• Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Alignment
  • Posture

How Court Pilates Can Benefit You

Coaching of dancers and athletes, to enable you to safely maintain balance and flexibility during performances or competition, and re-train the body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion

Injury prevention, to learn how to breathe properly and thereby reduce stress; to develop a strong core - the deep abdominal muscles and the muscles closest to the spine for a strong back.

Exercise rehabilitation, for those experiencing post surgical issues or chronic issues, who want to maintain range of motion, pilates exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. If you have been injured, you may have been incorrectly working a muscle group or joint as a result. If so, pilates can correct the movement pattern.


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How Does the Process Work?

First, Observation and Analysis: Peter observes the way you stand and the way you move your body. This helps him to see any range of motion limitations you may have and the specific challenges your body faces. He also reviews medical reports, x-rays, scans, and other evidence that reveals the extent of any damage that your body may have sustained. He then evaluates how you learn so that he can adapt his technique so that it better complements your needs.

The remedy he recommends depends on multiple factors but is unique to you. Peter is a New York State licensed myo-fascial medical massage and Shiatsu massage therapist, and may incorporate these techniques into a program that can provide you with sustainable relief and headed in a much better direction.

Next, Diagnosis and Treatment: Professional athletes face a wide variety of sport injuries can include simple sprains and swelling to more complicated ailments, like a torn meniscus, damage to the achilles tendon, weakening of the back, neck, and spine, and more. Dance injuries are common to both professionals and students, affecting the foot/ankle, knee and thigh, the hip, spine, shoulder, and the elbow/wrist/hand areas. Even if you are not a dancer or an athlete, injuries may cause you to be hospitalized, which could causea chain reaction of events, including weight gain. You may simply want to strengthen your core,reduce weight, and maintain balance.

Peter has worked with many professional athletes and dancers in treatment programs designed to address their specific area of injury.  Under Peter's careful supervision – a certified instructor – in either one-on-one or in small group sessions, he can customize a Pilates regime to meet yourspecific needs and abilities, monitoring movements to ensure correct form for optimum results. The emphasis is on quality of movement, smooth repetitions, and balance, not on strength and perspiration. The result is a much better routine for your body and a better outlook for you.

Finally, Correction and Prevention: Your body reacts to injury in ways that you may not recognize and may cause you to change your pattern of movement because of an injured muscle or tendon. Court Pilates can help any injured muscles and tendons re-acquire their original strength and function as rapidly as their healing allows. It can also help the muscles and tendons that have had to temporarily compensate for the injury, return as swiftly as possible to their original, pre-injury state of balance.

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Testimonials from Clients and Former Students (Now Teachers)

  • Age is no reason to lose your shape. The program has increased my stamina and helped avoid injuries. A few months at my desk without it and Yikes! There goes my back...my neck. Resume the program and it’s gone.

    Elan Golomb Psychologist/ Writer
  • The exercises have been extremely beneficial & enjoyable. It helps me maintain a strong, healthy body to meet the demands of performance & rehearsals.

    Jennifer Tinsley Former NYCB Dancer
  • This is the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. It stretches, strengthens, increases flexibility, relaxes, realigns. By focusing on abdominals, it gives a center of gravity. The movements are dancerly, so it’s aesthetically pleasing, and most amazing - it’s never boring.

    Amy Gross Former Editor-in-Chief Mirabella
  • Joanie has enjoyed a long career in modern dance and has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years. She danced with numerous choreographers performing and teaching workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her training and teaching Pilates started with Peter Vaillancourt in New York City where she worked with young dancers from School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey.

    Joanie Mullen Smith, Pilates Instructor New York
  • Mary brings more than twenty-five years of dance and movement experience, from ballet to musical theatre, to her studio. She truly loves helping others fulfill their physical goals, joyfully guiding them to a healthier way of life. She trained and worked for three years with Master teacher Peter Vaillancourt in New York City.

    Mary Ragan, Pilates Instructor
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About Propioception

Propioception involves body position, and focuses on the cognitive awareness of the body in space, and being able to maintain balance.

"In everyday activities we depend on signals coming from our moving bodies to be able to respond to the space around us and react rapidly in changing circumstances. Much of this knowledge about position and movement of the limbs and trunk is provided by sensations arising in proprioceptors. The information they provide allows us to maneuver our way around obstacles in the dark and be able to manipulate objects out of view." Source: Uwe Proske, Simon C. Gandevia Physiological Reviews Published 1 October 2012.

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Our Equipment Includes These Programs:

Medical Massage

Peter is a NYS licensed myo-fascial medical massage therapist.

Balance Beam

We use beams for conditioning and flexibility routines.

Swiss Ball

The air-filled Swiss Ball helps improve muscle tone and balance.

Free Weights

Free weights provide a superior level of strength and balance.