Author Archives: Gemma

About Gemma

Gemma began studying Pilates in 1997. She is a graduate of the Teacher Certification Program at Body Precision Pilates Studio in Rosemont, PA, which she entered in 1999, and joined the staff as a full-time teacher in 2000. She is comprehensively certified to teach on all Pilates apparatus, having completed a 700+ hour training program. She is also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, and achieved Gold Certified status as one of the first 250 teachers certified by the PMA in 2005. Gemma received her initial exposure to movement as a teenager, studying classical ballet and modern dance with the Lori Ardis Ballet Company, in her hometown of Media, PA. Subsequently, she pursued training in theatre, and holds a B.A. in Theatre from Allentown College/De Sales University. Later, this was followed by post-graduate study, in the Professional Actor Training Program at Brandeis University. In addition, she studied acting, speech and movement for many years, with local theatre schools. She was a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and is familiar with a variety of vocal and theatrical movement techniques. Shortly after beginning Pilates, Gemma resumed studying dance, and took teaching workshops in the Vaganova Ballet Technique with John White, of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She also began studying gymnastics for the first time as an adult, stemming from her fascination with human movement potential. An avid yoga practitioner, Gemma began taking classes in 2001. Major styles she has focused on are: Kali Ray TriYoga with Kali Ray and master teachers, Iyengar Yoga with Joan White, and traditional Ashtanga Yoga with Amy Gordon. In addition, she has studied the Bikram method of yoga, and taken numerous workshops in various yoga techniques. In 2006, she was certified in Kali Ray TriYoga, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher and member of the Yoga Alliance. She also teaches Ashtanga Yoga. In 2003, Gemma became a Certified Body Rolling Instructor, studying with Yamuna Zake, in New York. At that time, she began offering this technique to her students, as well. In 2006, Gemma resumed horseback riding, a childhood and teenage passion. Beginning with hunter training and now focusing on classical dressage – another classical movement technique, she has also studied natural horsemanship. She believes riding has added a whole new dimension to her movement training, and now has trained animals, in addition to people. In 2004, Gemma opened her own private Pilates and movement practice, and is currently teaching at Privately Pilates in Ardmore, PA. She is motivated by her commitment to quality movement training of the highest standards. For more information about Gemma and her practice, please visit her website at: www.GemmasPilates.com.

Pilates Takes Time

Here is a post by a Pilates Teacher I studied with early in my training, Michael Miller of Michael Miller Pilates, http://www.hermit.com/.  I love the point he makes about the movements taking time to assimilate into the body.  The benefits are absorbed over time. “Pilates takes time over a steady routine, 2 times a week… Read More »

Be the CEO of Your Body and Your Life

This is a terrific article on chronic neck and back pain by my friend and colleague Lori Peacock of Physical Performance Solutions. As a Pilates Teacher, the points she makes are what I try to teach people all the time, since my number one function is as a movement educator. Her statement that “exercising with… Read More »

“De-Stress At Your Desk” – Head Rolls

This video clip demonstrates gentle seated neck stretches rolling/moving the head that you can do at your desk. These include forward bending, rotational and lateral or side bending and backward bending. These movements show a greater range of motion, progressing from the stretches in the previous video, Neck Stretches.

“De-Stress At Your Desk” – Neck Stretches

This video teaches seated neck stretches that you can do at your desk. These include forward bending, rotational and lateral or side bending and backward bending. Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can create a sore, stiff neck and lead to greater problems such as chronic neck pain. If you utilize these… Read More »

De-Stress At Your Desk – Wrist Stretches

This video contains stretches you can do for your wrists. Sitting at a computer and performing the repetitious movements of typing and using a mouse all day can cause numerous wrist and hand problems, including arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome, among others. Here, Gemma demonstrates wrist stretches that you can do at your desk. These… Read More »

De-Stress At Your Desk – Standing Stretches

In this video, Gemma demonstrates standing stretches that you can do at your desk. These include standing quadriceps stretches, rotational and lateral or side bending stretches for the neck and back, arm stretches, backward bending opening the chest and standing forward bends. If you spend long hours sitting at a computer, you need to take… Read More »

De-Stress At Your Desk – Upper Body Stretches

This video shows seated upper body stretches that you can do at your desk. These include seated forward bends, lateral bending or side bending, and backward bending opening the chest. When one spends a lot of time at a desk, particularly if slouching or slumping over, our backs and torsos can become sore and not… Read More »

De-Stress At Your Desk – Seated Leg Stretches

This video contains seated leg stretches that you can do at your desk. These include stretches for the hamstrings and quadriceps. Sometimes when sitting for long periods of time, your legs can become stiff and cramp. If you stand up too quickly, you can pull a muscle in your legs. These stretches will help lengthen… Read More »

Gemma’s First Main Line Healthy Living Interview

Here is my first interview on our new online video magazine/TV show, Main Line Healthy Living, with our host Dr. Marc Kossmann.  This video was an introduction to me, giving my background and how I came to be a Pilates teacher, as well as what practicing Pilates can do for others. Pilates And Movement Training For… Read More »

Gemma Joins Main Line Healthy Living

I am proud to announce the launch of a new professional group I have joined, Main Line Healthy Living.   Main Line Healthy Living is an online video magazine/talk show, which is free to the public.  For more information about it, please watch the Introduction video clip below by our host, Dr. Marc Kossmann, and read his description of it… Read More »