Pilates is a key component of a well-rounded fitness program. No matter your fitness background, you will improve your posture, body alignment and achieve an optimum core workout - whether you take a group mat class or work one-on-one.
Joseph Pilates, raised in Germany like me, devised the Pilates discipline which he applied to war veterans and then brought to America where NYC ballerinas flocked to his studio followed by in-the-know New Yorkers in search of the finest exercise regimen of the '60s. Fast forward to the early 1990s when, as a dancer, I first studied Pilates with Cary Reagan and Kathy Grant, a student of founder Joseph Pilates, to increase strength, flexibility and ease in movement for all of my physical pursuits.
My approach - both on the mat, the Reformer and Ladder barrel is to incorporate a deep warm up coupled with keen attention to the spine. With a few simple tools like the magic circle and the Thera band, I prepare your body to move better in every way. This attention to detail is the also the focus of my one-on-one sessions.
Pilates at Fivesparks with TessPilates
Join us Mondays and Fridays
Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451
$20.00 walk in
Also NEW in Littleton Starting December 3rd
Pilates for Lunch
First Baptist Church
461 King St, Littleton, MA 01460
$20.00 walk in
For all levels: bring your mat and strengthen and stretch your body. Our focus will be to cultivate awareness and respect for the body. Focus on the body and mind connection and feel the effects.
781-258-0874 for questions
Tess holds additional certifications and decades of experience in Alexander Technique, Yoga for Cancer and Simonson Technique
The Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique teaches the student to become kinesthetically aware of faulty movement patterns that cause tension and pain. A lesson analyzes the student's habitual pattern and offer verbal and hands-on guidance to redirect the body. The Alexander Technique is an amazingly enlightening experience.
I studied The Alexander Technique with Alan Katz and Joel Kendall in New York City and quickly opened a practice on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. My favorite offering is to work one on one with a client concluding with table work.
Yoga for Cancer
Simonson Technique, created and developed by master teacher Lynn Simonson, is an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware.
Tess Degen teaches Simonson Jazz Beginner and Slow Intermediate to students at Boston Ballet and other local studios.
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