At Sayezz Pilates & Beyond we practice more than just exercise. Through in-studio training, I help you to better understand YOUR BODY’S STORY with contemporary, creative and personalized movement. With my online resources, I empower you to TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS by providing access to bodymind choreography you can practice any where, any time
Being a Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor is a GIFT because it is giving the gift of freedom of movement, freedom from pain, freedom to breathe easy and calm the mind. I get to be a witness to your progress on the path to pain-free living. Hand’s down, that’s the best part of my job!
-Stephanie Y Jolivet, Certified Pilates & GYROTONIC® Instructor & Overall Movement Fanatic
"She's the best!"
I tried pilates on a whim. But if I tried it on a whim I kept going due to Stephanie. Her persistent attention to form and individualized way of coaching each client has given me core strength that I thought was not possible over the age of 50. She worked with me to get my foot flexibility back after foot surgery and I feel stronger, taller and more flexible each time I leave her class. I have gone to other Pilates classes, but no one works harder with you than Stephanie. She’s the best!
"Stephanie has a holistic approach to her teaching."
“Stephanie’s has a holistic approach to her teaching: she is thorough, extremely knowledgable and totally committed to the wellness of her clients. Her classes are never alike and she pays attention to details. I can only say that Stephanie is inspirational, professional and have a great sense of humor…”
"Stephanie's enthusiasm and expertise keeps me coming back for more!"
“After the birth of my daughter, I had the good fortune to meet and start working regularly with Stephanie. Quite apart from her obvious expertise as a pilates instructor, Stephanie’s enthusiasm and constant encouragement make each session a pleasure. The sessions are truly ‘made to measure’ and there are always new exercises, or variations on old favourites, to challenge me and retain my enthusiasm.”
"It's not about the weight Ioss - this is the real stuff!"
“I started doing Pilates to get ready for surgery, and Stephanie’s energy, enthusiasm, and personal touch as a teacher helped me feel stronger and more in control. Later, when my doctor approved, I resumed Pilates with Stephanie every week to stay in shape and build strength and balance. After follow-up surgery almost a year, it was clear that Stephanie’s work was instrumental in enabling me to get around more easily, have less pain, and recover faster. Stephanie's an encouraging and empathetic trainer, and a kind, cheerful person who always brightens my day. I tell my friends it’s not about the weight loss – this is the real stuff!”
"Stephanie is a phenomenal teacher"
“Stephanie is a phenomenal teacher, the kind of person that comes around once in a lifetime. She has reintroduced me to my own body not only through Pilates work, but via her own specially tailored program for me. Her background in dance adds a creative vibrancy to the ever-changing program she develops for each particular client. There is also a theraputive aspect to Stephanie’s work, in that she carefully and knowledgeably addresses an array of physical issues that develop such as various pulled muscles, or slipped discs or knee aches and pains that occur in the daily process of living. I have never felt better physically, and I look forward to my weekly work with her, and miss it dearly when on vacation!”
"Other workouts can become repetitive and stale; hers are perpetually tough, creative, and fun.
The work I have done with Stephanie over the past two years has absolutely improved my fitness and capabilities in other areas, including weight training, running, skiing, yoga, and even just walking down the street. Both my gym trainer and running coach spontaneously commented on my improved balance and control after I began working with Stephanie. This is not just a sense of empowerment, but newfound certainty that I can aspire to a seemingly limitless level of personal health, confidence in my body, and even happiness.
“Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit…Correctly executed and mastered to the point of subconscious reaction, these exercises will reflect grace and balance in your routine activities…as well as to provide tremendous reserve energy for sports, recreation, emergencies.”
-Joseph Pilates, Creator of “Contrology”, what we now call “PILATES” from his book, Return to Life
PELVIC STABILITY & DEEP ABS – to understand, “Hey! I have abs – and I can use them!” Core strength at its best and most efficient.
RIBCAGE STABILITY – to understand, “Hey – my arms are connected to my shoulder, which is connected to my ribcage, which is connected to diaphragm, which is connected to my breath!” Breath with movement, my friend.
LEG EXTENSION – to become aware that everything in Pilates – even getting long, lean legs – has to do with core strength and stability.
SPINAL MOBILITY – to pretend we are a cat, or a cow or a frog! Yup. Our spines have limits unlike those animals, but using their images helps us get a long, strong and above all, mobile spine.
MOVING PLANES – to learn that there are more ways than 1 to move – in fact, there are 3 planes of movements and we want to work in all of them, all the time!
FINISHINGS – to finish, energized and say, “Ahhh. I feel soooo good.”
“I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle…The octopus, the monkey and the cat are my basic models because they can move in any direction at any given time with strength and control because they have no restrictions. The human body has restrictions, but I can model the body– within the framework of its restrictions – to move in a similar way, to be free.”
-Juliu Horvath, founder of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
ARCH & CURL – to realize, “Hey – I have a pelvis and it connects to the spine. Wait – I have a neck and it also connects to the spine. And I can move them all at the same time with balance and suppleness!” Wow. Really. Wow.
HAMSTRINGS – to understand 1) that we sit to much during the day, and 2) that this work makes your legs and hips feel oh so good, long and strong.
UPPER BODY SERIES – to remember that, “Oh yes. My arms connect into my torso, and wait – you’re telling me I can move my arms from my torso and pelvis??” Pretty darn cool.
LEG WORK SERIES – to become aware of how much you miss the Tower and its straps (yes, that same machine that initially looked like a medieval torture device to you) because it not only makes your legs longer but your lower back and hips feel amazing!
ABDOMINALS – need I say more? Strong deep abdominals = better posture, less pain and an openness that is totally contagious.
UPPER BODY OPENINGS – you never knew how good it felt to “pop” your sternum until you circled your arms overhead and it released a swell of refreshing blood to your brain. Body/Mind, indeed.
UNWINDING – balance, balance, balance. Let’s bring ourselves back to it, baby.
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