Welcome to Pilates Symmetry
Our studio specializes in teaching the authentic, classical Pilates Method of Body Conditioning as it was taught by Joseph Pilates and passed on to us by our master teachers, Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter, Sari Mejia-Santo, Bob Liekens, Ton Voogt, and Michael Fritzke.
We invite you to the world and joy of exercise.
Now offering lessons - GYROTONIC® METHOD
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This is our studio.
Our mission is to help each individual gain knowledge and understanding of body movement and learn to utilize this awareness in his/her everyday life. Our goal is to help each individual feel empowered with their new-found strength, control, and understanding of their body.
We aim to achieve this by teaching our clients the Authentic Pilates Method in a safe, calm, fun and motivating environment.
Why Pilates Symmetry?
PILATES SYMMETRY is a PILATES STUDIO located in Stamford, Connecticut. We take pride in the fact that all of our instructors underwent a rigorous certification program of over 650 hours. We are not just mat certified nor just equipment certified but are fully trained on Pilates Systems thereby making our form of instruction unique.
By integrating exercises in all pieces of Pilates equipment and the mat, we are able to address every client's specific physical issues/needs and body alignment.
Our lessons, private or class, devote personal attention to ensure safety for the clients while working out.
We cater to the individual not the exercise!!!
What is the Pilates Method
PILATES is a system of conditioning exercises developed by JOSEPH H. PILATES using very specially designed pieces of equipment and the mat. It incorporates the mind-body-spirit connection in your workout promoting constant body awareness during your session.
These exercises are specific, well-constructed movements which are designed through progressive, gradual repetition helping the body achieve rhythm, control, flow and coordination thus restructures the physique in gaining its utmost balance, strength and symmetry.
Benefits of Pilates
Improves the alignment of the body.
Increases muscular strength, flexibility and improves muscle tone.
Helps in healing soft tissue injury.
Increases physical endurance and enhances better circulation.
Develops long, lean, streamlined muscles.
Creates body awareness.
Unites the mind and the body.
Reduces stress and tension.
Compliments all other physical activities such as sports, dancing and other forms of personal/athletic training.
MAT FOR KIDS (30 minutes)
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Sonia has been a professional dancer and has been teaching dance for over 38 years.
She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Laban Centre for Movement and Dance London, England and a Teacher Certification with the Royal Academy of Dance UK.
She discovered Pilates when she was searching for a conditioning method that would help her dancers enhance their dancing with less or no injuries. With that tenet she found Romana's Pilates (trained with Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo) and discovered that the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning encompasses helping all bodies to strengthen, lengthen and prevent injuries. Henceforth her new vocation!
She has been doing Pilates for over 15 years and got her Certification from Romana's Pilates in the year 2000. Her objective is to disseminate the immense results of this method as it has changed her life totally.
MORE ABOUT SONIA
Sonia started her dance training in the Philippines and continued in London under Ruth French (a former dancer of Anna Pavlova's Dance Company) and Alex Morrow with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Upon her return to the Philippines, she danced professionally with Ballet Federation of the Philippines and Dance Theatre Philippines. Simultaneously she took her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting (cum laude) and went on to be a Certified Public Accountant.
Her love for teaching started when her British teachers made her a student teacher while she was training in their school. She religiously kept on teaching while she was dancing professionally. When she retired as a dancer she pursued this passion by teaching for the various dance companies in the Philippines such as Dance Theatre Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater and Ballet Philippines. She eventually became the companies' Ballet and Rehearsal Master and later on became their Associate Artistic Director. Eventually, she opened her own Dance School – Dance Centre Philippines. She was invited to be the Director/Organizer for the Royal Academy of Dance-UK for the Philippines. At the same time she became a Senior Lecturer then an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program for the University of the Philippines – where she co-founded and became the co-Artistic Director of the University of the Philippines Dance Company. She became responsible in bringing the company to Dance Festivals in Asian countries.
When she moved to the US, she started taking Pilates classes as part of her intention in seeking other methods to strengthen bodies. She went through the intensive Certification Program under Romana's Pilates under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, who is a Pilates elder and a protégé of Joseph Pilates, and Romana's daughter -Sari Mejia Santo.
Before she opened her studio she taught for Center for Movement in Scarsdale, Premiere Physical Therapy and Wellness in NYC, Movement Place in Upper Montclair NJ and The Pilates Method in Greenwich, CT.
Nicole Marie M. Gaston-Cruz
Pamela Pardi - Consultant
John first began doing Pilates at the New School University with Pam Pardi. Pam is an incredible teacher who had the privilege of training with Romana Kryzanowska for decades. After the semester ended, John began taking private lessons with Pam and ultimately decided to make a career of Pilates. John is certified in Romana's Pilates through True Pilates New York. Always the athlete, John's first love in life was hockey. John grew up 20 miles outside of Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN where he learned to appreciate both arts and sports, especially hockey, which he has played his whole life. A debilitating labrum tear prematurely ended his career when playing Junior hockey. Today, John continues to play and enjoys other athletic endeavors such as running and skiing. Although John has run half marathons and one full marathon, Pilates is truly the exercise he enjoys the most and practices daily. In addition to being an athlete, John is also a natural-born entertainer. John graduated from both the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and the New School University. After graduating, he worked in casting and also appeared in television shows, commercials, web series and sketch comedy shows performances.