Classical Pilates in “Pilates Point DC” – The Difference:
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”
Those words were on Joseph Pilates business cards back in the days and they probably brought more people to the Pilates Studios worldwide than any other marketing tool. But is it really possible? Is it possible to change your body and mind so quickly? YES! All you need is a drop of curiosity, a bit of discipline, a good teacher, and a place to spread out on the floor (in between your sessions). Joseph Pilates created a system of exercises on Mat and Apparatus that really works. I, as a classical Pilates teacher, try to preserve his original Method of Body Conditioning, by:
-Teaching Pilates in its original form – the way Joseph designed it
-Using a systematic order of exercises
-Linking exercises seamlessly with transitions, so the session becomes one flowing movement
-Focusing on that flow to develop stamina and endurance (and yes, those killer, gorgeous looking lean muscles!)
-Adopting the training to EVERYBODY (from injured, de-conditioned student to elite athlete)
-Teaching progressive and systematic sessions
-Teaching students to work with a quiet mind, using the 6 Pilates Principles
-Teaching Pilates as a movement system linked with specific purpose
-Using Mat and Classical Pilates Apparatus (by Gratz Industries, L.L.C, and Pilates Designs by Basil), knowing that Pilates Body Conditioning Method is a clever mix of all pieces of Equipment invented by Joseph Pilates
-Teaching students to gradually work independently, by giving them “homework” (mostly Mat exercises, since everybody nowadays has a mat at home), that way they progressively own the system and can use the Method on their own, away from “Pilates Point DC”.
Tatjana Parsamian moved to the United States in 2010 from Vienna, Austria, where she was the owner of the largest classical Pilates studio “City Pilates”. She immediately started teaching at Excel Pilates, Classical Pilates Studio in Washington, DC, for Lesa McLauglin, student of Romana Kryzanowska.
Tatjana developed and taught her own “Contrology” Pilates Teacher Training Program throughout Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, Cyprus) and gave Master Classes at Pilates and Fitness conventions in Vienna, Essen (FIBO), Budapest, and Zagreb. Tatjana’s initial Pilates training was through B.A.S.I. and Peak Pilates, USA, and is a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified Pilates Professional.
Understanding that knowledge is a continuous experience and the importance of the pure Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, Tatjana keeps exploring the depths of working with different bodies and mind sets. She has over ten years of teaching experience working with a wide spectrum of people. Her students have ranged from 14 to 84 years old, and have included professional body builders, swimmers, dancers and golfers, as well as people with injuries and different health conditions, and pregnant women. She is a mother of a four year old boy, and she never stopped moving during her pregnancy. Knowing the sensation of being pregnant, she lead many students through their Pilates and pregnancy journey with joy and success.
Tatjana is a professional Aerobics, Dance, Step, and Zumba Master trainer educated in Munich, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Vienna (Austria) University for Music and Performing Arts in Piano Performance & Piano Pedagogy.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Contrology is a movement system that was created and named by Joseph Hubertus Pilates
He used to exclaim:
“Trust the system! The system works!”
A movement system has a goal to:
-Improve the ability of the deep muscles to guide and control the movement
-Focus on improving motor control
-Focus on quality of movement over quantity
-Produce and control movement within the functional range Classical Pilates meets all of these elements, and helps the body to transform.
Joseph Pilates created the very unique Apparatus, based on spring resistance: -The springs provide assistance and resistance and help the body learn faster
-It helps you to really feel how to move from your center because of the support provided by the springs
-It challenges your stability with its unstable surfaces
-It was created to support the Mat Work
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind, fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
Joseph Hubertus Pilates
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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1 Session - $105
5 Sessions - $505 / $101 per Session
10 Sessions - $970 / $97 per Session
20 Sessions - $1840 / $92 per Session
Special offer for new clients:
3 introductory Private Sessions - $ 249
Sessions are 50 minutes
All Pilates Session appointments have a 24-hour cancellation policy.