What Is Pilates?
Pilates is a full body method of conditioning that fosters a balance between mobility and stability, mindfulness and rigor, and is restorative yet strengthening. With its focus on core strength and stability, breathing, alignment, coordination, and balance, Pilates is an appropriate complement and progression to standard Physical Therapy for those recovering from low back pain, joint replacement, childbirth, postural syndromes, and overuse injuries to name a few.
Regardless of age, gender, size, level of fitness, or prior movement background, the Pilates Method offers a structured, safe movement experience with plenty of opportunity for challenge, progression and increased function. Many have credited an easier pre and post natal journey, injury reduction, longer athletic careers (dancers included), and a greater sense of well-being with consistent practice of the Pilates method.
Cynergy Physical Therapy’s Midtown East and Midtown West locations are equipped with the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and High Barrel.These are appropriate tools for those presenting with difficulty and/or pain with load bearing as they provide variable resistance/assistance in a multitude of positions.
Emily first studied Pilates over 20 years ago while a young dancer in a conservatory program. When she moved to NYC, she pursued a Pilates teacher training program. What began as a second job to make ends meet during her dance career, blossomed into a love for the method, movement, and the community. The structure, eye for detail, knowledge of physics and biomechanics, and capacity for personal connection required of a Pilates instructor are what inspired Emily to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.
She studied under Kelly Kane at the Kane School of Core integration (now kinected), and was fortunate to work at Bodytonic in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 17 years with the owner, Jennifer Deluca, a 2nd generation Pilates master trained by Romana Kryzanowska. Emily, now a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, is delighted to offer Pilates sessions in addition to PT at Cynergy Physical Therapy.
Meet Dr. Laurence V. Agénor! In addition to being a physical therapist, she is a dancer, Pilates and Barre instructor. Laurence uses a warm, collaborative and tailored approach with each of her patients to help them meet their individual performance goals. She is committed to providing her patients with the highest quality care to assist them in returning to their activities and give them the tools they need to feel successful and empowered outside of the clinic.