Pilates Instructor

I stepped out of my comfort zone...

Hello Friends!

Pilates is considered a Mindbody experience/exercise.  I get it...in my BODY.  And my mind is connected and controls my body.  Duh.  But let's just say, I've been a slave to by body lately.  With this training regimen and constantly working with people on their bodies, I have developed a lot of tightness.  Being in school, or even living in NYC, can cause a lot of stress.  My body is carrying that stress around. And I am UNCOMFORTABLE.  The lower back, my neck & shoulder, etc... This makes doing Pilates much more difficult.  I can't execute the basic exercises the way I want, let alone the more advanced fun stuff I've been looking forward to learning.   It's frustrating and depressing.  

Recently, a client told me about her latest meditation experience.  Full disclosure, I've never tried meditation.  I've always thought I'd be bored or fall asleep or both.  But this sounded different.  I was intrigued and a little scared.

It was sensory deprivation floating.  Stay with me here.

I got naked & floated in a tank in very thick salt water, like the dead sea.  There was no smell or sound.  Lights were optional and I turned them off. The water was body temperature and so comforting.  It felt like the softest, yet most supportive mattress was under me.  After laying there for a few minutes, I started to inventory my body from the toes to my ears, gently asking it to release.  Some places required a second or third visit.  But eventually, I succumbed to the silence, the stillness.  I let go and time slipped away with no stimulation or distractions to stop it.  And the nothingness engulfed me in the most delightful way.

Originally, I thought I'd fidget and get bored, maybe last about 10 minutes.  Before I knew it, an hour had passed. Light spa-like music started to play to indicate my session was over.  I turned on the light and prepared to leave the tank.  And I was alert!  I washed my hair and scrubbed my head.  Damn, it felt so good.  Did my scalp always feel like this?  Was there canabis or LSD in that water?  I don't know.  But I know I was feeling and seeing in a different way.  I was calm, alert, focused, centered in mind and body.

Getting dressed and preparing to leave, I stopped in the lobby.  It was Sunday.  Was I in a rush?  Not today.  I sat.  I read a BOOK for a half hour.  I focused and breathed and took my time.  There were no distractions.  Walking out in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, (my stomping grounds with a major EX) I noticed my back didn't hurt.  My neck was perfectly fine.  And my shoulder moved freely.  Damn, I felt GOOD!  

Was it like a massage?  No.  This was more holistic and not targeted to my tight areas.  It felt like nothing happening allowed everything to happen, falling into place where they were meant to be.

It's Thursday as I write this.  My mind and body are still feeling strong and centered.  I've done 5 hours of Pilates so far this week and it's been great!  Everything is so accessible.  Being balanced is making me more efficient!  Unfortunately, I slowly notice my movement patterns bringing those strains and tight muscles back to their old habits.  But 4 days later, I'm still focused.  I'm slowly trying to remove my distractions.  Those alerts on my phone have been turned off.  I don't need to know overtime someone "likes" my Facebook or Instagram posts.  I also don't need to have 4 news alerts letting me know when something awful has happened on our planet.  I will see those things when I'm ready to focus on them.

Cheers to letting go and finding focus!



The Instructor Becomes a Student Again

Hello Lovely People,


I have some exciting news to share with everyone (ok, some of you already know my secret.)  This weekend, I started another Pilates certification program with Real Pilates.  Since I'm already a certified instructor, what I'm doing is known as a Bridge Program.  This course will take place over the next 30 weeks and I'm both inspired and exhausted by the journey ahead of me.


You might be thinking, "Where will you find the time for this?" or "But Samone, you already know so much.  Why are you doing this?"  And these are really good questions.  To answer the first question, I'm really not sure.  But I feel it'll all come together as it needs to.  To answer why I'm doing this, I think there's always more to learn.  The Pilates method has been in my body since 2001 and I've been teaching since 2012.  During the last 5 years, I have continued to take Pilates classes/sessions from instructors I admire, workshops in special conditions & injuries and learned on the fly with my valued clients.  I think my clients appreciate when I have recently completed a workshop or learned a new technique.  These little nuggets of information inspire me to work differently and deeper. 


It's 10:30pm on Sunday and I've been at the studio since Friday afternoon going back to the basics and learning the beginner system all over again.  My mind is mush.  I am reassured that I have a really strong start.  Core Pilates, NYC has given me a robust foundation.  But I am also relearning certain exercises in a new way.  My "hands on" is getting more "in your business"  And I'm learning the way our elder, Romana, taught the exercises.  It's challenging to change my script.  


I'm already inspired to bring some new techniques to my classes and sessions.  For my long time faithful clients, we'll start to incorporate some of these changes and hopefully you'll see/feel the difference.  We'll continue to learn & grow together.  As I've always believed, Pilates is a system.  Pilates is a process.  Pilates is a practice.  

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Hands On Pilates, NYC!  Anniversaries always inspire reflection on the time before and planning for the future.  So let’s take stock together.


  • As a business, Hands On Pilates, NYC has grown!  I’ve added more hours to the schedule.  New clients have joined the fold and friends from long ago have reconnected with their practice.  Some of my clients have overcome injuries and others have mastered more advanced exercises (hello Tendon Stretch!)  Wherever we start on any given day, we try to feel better by the end of the session.  And that’s really all I ever ask or expect from my clients.  Bring yourself to me on good days, bad days and everything in between.  Pilates always helps you feel better, physically and emotionally.


  • In my personal Pilates practice, I’ve continued to take weekly sessions/classes with the instructors who inspire me.  I’m also making a commitment to other forms of exercise.  What?  Not just Pilates?  That’s right.  I’ve found another challenge.  Rowing is my new exercise du jour.  I take at least one rowing class a week.  Believe it or not, it follows all six Pilates principals: Breath, Concentration, Centering, Flow, Precision & Control.  Plus, it wipes me out.  I sleep like a log after class.  Let me know if you’re interested in adding this to your health regimen and I’ll give you all the details.


  • Looking ahead for both the business and my personal practice, I have some exciting news to share.  Along with the other practitioners at Oasis Healing Arts, I’ll be hosting a client appreciation day this spring. We’ll be providing complimentary services and serving wine & nibbles.  Guests are welcome!   Details will follow soon.  Be on the lookout for an email in the next few weeks.


  • Also, I intend to increase my continuing education.  It’ll be an intense 7 month program.  Think of a masters degree in Pilates!  I’m very excited to enter this new chapter of learning. As clients, you’ll certainly see & feel the difference as I increase my knowledge. It’ll be an adventure for all of us.  Again, more details to follow. 


  • I’m adding home sessions to my list of available services.  These sessions are for those of you who are postnatal or recovering from injury.  Please ask me if this is something you’re interested in. 


As I’ve often said, I am so grateful to all of you for entrusting me with your fitness journey.  I look forward to each of your sessions every week and hope we can continue to grow together.  My clients become my friends and friends become like family.  Thank you for your trust and support.


Cheers to moving forward & up!

Best in health,