Deborah Lessen, PMA®-CPT is an acknowledged leader in the Pilates field. A former professional dancer and teacher, she was trained to teach the Pilates method by Joseph Pilates’ ‘first protégé’, Carola Trier.
Ms. Lessen founded the Greene Street Studio in 1983, which nurtures a broad base of clients in the Pilates method for general conditioning, performance specific training, injury prevention and post-rehabilitation. She offered on-site comprehensive teacher training from 1994 to 2004.
As co-defendant in the federal trademark infringement action for use of the name “Pilates,” Deborah rallied the community to oppose the action. The Pilates name was made generic in a sweeping victory in November 1999. The victory party in New York City was the launch of the Pilates Method Alliance.
Ms. Lessen is a founding member and Past President of the Pilates Method Alliance, serving on the Board of Directors since its inception. She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the PMA Pilates Certification Exam, the only 3rd party credentialing exam for Pilates professionals, facilitating a broad spectrum of tenured Pilates teachers to work together toward a common goal. She is editor and a contributor to the PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide and recently retired Chairperson of the PMA Certification Commission.
Now focusing on her first love, Deborah is a regular international presenter, conducting a roster of continuing education workshops and seminars for Pilates teachers.
The dictionary defines ‘proficiency’ as ‘skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity.’ The word ‘proficient’ implies an advanced degree of competence acquired through training.
As Pilates teachers, the development of our proficiency is directly related to an ongoing study of the movement concepts underlying the Pilates exercise repertoire.
Deborah Lessen was trained to teach the Pilates method by Joseph Pilates' first protégé, Carola Strauss Trier. She has a unique insight and proximity to the source of our work in the Pilates industry today. Deborah will present her unique approach to understanding the movement concepts underlying the Pilates exercise repertoire. Deborah will draw from her diverse background including her work with Carola, Irene Dowd and other influences to help us define the basic movement concepts underlying the Pilates method.
In this course participants will thoroughly examine:
Concepts of Center
Sequential Movement of the Spine
Mid-back, Lumbar and Pelvic Stabilization
During this workshop, Deborah will define each concept. Through active participation and observation, participants will refine their visual and teaching skills. They will be able to more accurately assess movement and have new methods to target and neutralize weaknesses and asymmetries, thus enabling clients to progress more quickly and with deeper understanding. This course is beneficial to teachers of all levels.
PMA CEC’s: 3
Friday, June 7, 2019
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Price | $199
Classical Reformer work is a thorough and balanced group of exercises. In order to reap the full benefits of Pilates training, the core Reformer repertoire is intended to be practiced regularly in its entirety.
Experience the original reformer repertoire in the sequence, phrasing and pace that Carola Trier learned directly from Joseph Pilates.
This workshop is physically demanding and geared for experienced practitioners.
6 PMA CEC’s
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Price | $399
This workshop will look specifically at repertoire on The High-Back Chair, a unique piece of apparatus that Deborah has developed from her knowledge of the work via Carola Trier and influenced by the photos of the original High Chair developed by Joseph Pilates. The High-Back Chair is a one-of-a-kind item that pays due homage to Mr. Pilates original inventions. The scope and range of work possible on this apparatus are extensive. Deborah launched her High-Back Chair in 2014. It has since been redesigned to convert to a low chair with capability for “arms off the wall.”
6 PMA CEC’s
Sunday, June 9, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Price | $399