PILATES AT THE PILLOW®:
The New Science and Lost Art of Joe’s Contrology®

September 29-31, 2023

Pilates at the Pillow® is a three-day conference for pilates teachers at the historic Jacob’s Pillow and at Joe’s original studio in Becket, MA.

Table work with springs and boards, comprehensive mat work, understanding the cardiovascular system Joe’s way (with a little current science for support). Integrating it all to help you understand and teach his work as he wanted it taught the first day back in your studio.

 

Apply for Pilates at The Pillow®

We are now accepting applications for 40 applicants for the Pilates at The Pillow® Fall 2023: September 29-31, 2023.  After applying, you will receive an email from us regarding whether or not your application is accepted and with more info.

The Pilates Archival Bednasium™ Morning Workout Series

The Pilates Archival Bednasium™ Morning Workout Series 

Taught by Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

A Pilates Source® and Pilates at The Pillow® historical first! 

The Bednasium workout was designed by Joe as a convenient way to workout with apparatus, as a way to start the day before getting out of bed. Many of the exercises that he archived on film, in photos, and in writing reflect those from the Cadillac and the mat.

In a Pilates Source® first, exercises will be demonstrated on an original Bednasium from Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®! Attendees will also have the incredible opportunity to practice on the original Bednasium during and after the workshop- a fantastic, real-life experience of what Joe intended for these exercises!

In this workshop, we will teach you how to incorporate the Bednasium exercises into a studio setting using apparatus such as the Cadillac. During the workshop we will utilize Sean’s invention of a group metal bar cage along with the Pilates Archival Bench Mat™ to allow for 20 groups of 2 to work out together and to facilitate the combinations needed in teaching these exercises.

You’ll leave the workshop with a much deeper understanding of the original Bednasium workout as well as ways to take the work back to the studio and teach it to your own clients.

Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, MS) is the owner and master physical therapist of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master pilates teacher and Teacher of Teachers at The New York Pilates Studio®, the program he developed with Romana Kryzanowska over 13 years starting in 1990. This is where Classical Pilates got its name. This program includes the first ever comprehensive teacher training manual that documented the pilates system as it was taught at the Pilates studio and adapted to be able to transition from an apprentice only program at the studio in NYC to studios everywhere. This unique collaboration was instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world.

Sean is also the owner of the largest collection Joseph Pilates’ archival material, Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, and has three published books, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning,” “The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates,” and “The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection.” Sean has also been teaching pilates at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA for 21 years.

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 180 Broadway shows. With over 40 years of dance and physical therapy experience he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today.

Sean was an adjunct professor for Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College for 4 years, Anatomy and Authentic Pilates™ at the New School for 12 years and was adjunct professor for Gross Anatomy at NYU’s Physical Therapy program for 9 years. He is a volunteer fireman in his town of Hastings-on-Hudson and currently is a Fire Policeman. He has a master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Bridgeport University. He also collects old books on medicine, exercise, and health.

Sean Gallagher is the property owner of Joe’s original studio and items displayed there. He along with Elaine Ewing has been presenting at Pilates at The Pillow® for the past 5 years and looks forward to continuing to share everything Joe and Clara, with the pilates community to ensure their legacy is here for generations of pilates teachers to come seeking the source.

Elaine Ewing

Elaine is the owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and a third generation, certified Authentic Pilates teacher and Certified Teacher of Teachers through the New York Pilates Studio®. Elaine is also the owner of many pieces of original equipment from Joseph Pilates’ 8th Avenue Studio, which can be found within Rhinebeck Pilates.

Elaine has studied pilates extensively through lessons with Sean Gallagher, Pam Pardi, Steve Giordano, Cynthia Shipley, and Bob Liekens, to name a few. She teaches daily in her Rhinebeck studio, both in person and virtually, and also taught at The New York Pilates Studio® in New York City for four years. She has also taught mat classes at Jacob’s Pillow, the same place where Joseph Pilates famously taught his original mat classes.

Together with Sean Gallagher, Elaine presents workshops based on Joseph Pilates’ original method and apparatus. In 2018 Elaine worked alongside with Sean Gallagher to help create the yearly conference at Jacob’s Pillow, Pilates at The Pillow™. They continue to host and teach this yearly conference and that has been the first in the pilates community to present “lost” apparatus and original work, such as: The Lost Art of The Resister™, The Lost Art of the Ped-o-Pul™, and The Lost Art of the Bench Mat™. Elaine was thrilled to present The Lost Art of The Resister™ inside Joseph Pilates’ original Berkshires studio, (the property is owned by Sean Gallagher)- the first time a workshop had ever been presented within that historically significant location.

Elaine enjoys researching pilates history and maintains a webpage devoted to openly sharing accurate pilates history titled: Pilates History Research Archive.

Elaine can be found on Pilatesology teaching matwork, Gratz Push Up Devices, Archival Ped-o-Pul, the Resister®, and along with Sean Gallagher, Joe’s Four Original Airplane Boards.

The First Act of Life and the Last- Breathing the Pilates Way

The First Act of Life and The Last: Breathing the Pilates Way™

Taught by Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

Joseph Pilates demonstrated and instructed specific ways of breathing, in general and during exercise, on film, photos, and in writing. Using Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, this workshop will explore the reasons why Joe’s original breathing methods not only enhance his work during the Return to Life matwork and during archival standing arm springs exercises, but also why his instructions are integral to developing a stronger practice across the systems.

Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, MS) is the owner and master physical therapist of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master pilates teacher and Teacher of Teachers at The New York Pilates Studio®, the program he developed with Romana Kryzanowska over 13 years starting in 1990. This is where Classical Pilates got its name. This program includes the first ever comprehensive teacher training manual that documented the pilates system as it was taught at the Pilates studio and adapted to be able to transition from an apprentice only program at the studio in NYC to studios everywhere. This unique collaboration was instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world.

Sean is also the owner of the largest collection Joseph Pilates’ archival material, Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, and has three published books, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning,” “The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates,” and “The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection.” Sean has also been teaching pilates at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA for 21 years.

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 180 Broadway shows. With over 40 years of dance and physical therapy experience he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today.

Sean was an adjunct professor for Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College for 4 years, Anatomy and Authentic Pilates™ at the New School for 12 years and was adjunct professor for Gross Anatomy at NYU’s Physical Therapy program for 9 years. He is a volunteer fireman in his town of Hastings-on-Hudson and currently is a Fire Policeman. He has a master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Bridgeport University. He also collects old books on medicine, exercise, and health.

Sean Gallagher is the property owner of Joe’s original studio and items displayed there. He along with Elaine Ewing has been presenting at Pilates at The Pillow® for the past 5 years and looks forward to continuing to share everything Joe and Clara, with the pilates community to ensure their legacy is here for generations of pilates teachers to come seeking the source.

Elaine Ewing

Elaine is the owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and a third generation, certified Authentic Pilates teacher and Certified Teacher of Teachers through the New York Pilates Studio®. Elaine is also the owner of many pieces of original equipment from Joseph Pilates’ 8th Avenue Studio, which can be found within Rhinebeck Pilates.

Elaine has studied pilates extensively through lessons with Sean Gallagher, Pam Pardi, Steve Giordano, Cynthia Shipley, and Bob Liekens, to name a few. She teaches daily in her Rhinebeck studio, both in person and virtually, and also taught at The New York Pilates Studio® in New York City for four years. She has also taught mat classes at Jacob’s Pillow, the same place where Joseph Pilates famously taught his original mat classes.

Together with Sean Gallagher, Elaine presents workshops based on Joseph Pilates’ original method and apparatus. In 2018 Elaine worked alongside with Sean Gallagher to help create the yearly conference at Jacob’s Pillow, Pilates at The Pillow™. They continue to host and teach this yearly conference and that has been the first in the pilates community to present “lost” apparatus and original work, such as: The Lost Art of The Resister™, The Lost Art of the Ped-o-Pul™, and The Lost Art of the Bench Mat™. Elaine was thrilled to present The Lost Art of The Resister™ inside Joseph Pilates’ original Berkshires studio, (the property is owned by Sean Gallagher)- the first time a workshop had ever been presented within that historically significant location.

Elaine enjoys researching pilates history and maintains a webpage devoted to openly sharing accurate pilates history titled: Pilates History Research Archive.

Elaine can be found on Pilatesology teaching matwork, Gratz Push Up Devices, Archival Ped-o-Pul, the Resister®, and along with Sean Gallagher, Joe’s Four Original Airplane Boards.

Pilates Archival Massage Table™ Part 1

Pilates Archival Massage Table™ Part 2

Presented by Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

One of Joe’s lost apparatus was known as The Massage Table. This apparatus was similar to a raised mat with a Cadillac structure on one end, which included a roll back bar and leg springs with a single strap. With this addition to the apparatus, Joe documented a specific series and order of exercises.  Get ready to learn a wide range of ways to archivally challenge your clients!

This Pilates Historics workshop will focus on exercises with the roll back bar and leg springs with a single strap from The Pilates Archival Massage Table. These archival exercises span what we would call basic through advanced exercises, making this an excellent opportunity to add to your knowledge base not only as to what and how Joe taught, but also how to continue to challenge your clients back at the studio as authentically and archivally as possible. Again we will also be utilizing Sean’s invention of a group metal bar cage to allow for 20 groups of 2 to work out together during the workshop along with the Pilates Archival Bench Mat™ to facilitate the combinations needed in teaching these exercises.

Elaine Ewing

Elaine is the owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and a third generation, certified Authentic Pilates teacher and Certified Teacher of Teachers through the New York Pilates Studio®. Elaine is also the owner of many pieces of original equipment from Joseph Pilates’ 8th Avenue Studio, which can be found within Rhinebeck Pilates.

Elaine has studied pilates extensively through lessons with Sean Gallagher, Pam Pardi, Steve Giordano, Cynthia Shipley, and Bob Liekens, to name a few. She teaches daily in her Rhinebeck studio, both in person and virtually, and also taught at The New York Pilates Studio® in New York City for four years. She has also taught mat classes at Jacob’s Pillow, the same place where Joseph Pilates famously taught his original mat classes.

Together with Sean Gallagher, Elaine presents workshops based on Joseph Pilates’ original method and apparatus. In 2018 Elaine worked alongside with Sean Gallagher to help create the yearly conference at Jacob’s Pillow, Pilates at The Pillow™. They continue to host and teach this yearly conference and that has been the first in the pilates community to present “lost” apparatus and original work, such as: The Lost Art of The Resister™, The Lost Art of the Ped-o-Pul™, and The Lost Art of the Bench Mat™. Elaine was thrilled to present The Lost Art of The Resister™ inside Joseph Pilates’ original Berkshires studio, (the property is owned by Sean Gallagher)- the first time a workshop had ever been presented within that historically significant location.

Elaine enjoys researching pilates history and maintains a webpage devoted to openly sharing accurate pilates history titled: Pilates History Research Archive.

Elaine can be found on Pilatesology teaching matwork, Gratz Push Up Devices, Archival Ped-o-Pul, the Resister®, and along with Sean Gallagher, Joe’s Four Original Airplane Boards.

Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, MS) is the owner and master physical therapist of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master pilates teacher and Teacher of Teachers at The New York Pilates Studio®, the program he developed with Romana Kryzanowska over 13 years starting in 1990. This is where Classical Pilates got its name. This program includes the first ever comprehensive teacher training manual that documented the pilates system as it was taught at the Pilates studio and adapted to be able to transition from an apprentice only program at the studio in NYC to studios everywhere. This unique collaboration was instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world.

Sean is also the owner of the largest collection Joseph Pilates’ archival material, Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, and has three published books, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning,” “The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates,” and “The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection.” Sean has also been teaching pilates at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA for 21 years.

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 180 Broadway shows. With over 40 years of dance and physical therapy experience he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today.

Sean was an adjunct professor for Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College for 4 years, Anatomy and Authentic Pilates™ at the New School for 12 years and was adjunct professor for Gross Anatomy at NYU’s Physical Therapy program for 9 years. He is a volunteer fireman in his town of Hastings-on-Hudson and currently is a Fire Policeman. He has a master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Bridgeport University. He also collects old books on medicine, exercise, and health.

Sean Gallagher is the property owner of Joe’s original studio and items displayed there. He along with Elaine Ewing has been presenting at Pilates at The Pillow® for the past 5 years and looks forward to continuing to share everything Joe and Clara, with the pilates community to ensure their legacy is here for generations of pilates teachers to come seeking the source.

Pilates Body Systems™: The Connective Tissues

Pilates Body Systems™: The Connective Tissues

Presented by Sean P. Gallagher

The fascia or myofascial systems within the body have been discussed and dissected since before Joe developed his system. In this lecture Sean will be digging deep into the old anatomy as well as the new to help you better understand how this body system is supported by as well as able to be changed by doing Joe’s exercises on his apparatus as he instructed. You will learn the difference between static stretching and dynamic stretching and well as how movement and stress effect and change the connective tissues of the body for good as well as for bad. After this lecture you will be better able to help your clients understand the reasonings behind the work you teach them every day. Sean will also explain how this system works with the other body systems to facilitate movement/stability integration when doing Joe’s Contrology®.

Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, MS) is the owner and master physical therapist of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master pilates teacher and Teacher of Teachers at The New York Pilates Studio®, the program he developed with Romana Kryzanowska over 13 years starting in 1990. This is where Classical Pilates got its name. This program includes the first ever comprehensive teacher training manual that documented the pilates system as it was taught at the Pilates studio and adapted to be able to transition from an apprentice only program at the studio in NYC to studios everywhere. This unique collaboration was instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world.

Sean is also the owner of the largest collection Joseph Pilates’ archival material, Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, and has three published books, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning,” “The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates,” and “The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection.” Sean has also been teaching pilates at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA for 21 years.

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 180 Broadway shows. With over 40 years of dance and physical therapy experience he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today.

Sean was an adjunct professor for Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College for 4 years, Anatomy and Authentic Pilates™ at the New School for 12 years and was adjunct professor for Gross Anatomy at NYU’s Physical Therapy program for 9 years. He is a volunteer fireman in his town of Hastings-on-Hudson and currently is a Fire Policeman. He has a master’s in Clinical Nutrition from Bridgeport University. He also collects old books on medicine, exercise, and health.

Sean Gallagher is the property owner of Joe’s original studio and items displayed there. He along with Elaine Ewing has been presenting at Pilates at The Pillow® for the past 5 years and looks forward to continuing to share everything Joe and Clara, with the pilates community to ensure their legacy is here for generations of pilates teachers to come seeking the source.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Pilates Historics™ Unique Guided Tour of Joe’s Original Property, Studio, and Apparatus- and Joe’s Voice Teaching his Method

Join Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing for a guided tour of Joe and Clara’s original Berkshire property, studio, bungalow, and apparatus collection. Start at the famous Yellow Lion Pilars and make your way through each iconic moment of pilates history on the property- from the Iron Shoe sun design, to the bungalow, to the fully restored studio. 

Up-close study and sometimes even personal use of Joe’s original apparatus will take place. Original equipment on display includes but is not limited to: the Bednasium, the Junior Reformer, wooden Cadillac, an Electric Chair, a high chair without a back, an original claw foot Reformer, Joe’s handmade Airplane board and so much more.

Sean will guide you through Joe’s studio and show you artifacts within his collection, including some of Joe’s tools and belongings. Not only will he show you the original pilates apparatus, but also the vintage Gratz side of the museum. Within the walls of the museum, attendees will have the profound opportunity to hear Sean play a recording of Joe’s voice teaching.

Along the property tour, Elaine will tell stories about pilates history in relation to the property and structures and provide an education about the original apparatus. Photos and videos of yourself using the equipment are welcome!

Pilates 34 in 34®

Taught by Sean P. Gallagher or Elaine Ewing

Sean Gallagher/Elaine Ewing teaches a mat class each day based on detailed notes from a dancer, Sharry Traver Underwood, who attended Joe’s mat class at Jacob’s Pillow during the summer dance intensive in the 1940’s. 34 exercises in 34 minutes, with additional, previously unknown breathing warm-up exercises that Joe taught as well as his specific cues not found published anywhere else and a little surprise as well. If you’ve been looking more to add to your mat classes for your clients at every level, then taking this classic mat will help you be more of “the source” teacher you’ve been looking to be.

Pilates Archival Standing Mat™

Pilates Archival Standing Mat™ Class

Presented by Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

This complete and comprehensive standing mat class includes the majority of Joe’s standing mat exercises that most know as well as many that are rarely taught and some that are not widely known. Class will be lead by Sean P. Gallagher, PT and demonstrated by Elaine Ewing, with attendee participation.

Pilates at the Pillow- The Pilatus Game of Stimulation 3 & 4

The Pilatus Game of Stimulation™ 3 & 4

The Pilatus Game of Stimulation™ games 3 & 4 will make their Pilates at The Pillow® debut! Join in on the fun of playing original games invented by Joseph Pilates that have not been played since Joe was alive.

Pilates at the Pilow- Historical Lecture with Norton Owen

Historical Lecture with Jacob’s Pillow Archivist Norton Owen

Jacob’s Pillow Archivist, Norton Owen, joins us for an historical lecture on the history of Joe Pilates at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which includes film footage, footage of student interviews, photos, and more.

Pilates at the Pillow- Interview with Sean Gallagher

Interview with Sean P. Gallagher PT: What are Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®?

Have you ever wondered what Joe passed on to Clara through his will and was subsequently sold to the different business owners? Sean will be able to provide a detailed description of the Pilates/Contrology body of work, now known as Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, that Joe bequeathed and Clara sold with the business to ensure that the studio and work would continue as best as possible the way they spent a lifetime developing it.  He will discuss how the JHPilates Source®️ is now carrying on this legacy and responsibility to bring to the pilates community this source material so all can learn and inform their teaching the real pilates way.

Pilates at the Pillow- Lunch with Historical Guest Speaker

Lunch with Special Historical Guest TBA

Stay tuned to find out which special, historical guest will be joining us for lunch and a discussion about their memories of Joe and Clara Pilates.

Optional Bonus Workshop

Monday, October 2, 2023 at Rhinebeck Pilates

Pilates Optional Workshop: Archival Junior Reformer

The Pilates Archival Junior Reformer™ Workshop

Presented by Sean P. Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

Joe archived a series of exercises on the Junior Reformer, which was the reformer he designed for home use. Using pictures from Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archives®, this workshop will focus on Joe’s original Junior Reformer sequence.

We will teach how to execute and teach this archival sequence using the Universal Reformer, as well as an original Junior Reformer. Participants will learn how there are many similarities between this series and Joe’s multiple Universal Reformer series, as well as differences.

Monday, October 1, 2023 | 10:00 am -4:00 pm
$300 per person
Location: Rhinebeck Pilates, Rhinebeck, NY

Register Online for the Optional Workshop: The Pilates Archival Junior Reformer™

Apply for Pilates at The Pillow®

We are now accepting applications for 40 applicants for the Pilates at The Pillow® Fall 2023: September 29-31, 2023.  After applying, you will receive an email from us regarding whether or not your application is accepted and with more info.

LOCATED AT JACOB’S PILLOW

Pilates at the Pillow® is held at the Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts where Joe Pilates taught his historical and now-famous mat classes and had a studio on his nearby property. Once a hard-scrabble mountaintop farm, Jacob’s Pillow is now a home for international dance. 

Perles Family Studio

Most workshops and classes are held in the gorgeous, new Perles Family Studio.

Joseph Pilates Becket Studio

Experience the recently renovated original studio of Joseph Pilates which is a museum and working studio where workshops and tours take place.

Conference Information

Conference Costs

The 3-day event includes all event activities, workshops, meals and housing.

$1300 from November 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023
$1400 from April 2, 2023 to September 29, 2023

Upon acceptance, a contract will be emailed to you.  Your space will then be reserved upon the return and our receiving of the contract and full payment. There will be no refunds or date transfers given after payment. 

Conference Policies

  • Pilates at The Pillow® is open to pilates teachers with a 400-600 hour fully comprehensive certification only
  • Proof of certification is required to attend
  • No refunds or date transfers will be given after payments at any time

  • Teachers who run or teach a teacher training program, teach workshops, or who teach on popular online platforms are welcome to apply for Pilates at The Pillow®
  • Limited space is available for teachers who run or teach a teacher training program, teach workshops, or who teach on popular online platforms.

Housing and Meals

Housings and meals are included in the cost of this event. Housing includes a single room with a shared bathroom in a dorm facility on the Jacob’s Pillow property. Meals included are: Friday night refreshments, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Coffee and additional refreshments will be provided throughout the day as well. 

Meals are catered in a buffet style. We make every effort to ensure that all diets are accommodated. In cases of food sensitivities please notify us immediately upon your acceptance, so that we may have time to make arrangements, as catering for these events is set up well in advance.  We cannot make any food accommodations unless we hear from you within 2 weeks of your acceptance to the conference.

Travel

Transportation to and from the Pillow is the responsibility of the participants.
Different travel options are outlined in this PDF.

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Any questions? Please email all questions to info@rhinebeckpilates.com.

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