Owner, Rhythm and Flow Pilates
Deana Blackman’s love of exercise and movement began when she was just 16. Her first job was teaching aerobics classes at a local Women’s World studio.
She continued to teach aerobics throughout her college years while attending Mass ART and Emerson College. During that time, she also ran the successful children’s clothing boutique Village Kids in Newton Highlands. She went on to complete her degree at American University and holds a BA in Graphic Art and a minor in Fine Art.
In 2000, she was introduced to Zayna Gold owner of Boston Body that today, has become one of the largest Pilates and Barr instructor training centers on the East Coast. Under Gold’s tutelage, she learned the intricacies of Stott and Power Pilates and how to teach others. Although she had many teaching offers after completing the program, Blackman decided in 2003 to open her own studio in Sharon – Rhythm and Flow Pilates. Since that time, she has grown the studio both in equipment and instructors and offers a variety of classes both private and group sessions daily.
For Blackman, it’s not about what a client does in the studio, it’s about how they apply the teaching to their own life.
“Pilates is about strength, stability and mobility flowing together in harmonious movement,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are or the condition of your health. Most people can benefit from learning how to strengthen their core and expand their range of motion.”
Blackman holds certifications in Stott and Classical Pilates as well as Core Align and is a Master Trainer in Balance Body. Several times a year, she leads instructor training classes to help the next generation of Pilates instructors succeed.