Sunday, 17th of February 2019
Sunday, 17th of February 2019
"Romana" — 8 posts

NEWS! Kathi Ross-Nash Visits San Francisco March 8th, 2009

Master Mat Class 8:30-9:30 March 8th, 2009 @ODC Dance Commons 351 Shotwell St, San Francisco --$25

Continuing Education Seminar March 8th 1:30-4:30    The Pilates Center of San Francisco 351 Shotwell St. San Francisco-$250 (included Mat Class)

For those of you know Kathi and her work, she is a true testament to what Pilates can do for a body and how the work should look when it's done properly. For those who don't know Kathy, you should come see her in action and witness for yourself first hand.

A Master of the classical work, Kathi has years of training under Romana. She comes from a dance background (Ballet Hispanico),  she has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and she is also an AFTA fitness trainer. Kathi was guest teacher at the Big Bear Conference and is featured in Romana's videos.

Call 415 294-3505 for more info

I am all excited about Romana Pilates as you may know. There is a great, no, fantastic new  Pilates studio in town, Pilates Works, and if you want the very best instruction in classical Pilates, this is where you go.
I am taking weekly sessions now, from Lucero, one of the instructor/owners, she is sooo nice and super, I mean super knowledgable. In the very first session I had she saw and corrected things nobody ever had done before. Awesome.
I meet the owners to this new place on the horrible ride from the airport to Big Bear Lake, that I wrote about earlier.
The springs are harder.
All springs (4) on for foot work, I am used to less resistance and my shoulders are pressing hard up against the shoulder rests.
Same with the hundreds, 4 springs, quite heavy.
And running and bottom lift.

Short spine has become something quite different. Since my hamstrings are rather flexible, I don't get to leave my feet up, and get that nice long placing down of the spine with the stretch of the spine and the legs. Instead I keep knees folded in and working the back of the legs and belly, this spine stretch is hidden behind an intense ham and belly exercise.

All this is GREAT!!!
I am feeling that I am really getting a super workout, I have certainly been trough far too many sessions taught in a rehab style. Nothing wrong with that, if that is what you need of course. Like I said before I love all the Pilates I have had (well not all perhaps), but most variations holds it's own special focuses that is good or great at times. This has a alot to do with the instructor, where they trained and their own experiences and ability to modify and communicate.

Also, since we give different focuses and variations to clients depending on what they need, that is probably how Joe Pilates came to be differently percieved to the today Master Teachers (Elders) that was trained by him. They all had various problems and reasons why they needed to go to Joe's studio, and Joe and Clara would naturally modify and specify accordingly. Having personally taken Pilates from Ron Fletcher and Mary Bowen first hand, I can tell the difference easily. And the Romana Pilates I get second hand at my new favorite studio (Golden Gate Pilates) is Pilates the Romana way, not the Joseph Pilates way, not more than any other Elder, I believe.

I happen to really like Pilates the Romana way, like so many others. New York is basically all Romana Pilates, while here on the west coast we get all kinds. I recommend you to go and try it all.
After my Seattle visit I have become determined to really focus on the real classical Pilates you get from a Romana certified teacher. I am now signed up with Robin at Golden Gate Pilates in San Francisco, and I am going to stick with a 2 times a week workout schedule for the rest of the year (I will sneak off and do some mat at my favorite places too). Just in case I am also logging my sessions, should I actually want to test out for the certification.

For the Romana certification one has to have 80 sessions with a Romana teacher, all signed for, before you can enter the program. I am NOT sure I am actually ready to put in hundreds of hours AGAINUndecided, to actually do the course, but I am willing to throw myself completly into the Romana school of teaching for the time being.

Had a session today and I feel great. There are a few exercises I have done different and maybe "wrong" before, and it has been very good to get this instruction from Robin, she really seems to know her stuff.

Wish me luck!
So turns out, I have been thinking that I am in the know about "classical Pilates". Embarassed
Well, not to a full 100% it turns out.
I took another session in Seattle, the day after my Dorothee experience. At Pilates International Seattle, where you can take a certification course and get certified by Romana herself. I took a private session with Jodie Stolz, who is a GREAT teacher.

The work is just so much more, well real. It really feels more muscular and precise. I love Pilates the way I have been taught, and all the different "flavors" I get when taking sessions and classes from different people. And at this point I know that I must have more of the true classical Pilates.

I took another session today, at a studio in San Francisco, Golden Gate Pilates, where all the instructors are certified by Romana. My teacher was Robin, and she was SUPER. I will start going there a lot, especially if I am actually going to try for the certification course. I did think about getting a Romana certification for a while before this, and after the past couple of weeks it just seems right.
I'll be sure to blog away about it.Laughing
Well I think I just had my first real, REAL Classical Pilates session. I took a trio class at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle. The class was advanced, with all instructors working out. The biggest problem was, I am not trained in the REAL Classical way, with the sequence pre-set and the pace, my god the pace. I loved it though!

I mean, I knew that what exercise was coming next was supposed to, but there was no words! The other instructors just went on changing to the next exercise and the flow was beautiful, but I couldn't keep up. They have of course trained with Dorothee, so they knew exactly what to do. She didn't have me do all they did fortunately, since my friend Nancy who was also in the session, can really do it ALL. The issues I have with different parts of my back and neck, was real evident in this classical session. And of course, Dorothee can see everything in a split second. I really need that constant poking (ie tactile cues) and reminders, that many teachers don't bother with or don't see that I need them. I wish I could go here regularly!!!!
Dorothee Vanderwalle is a teacher of teachers, she has been assisting Romana for years in her teacher training. She now has her own program and she says it is pretty much like Romana's . You will get absolute top notch training here, both as a client and as a teacher in training.
Link to their website here.

There really is a huge difference between "other" Pilates and Classical. If you haven't experienced Classical Pilates, you have to. Make sure you get to feel the difference, chance is you wanna have more of it, often.

He is back. My dear husband went to Seattle for a shoulder surgery last week, and he got back yesterday, one day early. This is the reason why I have not blogged at all since he been gone, and not done much Pilates either.

I will go and have a private session on friday, with one of my favorite teachers in SF.

I did do the nasty five a few times. Do you know what the nasty five is? Apperently Romana calls; the 100's, single leg stretch, double leg strech, single straight leg stretch and the criss cross, the Nasty Five. Or is it not those exact 5? I suddenly can't remember if the Double straight leg is in there and the 100's not. Has anybody else heard of Romana's Nasty five?

Of course when I get started I have to do the Roll up, and then naturally some extension stuff, usually single and double leg kicks plus swimming. By then I have really gotten going and I have to do some of the side kick series, which is my favorite mat exercises and suddenly I have soon done a whole mini mat class. Adding the teaser at the end and sometimes the Push up. I love mat work!!!!

Don't miss this cool little article on Romana from Time Magazine.

Excerpt from article:

"Romana Kryzanowska weaves her way through Drago's Gym in midtown Manhattan like a mother hen, tending to her clients, teachers and apprentice instructors. The setting could be just about any well-appointed Pilates studio. What's unique is Kryzanowska, a pint-size dynamo who has taught Pilates for the past six decades--and who has just re-leased a four-volume DVD called Romana's Pilates. "I'm old, but I don't feel old," says Kryzanowska, who turned 81 on June 30."

To read the whole article, click here.