The Willow was founded by Jennifer Shea in 2002 with the hlep of Gina Addeo. Jenna moved to Staten Island in December 2001 from East Hampton, NY where she worked full time as a Pilates/Dance teacher at the reknowned Gurneys Inn Resort and Spa. Following September 11, 2001, Jenna wanted to use her expertise to help heal victims of this tragedy but found that nowhere on Staten Island was a facility for her to find employment.
90-minute classes focus on postures, breath, meditation and deep relaxation. Classes are offered at both Bay Street Landing, located at 3 Victory Boulevard and at Historic Richmond Town, located at 441 Clarke Ave.
The Owner/Director of PILATES STATEN ISLAND, Celeste Zopich, is a former dancer classically trained in ballet and Martha Graham technique. She studied and performed with The Clive Thompson Dance Company and also studied under the direction of Ms. Ellen Tharp of the Staten Island Ballet. It was her dance background that brought her to Pilates where she trained comprehensively in the STOTT™ Pilates Method and received her Certificate of Training for all levels of Pilates work. Celeste enhanced her training through work either private and in small workshop settings with Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, Kathy Grant, and Ron Fletcher. Celeste holds the highest National Credential as a PMA - Gold Certified Teacher.
Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit and is a vital way to re-connect with ourselves and create unity of mind, body and spirit. The practice of pranyama (breathing), asanas (postures), savasana (relaxation) & meditation, improves concentration, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina and the immune system. <br> Yoga reduces stress and increases one’s sense of well-being. Through regualar yoga practice you begin to cultivate a relationship between the mind, body and breath. When you function from your center you are more calm, focused, and balanced approaching life from a grounded perspective.<br> Pilates can transform the way you look and feel. This series of controlled movements focuses on strengthening the center of the body: the abdomen, lower back, and buttocks, to support the spine and stabilize the body. Pilates can improve posture, flatten the stomach, and create more flexibility. http://lotusyogacentersi.com
With a commitment to serve the Relax On Cloud 9 offers many varieties and styles of massage, skin care, body treatments and water therapies which combine to create a wonderful, customized spa experience. Staffed with some of the best in the spa industry with many years of experience and dedication.