Greene Street Studio Mission

We offer the highest quality training in the Pilates method. Deborah Lessen’s mentor was first generation teacher Carola Strauss Trier, with whom she studied and worked from 1980 to 1984. Her other major influences are Martha Graham and Irene Dowd, plus many years of learning from and sharing with colleagues in the Pilates community. The result is training that reflects movement intuition, developments in movement science and constant reevaluation and commitment to the Pilates philosophy.

Deborah Lessen, NCPT

Deborah 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. She offered on-site comprehensive teacher training from 1994 to 2004.

As co-defendant in the federal trademark infringement action for use of the name “Pilates,” she 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.

Suzanne Reiman, NCPT

Suzanne is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, whose life as a visual artist migrated to pilates in the mid 1980’s. Early movement influences began in dance, gymnastics and sport. She studies and performs Simonson based technique primarily with Laurie DeVito. In 1999 she completed a rigorous comprehensive training program with Deborah Lessen, who trained under Carola Trier.


Suzanne’s studies continue with Irene Dowd in drawing, assessing and observing anatomy in its dynamic dance with everyday life. In addition to the Greene Street Studio, Suzanne teaches privately and at Bodies in Balance, a Madison, NJ pilates studio.

Our Protocol

New clients, regardless of prior training, begin with an introductory/evaluation session. Goals and an individualized program are established after this session and the program is updated as the client’s needs and skill level change.

Training begins one-on-one with the teacher until the client is relatively independent. At the discretion of the teacher, the client can graduate to duet and semi-private sessions while maintaining his/her individualized program.

Referrals come from clients, doctors, physical and massage therapists and other studios. The intake process may indicate the need for a medical diagnosis or doctor’s consent to establish safe parameters to begin training.

All sessions are by appointment. Please email: deborah@greenestreetstudio.com for scheduling and information.