Meet Valeria Barreto!
Valeria Barreto is the owner and visionary of Pilates and More. She moved to the United States, from her home country of Brazil, in the year 2001 and has been a certified Pilates Instructor since 2002. She received her first certification from Power Pilates in New York City and her advance certification from The Kane School, also located in New York City. Valeria is also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
Valeria earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Campinas Pontifical Catholic University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Originally trained as a professional Jazz dancer, Valeria danced and taught in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It was at that time that she began to develop her own style of stretch-based exercises for fitness and health. Prior to moving to the US, Valeria worked alongside both a neurosurgeon and an orthopedist, using her stretching technique for physical therapy and rehabilitation. Her stretching exercises are designed to improve balance, elasticity, and flexibility. Used in conjunction with Pilates, these exercises target and improve strength, posture, stability, overall physical health and can also aid in weight loss.