Synergy+ Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio
Synergy+ is a friendly and professional Pilates and physical therapy studio helping clients become strong and fit. Its method blends both disciplines, Pilates & physical therapy borrowing from one to help the other to form a Synergy, i.e. Pilates based physical therapy or Pilates taught by teachers with a thorough understanding of the body. The results?
Correct alignment and posture → healthy and strong movement
Build Strength for Daily Life
In Physical Therapy we combine movement based practices with manual work and we evaluate and treat not just the symptoms but first we look at how the whole body moves and then we develop an overall rehabilitation plan. We treat orthopedic, dance, and sports related injuries, help reduce chronic pain, and provide balanced strengthening and flexibility programs that have great and lasting results.
Our Pilates classes and private instruction focus on increasing body strength and performance. While our teachers focus on paying attention to and identifying and correcting problematic postural and movement patterns that can cause pain, they make their instruction in both class setting and private sessions, fun and hard and rewarding making sure that when you leave our studio you feel re-invigorated, stronger and healthier.
Our Pilates Classes
Stay fit, increase strength and flexibility, improve performance with our Pilates classes in San Rafael. Our classes are small and tailored to fit the novice as well as the experienced Pilates practitioner. Whether your goal is to maintain your fitness level, increase core strength, improve your posture, or get ready to or just delivered your baby, we have the right class for you. And if you are recovering from an injury, our instructors know how to modify the exercises to keep people safe while getting them stronger.
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Meet Our Staff
Zeina A. Grifoni, MPT
OWNER & PHYSICAL THERAPIST
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor
FRONT DESK & GO TO PERSON
Kanane is the face and voice of the studio. She is the happiest person you have met and her smile is infectious.
PMA® CERTIFIED PILATES TEACHER
Laura grew up as a competitive gymnast and was a two-time state champion. She then went into competitive diving and finally
cheerleading, accepting the Cheer Captain role at the University of Texas in Austin. It was in a study abroad program in London where Laura found Pilates and discovered the edge it gave her in her athletic endeavors. Laura has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years and became certified so she could teach others this amazing activity. Always interested in the human body, Laura left the marketplace where she was coaching and teaching surgeons how to use Intuitive Surgcal’s DaVinci Robots. She currently resides in Mill Valley with her husband Chris and their 7 year old daughter, Bella. They are foster parents in Marin County.
Freda Weitzer, DPT
Freda received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA in 2017.
Freda decided to pursue a career in physical therapy after experiencing a major illness and period of disability. Both physical therapy and Pilates were instrumental in her process of re-learning to walk and becoming able-bodied again.
Freda loves her job! She particularly enjoys helping people identify their strengths and weaknesses and establish a plan for how to maximize confident and comfortable movement. Freda enjoys working with people of all ages experiencing musculoskeletal and neurological limitations. She employs a combination of manual therapy to help achieve proper mobility of tissues and targeted exercises so that clients can maintain and further develop their movement.
When not working, Freda enjoys being in nature, spending time with her parents, traveling, and most of all relaxing.
PMA® CERTIFIED PILATES TEACHER
Kim embraced the opportunity to pursue her love of Pilates with Instructor training at Synergy+. Prior to this, her career was
Kim is passionate about helping our clients find the right balance so they can incorporate Pilates and other forms of exercise in their daily lives. She understands the demands of busy professionals, parents and grandparents as well as the effects of aging. She uses her Pilates training to help others gain and maintain strong bodies and with that, healthy and active lives.
Kim is a Bay Area native. She moved from San Francisco to Marin 5 years ago and lives with her husband, two cats and their 18 year-old goldfish. Her hobbies include painting, gardening and she and recently took up knitting!
Certified Pilates Teacher
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Zumba Certified Instructor
To learn more about Tiziano check out his LinkedIn Profile.
Genevieve is a Bay Area dance artist who received her Pilates certification from Synergy+ in 2017. She came to Pilates initially
Genevieve moved back to the Bay Area after graduating from UCSB with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Physical Anthropology. She has danced with various companies across California in both ballet and modern styles and has taught dance at various studios in the Bay Area. Her hunger for knowledge about the workings of human anatomy is what drives her focus in her Pilates practice.
Laura Winner, DPT
Laura is an orthopedic physical therapist, and utilizes her manual techniques with functional exercise to help people
She has a special interest in incorporating the principles and exercises of Pilates where appropriate or when people are interested. She is currently enrolled in Synergy+'s intensive Pilates Teacher Training program. Since having children, Laura has also realized how foundational the pelvic floor is to our stability and movement, and has undergone specialized training at the Herman Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute in treating women for dysfunction in this area. She is passionate about helping women recover from problems that too many suffer from in silence.
In addition, Laura makes it a point to look at the person as a whole, and not just a body part. This includes identifying body alignment, muscle imbalances, as well as how each individual uses their body so she can address all the issues that may be contributing to an injury and facilitate healing.
I love my job because I get to spend my day helping people get back to doing what they love.
Laura’s favorite thing to do is explore the Bay Area with her family. During her free time to herself she enjoys trying new restaurants or attending a great Pilates and/or Yoga class.
Patricia has had 2 main passions in her life, dancing and teaching. She began dancing at the age of 4, teaching since she was a
For almost as long as she can remember, fitness has been a part of Jen’s life.
As her legal career realized increasing success over 12 years, the challenge to find balance in her life proved ever more difficult. Jen had broken many bones in her body during her youth, however, it was the last break that occurred during her professional career that made the biggest impression, ultimately resulting in the implantation of a steel rod in her ankle. Told byher orthopedic surgeon that she would not be able to run, ski or jump ever again, Jen was determined not to let those words define her capability. After spending months with very restricted movement, she began the daunting task of coming back the only way she knew how, one step at a time. Four years after her surgery, and after many frustrating workouts, Jen was able to bring her body back to ninety percent of her pre-break mobility. Forever changed by the experience, Jen believes the human body is the most amazing gift each of us has been given; one that must be honored, cared for and maintained for the optimum life experience.
She is passionate about working hard and helping you find your fitness edge, while still respecting your body’s conditions and limitations. Whether in the courtroom or the fitness room, she feels that it is in being seen and working together that we elevate each other to our personal best. She works as a personal therapy assistant at synergy, teaches group classes at synergy and is certified in TRX®, ACE® personal training, pilates, heavy bag boxing and group class boot camps. She is passionate about formand building the body correctly and intentionally. Don't let her fool you-she teaches her classes in the same manner she prefers them- challenging. You will see her around the studio either taking a class or teaching. Get ready for her intensity, attention to form and high energy.
We are here
834 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
Hours of Operation
Monday ÷ Thursday 6AM-7PM ◊ Friday 6AM-5PM ◊ Saturday 8AM-2PM ◊ Sunday Closed