ITT Pilates was founded in 2003 by four Pilates Master Trainers - Jean Sullivan, Madeline Black, Joerg Chabowski, and Debra Schubert.Our desire was to build a Pilates Teacher Training Program that would provide students with a solid core of knowledge, tools to become an excellent instructor, and wisdom from our professional experience. With our decades of expertise in this field, we are proud to call our program the leading Pilates Teacher Training Program in the U.S.
Jean Sullivan, Founder & Director
Known internationally as a Master Pilates instructor and movement educator, Jean has been teaching Pilates since 1994 and certifying instructors since 1998. Jean has been a guest speaker at conferences throughout the US and travels internationally to train instructors in the ITT Pilates Certification Programs. Jean expanded her movement knowledge with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 1999. She is also certified as an ACE personal trainer, WKC Kettlebell instructor, SFMA provider and in the GYROTONIC® specialized equipment. Jean studied in corrective exercise and therapeutic applications with Jean-Claude West, Anna Schmitz, Marika Molnar, Liz Henry, and Linda-Joy Lee. She worked at St Francis Hospital's Dance Medicine department and developed Pilates-based rehabilitation programs for Bay Area chiropractors.
Jean draws on her extensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neuromuscular re-education, with her experience as a professional dancer and flying trapeze artist, for an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching. She enjoys working with people of all ages and movement abilities. Jean specializes in helping clients with scoliosis, spinal injuries, back and hip pain, shoulder and neck injuries, pregnancy and postnatal exercise, sports related injuries.
ITT PILATES EDUCATORS
Margaret is an avid and enthusiastic teacher of movement and a Master Pilates certifying instructor for the ITT Pilates training program at A Body of Work. A former professional ballet dancer, she received her Pilates certification through the Physical Mind Institute with Madeline Black in 1998 and went on to receive her GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® certification in 1999 with Master Trainer, Debra Rose and GYROTONIC® inventor, Juliu Horvath. She is certified to teach GYROKINESIS® yoga as well as the advanced applications on all of the specialized GYROTONIC® equipment.
Margaret enjoys working with people from all walks of life and is especially interested in the therapeutic applications of the Pilates and GYROTONIC® methods as a means of stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. Margaret specializes in correcting faulty posture and movement patterns, alleviating chronic pain in clients with special needs, such as scoliosis, sports and dance related injuries. Ultimately, she aspires to bring the joy of movement into people’s lives.
Fran embarked on her now 30-year exploration of fitness and movement therapies seeking to ease the musculoskeletal pain and imbalances in her own body resulting from scoliosis. And as an actress and singer she wished to cultivate a strong, supple, and balanced body. Fran specializes in treating musculoskeletal issues, such as scoliosis, and is skilled at restoring optimal balance in musculature and minimizing patterns of compensation. She can tailor and modify exercises for those recovering from accidents, injuries, and surgeries. A fascination with movement has led her to delve deeply into many movements systems, including Iyengar Yoga, Feldendrais, Alexander Technique, and Trager Bodywork, and she draws upon these in her practice. At the heart of Fran’s teaching is a profound respect and appreciation for the intelligence and resilience of the human body. She views her work with each client as a unique, exciting, and collaborative process of discovery. Fran currently holds certifications in Pilates, Gyrotonic Expansion System®, Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage and Manual Therapy, and addition is an Instructor for the ITT Pilates Certification Program, educating and guiding students through the training.