Testimonials

My neck and shoulder pain feel so much better-I shot a 72, my lowest score this week!
-WL


I have had Plantar Fasciitis for years and have tried everything I thought, until The Rossiter System. That awful pain is finally gone! What a godsend-thank you thank you thank you!!!
Stephanie


Debbi is a great teacher, and is extremely knowledgeable about Pilates! I’ve taken several classes from her, including private mat classes, reformer classes, and barre classes, and they are all a wonderful workout. She will modify classes for various levels– from beginners to advanced. Highly recommend BellaBody Pilates in Phoenix, Arizona!!
SJ


BellaBody Pilates is wonderful. I started to take private instruction with Debbi a few months ago and I have noticed a remarkable change in my shape and energy. Debbi isn’t afraid to model correct posture and how to work core areas of instruction. She kicks your butt with a smile on her face–I highly recommend her!
Shawnna


Amazing transformation! Deborah Lavinsky is the most precise and personal trainer I have ever had! Love the studio, my Mat Pilates workouts and the other classes Deborah offers! Highly recommend!
Cheryl


Debbi, I just want to let you know that I’m feeling absolutely wonderful today and I’ve concluded that the Trapeze “breathing” exercise is absolutely the best I’ve ever experienced! I’m feeling the work in the abs and just relishing how good I feel. Thank you so much for introducing me to that part of the Cadillac. Can’t wait for Tuesday!
Debra


I’ve been taking classes with Debbi for over a year and truly love her teaching style, bright and cheery studio and the diversity of her classes. There’s no intimidation factor here-just a fabulous workout to be had. I also appreciated how Debbi made accommodations for me throughout my pregnancy. She knows her stuff!
Leslie


I felt so comfortable and at home almost immediately. I am overweight so I felt very self-conscious…that faded quickly with Debbi’s fun and warm attitude. The class was excellent, I was encouraged to take it at my own pace and I felt exhilarated afterward!
PN


Great teacher, leader, and went because of back pain. Will probably always have back pain but this along with a little water aerobics and walking keep me moving. Lots of side benefits to getting the core strength…probably the best is it has helped an urgency problem immensely. Gives overall better circulation and always a nice social outing.
Barbara


Aloha, Debbi!!!!! I could not wait to get back to class to share this!! We went whale watching yesterday about 4:40 and it was windy so the ride was a little rough. We had to take our shoes off and be barefoot on the boat. Thanks to you and our toe exercises I was able to grip the deck and steady myself!!!!!!
Susan


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Bio

Owner, Deborah M. Lavinsky PMA®-CPT

BIO

Hi! My name is Deborah Lavinsky, NCPT, Rossiter Coach and owner of Phoenix Pilates and Rossiter Center. I discovered the exercise system known as Pilates over 12 years ago and quickly fell in love with how I felt after my first lesson. Since starting on this journey, I have lost over 80 pounds; going from a size 22 to a petite size 4; ran the PF Chang’s “Rock & Roll Half Marathon,” and competed and finished eleven sprint triathlons. Pilates has helped me gain a leaner and stronger body, improved my balance, relaxes me, and allows me feel more confident. It has helped me through arthroscopic knee surgery, spinal fusion surgery and various rehabs with more flexibility than I had even in my 30’s.

As a result of the fantastic transformation of my own body and health,  I pursued advanced comprehensive Pilates training through the Pilates Sports Center (PSC) Certification Program. PSC combines classical Pilates with a contemporary, athletic approach with over 500 hours of hands-on training including anatomy, student teaching and thesis project. Loving barre classes, I also completed and certified through PSC’s Burn at the Barre program, one of the hottest fitness classes today. Burn at the Barre combines ballet-inspired movement, uptempo music and effective core strengthening mat work. Guided by the dream of owning a studio in the Moon Valley/North Mountain Preserve community, BellaBody Pilates opened its doors in August 2014. In 2018 I relocated to the East Valley and reopened as Phoenix Pilates and Rossiter Center.

In 2018 I became aware of a system of deep fascial two-person stretches called The Rossiter System. Always curious about learning something new, I hosted a Rossiter System teacher training at my studio. I was blown away by the power of this system to relieve pain and restore mobility. This system was so impressive to all of my classmates and me that we all continued on to complete all four levels of Rossiter training. I am currently the only Certified Rossiter Practitioner in Arizona. The Rossiter System can immediately relieve pain at the source–back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, arthritis, migraines, plantar fasciitis–just about every ache, pain and annoying knot in your back can be fixed quickly and effectively.

Concerned about aging gracefully and the effects of osteoporosis I have done extensive training with Rebekah Rotstein’s Buff Bones® Program and I am the only licensed Buff Bones® instructor in Phoenix.  Buff Bones® is a medically endorsed exercise system designed to promote bone health and balance. It is ideal for anyone with osteoporosis, osteopenia, arthritis, auto-immune diseases and spinal conditions. I design customized sessions to help my clients achieve optimal fitness.

In 2015, I completed the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Functional Training Specialty Certification. Functional Training works effectively with competitive athletes, post-rehab patients and everyday people who need to improve their core, posture, balance, flexibility, strength and improve overall quality of life. I integrate Functional Training programming into all individual fitness classes. 

Professionally, I am proud to be a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT ) and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). As an NCPT, continuing education is required and some of the advanced training I completed include using Pilates for post-mastectomy breast cancer reconstruction, post-surgery rotator cuff, postural assessments, scoliosis, and exploring the classical Pilates repertoire. In January 2017, BellaBody Pilates hosted “Pilates for Neurological Conditions” advanced training covering MS, Parkinson’s Disease and stroke, and partnered with the National MS Society, Arizona Chapter. In 2017 I completed Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates course focusing on the prevention and healing of Diastasis Recti (separation of the Linea Alba/abdominal muscle wall). I wish I had these resources available when I was pregnant! 

Community involvement has always held a strong interest including serving as appointed council member on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, member of Charter 100, active with the Arizona Fall Prevention Coalition and was the 2013-2014 Director for Central Phoenix Women.  I enjoy playing golf with my husband, knitting, and playing with my adorable Yorkie, Swiffer Wetjet.

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Check out my Journey!

From financial advisor to Pilates studio owner-how did this happen? Learn about my massive mid-life career and weight loss changes.

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PMA Certified

The Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT) designation is the internationally accepted certification for excellence. In order to maintain this designation, I complete many hours of continuing education to help you become your best!