“I work with people from all walks of life who want to learn how to look after their bodies, helping them with the use of the Pilates system and all of its equipment, to feel better, more confident and more fulfilled in their everyday lives. I do this because I want to help make healthier choices for themselves.”
Simona Cipriani is the owner of the Art of Control and the Educational Director of The Art and Science of Contrology Pilates Training Program. She is a Second Generation Pilates Instructor whom studied extensively with Romana Kryzanowska, becoming a certified instructor of the Authentic Pilates Method in 1993.
Ms. Cipriani directs her own Pilates professional certification program combining her knowledge of movement therapies with science the way Joseph H. Pilates intended: “Art and Science of Contrology: Pilates Certification Program”. Ms. Cipriani’s program has been integrated within the curriculum of classes offered at the State University of New York at Purchase College.
Simona Cipriani attended the Feldenkrais Guild’s training in New York City from 2005 to 2009 under the tutelage of Frank Wildman. Since that time, she has been working with clients utilizing both private Functional Integration sessions and Awareness Through Movement small group classes.
Ms. Cipriani is very active in the Pilates industry:
- Travels throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia teaching Pilates seminars and workshops
- Published a Pre-Pilates DVD series and is in the process of writing a book
- Presented at the Natural Medicine Summit 2013 in Sydney, Australia
- Chair of the annual Pilates Conference at the State University of New York at Purchase College, and NYC
- Massage therapist for the Athletes at the 2004 Olympics games in Athens Greece and 2006 Torino, Italy
- Head of Membership Committee for the Authentic Pilates Union (APU)
- An active member of
Why I Love Pilates
I have experienced first-hand and seen in my clients, the real benefits Pilates can offer. Helping my clients stay healthy, enjoying their career, their families and their hobbies is so rewarding. My clients are able to travel, play with their children and grandchildren, have more energy for their sport and enjoy a long healthy life.
Most of all, I teach because I feel that we can all better our habits and benefit from additional guidance in making healthier choices. I believe that children need better leaders and more role models of healthy teachers and parents.
My Pilates Story
Pilates saved my live…twice!
As I young dancer I used to think that I would be dancing until I died. However, during my College years I struggled as I felt my dancing career was beginning to come to an end. My very first teacher and friend Maria introduced me to Pilates and even though I thought I was doing her a favor by letting her practice her teaching skills on me, I could feel there was something about the movement that brought me a great sensation of inner peace! Sweating and inner peace…it sounded like dancing to me!
Very soon, with regular Pilates sessions my mood was completely lifted and a new horizon appeared. I knew that this was something that I needed to continue to do for the health my body and also my mind. Its incredible to see these little-known Pilates benefits have such a big impact.
The second time Pilates saved me was on a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the summer I was walking with my friend Paolo along the magnificent coast of Chia in Sardegna. We had slowly started to climb closer and closer to the edge of a cliff and the breeze and smell of the salty sea was drawing me less and less toward the flat larger rocks and more and more toward the pointed thin one by the edge of the cliff, till… there was nothing there! Only open space and a drop of twenty feet in front of me.
“How did I get here” I am thinking and “now what?!”
“Mind over body Simona jump up…you cannot fall forward or back, so jump and turn around” I jumped, turned to face the pointed rock and landed on the center of one foot (there was not enough space for both feet). Then, I slowly bent my knee and got very low, I was able to balance on my shin bone as the other foot propelled my body forward and over to the next rock and into the reaching hand of my friend! I was bleeding like mad…but I was safe!
The scar on my shin stayed with me for over ten years. And while my dance background my have helped me with my balance, the quick response, the clear mind, and the strength I had to use, is attributable to the many years of Pilates.
Pilates saved my life. I wonder… how many more times it will!