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Backbone and Wingspan

115 W. 30th St., Ste. 1209, New York, NY, 10001
nr. Sixth Ave.
212-647-8878

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10
Atmosphere: 10
Service: 10
"Highly Recommended"

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Not an oxymoron!

By Nicolenyc on 9/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Atmosphere: (NA)
  • Service: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

After months of Dr. visits, anti inflammatories, physical therapy and cortisone injections, I was frustrated and still in pain. I took some familial advice and tried pilates. (don't you hate it when Mom is still right?!) Working with Tim was a truly wonderful experience. For the first time in months my pain was diminishing. Tim's vivid descriptions of physiological movement and anatomy along with his imperturbable patience allowed me to tap into my body and through strengthening hard to access areas helped to relieve my lower back pain. I spend about 10 hours a day in front of a computer and following Tim's advice and suggestions make an immediate difference in my comfort at work. Working with Tim was an absolute joy. His attitude is almost shockingly positive - after all, this is NYC! His buoyant personality made for an delightful experience. Strengthening hard to tone areas while having a "delightful experience"??? If you spend your day chained to your desk or literally carry your stress on your shoulders, I highly recommend seeing Tim at Backbone and Wingspan.

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80 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

superb learning experience

By yodalou on 9/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Atmosphere: (NA)
  • Service: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Rarely have I had such a meaningful experience doing bodywork. From the beginning I was struck by the sense that the instructor was right there with me, sensitive to the experience I was having inside my own body. I have been so impressed with the depth and subtlety of the work I have done with Luciana, Tim and Cathy at Backbone and Wingspan that I think it has spoiled me and I couldn't go anywhere else! I highly recommend this studio to anyone who is looking for a very sophisticated and highly intelligent approach to bodywork.

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31 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

How subtlety can be most powerful

By cosima on 9/17/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Atmosphere: (NA)
  • Service: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been working with Luciana for about two years now. Her keen ability to observe how I am performing an exercise has truly revolutionized the way I use my body and how I feel about myself. With her help I have become both stronger and more flexible, I never have a stiff neck anymore and my core is much stronger and leaner. Our work together has contributed greatly to my overall well being. Everybody in the studio is kind and encouraging, the space feels like an oasis of peace as soon as you enter it. It is hard to put into words what this work has done for me, so all I can say is: Try it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

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19 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful way to feel stronger and centered

By Daniellenyc on 9/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Atmosphere: (NA)
  • Service: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

For years I wondered why pilates and yoga classes were not producing the kind of results I expected. After working with Tim Driscoll at Backbone and Wingspan I began to understand why. Tim's approach targets those hard to tone underused muscle groups creating length and strength. Tim's lessons on how to avoid using those overworked muscle groups and to use the support offered by our bones and joints span far beyond his immaculate and peaceful studio. I've taken Tim's lessons and applied them to class work and even in simply walking or running and have seen incredible results. Tim has a special gift and working with him is a total pleasure.

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22 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

An Enlightening Experience

By kinkadeamanda on 8/17/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Atmosphere: (NA)
  • Service: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Tim's use of imagery in his description of movement has helped me reach muscles in my back I have never felt before. He has articulated my posture, and made it more natural. I leave feeling taller, more confident and smarter for the knowledge of my own anatomy he imparts. I also took a Gyrotonic lesson from Cathy, who showed me that letting my body make the natural movements similar to modern dance could help me to sculpt long, lean muscles as well as be more graceful.

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