Backbone And Wingspan® At Mind Your Body Fitness

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One-on-one training in Pilates for posture, core strength, spinal support, & muscle tone. Look and feel elongated & empowered!
  • 1370 Lexington Ave

    New York, NY 10128

    Cross street: 90th Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-647-8878

About Backbone And Wingspan® At Mind Your Body Fitness

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Tue -Fri: 1PM - 10PM Sat: NOON - 6PM

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I really recommend this wonderful work

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I really recommend this wonderful work

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Tim is a very thorough and caring individual who really makes sure you understand your body's support system. He helped me to alter my Bridge and Sphinx exercises to support my lower back and protect my groin area. He also showed me a meditation with intention using gravity and visualization to open up my sciatic area which is helping not only my back, but my 90 yr. old Dad with his sciatic area and "uneven legs". My second session a few weeks later incorporated more information on my heel and arch to use my outer hamstring in supporting me. I am very happy with the results I am experiencing through his education and his care to see that I go home with a sense memory of my new ways of using my body. I would highly recommend him. He is friendly, listens well and gives clear explanations. Space in Bedford Hills is light, welcoming, and clean. Therapy is conducted in one large room with several practitioners. As only one other had hours when I was there the distraction was minimal.

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Tim is a very thorough and caring individual who really makes sure you understand your body's support system. He helped me to alter my Bridge and Sphinx exercises to support my lower back and protect my groin area. He also showed me a meditation with intention using gravity and visualization to open up my sciatic area which is helping not only my back, but my 90 yr. old Dad with his sciatic area and "uneven legs". My second session a few weeks later incorporated more information on my heel and arch to use my outer hamstring in supporting me. I am very happy with the results I am experiencing through his education and his care to see that I go home with a sense memory of my new ways of using my body. I would highly recommend him. He is friendly, listens well and gives clear explanations. Space in Bedford Hills is light, welcoming, and clean. Therapy is conducted in one large room with several practitioners. As only one other had hours when I was there the distraction was minimal.

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I have been astonished by how much I enjoy working with Tim. His use of imagery to teach has changed the way I think about my body; it also makes the session much more interesting than any other class I've taken. My body has changed significantly in the 9 months that I have been working with Tim, and I am very pleased with the results. I feel very fortunate to have these sessions with such a talented and intuitive teacher.

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I have been astonished by how much I enjoy working with Tim. His use of imagery to teach has changed the way I think about my body; it also makes the session much more interesting than any other class I've taken. My body has changed significantly in the 9 months that I have been working with Tim, and I am very pleased with the results. I feel very fortunate to have these sessions with such a talented and intuitive teacher.

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I have taken sessions with Tim for my back and spine and his understanding of body and movements truly impresses. However, knowing him personally I have a small glimpse into what challenges an entrepreneurial mind needs to face day to day a mix of art and science. I realize that he puts a lot of heart and trust into a business which makes this world a better place. I am grateful to be associated with a friend like him wise and a goodhearted person. Spending time with someone with such great qualities strengthens them in me as well. I believe that people should hear and experience people like Tim who are doing business from the heart.

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I have taken sessions with Tim for my back and spine and his understanding of body and movements truly impresses. However, knowing him personally I have a small glimpse into what challenges an entrepreneurial mind needs to face day to day a mix of art and science. I realize that he puts a lot of heart and trust into a business which makes this world a better place. I am grateful to be associated with a friend like him wise and a goodhearted person. Spending time with someone with such great qualities strengthens them in me as well. I believe that people should hear and experience people like Tim who are doing business from the heart.

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My experience with Tim was unlike any other. His use of imagery in his description of movement has helped me reach muscles in my upper and lower back I have never felt used before. He has articulated my posture, and made it more natural at the same time. I leave feeling taller, more confident and smarter for the knowledge of my own anatomy he imparts. I also took a Gyrontonic lesson from Cathy, who showed me that letting go and letting my body make the natural movements similar to modern dance could help me to sculpt long, lean muscles as well as be more graceful. I look forward to much improvement in my form and mind with this group!!

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My experience with Tim was unlike any other. His use of imagery in his description of movement has helped me reach muscles in my upper and lower back I have never felt used before. He has articulated my posture, and made it more natural at the same time. I leave feeling taller, more confident and smarter for the knowledge of my own anatomy he imparts. I also took a Gyrontonic lesson from Cathy, who showed me that letting go and letting my body make the natural movements similar to modern dance could help me to sculpt long, lean muscles as well as be more graceful. I look forward to much improvement in my form and mind with this group!!

Pros: Gorgeous Studio Space, Fun, Friendly People who get Results

Cons: None

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I have been coming to this studio since its opening. My trainer there has worked with me through two jobs, pregnancy, post-partem pain, and my now hectic, stressful life. Not only has she gently guided me in correcting my posture and bone structure/muscle memory, but she has made me 1000X stronger. The name of this studio truly reflects the trainers' approach - the effort to adjust one's body so that it is taller, freer, looser and happier as it gets stronger. Backbone and Wingspan is a healing place with a completely zen, mellow vibe - no pumping techno, no hard-core crunching - just honest to goodness soulful workouts that heal body and mind. That's not to say it is wimpy, though - you'll see and feel the results of your efforts quickly. I recommend it to everyone!

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I have been coming to this studio since its opening. My trainer there has worked with me through two jobs, pregnancy, post-partem pain, and my now hectic, stressful life. Not only has she gently guided me in correcting my posture and bone structure/muscle memory, but she has made me 1000X stronger. The name of this studio truly reflects the trainers' approach - the effort to adjust one's body so that it is taller, freer, looser and happier as it gets stronger. Backbone and Wingspan is a healing place with a completely zen, mellow vibe - no pumping techno, no hard-core crunching - just honest to goodness soulful workouts that heal body and mind. That's not to say it is wimpy, though - you'll see and feel the results of your efforts quickly. I recommend it to everyone!

Pros: Lovely space, excellent equipment, friendly and thoughtful trainers

Cons: none!

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I have known and worked with Tim for many years and I can't begin to find words to describe how he has helped me to transform the way I think about movement.

I suffer from chronic back pain, and through my work with Tim, I have learned how to move my body to keep my pain at bay. I have been able to successfully apply the universal principles of movement that Tim teaches to all aspects of my life, from running and weight training to walking down the street and sitting behind my desk at work. Instead of heavy weights and repetitive motion, Tim focuses his training on sustaining positions with light resistancce allowing me to forge a deep connection between my mind and body and to tap into my deep core strength. I leave every session feeling completely connected in both my mind and body and can continue to apply my learning to all aspects of my life.

The studio itself is a calm, zen-like atmosphere, with none of the pretention or intimidation that you may find at other NYC pilates studios. Tim provides a friendly, upbeat environment where in addition to learning how to transform your mind and body, you are bound to have fun!

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I have known and worked with Tim for many years and I can't begin to find words to describe how he has helped me to transform the way I think about movement.

I suffer from chronic back pain, and through my work with Tim, I have learned how to move my body to keep my pain at bay. I have been able to successfully apply the universal principles of movement that Tim teaches to all aspects of my life, from running and weight training to walking down the street and sitting behind my desk at work. Instead of heavy weights and repetitive motion, Tim focuses his training on sustaining positions with light resistancce allowing me to forge a deep connection between my mind and body and to tap into my deep core strength. I leave every session feeling completely connected in both my mind and body and can continue to apply my learning to all aspects of my life.

The studio itself is a calm, zen-like atmosphere, with none of the pretention or intimidation that you may find at other NYC pilates studios. Tim provides a friendly, upbeat environment where in addition to learning how to transform your mind and body, you are bound to have fun!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Tim has created a friendly, comfortable, clean and efficient studio for people who are looking for an intimate one-on-one training experience. With his years of experience in both dance and phycial training, Tim easly helps his clients set obtainable objectives and reasonable expections for thier work.

In addition, he has assembled an excellent team of trainers that complement his expertise and training approach.

Backbone and Wingspan is for those who are serious about their trainging or for those who want be become serious but need a little help along the way.

The best thing about the experience is that Tim always is in a good mood and has a great sense of humor both of which makes the time fly by.

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Tim has created a friendly, comfortable, clean and efficient studio for people who are looking for an intimate one-on-one training experience. With his years of experience in both dance and phycial training, Tim easly helps his clients set obtainable objectives and reasonable expections for thier work.

In addition, he has assembled an excellent team of trainers that complement his expertise and training approach.

Backbone and Wingspan is for those who are serious about their trainging or for those who want be become serious but need a little help along the way.

The best thing about the experience is that Tim always is in a good mood and has a great sense of humor both of which makes the time fly by.

Pros: Great location, clean and well organized

Cons: none

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I credit Tim and Cathy with keeping me free of many of the usual aches and pains during my pregnancy. I had been seeing Tim for 2 years in order to strengthen my back and help with chronic neck pain. When I got pregnant I was worried that the stress on my back would bring back the pain. Not only did I stay in good shape but I had NO back pain and the recovery after my son's birth was so much easier. Tim and Cathy are such a pleasure to work with and it is absolutely worth the time and effort it takes.

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I credit Tim and Cathy with keeping me free of many of the usual aches and pains during my pregnancy. I had been seeing Tim for 2 years in order to strengthen my back and help with chronic neck pain. When I got pregnant I was worried that the stress on my back would bring back the pain. Not only did I stay in good shape but I had NO back pain and the recovery after my son's birth was so much easier. Tim and Cathy are such a pleasure to work with and it is absolutely worth the time and effort it takes.

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Tim is great pilates teacher. He is patient, knowlegable, precise. He is able to profoundly affect your physique and well being. Do yourself a favor and book a session with Tim.

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Tim is great pilates teacher. He is patient, knowlegable, precise. He is able to profoundly affect your physique and well being. Do yourself a favor and book a session with Tim.

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Excellent one on one instruction. The ability to combine different techniques along with insightful understanding of how each individual's issues need to be addressed makes this an extremely positive experience.

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Excellent one on one instruction. The ability to combine different techniques along with insightful understanding of how each individual's issues need to be addressed makes this an extremely positive experience.

Pros: One on one instruction with superb staff

Cons: building elevators are small and stuffy

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I have been working with Cathy Ferrara for many years. I came to her as a result of having Chronic Lyme Disease and I could do almost nothing. Someone told me about her and I have been working with her ever since. It is so important to stretch and work ones limbs otherwise you can end but by not moving at all. I always feel better after a session. She assesses how I am at each session and we work with what is going on not as a rote exercise.

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I have been working with Cathy Ferrara for many years. I came to her as a result of having Chronic Lyme Disease and I could do almost nothing. Someone told me about her and I have been working with her ever since. It is so important to stretch and work ones limbs otherwise you can end but by not moving at all. I always feel better after a session. She assesses how I am at each session and we work with what is going on not as a rote exercise.

Pros: The space to work in is very calming and attrasctive.

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I have been doing Pilates with Tim, and Pilates and Gyro with Jennifer from Backbone and Wingspan for eight years and it is incredible. This team has transormed my approach to movement and gotten me in shape for major life events - wedding, prenatal, post natal etc. I am now in my second pregnancy, lugging around a 30 pound toddler without any back issues, as I have learned to use my "wingspan" to lift and it is serving me very well. The studio is also a very calm, light, clean place to go and the entire staff is kind and fun, which makes it a nice oasis during a hectic week. I highly recommend Backbone and Wingspan.

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I have been doing Pilates with Tim, and Pilates and Gyro with Jennifer from Backbone and Wingspan for eight years and it is incredible. This team has transormed my approach to movement and gotten me in shape for major life events - wedding, prenatal, post natal etc. I am now in my second pregnancy, lugging around a 30 pound toddler without any back issues, as I have learned to use my "wingspan" to lift and it is serving me very well. The studio is also a very calm, light, clean place to go and the entire staff is kind and fun, which makes it a nice oasis during a hectic week. I highly recommend Backbone and Wingspan.

Pros: Knowledgable teachers, beautiful studio, unique approach

Cons: after 8 years, no complaints at all

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Tim's knowledge, sensitivity to my needs and constant guidance has helped me to release stress from my posture. I have made necessary connections throughout my entire body from muscle to spine and have more awareness and ability to move as efficiently as possible in my everyday life; particularly to apply the principles in my work as a health counselor and a Chua Ka massage practitioner. Applying this work into my strength training has also been very helpful.
My weekly sessions are a very important part of my life and I highly recommend this work to everyone.

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Tim's knowledge, sensitivity to my needs and constant guidance has helped me to release stress from my posture. I have made necessary connections throughout my entire body from muscle to spine and have more awareness and ability to move as efficiently as possible in my everyday life; particularly to apply the principles in my work as a health counselor and a Chua Ka massage practitioner. Applying this work into my strength training has also been very helpful.
My weekly sessions are a very important part of my life and I highly recommend this work to everyone.

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I've know Tim for many years and continue to learn and enjoy my sessions on a weekly basis. The attention I receive with Tim is tailored to my speciifc needs and body type to help maximize and develope my core strength through a varity of movements that challenge me mentally and physically. As a 47 year old male, my goal is to be in the best physical shape and alignment where Tim and his very proffessional staff make that possible in welcoming and open loft space environment.

Backbone & Wingspan is a true find.

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I've know Tim for many years and continue to learn and enjoy my sessions on a weekly basis. The attention I receive with Tim is tailored to my speciifc needs and body type to help maximize and develope my core strength through a varity of movements that challenge me mentally and physically. As a 47 year old male, my goal is to be in the best physical shape and alignment where Tim and his very proffessional staff make that possible in welcoming and open loft space environment.

Backbone & Wingspan is a true find.

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I have been working out with Cathy Ferrara for many years and many bodies. She helped me stretch, tone, and strengthen my body through each of my 3 pregnancies. With each new child she has guided me by building my core muscles and helping me heal from 3 c-sections and reclaim my body. I look forward to each session.

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I have been working out with Cathy Ferrara for many years and many bodies. She helped me stretch, tone, and strengthen my body through each of my 3 pregnancies. With each new child she has guided me by building my core muscles and helping me heal from 3 c-sections and reclaim my body. I look forward to each session.

Pros: personal sessions, terrific staff, clean studio

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I highly recommend this studio. I've studied with Tim for a couple years now and have seen significant improvement in my physical self. The approach to movement at Backbone and Wingspan creates an inward focus which has helped me to more fully understand my body. As an actor, I've found that the work I've done there has not only greatly improved my posture and given me more backbone, it also centers me and allows me to more readily access emotions. After a session my husband tells me I am noticably taller.

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I highly recommend this studio. I've studied with Tim for a couple years now and have seen significant improvement in my physical self. The approach to movement at Backbone and Wingspan creates an inward focus which has helped me to more fully understand my body. As an actor, I've found that the work I've done there has not only greatly improved my posture and given me more backbone, it also centers me and allows me to more readily access emotions. After a session my husband tells me I am noticably taller.

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I have worked with the staff of Backbone and Wingspan for many years including when they were associated with other fitness groups. I feel not only are they incredibly knowledgable about the body and how it works but how it works for each individual. They are a commited caring group who have helped me in so many ways giving me a pain free, aligned, strong body. All in a peaceful inviting environment.
I cannot recommend each and everyone of them more highly.

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I have worked with the staff of Backbone and Wingspan for many years including when they were associated with other fitness groups. I feel not only are they incredibly knowledgable about the body and how it works but how it works for each individual. They are a commited caring group who have helped me in so many ways giving me a pain free, aligned, strong body. All in a peaceful inviting environment.
I cannot recommend each and everyone of them more highly.

Pros: value for money, transportation hub, great karma

Cons: none

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Backbone and Wingspan offers a friendly, professional service in a comfortable space. I felt welcomed and safe with and his crew. Highly ommended.

Runar (male, 45)

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Backbone and Wingspan offers a friendly, professional service in a comfortable space. I felt welcomed and safe with and his crew. Highly ommended.

Runar (male, 45)

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I have been doing pilates with one of the instructors at Backbone and Wingspan for years and love it! My instructor Luciana is great. The studio is a great space to work in and the teachers are highly experienced and terrific. I would recommend Backbone and Wingspan to everyone.

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I have been doing pilates with one of the instructors at Backbone and Wingspan for years and love it! My instructor Luciana is great. The studio is a great space to work in and the teachers are highly experienced and terrific. I would recommend Backbone and Wingspan to everyone.

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I won three lessons with Tim in a school benefit auction; best bid I've ever placed. Tim's guidance has greatly increased the effectiveness of my exercise program overall and especially the Pilates classes that I take. In addition, my overall muscle tone is improved and several areas of concern (lower back pain, tight hip flexors, knee tendonitis) are coming under control. Highly recommended!

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I won three lessons with Tim in a school benefit auction; best bid I've ever placed. Tim's guidance has greatly increased the effectiveness of my exercise program overall and especially the Pilates classes that I take. In addition, my overall muscle tone is improved and several areas of concern (lower back pain, tight hip flexors, knee tendonitis) are coming under control. Highly recommended!

Pros: knowledge, attention, atmosphere

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Tim and his staff have created a wonderful enviroment for Pilates and movement. Tim is a thoughtful teacher who brings his varied experience (as a dancer and performer and movement expert) to the teaching offered there. I love his creative approach to Pilates. He makes it fun and interesting and tailored to my needs and abilities.
I recommend the studio highly.

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Tim and his staff have created a wonderful enviroment for Pilates and movement. Tim is a thoughtful teacher who brings his varied experience (as a dancer and performer and movement expert) to the teaching offered there. I love his creative approach to Pilates. He makes it fun and interesting and tailored to my needs and abilities.
I recommend the studio highly.

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Backbone and Wingspan is an exceptional body work studio. Instructors are exceptionally sensitive and in tune to each individual. I have tried numerous pilates studios and these teachers far surpass anyone have studied with in New York.
I highly recommend their approach for people interested in strength training and osteo prevention or those simply interested in a more flexible body, that is toned and fit...

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Backbone and Wingspan is an exceptional body work studio. Instructors are exceptionally sensitive and in tune to each individual. I have tried numerous pilates studios and these teachers far surpass anyone have studied with in New York.
I highly recommend their approach for people interested in strength training and osteo prevention or those simply interested in a more flexible body, that is toned and fit...

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I'd never done body work before, and my entire body and soul felt rejuvinated after my first session. I had several repeat sessions with owner Tim Driscoll and found his instruction, manner and spirituality to be amazing. His intuition as to what needed work was uncanny. I've recommended several friends to him and they report the same experiences.

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I'd never done body work before, and my entire body and soul felt rejuvinated after my first session. I had several repeat sessions with owner Tim Driscoll and found his instruction, manner and spirituality to be amazing. His intuition as to what needed work was uncanny. I've recommended several friends to him and they report the same experiences.

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This is a beautiful space to study pilates under the tutelage of excellent, committed teachers. Tim is most effective in his approach. I haven't been studying pilates for a long time but I am already feeling and seeing the results. Definitely worth checking out.

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This is a beautiful space to study pilates under the tutelage of excellent, committed teachers. Tim is most effective in his approach. I haven't been studying pilates for a long time but I am already feeling and seeing the results. Definitely worth checking out.

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I'm pushing sixty, but thanks to Cathy, my coach at Backbone and Wingspan, I'm more fit than ever before in my life. I'd recommend this program to anyone struggling with the aches and pains of aging.

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I'm pushing sixty, but thanks to Cathy, my coach at Backbone and Wingspan, I'm more fit than ever before in my life. I'd recommend this program to anyone struggling with the aches and pains of aging.

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I have studied with Tim and Cathy for 8 years. Not only is it fun and enjoyable but it has been tremendous for my back pain, improved my posture and created lean lines on my body. The ability to practice both pilates and gyrotonics is a big plus. Teachers are knowledgable and are consistenly studying to improve their practices which keeps the lessons fresh and interesting. It's a great combination of a mind and body workout. Highly recommended to all.

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I have studied with Tim and Cathy for 8 years. Not only is it fun and enjoyable but it has been tremendous for my back pain, improved my posture and created lean lines on my body. The ability to practice both pilates and gyrotonics is a big plus. Teachers are knowledgable and are consistenly studying to improve their practices which keeps the lessons fresh and interesting. It's a great combination of a mind and body workout. Highly recommended to all.

Pros: Knowledgable teachers, Beautiful Space, Mind/body workout

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As a client of 8 years I can vouche for the results. Studying Pilates has changed my body, cut down on back pain and stress and made me more aware of my "core muscles". Both Tim and Cathy are excellent teachers--knowlegable, disciplined and fun-- the hands-on instruction ensures that you are doing the exercises properly and Don't get bored and the studio is beautiful. It's the only exercise I look forward to doing. Definitely worth the time and money.

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As a client of 8 years I can vouche for the results. Studying Pilates has changed my body, cut down on back pain and stress and made me more aware of my "core muscles". Both Tim and Cathy are excellent teachers--knowlegable, disciplined and fun-- the hands-on instruction ensures that you are doing the exercises properly and Don't get bored and the studio is beautiful. It's the only exercise I look forward to doing. Definitely worth the time and money.

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This has been invaluable for my back problems. It's hard to find something you enjoy but this has been both beneficial and enjoyable. The lessons learned are "life" lessons. I just signed up for my second 10 week series!

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This has been invaluable for my back problems. It's hard to find something you enjoy but this has been both beneficial and enjoyable. The lessons learned are "life" lessons. I just signed up for my second 10 week series!

Pros: personalized, effective

Cons: none so far

Message from Backbone And Wingspan® At Mind Your Body Fitness

Movement-oriented one-on-one private sessions in PILATES for posture, muscle toning, core strength, and spinal support.



Tim is an exceptionally well-versed teacher who has been helping people release muscle tension & gain better support for their spines for over twelve years.



Tim Driscoll is an expert in foot alignment, muscle tension release, spinal support, and core-strengthening.



His work has been featured on CNN.com, and in W Magazine and Time Out New York and reviews are available below.



Tim gives sensitive, caring, dynamic, and fun one-on-one sessions in the Upper East Side studio Mind Your Body Fitness.



Read his blog, Pilates Iconoclast at www.pilatesiconoclast.typepad.com and see his writings about core stability, high heel healing, foot alignment, deep support for the spine, and more. Peruse the press page on his website at www.backboneandwingspan.com and see what has been written about his unique work in MetroSports New York, Healthy Living NYC, Gotham Magazine, and on The Luxury Spot and WNYC Culture. Tim is also an accomplished solo performance artist, a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts in non-fiction, and he has been published in fitness magazines as well as in short story anthologies. Call him for an appointment 212-647-8878

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PILATES with a movement-oriented emphasis to better support the spine for posture as well as any sports or artistic endeavor. Hands-on approach releases tension in overworked muscles so you discover deeper support and tone in hard-to-get places.

 

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