We have built an unusual culture here at Stretch. Our clients can tell you how very personable Stretch is. Give us a call to schedule a free half-hour introductory session.
In the wee hours of the morning, when most people are just stepping into the shower or climbing out of bed, Larissa Mychaskiw found herself at her workplace with a locked door and a line of clients waiting. She soon came to discover her boss, the business owner of 7 years, has flown the coop.
What’s a poor girl to do? Take over the business of course! At 25 years young, Larissa Mychaskiw did just that in 1998 and has never looked back. Larissa is proud owner and chief cheerleader of Stretch (formerly Fitness Village), on Wehrle Dr. in Williamsville, NY, and is celebrating her 14th year in business.
Over the next five years, Larissa completed all STOTT Pilates courses and is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor on all STOTT Pilates equipment, including the Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair,
Larissa has attended and completed many management classes during her ownership of Stretch, including Canisius College’s Women in Business Program, Center for Entrepreneurial leadership through the University at Buffalo, Masterminds Entrepreneurial business group and is a board member of the Ruben Brown foundation.
Larissa’s vision is to see her clients walk around with perfect posture and no pain.
Giavana (Freitas) de Zitter is originally from Buffalo, New York where she grew up dancing at David de Marie and American Academy of Ballet. She later graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts and Entertainment Management. At University Giavana began studying Pilates with a Private instructor to compliment her dance training.
After graduation, Giavana danced professionally with Royal Caribbean International Cruise lines, traveling the world for two years. In between contracts, she was certified to teach Pilates with Body One studios Inc. and started studying and training Barre Fitness methods.
Moving back to Buffalo, Giavana began one-on-one training in Pilates at Stretch Pilates and Functional Fitness, and decided to combine her passion for dance and business background into a studio named Barre Centric. Today, Giavana is happy to share her education and experience in fitness and dance at both Stretch Pilates and Barre Centric with such wonderful people.
Hayley has received her comprehensive 500+ hour Pilates training in mat and all Pilates apparatus from renowned Manhattan Pilates studio, Erika Bloom Pilates Plus. While training and working as an instructor in New York City, Hayley gained experience teaching private and group Pilates sessions to a diverse clientele that included athletes and celebrities.
Hayley has also taught private Pilates at The Buffalo Athletic Club, Hive Lifespan Center and in private residences. Hayley’s experience includes working with people of all types from dancers and golfers to people struggling with sciatica and Parkinson’s disease. Hayley continues to build on her training and expertise, attending workshops on topics such as Sciatica, The Alexander Technique. the multifidi muscle group, and pre and postnatal Pilates.
Hayley received a Bachelor of Arts in dance from SUNY Buffalo and continues to teach, perform, and choreograph today. Hayley’s background as a dancer and dance instructor has given her in-depth awareness of the human body and its intricate movements. With extensive training and course work including anatomy and kinesiology, Hayley focuses on proper alignment and targeting the deep, intrinsic muscles of the body. Hayley’s Pilates sessions build balanced strength and flexibility, ease of movement, improves posture, and a
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Lana started teaching Pilates in 2002 in Boston, MA where she was trained in the STOTT PILATES method. The STOTT method emphasizes restoring the natural curves of the spine and rebalancing the muscles around the joints.
Lana brings over 30 years experience studying, performing, and teaching dance. Her Pilates classes are focused first on client goals, but insist on proper technique, breathing, core strengthening, and spinal health. Lana’s attention to spinal flexibility endorses Joseph Pilates teachings who once famously pronounces, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
When she isn’t teaching, Lana can be found in the midst of an intense workout running after her young and active son.
Sarah is currently a student at The University at Buffalo studying Theatre Performance. Acting, singing, and dance are a major part of Sarah’s background. Her love and passion for fitness began at a young age. Sarah pays close attention to strengthening and lengthening lean muscles, and working to reduce fat and increase muscle mass. She does not focus strictly on the number on the scale. She enjoys helping others through their weight loss journeys, as all clientele’s goals vary.
Sarah previously worked for JumpBunch Sports and Fitness, where she traveled to daycares and elementary schools, instilling the importance of physical fitness to young children. Through Vitamin World, she received her certificate as a Nutritional Advisor. She enjoys helping clientele with their meal plans and calorie intake, which is just as important as the workout itself.
Sarah completed her ZEN*GA Pilates certification through STOTT Pilates. ZEN*GA is considered to be “the mindful movement”, a combination of yoga and Pilates, which focuses on flow of movement, breathing technique, and strengthening the fascia.
Outside of the studio, Sarah enjoys acting film work, directing and choreographing musicals, along with coaching cheerleading. She is continuing to learn more about the body and is always finding ways to improve her workout regimen, aiming for the best possible results for herself and her clients.
Ellen is a fitness and dance specialist who has been teaching Pilates since 1998, first certified in the Stott system of Pilates, and then additionally in the Pilates Academy International (PAI) system for whom she has also been a teacher-trainer since 2006. Prior to joining Stretch, Ellen taught in New York City leading group mat classes at Equinox Fitness Clubs, Reebok Sports Club/NY, and providing private sessions and certification training and Pilates on Fifth, the largest Pilates studio in NYC.
Mandy is a recent graduate from SUNY Fredonia. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in dance as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in communication studies. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mandy grew up dancing at David DeMarie Dance Studio and Royal Academy of Ballet. She is PiYo Strength certified and group exercise certified. Along with working at Stretch, Mandy teaches mat Pilates, yoga, cardio dance and total body sculpt classes at other various gyms in the area. As a trainer Mandy focuses on core strength.