After a neck injury ended her dance aspirations, Lisa Silveira, continued on with her studies at New York University and earned her BA in Dramatic Literature. She became a student of The Pilates Method of Exercise in the late 1980’s and then began her training to become a teacher of the Method under the apprenticeship of master teacher Romana Kryzanowska, a first generation protégé of Joseph Pilates. Having studied dance since the age of 7, Lisa was attracted to the Pilates method’s focus on inner strength, alignment and precision, as well as to its therapeutic applications. Lisa further enhanced her training with master teacher, Bob Leikens (a Romana protégé) who’s eye for detail she greatly admired. Lisa completed her certification for professional practice of The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning with Romana and the Pilates Guild in 1994.
Lisa introduced the Pilates method to Nantucket Island in the summer of 1994. She then moved to Cambridge, MA and for 7 years co-ran a studio with friend and fellow classically trained teacher Martha Mason. Lisa returned to Nantucket each summer to head the Island’s only Mat class program at the Nantucket Health Club and to work with private clients. She moved back to Nantucket full-time, in 2002, and currently owns and operates Lisalates, pilates studio Nantucket.
In 2013 two of Lisa’s dearest friends introduced her to the MELT Method, revealing that it greatly benefited their Pilates students. Lisa then attended an intensive weekend workshop at Kripalu, taught by MELT’s creator, Sue Hitzmann. Captivated by Sue’s brilliant mind, her wish to become certified was ignited. Lisa then began the Method’s formal training program and is proud to be a certified MELT instructor. She now incorporates MELT techniques within her Pilates classes and offers MELT Method workshops throughout the year.
Nell Van Vorst
Nell is an artist and a mother of two. Both of these wonderful occupations require that she stay in motion in healthy, sustainable and fun ways. Nell has been dancing and moving since she was a small girl. She danced through her childhood and young adulthood and started practicing yoga at 15. After a physical therapist's recommendation that she try Pilates to stabilize her core and back, Nell started to work with Lisa at Lisalates. A whole new world of thoughtful movement was opened up for her. Nell is now the Studio's Pilates teacher in training!
Nell will be running the Studio while Lisa is on sabbatical for the winter. She is a diligent student and has been working hard on her Pilates apprenticeship, we all love her! Nell can also be found teaching Barre classes at Nantucket Cycling + Fitness.
Pilo The resident Cat
Pilo had the wisdom to walk through The Studio doors in August of 2008. He clearly had no place to go and I was unable to bring him home so he became The Studio’s watch cat. Pilo has become so much a part of our Pilates Home that students look forward to seeing him at the start of each class. Miraculously most people who are allergic to cats have not been bothered by him. We consider him a healer.
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