Gratz Gallery | Kathryn Ross-Nash performing a High Bridge exercise on the Contour Mat

Image courtesy of Kathryn Ross-Nash


"The High Bridge, a full expression of front body opening, is further challenged by adding a balance component to the opening. The leg extension on the High Bridge One Leg or Single Leg High Bridge should line directly up with the hip to add the control of the lift of the leg. In these exercises the hips and shoulders or “Box” must remain square and the chest open. The Contour Mat helps to open the chest and execute the exercise correctly by shifting the weight more into the upper back and out of the lower back. The Contour Mat acts like the Push Up Bars and removes pressure from the wrist and enables the wrist to remain straight for a deep arm/ back connection." - Kathryn Ross-Nash

About Kathryn Ross-Nash
Kathryn Ross-Nash began her Pilates training in 1982 and has had the privilege to study with First Generation teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Sari Mejia Santo, Jay Grimes and Edwina Fontaine. Kathryn worked closely with Romana for many years and was a Certified Romana’s Pilates Level 2 Trainer. She is the only woman to demonstrate on both the Romana’s Pilates Mat DVDs and the Legacy Series DVDs. Romana is quoted about Ms. Ross-Nash, saying “her work is like ice cream” and she is one of her best, her “Star of Stars.”

Known throughout the industry for her purity and devotion to the work, Kathryn’s client list spans the entertainment industry. She was honored to be the first Pilates instructor to train the dancers of the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg Russia and has taught in Chile, Australia, Spain, Russia and throughout the United States. Kathryn was a principle dancer for ten years with Ballet Hispanico of NY, where she often returns to re-stage ballets. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an undefeated AAU sparring record.

She serves as Chair of The Authentic Pilates Union, is an often-quoted expert and has been featured with Romana in Pilates Style Magazine as well as written articles for the magazine many times. Kathryn's studio, American Body Tech Pilates is located in Allendale, New Jersey. She is the creator of many innovative workshops including: The Red Thread™, the Add On Mat™, Fix Your Feet™, Connection to the Jump™, and Variations on a Theme - Mat & Reformer™. Her DVD Kathryn Ross-Nash New York Pilates, and book Fix Your Feet Using the Pilates Method are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

“My favorite thing in the world is to be able to teach the work I believe in so strongly, as my teachers so generously gave it to me,” says Kathryn Ross-Nash. (Source)


Kathryn Ross Nash | American Body Tech Studio


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