of 2005 at True Pilates NY (at the time it was Drago’s Gym) in the Romana’s Pilates certification program.
My experience as an apprentice at True Pilates was priceless. The studio on 57th street is truly “the mothership” in the Pilates industry. This is where the best instructors in the world come for their lessons! I learned so much from these amazing teachers while I was in the program, and continue to today.
Something that really struck me during this time, was how many different things I learned from working with a variety of these teachers who were all teaching me the same thing! The other thing that really hit home was how valuable it was to be able to see other people doing Pilates. It was exciting, motivating and gave me a better understanding of the task at hand. (So THAT’s what it’s supposed to look like!)
My vision for my studio became crystal clear… I wanted to offer my clients the same type of experience I had at True Pilates. It has been my mission to create a studio for our community in Saratoga Springs that offers several Romana’s Pilates Instructors to work with (you should try working with everyone, you will be surprised how much you will learn when the same thing is taught to you in a different way!) in a space where there is enough Pilates happening that you will learn from watching other bodies as well.
In a few years time I have been lucky to find some amazing instructors to join me that have the same passion for Romana’s Pilates as I do. And today, what we are able to offer you is exactly the experience I had hoped for.
At our studio we use only Gratz Apparatus. Joseph Pilates worked with Mr. Gratz, a furniture maker, over half a century ago to manufacture his equipment. Today, Gratz continues to build Pilates apparatus to Joe’s exact specifications, and Mrs. Gratz is still a client at True Pilates NY.
As classically trained Pilates Instructors, we know that it is the little things that make a big difference. Having the right equipment means seeing results in our clients’ bodies. If you have ever used another type of apparatus, you will not believe how good Pilates exercises feel on Gratz equipment. You will experience Pilates as it was meant to be done.
For more info about Gratz, visit them online: http://pilates-gratz.com
Studio Owner, Meghan Del Prete is a Level 4 Certified Instructor through Romana's Pilates, and has over 10,000 hours of teaching experience. She completed her certification at True Pilates NY in NYC (formerly Drago's Gym) in 2005, and has attended annual Romana's Pilates Conventions in Paris, Las Vegas, New Orleans, NYC & FL and frequent continuing education seminars at True Pilates NY. In January 2012, Meghan was honored to become a Level 4 Instructor. Meghan graduated with Honors in Dance Performance and Choreography from Skidmore College. She has been a Faculty Member in the Skidmore College Dance Department, teaching Pilates 1 & 2 since 2005. For more about Meghan, see her here on our blog.
Christine Geren is a level 5 certified instructor through Romana’s Pilates. She completed her training through Reform Your Body, A True Pilates Studio and at True Pilates NY in 2016. Chrissy’s background in dance is what first brought her to Pilates. Hearing that it was good for dancers, she took a mat class at a local yoga studio and was hooked. The results to her were amazing… back pain disintegrated, balance improved, jumps improved, overall strength and symmetry improved! Chrissy graduated from Mercyhurst College (University) with a BA in Dance Performance, Chrissy went on to pursue a professional dance career, achieving the status of Principal Ballerina with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and Northeast Ballet. Currently, a dance teacher at a few prominent dance schools in the Capital District, she divides her time between her 2 children and husband, Pilates, and Ballet.
Amy Burton is a Level 5 Certified Instructor through Romana's Pilates. She completed her certification at True Pilates NY in NYC in 2012. Amy has an MFA in writing from Mills College and a BA in English from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She played soccer and tennis at Pomona and was a member of the 1992 Div. III National Champion tennis team. For more about Amy, see her here on our blog.
Cindy Potoker is a Level 5 Certified Instructor through Romana's Pilates having completed her certification at True Pilates NY in New York City in 2013.
Cindy frequently attends Romana's Pilates seminars and workshops as well as taking lessons with Level 1 and 2 instructors. Read more about Cindy here on our Blog.
Lisa Morey is a Level 5 certified instructor through Romana’s Pilates. She completed her certification at True Pilates New York in May 2013. Lisa, who has a classical ballet background, received her training from Professional Dancers of national and international ballet companies. She received her bachelor of science degree in journalism from Syracuse University and is a news copy editor at the Times Union. For more about Lisa, look here on our blog.
Jen began taking regular Pilates lessons five years ago while she was a stay-at-home mother taking care of her two young boys. An active community volunteer, Jen serves on several non-profit boards throughout Saratoga County. She is also an avid runner and skier. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jen was Vice President of Community Development for the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Jen is a Skidmore College graduate and studied ballet for almost 20 years. Jen was in the first group of Trainees at Reform and is now a level 5 Romana's Pilates Instructor, certified through True Pilates NY in the Summer of 2014. Read more about Jen here on our Blog.
Bridget’s background is primarily in writing and publishing. She was the national fiction buyer for Borders Books & Music Corporation, selecting and managing the fiction inventory for over 450 Borders stores. Bridget has also contributed to reviews and interviews in various publications including Publishers Weekly, Newsweek, and The Boston Globe. After moving to Saratoga Springs in 2004 with her husband, Bob, Bridget became a stay home mom with their two children and worked as a freelance writer and editor. Bridget is a graduate of Aquinas College and University of Michigan.
Bridget began doing Pilates at Reform about four years ago. It was her first time trying Pilates and she started by doing a weekly duet with a friend. At the time, her goal was to be able to roll up into a “teaser” on the mat. Many, many teasers later, she witnessed what Pilates could do in her own body and the people she saw coming into the studio. “I feel like it’s a fountain of youth in a lot of ways, the flexibility, the strength, the balance; it makes me feel younger.”
Beyond her enthusiasm for Pilates, Bridget still loves to indulge her passion for literature and is an avid tennis player. Bridget was in the first group of Trainees at Reform. To read more about Bridget, check here on our blog.