About Little Bridge Pilates
Brigitte started her journey as a professional dancer in 1997 and since performed and toured with several companies in the US, Canada, and Europe. Her choreography has been performed in NYC, Spain, and Israel. She received her BFA in Dance from Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University in 2003. Brigitte felt compelled to share her love of dance as a form of expression so she became certified as a teaching artist in the Martha Graham technique. She taught in NYC Public Schools & in 2005, she headed a movement project "Dancers in Exile." This project was primarily for young girls and cloistered women in Al Azzeh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. Brigitte was interviewed on UN radio about the "Dancers in Exile" project. Her dedication to dance and movement arts led her to become a health and wellness professional.
In 1995, Brigitte began to train in Pilates and has studied with first and second generation Pilates Elders. She was certified by the Kane School of Core Integration and Half Moon Pilates. She received her Pre/Postnatal training at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus and has done continuing education courses in Advanced Pilates, Pilates for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Pilates for Scoliosis, Alexander Technique for Pilates Instructors, Rolfing Applications to Pilates, and workshops in Feldenkrais and the Erik Franklin Method.
She has worked at health clubs, Pilates studios, spas, physical therapy offices, hospitals, and taught Pilates at the NY Stock Exchange for several years. Brigitte's approach is most inspired by Pilates Elder, Mary Bowen who has been a great mentor of both movement and the mind.
As a young child in grade school Brigitte remembers practicing her first Surya Namaskar. She later deepened her yoga practice as a teen. After many years of self exploration and study Brigitte became Certified in Integral Yoga Hatha, Integral Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, and Yoga for Labor & Delivery. She received an additional gentle and restorative based certification with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal in 2010. Brigitte is certified to practice Thai Yoga Massage through the Lotus Palm School and studied Prenatal Thai Yoga Massage with Jyothi Watanabe. Brigitte studied Yin Yoga at Cyndi Lee's Om Yoga Center and received certification from Corina Benner in 2011. She is a RYT 200+ and RPYT through Yoga Alliance.
Brigitte loves working with a variety of people and finding the most suitable way to help each person reach their individual goals. She has trained professional dancers, A-List celebrities, athletes, doctors, prenatal & postpartum women, teens & elderly. Brigitte enjoys working with both advanced and completely new beginners. Her extensive experience with injury rehabilitation means that she can accommodate and tailor your session to meet your body where you are at and assist you in reaching your goals. Movement is to be enjoyed and experienced by everyone! Photo above by Brooklyn Birth Arts
About Little Bridge Doula
Brigitte embarked on the path to become a doula in 2010 after taking a natural childbirth course with Ina May Gaskin. Debra Pascali Bonaro (of Orgasmic Birth) was her DONA trainer. Brigitte is a certified member of DONA International, CD(DONA) and has been a member of the NYC Doula Collective since 2011. Working with women in labor, birth, and their early weeks as new parents is both a rewarding career and a calling that links women together in an age old sacred bond. It is her utmost goal to encourage women to have faith and confidence during this transitional time in their lives. As a doula, Brigitte has worked in NYC & Boston hospitals, homes, and has attended birth center births.
In addition, Brigitte is a Certified Lactation Counselor, CLC and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, CEIM. She can also offer these skills with her clients as they adjust to their role as new mothers. In 2012, she visited the Farm in Tennessee to receive training in Basic Midwifery with Ina May Gaskin (author of Spiritual Midwifery) and Pamela & Stacie Hunt. Brigitte has completed continuing education courses on: Breastfeeding for Doulas, Intermediate Midwifery Skills, TENS for Labor & Delivery with Pelvic Floor Specialist, Isa Herrera, MSPT (author of Ending Female Pain), Supporting VBACs, Aromatherapy, Herbs & Homeopathy for Labor, Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Breastfeeding & Perinatal Emotional Complications, Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss. She gained her Advanced Doula Training with Penny Simkin (author of The Birth Partner) as well as her When Survivors Give Birth training.
In addition, Brigitte has studied herbalism and was an apprentice in the Spiritual Herbalism course at Sacred Vibes Apothecary for over three years. For the past 6 years, Brigitte has been encapsulating placentas and offering other placenta services to new mothers. Brigitte is a Certified Independent Encapsulation Specialist, CEIS through IPPA (formerly Full Circle). She also has her Blood Borne Pathogens and Food & Safety Handling Certificates. Brigitte is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and has taken continuing education on the Female Pelvis with holistic OB/GYN Eden Fromberg, DO & Sustainable Childbirth in the Era of Climate Change with Dr. Fromberg and CNN Hero Ibu Robin Lim (author of The Ecology of Natural Birth). Her greatest teachers continue to be the women and babies that she has been lucky to work with at such a special time in their family's lives.