Deborah Lessen is an outstanding leader in the international Pilates industry, an extraordinary presenter, and our direct lineage to Carola Trier.
Ms. Lessen is a founding member and Immediate-Past President of the Pilates Method Alliance, serving on the Board of Directors since its inception. She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the PMA Pilates Certification Exam. She is also the editor and a contributor to the PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide, and Chairperson of the PMA Certification Commission.
A former professional dancer and teacher, she was trained to teach the Pilates method by Joseph Pilates’ first protégé, Carola Trier. Ms. Lessen founded the Greene Street Studio in 1983, which nurtures a broad base of clients in the Pilates method for general conditioning, performance specific training, injury prevention, and post-rehabilitation. As co-defendant in the federal trademark infringement action for use of the name “Pilates,” Deborah rallied the community to oppose the action. The Pilates name was made generic in a sweeping victory in November, 1999. The victory party in New York City was the launch of the Pilates Method Alliance.
In recent times Deborah has worked to create her own beautiful range of Pilates apparatus based on the original equipment she worked with at Carola’s and that Mr Pilates instigated. Her ‘High Chair’ is developed from the original wheelchair creations of Joe Pilates and is a unique and magnificent addition to the Pilates equipment options.