Written by Andrea Maida
When I began my lessons at Excel Pilates, one of the studio offerings was “Solo Pilates sessions.”
This option was inexpensive. My budget was slim.
One had to be approved to go solo, of course. There was a teacher in the room, but you were essentially on your own.
With this newfound independence came responsibility, for yourself and for the apparatus. You needed to know the exercises, how many to do, springs, straps, safety concerns, etc… Quite a lofty aspiration having had only a few sessions on the Reformer at that point.
Eventually I had enough experience to gain approval and I scheduled my first solo session.
I received a sheet of paper containing the rules – sorry, guidelines – I was to follow.
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Hosted by True Pilates Italia
On May 10th 2015 True Pilates Italia hosted a Continuing Education for Romana's Pilates Instructors, and an Intermediate seminar for students. Every year Sari Mejia Santo, Romana's daughter, visits the studio to teach to teachers and students, like Romana was used to do. Many instructors from Italy and Europe joined us to learn directly from Sari.
Gratz Industries is proud to support Island Dolphin Care developed and operated by Romana trained instructor Kerri Bender. This donation of Gratz Pilates apparatus to Kerri's initiative is aimed at helping Island Dolphin care and the veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project to work on Gratz Pilates apparatus. We believe this is a great continuation of the legacy of Joseph Pilates and a wonderful application of the work. We encourage our friends and family in the Gratz Pilates Community to support Kerri and the members of our Armed Forces and Island Dolphin Care.
Island Dolphin Care is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization specializing in Dolphin Human therapy programs. For over 20 years they have been providing programs to individuals with special needs and more recently to hundreds of veterans wounded in combat each year. Your donations to this program will provide the funding necessary to offer supportive instruction to those in need.
We are grateful for your support!
Written by MeJo Wiggin
“It’s not a machine, it’s an apparatus! A machine works
you...an apparatus, you have to work it.”
- Romana Kryzanowska
Throughout my years of study with Romana, I can still recall her being so adamant about teaching and practicing exclusively on Gratz™ apparatus. Her studio was filled with Joe Pilates’ original equipment or replicas made by Gratz™ Industries. Whenever Romana would teach at another studio that used a variety of equipment, she would insist on only teaching on the Gratz™ apparatus. In fact, the other equipment was often moved off to the side of the studio. Regardless of how many students she had in her seminar, she wanted each student to experience Joe’s work strictly on the Gratz™ apparatus, as she said it was an integral part of Joes’ work.
After my certification from Romana in 1996, I opened one of the first Classical Pilates studios in Connecticut. It was here, through my own teaching where I began to understand Romana’s dedication and unswerving commitment to teaching Pilates strictly on Gratz™ apparatus.