Orly's Roll-Up

I came to Kathy after the PMA conference. At that time she was teaching in her studio, but she let me in and we started talking. She understood that I felt magical so she continued to talk about Pilates and Joe. I stayed that day for about two hours and we kept talking and talking. And in those two hours I learned about Pilates more than I ever learned before even though I was part of the biggest Pilates school in Israel.

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Melissa's Abdominal Twirl

It was 1989 and I was in my last year in the dance dept at NYU. I knew someone named Kathy Grant was working with people in a tiny studio, tucked away on the 5th floor... and I was curious. Students with injuries were allowed to work with her one on one. I didn't have an injury but I was struggling with the program and whoever was in charge of the referrals agreed that I could see her. I was lucky enough to study with Kathy until she retired.

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Kate's Side Push-Up

I continue to do variations on KSG’s pre-Pilates warm-ups with all of my students... Kathy used a lot of imagery: rolling balls of yarn, soup head, Ray Charles, doorknob and key, and baby birds to illustrate what she was trying to have you do. I like to find my own imagery to describe the feeling of the work, but still use a lot of the imagery she instructed with. One of the things she said to me was a clue to her teaching philosophy. She said to, “approach an exercise not with the goal of perfecting it, but to learn from it each time.”

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Karen's Doming

I feel like I am inspired by Kathy daily!  While I was studying to become a PT, I went through a painful phase of questioning everything I had known and taught up to that point.  As I integrated my new medical paradigm, I recognized that I needn’t throw any past information away.  In fact, I am frequently reminded what a self-taught genius Kathy was.  

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Rebecca's Pregnant Lady Upstretch

Kathy was brilliant, innovative and her imagination was astounding. She would teach an exercise that had been created by Mr. Pilates and then suddenly reconfigure it to make sense to each individual body. She also believed heavily in the mind doing a major part of the work and quieting the body to follow the brainwork. Sometimes, she would put us in a position where we were almost unable to move. She would quietly suggest an image or a thought and, with her hands on the area that was being worked, she could tell if we were using our mind correctly.  

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