Rebecca Smith received her BFA in Modern Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied anatomy and kinesiology in addition to her arts education. She began her Pilates training in conjunction with physical therapy at the age of 17 to offset chronic and acute dance injuries and has been teaching movement and injury prevention since 1993.
Rebecca has worked in the health and fitness world for over 14 years as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor and movement educator with a focus on movement re-education and injury prevention. After moving to New York City Rebecca received her Pilates Mat certification from Power Pilates. She continued her Pilates education at the highly regarded Kane School of Core Integration, receiving Mat and Apparatus certifications. There she joined the teacher training staff and presented her original continuing education workshops. She has held certifications through the American Council on Exercise, Resist-A-Ball, and the MELT Method (foam roller and ball techniques) among others. She has taught at studios and fitness centers throughout New York City including Columbia University, the Kane School of Core Integration, Printing House Health and Racquet Club, and Clay. In additions, she created and taught a class at the Beth Israel Medical Center for Parkinson’s patients, was an associate professor at Barnard University, and currently teaches Pilates for MS patients at the New York chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She continues to develop and present continuing education courses and master classes for both movement instructors and non-instructors.
Her interest in manual therapies began at NSCA what receiving on-going physical therapy. After continuing her movement educations in NYC she began to study CranioSacral Therapy though the Upledger Institute, Lymph Drainage Therapy through the Chikly Institute, deepend her understanding of anatomy by studying human dissection with Gil Headly in New Jersey, and studied lymphedema therapy with Renee Romero of the Lymphedema Institute of America. She is a graduate of the renown Swedish Institute in New York City, a NYS licensed massage therapist and a certified lymphedema therapist (LLCC). She works with a wide range of clients, from cancer survivors, MS patients, lymphedema patients, clients with chronic migraines, severe anxiety issues as well as those looking to restore function, decrease pain, and bolster their immune system. In addition to her private practice, she works with cancer patients at NYU Hospital’s Clinical Cancer Center.
Rebecca helps clients restore and bring more balance to their body. Her goal is to help them find more confidence and freedom of movement on multiple levels.