Pilates InstructorMary brings more than twenty-five years of dance and movement experience, from ballet to musical theatre, to her studio. She truly loves
helping others fulfill their physical goals, joyfully guiding them to a healthier way of life. She trained and worked for three years with
Master teacher Peter Vaillancourt in New York City
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Each series of 5 expires after 2 months.
Each series of 10 expires after 3 months.
I bring more than twenty years of dance experience, from Ballet to musical theatre, into the world of Pilates and personal training. I trained and worked for three years with Master teacher Peter Vaillancourt, in an exercise system that synergistically combines Pilates, Ballet, Yoga and Physical Therapy.I am proficient on the Body Reformer, the Cadillac, the Mat, the Wunda Chair, the Magic Circle, the Barrel, and the Thera Ball.I have been a practitioner of Yoga for many years, and a singer since I was born. I truly understand the importance of correct breathing.
BUSU Bootcamp, Crunch Fitness, New York, NY
Instructor, Vaillancourt Studio, New York, NY
I welcome each client and then proceed with a work session that is tailored to the individual.
The clients range from a 13 year-old student from the School of American Ballet,
to a 30, 40 or 50-something professional, to a 90 year- old doctor!
Instructor, Brooklyn Museum of Art
I co-created a class that combines Pilates mat work with Ballet and Yoga to provide an exercise
program for the employees after work.
Worked twice weekly in-house with Ms. Floria Lasky upon recommendation
by Dr. Latov. We saw a significant improvement in breathing and overall
muscular strength and control, and a greater confidence in walking
with and without the support of a cane.
Worked once a week in-house with Dr. Schaffner upon recommendation
by Dr. Latov.
From “Helping Yourself with Peripheral Neuropathy”
Written by Dr.Bertram Schaffner
September 15, 2002
I came to understand that my “lurching” had a lot to do with missing the sensory cues from my
feet which would have informed my sense of balance.
To my great surprise, Doctor Norman Latov , of New York’s Columbia Medical Center,pointed out
that I needed instruction in walking! I never dreamt that one’s walking could be incorrect. I
consulted a personal trainer, Peter Vaillancourt, for help with body movements. He and his
assistant, Mary Ragan, have been invaluable to me. While Peter has emphasized stretching
and muscle strengthening, Mary has concentrated on locating and reactivating muscles that I
was not using. She has taught me the sequence of movements in walking that I was unaware of,
and improved my understanding of what is involved in attaining good, functional posture. I am
especially grateful to her for teaching me how to breathe properly. I had no conception of its
importance until I began working with her. I now have the mental concentration and muscular
control I need to keep from lurching.
What our clients have to say...
I have been going to Ragan Pilates for about five years now, and I must say, I am hooked. I
was a newbie to Pilates, and was nervous starting this new and mysterious exercise
technique. Mary was wonderful and really worked with me and where my body was at the
time. When I first started, I came with bunions, a lot of knee and hip pain, and frequent
swelling in my knee caps when I would get fatigued. Mary worked with my limitations,
helping me to strengthen not only my core (which looks much better now), but also the rest
of my body. Through Pilates, I have been able to strengthen the muscles in my legs,
improve my breathing and posture, I have learned how to take better care of my body, and
I am pretty much pain free. Now what keeps me coming is how every few weeks or so, I will
notice some new part of my body toned up in a way that I hadn't seen before. Mary has
mastered the art of challenging us, without overdoing it. Thanks Mary!
“I have gone to Mary for Pilates for 3 years. I love Pilates and a large part of the reason
is Mary. She creates a wonderful and supportive environment in her studio and her years
of professional experience mean that she is a thoughtful and expert instructor. Mary
tailors Pilates to my body and how it is feeling that day.
I trust her completely!”
I am so grateful for Ragan Pilates. I came to Ragan Pilates in the summer of 2006 from a
Manhattan studio, which I loved very much. However, my new schedule demanded that I
find a studio in Queens, where I live. Unfortunately, I did not find a great number of Pilates
studios that treat the work the way it should be treated. Mary and Eric do. With them,
Pilates provides a good workout as it restores a sense of balance and and energy. In the
summer of 2007, I needed to have abdominal surgery, and couldn't exercise for 6 weeks
after. It took me 7-9 months to get to the fitness level I enjoyed before the surgery, but
with Ragan Pilates and my consistent twice-a-week schedule, I got back in shape. I find the
instructors pleasant, professional, knowledgable and caring. I am so glad I found this
“Ragan Pilates not only changed my body, it changed my life. Eric and Mary are warm,
wonderful teachers that encouraged me to eventually become a trainer myself. Their
teaching method is gentle, yet you feel like you worked hard. You leave the sessions
invigorated, breathing deeply and looking forward to what you will be able to do next.”
“I was understandably nervous when I began Pilates, but Mary's non-invasive approach
made me feel comfortable. She taught me to trust my body as she guided me into each
position that ultimately made me feel better and stronger. Through my hard work and her
dedication I lost 2 pant sizes! The best part is, Ragan Pilates helps you with all aspects of
For the entire 34 years of my life I have never worked out. Of course I had done things that
were active, like playing soccer as a kid, or skateboarding as a teenager, but "working
out" was something that only yuppie ladies and jocks did. When I hit my 30's my body
really started to go. I ended up gaining a lot of weight and was generally unhealthy. After
my wife and I got engaged, I knew that something had to be done before the big wedding
day. My wife suggested Pilates, and I accepted because Mary & Eric's studio was literally
across the street from our apartment. I was blown away by the first session. I felt
wonderful, and had this new visceral urge to change the way that I had been living. I started
a regimen of two private sessions a week with Mary and Eric. I bought a bike, and started
biking to work. I altered my diet some but I did not go on a diet. The changes in my body
were subtle but noticeable very quickly. Believe it or not, after eight months ( just in time
for the wedding) I had lost about thirty pounds! After a year, I had lost over fifty pounds,
and I've kept it off.
I owe all of this to Mary & Eric's knowledge, dedication, and their
wonderful attitudes. Their sensitivity, as well as their sense of
humor make them great people to work with.
Now that we've moved away from New York City, I miss them both terribly, and can't
express just how wonderful they are. They are truly great friends, and just happened to be
the life of the party at our wedding!
Director of LICSB
Eric is a 25-year veteran of the professional ballet world. Director of Long Island City School of Ballet and Long Island City Ballet co-founder and dedicated practitioner
of Ragan Pilates. He danced for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center, Dances Patrelle in New York, and has appeared with American
Ballet Theatre. He has been practicing and teaching Pilates for years. “Working on these machines will increase your strength and flexibility. I can’t think of a better gift for yourself.”