Unlike the majority of the Pilates community, Monica does not come from a dance background, but from competitive gymnastics and cheerleading instead. Close enough. She stumbled upon Pilates after a back injury sustained from weight lifting. After doing “pilates-based exercises” that a physical therapist prescribed, Monica was able to function and move again and was hooked. That was ten years ago. After realizing the benefits of Pilates, Monica continued her practice and eventually became certified in the classical style through Peak Pilates. She has been teaching for just over 10 years and is considered an expert in her field.
Monica is most impressed with how applicable Pilates is to everything we do. Whether it is sitting in a chair behind a desk, climbing up or down stairs, picking up a bag of groceries, throwing a football or surfing some waves, Pilates is present. The method has taught her efficiency of movement and proper functional movement, which is what keeps her coming back and is what she strives to impart to her clients. She loves giving cookies out. Not the calorie-laden kind you eat, but the Pilates kind.
You will have to try a session with her to get your delicious treat! When she is not teaching Pilates, she is working in her art studio in Long Island City. Monica is a practicing visual artist with a degree in Painting and has exhibited her work locally and internationally.