Upcoming Workshops

Rhinebeck Pilates offers continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers and serious students. Our workshops and seminars are greatly beneficial to all pilates instructors from all schools of Pilates who want to gain a deeper knowledge of Authentic Pilates. Our studio is conveniently located in the Hudson Valley, between Poughkeepsie and Albany, New York. We have hosted many well-known teachers such as Sean Gallagher, MeJo Wiggin, Simona Cipriani, Junghee Won, Jennifer DeLuca, and Enja Schenck. Click here to see past workshops

pilates source history of the bench mat

A Pilates Source® Special Virtual Event:

The History of the Pilates Archival Bench Mat™
with Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

November 20, 2021 | 5-6:30pm EST
This presentation takes place on Zoom.

A recording for 7 days is available if you can’t make it live.

Join the Pilates Source® for this historical virtual event covering the history of the Pilates Archival Bench Mat™ from the 1940’s to the present day, through fascinating and enlightening photographic evidence, as well as Joe’s actual Bench Mat. This presentation is the culmination of archival information discovered through extensive research and diligent study over the past 3 years by Elaine Ewing and Sean Gallagher. 

This presentation will include a wide variety of historical photos of Joe’s Bench Mat that he designed and used for 40 years in his own studio and his Berkshire studio. Additionally, we will look at archival documentation of how the Bench Mat was used by other historical teachers.

An archival exercise demonstration will take place using the replica of Joe’s original Benchmat, manufactured by Pilates Lineage. This replica is made possible due to the generosity of Sean Gallagher, who gave them access to Joe’s original Benchmat.

We look forward to bringing the pilates community accurate information about this amazing apparatus as it was archived by Joe through photos, instructions, film, and demonstration. It is our firm belief that precise knowledge of pilates history and learning what Joe truly intended enhances the quality of all our work as a community.

$30 per person 
This is a Zoom presentation (use Sean Gallagher’s Personal Meeting Room)

A Pilates Source® Presents:

The Lost Art of the Bench Mat™
with Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

December 12, 2021 | 10am-4pm
In-Studio Workshop at Rhinebeck Pilates

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is in-person and in-studio only. This is not a virtual workshop. Participants must show proof of vaccination to attend.

Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing will present this signature workshop, which covers the following:

  • Joe’s original exercises using the Bench Mat, documented through instructions, drawings, photos, and film.
  • A tutorial on how to use the Bench Mat, and the many ways it differs from a standard raised mat.
  • How and when to progress to the more advanced exercises
  • Tactile cuing and assists with the matwork done on the Bench Mat, as archived by Joseph Pilates. 

The workshop will be taught on replicas of Joe’s original Bench Mat manufactured by Pilates Lineage. This replica is made possible due to the generosity of Sean Gallagher, who gave them access to Joe’s original Bench Mat.

  • Anyone interested in purchasing a Bench Mat, please contact Pilates Lineage to order.
  • Digitally enhanced Bench Mat posters will be available for purchase in 2 sizes 11×17 and 22 x 28 inches

$250/early bird discount until November 21, 2021. $300/Nov 22-Dec 12

A Pilates Source® Presents:

The Lost Art of the Ped-o-Pul
with Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing

January 23, 2022 | 10am-4pm
In-Studio Workshop at Rhinebeck Pilates

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is in-person and in-studio only. This is not a virtual workshop. Participants must show proof of vaccination to attend.

Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing will present this signature workshop, which covers the following:

  • Joe’s original exercises using the Archival Ped-o-Pul, documented through instructions, photos, and film.
  • A tutorial on how to use the Archival Ped-o-Pul, as it is more complex than the standard Ped-o-Pul
  • How and when to progress to the more advanced exercises
  • The relationships between the 2 powerhouses and the limbs and how they work together throughout this dynamic series
  • Tactile cuing and assists 

The workshop will be taught on replicas of Joe’s original Ped-o-Pul made by Pilates Designs (thanks to Blossom Leilani Crawford, who allowed us to replicate her original Ped-o-Pul that comes from Kathy Grant). This archival apparatus includes the bike seat attachment, as well as other fascinating design features unique to Joe’s design. 

  • Anyone who attends this workshop is eligible to purchase an Archival Ped-o-Pul through Pilates Designs. If interested, please contact Pilates Designs to order.
  • Archival Ped-o-Pul posters are available for purchase ($50) to anyone who attends this workshop.

$250/early bird discount until December 23; $300/Dec 24-Jan 23

Sean P. Gallagher

Sean P. Gallagher (BFA, PT, CPT, CFP, EMT, 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 his studio in NYC, The New York Pilates Studio®. He developed the first teacher training manual along with Romana Kryzanowska for Authentic Pilates™ and 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 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 17 years.

As a physical therapist, he has provided backstage Physical Therapy care at over 120 Broadway shows. With over 35 years of dance and physical therapy experience he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self care program available to performers today. Sean is an adjunct professor for Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College, 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 New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician and has recently completed his masters 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 was the main presenter at Pilates at The Pillow 2018 whose workshops were titled, “Was Joe 50 Years Ahead of His Time, Or Not?” And “Common Teaching Cues in Pilates”.  He also organized Pilates Jeopardy, 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’.