I began teaching in 1994 and founded Sage Fitness® in 1998. I was certified in the Pilates Technique (all equipment and mat) under Romana Krysanowska in 1993 and am PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified. My biggest influences are my time studying Pilates under Deborah Lessen and anatomy coursework with Irene Dowd. 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 Pilates instructors how to add Indian Club Swinging into their teaching repertoire. Additionally, I specializes in working with clients with scoliosis using Pilates and Schroth Therapy principles, Indian Club Swinging, and functional conditioning. Most recently I studied under Karena Thek, founder of Scolio-Pilates which was an eye opening experience to the power of conservative exercise techniques. I studied Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis techniques under Cori Doetzer and Hilary Cartwright and was a licensed Gyrotonic instructor from 2002-2020.
A former dancer and native New Yorker, I graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance, attended the University of Michigan and am a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts. 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 Pilates teaching and eye for alignment directly to my dance background.
Sessions: In Studio, Remote or Off-Site
Appointments are individually tailored to help client's achieve goals of physical balance, strength and flexibility. Posture, alignment and breathe are the focus of every session. Asymmetries, imbalances, structural weaknesses and past or current injuries are addressed to help shape each session. My teaching style is that of diversity and practicality, appealing to clients looking to bridge the gap between rehabilitative and mind-body movement as well as taking the work into a sport specific focus.
I enjoy working with seniors, professional dancers, and adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis as well as everyday New Yorkers looking to achieve balance in their busy urban lives. I have experience in injury recuperation such as such as leg breaks, hip replacements, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, shoulder dislocation, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain's syndrome, spinal stenosis and disc bulges and have worked with people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and Fibromyalgia.
Closest to my heart, I have a particular interest in teaching clients with idiopathic scoliosis after my daughter was diagnosed at age 8.
Read below for more details on different workout systems.
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.
This floor equipment based conditioning program uses your own body weight, a focus on balance and some light bands. Contemporary approached to planks, lunges, squats make this a great workout to learn and take use as a home program or a travel program. The balance requirements for this workout are a great challenge for all ages and levels.
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.