Martha Mason is a Level 2 Specialized Master Trainer for Gyrotonic® and GYROKINESIS® exercise. Originally trained as a classical Pilates Instructor and influenced by a 25-year dance career, Martha has been helping clients gain vitality and freedom of movement since 1993.
As a Gyrotonic® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor and Teacher Trainer, Martha has an astute eye and a warm personality. She uses humor and compassion along with clarity, to help students gain confidence, strength and physical understanding.
Martha works with many professional athletes and dancers as well as with an aging population dealing with the issues that arise with time, gravity and wear & tear. She has rehabilitated both her own knees after bilateral ACL surgery, as well as her back, after upper and lower disc issues from her 20’s. She thus has much interest regarding knees, disc injuries and working with disabled clients (Click to see the segment on NBC Nightly News). Martha has completed therapeutic trainings in Gyrotonic® Applications for Hip Replacement with Hilary Cartwright, Psoas Applications with Juergen Bamberger, Applications for Shoulder Girdle, Pelvic Girdle and Scoliosis with (either or both) Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbstreit and Applications for Dancers with Adrianna Thompson.
Pilates Training: From 1990-93, Martha studied Pilates with and taught as an apprentice under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska, who inherited Joseph Pilates' studio in New York City. She also was greatly influenced as a teacher by Bob Liekens, who was her mentor during the certification training. Martha was the first instructor in Massachusetts to have participated in the (then) only national intensive, 2-year certification program, and taught many of the first-generation Pilates instructors in the MA region.
Dance: Martha's total dance experience spans 35 years, including mostly Ballet and Modern, with a smattering of African dance, Capoeira and circus arts. For 25 years she performed professionally and choreographed, including ten years directing and touring with Snappy Dance Theater.
Martha has been a guest teacher at the Roy Hart Theatre in Malerargues, France—is fluent in French—and has taught on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, the Boston Ballet Summer Program, and Jose Mateo's Summer Ballet Program.
Bess is a classically trained dancer in both ballet and modern dance, and brings that background to her teaching. In dance, she has trained with the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Parsons Dance Company, performed with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis (now Ballet Theatre of Maryland), and was a member of Boston's internationally touring Snappy Dance Theater 2000-2007. Pilates helped Bess develop deep core strength and stay in top shape for partnering (lifting men!) and performing with Snappy. After managing an office and needing a career change, in 2003, Bess became certified in the classical style of Pilates through POWER PILATES®. She studied with veteran master trainers from New York City. In 2007, Bess became certified in Gyrotonic® exercise Level I, studying with Adrianna Thompson. Gyrotonic® exercise helped her find an even deeper awareness of her body and learn to move with strength and ease simultaneously, to not work so hard in the joints.
Bess’ teaching style emphasizes precision and quality of movement, while moving fluidly, finding strength and grace simultaneously. She enjoys helping a client find a deeper awareness of his/her body and what it is capable of. She teaches one to exercise mental focus while working the body, to let go of tension and stress, and to find relaxation and ease in the body’s workout. Outside the studio, Bess enjoys spending time with her husband and their son Max, being outdoors, choreographing and dancing, and practicing power Vinyasa Yoga when she can.
Paula Spina's interest in movement began with and grew out of her early experience with gymnastics. During the 1980s, her interest was sparked again as a result of her studies in dance with former Boston Ballet dancer, Jimmy Raye, whose concept of movement was enriched by a concern with elegance and line. In the course of her studies with choreographer Tomas Molinaro, Paula began to participate in Pilates mat work as a warm up for dance, and soon progressed to Pilates as an independent discipline.
Paula has been a practitioner and devotee to the method for well over thirteen years, during which time she has studied with various Guild certified instructors. She received her certification through Peak Pilates under the instruction of Master Trainer Clare Dunphy, and Pam Garcia, Senior Trainer for Peak Pilates and Progressive Body Works. Thus far, her ongoing education in the art has been furthered through workshops with Micheal Fritzke, Ton Vooght, Micheal Rooks and Lolita San Miquel, and will surely involve more workshops and comprehensive study in the future.
As an enthusiastic and committed teacher, Paula focuses on helping clients to fulfill their personal goals and reach their fullest potential. Her mission is to stay true to the method as it was designed by Joseph Pilates. Her philosophy is to trust the method as it unfolds, and to watch the magic of the work as the client becomes stronger, more flexible, and more aligned. As clients develop their mind-body connection through breath and flow, they gain access to a deeper level of work. Paula aims to enhance her clients' capacity to reach this level of depth, and to make new discoveries about their own power to change. Her varied teaching experience includes work with senior citizens and athletes, as well as with clients who want to attain greater levels of fitness, focus, and discipline.
Paula feels grateful for the gift of being able to teach, and especially for her three gorgeous daughters, Marcella, Sofia and Natalia.
Luis holds a B. S. in Physical Education and has over 10 years experience in the fitness field. He received his Classical Pilates Certification in Brazil in 1999 through The Pilates Guild under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia-Santo. Luis has studied with many prestigious teachers such as Clare Dunphy, Michael Rooks, Shari Berkowitz, Bob Liekens. Having taught for over a decade, he's worked at Progressive Bodyworks and Sports Club LA/Boston. Luis believes in making clients feel better through invigorating sessions that focus the mind and body to work as a whole.
Certified by the Pilates Foundation UK, Rhonda began her Pilates journey after an Alpine skiing injury took her to the studios of Master Teachers Avigail Ben-Ari and Alan Herdman in London for rehab. Their emphasis was on getting the right prescription of the Pilates repertoire for each individual client, which necessitated a sound understanding of anatomy and body mechanics. Eventually Rhonda decided to become an instructor, formally training as an apprentice in the busy studio of Ben-Ari, where she quickly fell in love with applied anatomy during classes with physical therapists. She has worked with many influential body-work teachers in her long career, but none has been more helpful to her than her own and her family members’ health and injury management, from a difficult pregnancy with twins and its impact on her abs and spine, plantar fasciitis, slipped discs, and hip tendonitis after finishing the Rome marathon, to helping her sons as they co-captained Rugby, Cross Country Running, Rowing, and Track. Helping others includes enabling her husband to stay fit as an expert technical rock climber as well.
Rhonda is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Personal Fitness Instructor and enjoys motivating people of all ages and abilities to achieve results in posture, stamina, coordination and strength. Additional professional development courses include study at Regent's College London School of Sports Massage, Pilates Exercises Adapted for Osteoporosis, Foam and Ball Rolling Techniques for Self-Massage, Pilates for Pregnancy and Scoliosis Management. She is TRX certified and an expert at using Pilates for cross training: as preparation for tennis, skiing, running, and more. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and dual US/UK citizen, a former NYC advertising executive and punk rocker.
Nia brings a lifelong love of movement along with extensive training in ballet and modern dance to her students. She began teaching yoga in 2001 and continues to be very influenced by the practice and philosophy. In 2002 she completed her pre/post-natal yoga certification through Integral Yoga. She began her training in Stott Pilates in 2001 and GYROTONIC® training in 2005. She has since continued her studies with advanced level and specialized trainings. She is a firm believer in the power of mindful movement to nourish the whole being and finds deep gratification in seeing her students deepen their body awareness, efficiency, and ease in their bodies.
Prior to teaching, Nia worked with women with mental illness. On her days off from teaching, she pursued a graduate degree in theology. Currently, she tries to keep up with her two little boys and loves to get outside and to cook.
Patrishya began her early dance training in Australia and Brazil. She holds a BFA Cum Laude in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, and was awarded a teaching fellowship to gain her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Smith College. She was twice awarded scholarships to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. After performing professionally for over 20 years Patrishya became a Certified Instructor of The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning (2000), training in New York City with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska.
She is a certified Level I GYROTONIC® exercise Instructor (2006) training with Master Teachers Kathy Van Patten and Adrianna Thompson. In 2008 Patrishya retired from teaching Ballet at the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education after 19 years. Patrishya continues her studies in Pilates, Gyrotonic, dance and Anusara yoga. She honors Margot Parsons, Leah Chebac and Pamela Gaither as her most influential teachers.
Having always been inspired and enthralled by the physics of movement and alignment, her eclectic teaching style synthesizes her dance, yoga and extensive anatomy and kinesiology training to enable her clients to experience the joys of moving freely.
Specialty Focus: dance and sports injuries, hypermobility, arthritis.
Karyl Maheras is a certified Pilates Instructor. She began studying Pilates in 1994. In 2000, through the Pilates Guild in New York City, she completed an intensive certification program under the instruction of Master Trainer Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens. In 2001, Karyl was introduced to the Gyrotonic Expansion System®. She became certified in GYROKINESIS® in 2005 and Gyrotonic® in 2006. She studied with Master Trainers Martha Mason, Sebastion Plettenberg, Kathy Van Patten and Adriana Thompson. Karyl’s ability to accurately see physical imbalances allows her to help clients address their individual needs. Her concentrated studies of The Alexander Technique greatly influence her style of instruction. She encourages clients to develop an awareness of how they move through space on a daily basis. Breath, posture and balance are essential elements in her work. Karyl loves being outdoors and movement is an essential part of her being. She continues to stay active with yoga, dance, skiing, and finds great peace in hiking with her dogs.
Josie first came to Pilates in 2005 as a dancer looking for an intelligent way to heal her body after many years of injuries.
Josie first studied with Bess Whitesel and Martha Mason and received her 600-hour certification from the Fitness Guru in New York City in 2007, where she went on to become a certified instructor in 2010. She has also studied at New York studios The Kane School, Kula Yoga Project, and Pilates on Fifth. In addition, she has training in Pilates for injury prevention and recovery, for pre- and post-natal women, and for breast cancer survivors, as well as yoga, TRX® Suspension Training®, kettlebells, and cardio/strength training.
In addition to her Pilates training, Josie is an accomplished choreographer. She has worked on several national tours, at the Kennedy Center, and on Broadway and currently has a production company in NYC and is in the process of creating new musicals for Broadway. In addition, she teaches acting at Emerson College.
Josie lives in the Boston area with her husband and their son, Redd.
As a loyal practitioner and Pilates Instructor, certified in Power Pilates Mat and Peak Pilates Level 1 and 2, I believe in preserving the Pilates method in its classical form. The Pilates method taught in its classical form encourages proper breathing, control, centering, precision, and flow of movement. Embark with me on this empowering lifelong journey for balance, strength and vitality of the mind and body.
Cicely Carew is a movement enthusiast, to say the least, and loves sharing her passion for fitness with her clients. In 2010, adventure called and she left her position as Pilates Director for Crunch in Los Angeles to follow her future hubby and work in Mexico City.
In 2013, Cicely reduced her full-time training to pursue her artistic goals and start a family. During her pregnancy Cicely decided to apply her fine arts degree and try her hand at designing and crafting a magical menagerie of colorful, fanciful animals inspired by her son, Luciano, born January 2014 in Mexico City. When she is not teaching clients Cicely can be found in her art studio constructing her Kuddoodles™.
Anyone who has worked with Cicely can describe her style as technical, fun, demanding, progressive, energetic and all about the “ PowerHouse". Her philosophy is that the journey matters more than the destination. Every bit counts.
Cicely holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, NASM and Fitness Nutrition.
Comprehensively Certified Power Pilates Instructor, was born in North Carolina and spent most of her adolescence dancing and performing with friends at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts. Jessica found a love for movement that she continued to investigate at East Carolina University's School of Theatre and Dance. Graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2010, she sought to find an excercise lifestyle to supplement her blossoming performance career...PILATES was her answer!
She is ever-inspired by the relationship between intellectual concentration in the studio and the balance of movement in life. Taking her to new places of control and physical awareness in her dancing, Jessica knows her Power Pilates certification will continue to further her multi-faceted career. She hopes to inspire her clients, dance students, and friends to look in new places for physical fitness and overall peace of mind! Jessica is semi-new to Boston and excited by the lively experiences the city has to offer. Movement heals!
Elena is a native of the Boston area and a dancer at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA. She began studying the GYROTONIC® exercise method at the age of 14 with Martha Mason as therapy for her scoliosis. She credits GYROTONIC® exercise as the reason she was able to avoid a spinal fusion and thus continue studying and performing ballet at a high level. Elena is thrilled to embark on her professional life as a GYROTONIC® instructor.
Lorelei hails from Manila, Philippines, and brings an intensive background in classical, modern and contemporary dance to her teaching. After 17 years of working in a corporate environment, Lorelei was called back to dance in 2012, when she was asked to set a repertory work at the University of the Philippines. This made her realize that a career in movement, fitness and health is the life she wants to be living. So she took a leap of faith by quitting her job and her life in Manila to move to Boston and train to become an instructor of the GYROTONIC Exercise Method® with Master Trainer, Martha Mason.
Julie Chrzan is a native of New Orleans, LA, where she danced with a small classical ballet company throughout high school. She holds degrees in both business and law from Louisiana State University, but never lost her love of movement. After leaving the dance world, she turned to Pilates as a way to fight the sedentariness of school and office work, as well as to heal her body from so many years of dance training.
Upon moving to Boston in 2008, Julie began studying Pilates and GYROTONIC® with Martha Mason and Bess Whitesel. She believes that GYROTONIC® especially helped ease her eventual transition from a successful 10-year career as a high-level manager in the field of digital forensics and electronic discovery, to stay-at-home mom of two very busy little boys!
Julie’s interest in becoming a movement teacher began while living in Washington DC from 2004-2008. As an aside from her day job, Julie trained to become one of the first certified barre instructors in the DC area under Carrie Rezabek when her aunt opened the first barre studio in the DC area (Pure Barre Technique, now BFit DC). Julie taught barre classes, a blend of strength-training, Pilates and ballet-barre work, from 2006-2008, and assisted in training new teachers for the studio.
Julie is now proud to be a certified instructor in GYROTONIC® Level 1, having completed training under Martha Mason and certification under Angela Crowley. She is humbled to be a part of the amazing team of instructors at Upward Spiral Studio.
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