Originally posted on industrym.com, written by Amanda Mccoy • photos by Amanda Domenech.
After discovering its benefits as a teenager, the director of Physio Logic pilates & movement now helps others find flexibility, strength, and stability.
Lynda Salerno Gehrman, the founder and director of Physio Logic Pilates & Movement integrated with the medical and wellness center working under the same moniker, Physio Logic, took her first class at the age of 15. A dancer, she developed a passion for movement at a young age, but is the first to admit she wasn’t born with the genetics for artistic movement.
“Pilates was the answer to help me change structural problems. I immediately felt its corrective aspects,” she recalled.
When she left her Boston suburban home to attend college, the dance major dove deeper into the philosophy and science of the approach to physical fitness developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1930s one that uses specialized apparatus and body movements to boost physical strength, improve posture, increase flexibility, even enhance mental acuity. The son of an award winning gymnast and a nature path, Pilates believed people had the ability to control muscles with their minds to not let reflex patterns take over.
Before her 20th birthday, Lynda would become a certified teacher in the discipline and was hired to train her university’s men’s basketball team.
After college, the Roger Williams University graduate moved to London briefly before settling in the Big Apple 14 years ago. She’d only been a New Yorker for a few years before opening her first studio, Avellyn Pilates, Inc., on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. She found herself working closely with Dr. Rudy Gehrman, proprietor of The Heights Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic. Now her husband, Rudy noticed a difference in his patients upon referring them to Lynda’s Pilates studio. He had for some time envisioned a fully integrated wellness center, and in time, The Heights Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic and Avellyn Pilates would merge and include a Pilates-based physical therapy program with partner and PT trainer Jeanine Robotti. They named the new venture Physio Logic. Three years ago, it moved into a new studio in a sun drenched office on Fulton Street.