Marcy Schafler, is a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher. She became a Pilates instructor at the suggestion of one of her first Pilates instructors. Movement has always been a great part of her life. Ballet and tap classes started at the age of 3, and gymnastics began in high school. Taking ballet classes at 939 Eighth Avenue (Joe’s home) while in her 20s. She became aware of Pilates. She was motivated to change her career at the age of 45. Being tired of the corporate world.

Marcy completed her original training at Movements Afoot in New York City. There she trained with Doris Pasteleur Hall (a student 1st generation teacher Carola Trier) and Lesley Powell.

In 2006, Marcy participated as an instructor in a study led by Urogynecologist, Dr. Patrick Culligan, of the Atlantic Healthcare System on the rehabilitation and support of the pelvic floor. “Having women achieve pelvic floor strength through exercise is a very powerful experience. I see women of all ages and the results are truly amazing.”

Marcy was diagnosed with both uterine and breast cancer in 2007, and Pilates had such an impact on her ability to come through the challenges of surgery, radiation and rehab.

In 2007, Marcy became a Master Instructor for Balanced Body teaching other instructors in the Pilates Method.
In 2010, Marcy was mentored by Elizabeth Larkam in a program designed by Balanced Body, Passing the Torch. “Continuing education is such an important part of our growth and often gets overlooked when we are teaching for a while. I love working with and taking other instructors workshops. In 2015, Marcy was featured in Pilates Style magazine regarding mentorship. There is always something new to learn.”

In addition, Marcy teaches Anatomy in Three Dimensions, CoreAlign, Bodhi, MOTR all as a Master Instructor for Balanced Body. She is also a Franklin Method Instructor.


Q: What is your favorite healthy snack and favorite meal?
MS: Bone broth

Q: What is your favorite skincare line right now and do you have a routine that you would like to share? Most essential skin care tip? Answer any or all of the above!
MS: coconut oil to take off makeup and use as moisturizer

Q: Do you have a wellness secret?
MS: collagen

Q: There are so many smoothie varieties out there! What do you put in your favorite smoothie?
MS: I don’t drink smoothies.

Q: What is your favorite meal to cook?
MS: Soup or stew

Q: What are some activities you like to do outside of Pilates?
MS: Pole dancing

Q: Did you always have an interest in health and wellness?
MS: Yes

Q: What do you typically eat for breakfast?
MS: Since I am predominantly paleo, eggs and bacon

Q: What is your favorite indulgence?
MS: Wine

Q: What are three essential items you have in your bag?
MS: Lipstick, Onyx perfume, iPhone

Q: Favorite quote
MS: “Dance me to the end of love.”