Trained and certified by Pilates' hand-picked successor.

Pam England, owner of The Pilates Fitness Studio, is a 2nd Generation Instructor, certified in 1999 by Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ hand-picked successor and The Pilates Guild of New York.

My first introduction to Pilates was after a dance injury.  I was in a physical therapy session for an overuse injury to my hip when I noticed a Pilates Reformer in the PT room. I’d heard about Pilates through my dance training, but had been too busy dancing to give it much thought. Now I had a reason, and if the physical therapist found it useful, there must be something to it. I called The Pilates Studio in New York and found the closest studio was in DC. So off I went to try it.
I was hooked from the first lesson. It felt like dancing: Challenging, flowing, concentrated motion. I knew I wanted to study it, and soon I knew I wanted to teach it. Here was a method that would let me share my love for the art of movement – not just by having others passively watch it, but experiencing it physically for themselves. It still gives me a great thrill when a new client starts working and I watch their face light up just as mine did. They get it! They feel it! They’re dancing!
Well, not really, of course, because one is an art form meant to be on display and the other is not. But there is an art to it, and the qualities of movement are very similar. Centering in dance creates balance and a beautiful aesthetic. So it does in Pilates, but with a goal of creating balanced strength. Control in both creates flowing movement, but the intent in Pilates is to resist the effects of gravity and gain power.
Once I decided I wanted to become a trainer, I decided I also wanted to go to the source or as close as I could get. That was Romana Kryzanowska, Joe PIlates’ protege. I quit my job, sold my car and moved to New York to train with her full time. It was a life-changing experience. I trained  10 hours a day, 6 days a week. I met amazing people from all over the world who had come to do the same as I. I worked with the best trainers in the country. and of course there was the challenge of New York itself. My body changed shape. I never felt so strong in my life – physically and mentally. The work was hard, but there was always joy in doing it. Romana would laugh with us as we tried to meet her next seemingly impossible challenge. It is that joy and passion that I’ve tried to keep with me and duplicate in my own studio.
Pilates is a demanding practice, but it’s user friendly by design. Its movements are safe. They build strength progressively, in a way that builds confidence in one’s ability. It moves the breath and circulates the blood, creating peace and relaxation in the mind and body. It builds stamina and lengthens the muscles so that one wears their body like comfortable clothes. This is how movement feels to me as a dancer. Once you feel these side effects, it’s addictive. My mission is to share this empowering addiction with others so that they, too, can move with joy.