“I first became aware of Pilates while working for a dance company. Of course, Pilates is the preferred method of exercise among professional dancers who are concerned with maintaining fitness after having been injured, and with preventing injury while exercising. As a writer who has developed chronic disc problems due to long-term sitting, I found Pilates to be the only form of exercise that allowed me to build core strength and stay slender while working around my injury.
I have worked with dozens of trainers, and Nancy is superior in every way—in terms of professionalism, expertise, and temperament. She treats your body as if it were a work of art, a sculpture she is perfecting. Rigorous training as a dancer has given her an understanding of the body, both in its form and in its applications, that frankly, most other teachers lack. Nancy doesn’t just understand how the muscles should look, but how they should work. Yet, there is nothing aggressive about her. She is calm, courteous, controlled and consistent. Time with Nancy, with her bright smile, her soft voice, and her dedication to her craft, offers a much needed reprieve from a world full of chaos, confusion, and concerns both serious and trivial.” -Hilary Hamann, client since ’04
“Pilates is the only form of exercise that I do and that I like. For me, Pilates is a spiritual exercise. Not only is it a physical exercise; it brings the body and mind together. You become very aware of the way that you breath, of your body and your mind as well. Pilates combines it all, a holistic approach, without separating one from the other. Nancy is very attuned to the body and spirit of the person. She understands her clients and builds the session around their specific (physical and emotional) needs. She is very experienced and knowledgable. It is very clear that she knows what she is doing and knows the body very well.” -Psychoanalyst, Ph.D., 39, client since ’04
“I have seen Nancy weekly for Pilates for five years, longer than any other instructor I’ve studied with. I followed Nancy from studio to studio and now consider myself “home” in her beautiful Cobble Hill space. Nancy combines all the qualities I look for in a teacher: she challenges me, but it never feels like a grind because she makes it so fascinating. She is gifted in using visual metaphors to help me place my body in the proper position and target the right muscle groups. The equipment in her studio is brand new, smooth, a luxury to work on. These are the nicest machines I’ve encountered in my years of training. We start each session by checking in with what’s going on for me physically. Her experience as a dancer and teacher mean that I feel understood when I convey the little pains and tensions of my body at the beginning of the hour. I trust her and I’m willing to work through these complaints rather than avoid them. Most of all, Nancy’s warmth and kindness lift my spirit and put a bounce in my step every time I leave our session.” -Writer, 41, client since ’04