Sessions are individually tailored to achieve goals of strength and flexibility within alignment. Symmetry and breathe are key focuses of my work. Asymmetries, imbalances, structural weaknesses and past or current injuries are addressed to help shape each session, each time.
I have experience in injury recuperation such as such as leg breaks, hip replacements, ankle sprains, ACL Tears, plantar fasciitis, shoulder dislocation, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis and disc bulges as well as individuals diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy and fibromyalgia.
I began teaching in 1994 and founded Sage Fitness® in 1998. I was certified in the Pilates Technique (equipment and mat) under Romana Krysanowska in 1993 and am NCPT (Pilates Method Alliance) certified. My teaching is largely informed by my time studying Pilates with Deborah Lessen and anatomy coursework with Irene Dowd. I work with clients diagnosed with scoliosis using conservative exercise practices of Pilates, Schroth principles, Indian Club Swinging, and functional conditioning.
In 2013 I began my Indian Club Swinging journey. I developed Complete Clubs, a contemporary and full body approach using classic Indian Club Swinging. I incorporate club swinging into my private practice and also present Complete Clubs course work, teaching both Pilates instructors and exercise enthusiasts how to add Indian Club Swinging into their repertoire.
I hold a BFA in dance/performance from Florida State University, attended the University of Michigan and am a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts in NYC. As a young dancer my formative training was at the Joffrey Ballet School and The Martha Graham School. I feel very fortunate to have been immersed in such a unique pre-professional dance training experience and attribute my teaching, eye for alignment and ability to progress my students with careful, consistent growth to my dance training.
Combining eastern and western forms of conditioning including gymnastics, boxing and yoga, Pilates is a whole body exercise system utilizing both spring resistance equipment as well a floor exercises. Pressing or pulling the springs of the Pilates equipment creates resistance and engagement of directed muscles groups. Depending on the placement of the body in relationship to springs, the force and apparatus use change function. The equipment either creates a resistance to work against, or assists in body motions to aid and increase flexibility and ranges of motion. Hence, Pilates strengthens and lengthens. The Pilates system focuses on alignment while working out the whole body. Asymmetries and muscular imbalances are addressed to create a complete and centering workout. Pilates is very helpful for stabilizing spine and pelvic imbalances and finding "center".
Created by Pamela Warshay, Complete Clubs® is a full body workout utilizing Indian Club Swinging. Pamela has developed a modern workout through updating swinging patterns and sequencing while adding a lower body component to the exercises. Complete Clubs® optimizes upper body strength, length and range of motion. It’s an effective and safe workout that gets your arms and back stronger while improving trunk stabilization and alignment. Complete Clubs is a non impact cardiovascular workout.
Indian Club Swinging has applications for everyone, whether you’re overcoming a shoulder injury, a parent needing more strength to hold and carry your growing child or an avid rock climber! The workout helps with wrist and hand issues like carpal tunnel syndrome to sporting goals such as improving your swim stroke or finessing your golf or tennis game.
Functional conditioning program primarily uses your own body weight with a focus on balance using light bands and free weights for some of the exercises. Contemporary approaches to planks, lunges, squats make these great stand alone exercises as well as smart additions to Pilates mat, particularly for remote or off-site sessions.
The Scoliosis protocols are based on contemporary principles of length first, bring the body toward mid-line, then strengthen. Using propping and the support of equipment, these sessions are in line with Schroth Therapy teachings, with the foundation being Pilates. Home programs are developed to practice the work on days when not in the studio, as a daily practice is key to managing scoliosis.