Meet our Instructors 

sound MOVEMENT's team of master-certified instructors boasts an expansive set of credentials. All instructors are hand selected for their excellence in teaching and intensive study in anatomy, biomechanics, injuries, injury prevention and treatment, as well as scoliosis, and myofascial release.  

 

sound MOVEMENT instructors are all active dance and theater arts professionals who offer incredible positivity, unwavering commitment and extensive professional training to help you achieve your fitness goals and improve your sense of well being. 

 

Our goal is to inspire, empower and motivate our clients to gain a better understanding of their body, meet their fitness goals and feel their very best!

 

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Carson Murphy 

Studio owner and director, Carson Murphy, is a highly trained and gifted physical trainer and instructor specializing in Pilates and GYROTONIC® Method. A professional dancer and bodywork instructor for the past 16 years, she combines her love of the body and extensive anatomical training to give her clients a well-rounded, focused and

challenging workout. 

 

Carson is a certified master instructor in Pilates and a GYROTONIC®  teacher for over a decade.  She has also studied Laban and Bartenieff techniques as well as Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.

 

Certified through Long Beach Dance Conditioning, she has also studied extensively with the Kane school of NYC with a special focus on injury prevention and treatment as well as scoliosis and myofacial release. Carson holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University.

 

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Alix Gerstein

Alix loves movement and dance of all kinds. She began her movement career as a gymnast and has studied contemporary dance, yoga and the afro-brazilian martial art of Capoeira. She became certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga through Laughing Lotus and Pilates through The Kane School of Core Integration. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Art from Bard College. 

 

As a teacher she works to empower people with greater strength, balance and awareness of their bodies and movement.  She came to Pilates as a way to re-educate her own movement after injuries and chronic pain.

 

Alix has taken continuing education courses on the Foot with Kelly Kane, Scoliosis with Madeline Black, Scoliosis with Kuan Hui Chew, Pelvic Floor Dsyfunction with Annette Herwander, Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Limbs with Irene Dowd, and Contiuum Movement with Mary Abrams.

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Rebecca Oliensis

Rebecca came to Pilates as a lifelong dancer, who has always relished the technique of her classical training. After a debilitating hip injury, followed by an unsuccessful major surgery, Pilates proved the most beneficial treatment for her recovery, enabling her to regain freedom of movement and the joy it brings.

 

The strength, stability, and awareness found through the holistic full-body movement practice of Pilates has allowed her to develop more connection and engagement within her body than ever before. Eager to learn more and share this information with others, Rebecca has been certified in anatomy, mat, and equipment through the Kane School of Core Integration.

 

Her teaching is supported by her studies in other movement modalities including Yoga, Gyrokinesis, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and a broad range of dance styles, including Ballet, Contemporary, Theatre Dance, Tap, and Jazz. Her education has focused on Psychology, Creative Arts Therapies, and Creative Writing at The New School.

 

 

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Rachel Powell

Originally from Little Rock, AR, Rachel moved to New York to study at the Martha

Graham Professional Training Program.

 

As a classically trained dancer, Rachel has always used Pilates as a strengthening tool

but now understands its ability to eliminate pain and transform the body.

 

Because Rachel has always been enamored with the body and movement, studying anatomy, physiology and kinesiology in college, The Kane School was her perfect

match.

 

She is excited to use her knowledge and passion to help others balance,

restore and grow through Pilates. 

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John Ramsey

John's passion for Pilates was born out of the conflict between his love of dance and a complicated case of scoliosis. After suffering a serious knee injury and undergoing a couple of spine surgeries, life as he knew it suddenly became his past.

 

John found his way to the Kane School Of Core Integration and a method of movement to rehab his body and stay connected to the physical musicality therein. He also found a new, super rewarding career path —one that holds all the excitement and satisfaction that existed in his dance world.

 

John plans to expand his Kane School certification to specialize in cases of scoliosis and spinal injuries. The mind-body connection is a never-ending chase, but also an effective teacher. What a wonder it is that we can all take part. Keep breathing, keep moving, keep growing. 

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Melanie Kraut

Melanie's career spans acting, singing and dancing where she performed coast to coast. She has worked diligently to stay connected to her body through various forms of exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. After trying pretty much every form of exercise, Melanie found Pilates at sound MOVEMENT and it changed her life.

 

It gave her what she was looking for: challenging exercise with a focus on biomechanics that prevents injury and informs our movement on a daily basis. The result makes her feel powerful, strong and able to navigate weak points magnified by aging.

 

Melanie is certified in mat and equipment from the Kane School in NYC. She strives to help her clients feel powerful in their bodies, encouraging safe movement and nurturing the mind-body connection. The goal is to confidently apply these healthy movement habits to anything and everything we do —from daily activities to all other forms of exercise.

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Sireena Kesarsingh

Sireena is certified in Pilates Mat and Apparatus and is also a Vinyasa Yoga instructor. 

She was introduced to Pilates in 2006 while rehabilitating a serious back injury. She fell in love with the mind - body connection in Pilates and it’s ability to help her to effectively manage and relieve stress. 

 

Sirena’s classes implement breathing techniques and focus on alignment with a deep emphasis on core and balance.  She also loves to learn about anatomy and is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for students of all levels. She was born in Guyana and currently resides in the Bronx.

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Benjamin Freedman

Benjamin Freedman received a BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology from New York University, and his full-apparatus Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration. 

 

Freedman is a professional dancer in New York City, and has performed as a company member with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sean Curran Company, Third Rail Projects, Company XIV, The Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. 

 

He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch Dance where he teaches Pilates, Ballet, Contemporary Technique and Somatics.