Pilates 34 in 34™ Mat Certification

Pilates 34 in 34™ Mat Certification

Monday, September 28, 2020
Rhinebeck Pilates

Taught by Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

In 1942, a young dancer took hand-written notes of Joseph Pilates’ historical mat class at Jacob’s Pillow while she was a student there.  Now, almost 80 years later, we have fully translated these notes and drawings, which provide a comprehensive understanding of what Joe was teaching at that time.

In this specialized training, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and then teach the matwork using Joe’s original cues, order, and exercise names from so long ago as interpreted by the student. The result is a broader insight to what Joe taught, with many questions about pilates history and the matwork closer to being answered with actual documentation from that time period. At Pilates at The Pillow™, this mat class is taught each day as a warm up.

Upon completion of this certification, attendees will be able to provide a “new” and exciting mat class for students, while staying true to Joe’s original work. This unique opportunity allows teachers to offer new studio programming that doesn’t require additional apparatus, props, modern modifications/variations- a rare ability in the pilates community.

Once certified, teachers will be able to advertise and teach this differentiated, specific mat class under the trademarked name Pilates 34 in 34™.

Additional information:

Pre-requisite: previous or present attendance at Pilates at The Pillow™
Upon passing the test, each certified teacher will be given the following to show the completion of this specialized training:

  • a certificate
  • a license to use the Pilates 34 in 34™ trademark
  • an official Pilates 34 in 34™ pin

A decal/sticker for your studio window or front desk to show that you are a provider of Pilates 34 in 34™ at your studio.

Training details:

This certification will include:

  • Translated list of exercises and cues from 1942
  • Review and study of the material
  • Practice teaching
  • Final test which will consist of either live or taped presentation of teaching the class
  • Unique credentialing to help you or your studio stand out in the pilates world including:
    • Trademark License certificate provider
    • Pilates 34 in 34™ Pin to wear
    • Custom certificate of authenticity from the Pilates Source™
    • Decal/sticker as official provider of Pilates 34 in 34™ for studio window or door

Testing details:

To become certified participants must pass:

  1. An online skype or live oral test.
  2. Live or online video test of teaching the class to a group of students
  3. Test must be taken within six months of taking the workshop/training.
    • Test must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and will be based on Sean and Elaine’s availability.
  • If restesting is need due to testing failure or late cancellation: a retest must be scheduled a min 2 weeks later and not more than 4 weeks later. Retesting fee: $100
  • There is a 24-hour cancellation policy on all scheduled tests.

Brought to you by The Pilates Source™

This mat certification will enable any past or present Pilates at The Pillow™ attendee to teach official Pilates 34 in 34™ both inside and outside of your studio and use the trademarked name Pilates 34 in 34™ in your promotion and advertising.

Taught by Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, EMT, MS) is the owner of Performing Arts Physical Therapy in NYC and is considered a Master Physical Therapist through NYU’s physical therapy program. He is also a pilates teacher and Teacher of Teachers at The New York Pilates Studio® in NYC, Brazil, Mexico, and Greece. Sean has also been teaching pilates at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA for 21 years.

In 1991 with the help of Romana Kryzanowska and Carol Dodge, Sean produced and copyrighted the first ever comprehensive teacher training manual and certification program, on which he continued to partner with Romana for 13 years.  This program is now considered the most highly regarded training and the origination of “classical pilates”, and is the one that most 2nd generation classical teachers were trained under. Additionally, he has been instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world. Sean also developed The Pilates GuildTM – an organization of pilates teachers interested in maintaining the quality and integrity of Joseph Pilates’ method. 

Since 1995 Sean has been pioneering and presenting innovative workshops based on the science and history of pilates. To each of his workshops he brings the unparalleled perspective of 30 years of pilates and physical therapy as well as his unique knowledge of pilates history and Joe’s original work. A sampling of his workshops are as follows:

  • Pilates Developmental Sequence™ Workshop
  • How Pilates Works the Lymphatics 
  • The Mechanics of Pilates
  • The Natural Laws of Pilates™
  • How Authentic Pilates Works
  • The History of Exercise

Sean is also the owner of the largest collection of Joseph Pilates’ archival material, which includes film, photographs, audio tape, posters, blueprints, personal letters, apparatus, part of his library, as well as his property and studio in Becket, MA. He has three published books on pilates, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning” , “The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates” and “The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection”. 

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 170 Broadway shows, as well as at NYC Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Paul Taylor’s Dance Company, David Parson’s Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance, SUNY Purchase, and the Juilliard School. 

Sean was the main presenter at Pilates at The Pillow™️ 2018 and his workshops were titled, “Was Joe 50 Years Ahead of His Time, Or Not?” And “Common Teaching Cues in Pilates”.  He also organized Pilates Jeopardy, taught the daily mat classes, Pilates 34 in 34(™), was a panelist in the panel discussion, “The State of Pilates Today”, and guided a tour of the historic property and studio that was originally Joseph Pilates’.


Taught by Elaine Ewing

Elaine is owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, the Hudson Valley’s only Authentic fully equipped pilates studio, located in Rhinebeck, NY since 2003. Equipped with Gratz apparatus, much of it vintage and original to Joe’s 8th Ave Studio. Her studio also showcases archival, rare, and original pilates images on the walls throughout. She is certified through the New York Pilates Studio and currently teaches both at Rhinebeck Pilates at The New York Pilates Studio. She has studied and practiced pilates extensively through workshops and classes taught by Sean Gallagher, MeJo Wiggin, Steve Giordano, Bob Liekens, Leah Chaback Katz, and Simona Cipriani, to name a few.

Elaine can be found on Pilatesology teaching the Archival Ped-o-Pul and as the model for a number of Sean Gallagher and Junghee Won’s instructional videos. She currently runs, hosts, and teaches at Pilates at The Pillow™️ along with Sean Gallagher and works with him on restoring Joe’s original studio and apparatus in the Berkshires.


$350 per person, includes:

$250 for workshop/training
$100 test fee

To Register

Send the signed contract and
check for $350 (payable to Rhinebeck Pilates) to:

Rhinebeck Pilates
6400 Montgomery St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572