Testimonials | The Pilates Studio, Hadley, MA
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I really didn't know what to expect when I met with Katrina last year for her to evaluate my legs and hips after both of my hips had been replaced two years ago. She knew exactly what exercises I needed to rebuild my strength and balance. The pilate exercise equipment has given my back support so that I have been pain free during all of the training. In the small group I attend, there is a mixture of ages and abilities, and each of us works on our own set of exercises under Katrina's direction. She couldn't be kinder. Even though there are pilates studies closer to me in Westfield, it is worth it to drive to Hadley for the excellent training I experience there.

Marilyn S.
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I know Pilates can be a bit pricey but the monetary investment is well worth it. As a 72 year old, I experience osteoarthritis in my knees; sciatica, stenosis and other “getting older” issues. As a result of Pilates I’ve been able to avoid some surgeries, and my quality of life has definitely improved. I would rather spend money investing in my health and my ability to move around than on doctors and drugs. What good is having a bit more money if you are unable to move around to enjoy! PLUS, the instructors are some of the best I’ve ever worked with. I am truly grateful.

Ann H.
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I just started a Pilates Challenge #2! I did it and finished it, in the summer but wasn't able to take advantage of the deep discount you can get if you finish all 3 and then just keep going. This time I plan not only keep on doing Pilates but also to mix it with the Apparatus classes, which are still kinda new to me but I love the fact that I can take 2 classes in the same day and they both gonna be totally different. It's also a great way to meet all the instructors working at the Hadley Pilates studio, they are all great & knowledgeable. Well, join me if you also love Pilates and challenges 🙂 I highly recommend it..

Peter H>
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Having had arthritis since my youth, I am constantly amazed at what I am able to achieve with the expertise, support and encouragement of The Pilates Studio Staff!

Patricia L.
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Evening reformer classes with Tristan are a must! Jump class on Monday nights and reformer class on Tuesday nights. She is an amazing instructor. She always comes prepared with new exercises to try. A full body work out. I always feel challenged and extremely satisfied with what I have accomplished. Thank you Tristan!

Jennifer U.
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Nancy is one of my favorite instructors at the Pilates Studio.I take her 7 AM class three times per week before going to work. I leave her class feeling more energized and much stronger! Nancy is a very patient, knowledgeable, and skilled instructor. Her class is challenging, but lots of fun. I highly recommend taking any class that Nancy is teaching at the Pilates Studio.

Susan H.
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I tried the Pilates Studio as an experiment, I’m sticking around because of the good vibes. The instructors are all very knowledgeable, as well as being cheerful, positive, encouraging and nurturing in their roles. If you have pain issues, asymmetries, and other bodily weirdness, they’re all great at accommodating your limitations and helping you find movements you can do instead of forcing yourself into poses that hurt. The cost is higher than a standard gym membership, but I’m getting such good instruction and encouragement that it’s worth it.

Elaine C.
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I am fairly certain that Pilates has saved my life. One day, while working in the 2nd story loft of my barn, I was standing at the edge holding open the large side door where we would drop hay. A strong wind swung the door open, and because I was hanging on to the door, I started to fall out. As my life flashed before my eyes, I quickly let go of the door, but I was already falling out of the loft. I tightened every muscle in my core, back, and legs to pull myself back from over the edge and securely back on to the loft floor. It was terrifying, and I know Pilates made all the difference that day.

Gina B.
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I tried the Pilates Studio as an experiment, I’m sticking around because of the good vibes. The instructors are all very knowledgeable, as well as being cheerful, positive, encouraging and nurturing in their roles. If you have pain issues, asymmetries, and other bodily weirdness, they’re all great at accommodating your limitations and helping you find movements you can do instead of forcing yourself into poses that hurt. The cost is higher than a standard gym membership, but I’m getting such good instruction and encouragement that it’s worth it.

Elaine C.
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Nancy’s Barre Class is a blast! She is a great instructor who is highly skilled and has helped me get fit. I highly recommend this class!

Jim H.
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It's amazing how different the Pilates method is from straight plane strengthening. You get strengthening and lengthening of muscles in ways that translate more completely to real world motions. That's the science. The art of Pilates at The Pilates Studio comes from the skilled, curious, fun teachers who help and guide you every step of the way whether you're taking group classes or doing private work. Worth the time and money? Absolutely! It IS life changing.

Anna V.
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Katrina, Laurie and every one on the staff have created such a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere at the studio. I’ve been going there over three years now, private classes, then small groups and now that I know my exercises I’m doing independent sessions. I absolutely love the Pilates Studio!

Sheilah S.
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I can do the tree pose for days! Thanks, Pilates Studio!!

Caroline Y.
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I have had arthritis for many years. The Pilates Reformer Classes are the best pain pill going! I have greatly increased my strength, balance and flexibility!

Patricia L.
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Hello Pilates Studio, Pilates has improved my balance tremendously. My increased ankle strength keeps me from twisting and falling (which I tend to do). It also impacts my flexibility in the garden - stretching, leaning, stooping, crouching and lifting. That carries over to every day movement in and around my house - cleaning, vacuuming, stair climbing and descending. Better balance prepares me to encounter the physical demands of every day living.

Karen S.
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I attended a class with Kristy for the first time this week. I love the "classical" Pilates. As I know from teaching violin, when you repeat the same thing over and over, rather than being boring, it's an opportunity to find more and more depth. Kristy worked us hard (!), with care and positivity. I'm looking forward to continuing her class.

Diana P.
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Since I have been visiting the Pilates Studio on a regular basis (love those reformer classes) I have much improved balance, strength and stability while hiking up/down the Holyoke Range. It makes me happy!

Wendy C.
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My physical therapist and a friend both highly recommended The Pilates Studio and I'm glad I listened. I've worked with Cathy for several months in both individual and small group sessions and I have hit the jackpot! In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable, Cathy is gentle, efficient, effective, relaxed, and creative. I especially appreciate how she thinks about me between sessions and figures out new exercises, props, or accommodations to try to meet my unique needs. I look forward to every session with her.

Gail W.
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Laurie and Katrina: Great job, ladies! You are both a source of inspiration.

Denise R.
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Pilates has changed my life. Training with Kristy for 7 months has been great. She is extremely dedicated and I love “classical” Pilates. My balance has improved so much when walking and my body feels much stronger. Everyone should sign up for a session with Kristy. Thank, Kristy

Denise Tourangeau
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I mostly attend the Mat classes and each class is different. Not only because there is around half a dozen instructor who teach Pilates on mat on a regular basis, but even the same teacher will regularly mix it up a little; hand weights, fitness balls, the Oov (I hope I'm spelling the name of that thing right, ;-), resistance bands, small squishy balls, the "magic circle" etc. Not a one class is the same, which I love! And every single of their teachers are not only certified in Pilates and very knowledgeable in anatomy & general fitness, they're also friendly and funny. I never had a bad class at this Pilates studio in my 8+ years of patronizing it, and I always feel batter afterwards!

Peter H.
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Increasing my core strength through Pilates has stabilized me and improved my balance.

Julie A.
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Cathy is the first person to train me to keep my legs aligned on the reformer! And what a difference this makes in preventing knee strain and in walking. Her PT background shines through each part of the training.

Margery G.
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This is the best place I can imagine to exercise. Everyone is welcoming and there is lots of pleasant chatter to distract you. All the teachers are spectacularly trained by Katrina Hawley and are able to adjust what you do according to your needs. I’ve been through a knee replacement with them and I’m about to have a hip replacement and feel very well prepared. And there are lots of old folks like me (I’m 72), all having a great time together anytime I’m there. Also, of course, young marathon runners and those sorts but you don’t feel out of place at all if you are old and feeble! You are welcomed and met just where you are.

Sally P.
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Nancy is fantastic at explaining exactly what to do, and providing help and encouragement. She's wonderful!

Marla L.
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Bone density class is so empowering! I am constantly amazed at my progress. My balance, strength and confidence has grown so much due to these classes! Thank you to all the excellent staff!

Patricia L.
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Pilates has changed my life. Training with Kristy for 7 months has been great. She is extremely dedicated and I love “classical” Pilates. My balance has improved so much when walking and my body feels much stronger. Everyone should sign up for a session with Kristy. Thanks, Kristy

Denise T.
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Nancy's mat classes are awesome!! Not being a morning person, I was a bit hesitant to attend her 7am mat class. However I was so glad I did! Nancy has such a positive, upbeat personality that she makes it fun yet still challenging. It was such a good way to start my day! I also attended her Barre Sculpt class on Fridays which was also really fun and a good workout. Nancy is a great teacher, I can't wait to take more of her classes!

Nicole P.
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Suzanne- Thank you for your knowledge and laughter each week. I look forward to coming to see what you have dreamt up and funny stories that you tell us to laugh through the challenging Pilates moments. I always get upset when I can't make it to the 10am Saturday.

Stephanie A.
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Tristan is a relatively new instructor at the Pilates Studio in Hadley but she is not new to teaching and is very knowledgeable & experienced in Pilates and general fitness. I like her approach and look forward to trying out new classes that are just starting. She is a great addition to the staff there!

Peter H.
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Took my first classic Pilates class and it was reall instructive! Kristy was a great teacher, gave helpful instruction and I really felt like I got to different areas. If you are thinking about this class, I recommend it!

Marla L.
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Suzanne: I love your new bone density class. You are the best!

Denise R.
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I’ve been coming to the Pilates Studio for over two years. Suzanne has been my one-on-one instructor; I’ve been to Kay’s reformer class and participated in group classes with Katrina. All have been extraordinarily beneficial. I recently had knee replacement surgery and because of my work there, both prior to and after the surgery, my recovery time was less than expected and my ability to re-enter my life was aided by Pilates. I am unable to truly express my gratitude, especially to Suzanne, for her expertise, good humor and commitment to her craft. The Pilates Studio is the BEST. Ann H.

Ann H.
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I know my balance has improved since doing Pilates because now I often forget to take my cane!

Jane T.
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My improved balance from doing Pilates allows me to hike, climb over rocks and on uneven surfaces with confidence. It allows me to carry my paint supplies, set up my pallet outdoors.. with my improved balance I have freedom to enjoy the activities I love. I have more energy to paint and hike when I’m not worried about my balance.

Sue H
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Nancy is a terrific Pilates instructor. She's personable, funny and a no-nonsense Pilates woman. She keeps challenging us each week with new exercises and I love it. Thanks Nancy!

Barbara B. C.
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I took a bad fall two years ago. During my recovery I started Pilates reformer classes. I have been working on my strength, balance and core. I am able to step up on to the platform without panicking, perform planks and for the very first time stand on one leg and extend the other behind while holding the springs! I feel so happy and proud! Special shout out to Cathy and Kay!

Patricia L.
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I have been taking classes with Nancy for the past year and a half. She is a master teacher with a fun personality and endless energy. I attend her 7 a.m. mat class three times per week and she strives to continually keep it fun and new. I have also taken her Reformer and her Barre class and am always impressed with how knowledgable she is. Nancy makes all of her students feel welcome and comfortable in her class. She is an excellent Pilates Instructor and I highly recommend you taking a class from her!

Susan H.
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I started at the Pilates Studio 3.5 years ago after a series of injuries. In that time, in combination with other activities, my strength has grown tremendously! I can complete exercises now that I only could have dreamed about previously! Most importantly, I can feel the difference in core and leg strength in many of my daily activities including hiking! I have enjoyed every instructor I have worked with in that time!

Laurel C.
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When the Sunday Mat class was canceled, I saw on a the schedule a morning reformer class. I never took a reformer class before. For the several years I have been coming to the Pilates Studio, I only focused on mat classes(really never going upstairs- just to the basement for mat classes). The reformer classes were more expensive and looking back maybe I was a bit intimidated. Well, since taking my first reformer class around the start of this year, I can say- the $ is worth it. I take reformer classes regularly with Ruth and Tristan and they are both great instructors. I am still amazed with how versatile the reformer is- how many leg, arm, back, core, combination exercises you can do. I feel great after each class, challenged and satisfied. Thank you.

Jennifer U.
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Since doing Pilates I've definitely noticed that in the winter, when there's ice, or anytime that I am walking down a dewy-wet grassy hill (can you tell that I own dogs?) I've been much more secure. I can slip slightly and then more or less immediately regain my balance and stay upright.

Sean R
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Lauren was absolutely fabulous as our fill-in Monday AM instructor for two weeks. She was full of energy, passion and great ideas for us to try in our class.
I especially loved her attention to detail to ensure we were all in the correct positions in order to obtain the intended outcome of the movement.
What a gem for us and for The Pilates Studio.

Barbara B.
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The Pilates Studio is a delightfully supportive environment that I love being a part of. The instructors are patient and extremely knowledgeable of The Pilates Method. It’s always a ton of fun to participate in classes AND I feel fabulous each time I complete a session. Kudos to Laurie, Katrina and Mark for making the Pilates studio in Hadley such a welcoming place.

Beth M.
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I have had the wonderful experience of working with Suzanne, Katrina and Cathy. All are fabulous — both professional and fun to work with.

I’ve been with Suzanne for almost three years and she doesn’t let me “get by” when I’m feeling lazy! LOVE THIS PLACE.

Anne H.
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Since I started doing Pilates I can balance on one leg to reach for something in a tight spot using my abs to stabilize me and other leg to help balance me!

Erin M.
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Because I've been doing Pilates I'm now able to work in the ICU without tripping over tubes! My patients are safer because my balance is better.

Cindy B.
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Wow, these 9 weeks flew by! I had a blast and it was a great time of year to do this- getting through the winter months. It introduced me to more reformer classes which is what I am doing more of..a total switch from just mat classes since my membership began in 2015

Jennifer U.
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If you are looking for a welcoming place where it will be a joy to work out and get in shape, you've found it at The Pilates Studio! The teachers are so knowledgable, friendly and encouraging. I've been going for a year and plan to keep going for many more!

Sue H.
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Evening reformer classes with Tristan are a must! Jump class on Monday nights and reformer class on Tuesday nights. She is an amazing instructor. She always comes prepared with new exercises to try. A full body work out. I always feel challenged and extremely satisfied with what I have accomplished. Thank you Tristan!

Jennifer U.
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After a back injury I started Pilates as a way to continue to heal when PT had ended. Cathy made me a Pilates convert. I still rely on her a year and a half later. She proved to be someone I could always trust to know what I could do--or shouldn't do. My sessions, from the start, have been enormously helpful and (to my surprise) enjoyable!

Heidi H.
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I started taking pilates in an effort to increase my balance and strength. Working with Kristy has helped with both. On last Friday I was able to complete several balance exercises that would have been difficult prior to practicing pilates. Kristy commented that I was able to perform the most advanced balance exercises she had administered all week.

Cindy M.
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I know my balance has improved since doing Pilates becasue.....I no longer stagger or grab for a chair or the wall when I get up off the floor.

Louise K.
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Since I started my Pilates practice three years ago, I have improved posture, strengthened my spine and have developed balance and overall strength.

I now have a greater sense of overall stability and can perform activities that require a lot more balance and coordination than I used to. I used to wobble all over the place and now I am steady and strong. I can walk around more confidently and feel like all four corners of my feet are securely planted on the ground. I know that my strong core will provide me with the strength and stability to remain balanced as I grow older.

Susan H.
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I have been fortunate to have taken a number of classes with Tristan over the past few months. She is an extremely skilled instructor with a compassionate, warm personality. Her classes are very relaxing, yet you work your core and increase flexibility through her very thoughtful flow of exercises. I highly recommend taking a class with Tristan. You'll be very happy that you did!

Susan H.
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This year I started going to the The Pilates Studio on a regular basis using the 10-20-30 package, focusing on the reformer and it has really been a fantastic experience on many levels. First - my body: after every session I feel more connected to my body, more control over my muscles, and overall just better. Second - the company: all of the teachers are fantastic. Not only are they super knowledgeable and dedicated to helping each individual, but they are fun to be around. I look forward to every session! Third - the people: I didn't come here to make friends, but I have found connection with several individuals that attend the classes with me, and that helps me stay motivated and gives me even more reason to look forward to coming. TPS is a great studio. I recommend it hands-down.

Marla L.
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My balance as definitely improved since I have been doing pilates at the Pilates Studio. I know this because the split leg work I do on the reformer on the floor. I do not shake or feel imbalanced as I did two years ago… I also see balance improvement with the arm work I do on the spring board… particularly the lunge….I am stable. I so appreciate Pilates as does my body… Thank you!

Sherrod P.
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I'm addicted to all the classes and teachers here. I started Pilates while recovering from a serious back injury. Katrina took the time to get to know my body and my goals, and came up with a routine that was safe and more effective than any PT I'd tried. I improved so quickly, and was able to move on to more challenging things to build and maintain my strength, flexibility, and balance. There are options available for lots of different price points, schedules, and learning personalities (focused solo attention or more social group interactions). I've now had sessions and classes with almost all the instructors, and would enthusiastically recommend them to anyone."

Sarah H.
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I can attend 3 classes in a 24 hour period and each one will be different and great! Say, Monday evening with Tristan who has a background in yoga, Tuesday noon with Kristy and her Classical Pilates, and then end it with Katrina (one of the co-owners) who has a wide knowledge of the apparatus Pilates and regularly teaches series for beginners, among other things. And then I can still go for the 5 pm class with Nancy where one never knows what's gonna happen - she likes to take out the Oov, for instance!! OK, so that's actually 4 different Pilates classes in 24 hours in one studio...well I'm sure you get my point; 5 stars, the best.

Peter H.
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Suzanne is a fantastic teacher! Her classes are always challenging and different. She loves to try new things, is kind when correcting our posture, and she always keeps us entertained.

My body is always happy after working with her.

Faye O.
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Nancy’s Barre Class is a blast! Nancy is a great instructor who is highly skilled and has helped me get fit. I highly recommend this class!

Jim H.
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I have been going to The Pilates Studio for several years now and can only say great things. I wish I was more consistent with going, but when I do return I find that the mat and reformer classes all help with my low back and hip tightness. I especially love the atmosphere - I find that those sneaky instructors make my core work double just by making me laugh in nearly every class! The instructors are super knowledgable, and every class seems to have something new or different to keep it interesting. I recommend TPS to nearly every person I talk to who wants a good, balanced workout with fun and creativity. 5 Stars!!

Marla L.
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Of the many benefits to being a regular at The Pilates Studio, the most surprising is that after a couple of years, my spine unfurled to the point that my height now measures an inch taller in my fifties! Polestar Pilates is the best method I have found for getting rid of aches and pains and feeling strong and balanced. All of the instructors here are very gifted and helpful.

Holly F.
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I have done many different types of exercise over the years, but always felt as though something was missing from my practice. Finding pilates and The Pilates Studio in Hadley changed that in many ways. I have become obsessed with pilates and am proof that it can get you stronger, leaner, and more balanced.
All of the instructors here are knowledgeable and make you feel welcome and comfortable. This is a wonderful place to start if you've never tried pilates before, or the best studio to try if you've done pilates in the past. You'll be happy you did!

Susan H.
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Nancy is a terrific Pilates instructor. She's personable, funny and a no-nonsense Pilates woman. She keeps challenging us each week with new exercises and I love it. Thanks Nancy!

Barbara B. C.
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As a woman in my 70s, I am deeply grateful to Pilates for helping me restore and maintain balance and avoid injury. Pilates' vital focus on the importance of balance enables me to move more efficiently and improves functional strength to sustain an active lifestyle at any age.

Cathy P.
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I have been coming to the Pilates Studio for over 5 years, when my son started working with Katrina at the age of 8. He had a congenital spinal defect that was being treated by Shriner’s Hospital with a brace, which he could not tolerate. Katrina worked with him to strengthen his core, and now he is an athletic 14 y.o. who uses his Pilates sessions to condition his body in service of his dream to become a professional soccer goalkeeper.
In the meantime, I attended Pilates with him, strenthening my core to allow me to keep my back in good condition for my career as a dentist, which is notoriously hard on the back and neck.
Recently, we have had the pleasure to also work with Nate, who has worked with me to condition me for my new sport of rowing with the Northampton Community Rowing Center. I had a lot of trouble bending down enough to lower myself into the boat, but through carefully chosen exercises, and supervision of good form, I am now able to lower myself into the boat with control
and ease, and enjoying injury-free rowing.
Thanks to Katrina, and Nate, and the Pilates studio, my son and I are both reaching our goals for fitness and having fun!

Sue K.
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My balance has improved tremendously since taking pilates lessons with Katrina. I am more sure footed and I don't trip as often. My posture has improved which in turn has improved my balance. Strengthening my legs and engaging my core has really helped my balance.

Jill R.
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Nancy’s Barre class is a wonderful all around workout. She makes me feel competent at movements that may be beyond my scope. With its use of weights and the bar it is a nice complement to the classic mat class. Been doing the class for almost 2 years and I feel stronger, more balanced, and more flexible. Nancy is a gem

Nancy D.
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I'd give 6 stars if I could. I've worked with Jenny, Kathy, and Suzanne to rehabilitate after a painful back injury. I couldn't do conventional mat exercises, so they developed a personalized set of exercises I could do on the reformers. Within a month, the pain had largely disappeared. Pilates helped me heal and gain strength; now I'm working on flexibility. I've continued because The Pilates Studio staff is so knowledgeable, professional, and supportive.

Melba J
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Nate has great energy. He always incorporates participants requests and keeps class fresh by showing us new things and utilizing different props.

Jennifer U.
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I take Cathy’s bone density class on Friday mornings, and I just love it! Her course is well structured and moves at a good clip. She is extremely knowledgeable, and like all the other instructors at the Pilates Studio, she knows how to challenge us while giving clear instructions that emphasize safety. She is fun, very supportive, and always attentive to those who need extra help. Most importantly, my body feels great after a class with Cathy. Thank you, Cathy!

Denise R.
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I have been fortunate to have taken a number of classes with Tristan over the past few months. She is an extremely skilled instructor with a compassionate, warm personality. Her classes are very relaxing, yet you work your core and increase flexibility through her very thoughtful flow of exercises. I highly recommend taking a class with Tristan. You'll be very happy that you did!

Susan H.
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Ruth is one of the wonderful instructors at The Pilates Studio in Hadley. I had taken mat classes for more than a year when I decided to try an apparatus class. Ruth was the instructor who welcomed me into her class and paid special attention to me, making sure that I was performing the exercises correctly. She has a very gentle, kind personality and I miss taking her mat classes!

Susan H.
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I am so grateful that my dr. referred me to Katrina and the Pilates Studio. I have had 2 back surgeries and Katrina has been amazing at helping me to work through some fear and apprehension to gain strength again. I totally respect her expertise as she works with so many of us who have our own story working on our individual programs. I take her small group class and have met some great people who are part of the group as well! I have also taken classes with Nate and Kathy - both super! And Kay, another staff person, has been so supportive in understanding both the physical and emotional part of this recovery journey. Everyone is behind you and I'm feeling stronger every day! Thanks, Katrina (and all!)

Carmela P.
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Nancy's sunny attitude (even at 7AM) makes even the most difficult Pilates move seem easy. She ensures everyone is working at his or her own pace, and she's always ready to offer any modifications or suggestions to individualize your experience.

Rosemarie S.
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I started doing Pilates at the beginning of my 2nd Trimester. Friends told me how much Pilates helped them so even though I was exhausted I wanted to give it a try. I loved it from day 1! It was the perfect way to exercise given how low my energy was. Kristy developed a great program for me. I've always struggled with what I call a "sway back" and I was worried about my belly getting bigger and putting a lot of strain in my low back. The Pilates exercises transformed the way I stand! A surprise benefit was that Kristy was able to help me with chronic knee pain I've had since spraining my ankle many years ago. I feel more balanced and comfortable walking and standing for long periods of time! I can't wait continue working with Kristy after the baby is born.

Sarah P.
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Pilates has given me more benefits that I didn't expect, especially better balance, which is important as I get older. I really miss going to the studio for mat and reformer classes, but am so grateful that the online classes--both live and recorded--are available, so I can still do Pilates several times per week.

Judy B.
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Cathy: Thanks for a great bone density class. You are a wonderful teacher.

Denise R.
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We all know how funny Suzanne can be, but importantly she makes corrections to assure that the workouts actually work, even in a group class. She seems to love the jump board and for someone who stopped jumping long ago this activity is a kick.

Margery G.
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I took Ruth's reformer class and was hooked. Ruth is a great instructor and I feel great after her Sunday reformer class.

Jennifer U.
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I thought Pilates was some kind of torture exercise until a friend encouraged me to watch her class. Surprisingly the apparatus wasn't torturous, the exercises made sense and made me want to explore this type of exercise.
Finding The Pilates Studio in Hadley has been just what I needed. I'm fortunate to have Maureen as my introduction instructor and have followed her from small class instruction into the Bone Density Building class.
Maureen is Wicked AWESOME! She explains everything we're doing and why. She's always developing new exercises which keeps us interested and engaged as well as working all parts of our body. Maureen's calming influence and her wonderful "Ahh's", "That's it" and "Good job" are so warm and inspiring.
I have gained strength, am healing my shoulder and feel really good attending Pilates classes. The Pilates Studio is such a warm and inviting place as well.
Thanks, Maureen and staff!

Barbara C.B
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I am new to pilates and have recently begun taking small group reformer classes after my 3 helpful introductory classes with Nate. I can't believe I waited so long! I love the studio, and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Cathy and Kristy have both helped me feel comfortable as a new student and I honestly feel better in my body already! Happy new customer!

Robin D.
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When I first started with Katrina, I oculd barely step onto the floor reformer holding Katrina's hand. Now I can step up onto the regular reformer and do exercises standing up!

Patricia L.
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Of the many benefits to being a regular at The Pilates Studio, the most surprising is that after a couple of years, my spine unfurled to the point that my height now measures an inch taller in my fifties! Polestar Pilates is the best method I have found for getting rid of aches and pains and feeling strong and balanced. All of the instructors here are very gifted and helpful.

Holly F.
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My balance improved dramatically

by taking classes and working

individually with instructors at

Pilates Studio. My ankles, in

particular are stronger and with

small, simple movements, Katrina

taught me to bend my ankles

without straining them. After several

bad sprains and always feeling

vulnerable to another, me and

my ankles have forgotten that

feeling and move without worry.

Early on, I was surprised to realize

how difficult it was for me to do simple

balance exercises like standing on

one foot and closing my eyes.

Pilates made me stronger by showing

me my physical weaknesses in

a way that did not stress me out and,

to the contrary, gave me the strength

I needed to keep working and gain

bodily confidence.

Thank you so much!!

Barbara C.
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Katrina is simply wonderful. Her knowledge of Pilates and ability to teach us how to strengthen and care for our bodies is

remarkable. She’s helped me tremendously in the last four years. I was so concerned about working through my issues but I’ve trusted her from the beginning and always been happy with the results. She is a gem!

Sheilah S.
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Someone just asked me "what keeps you coming to Pilates?" Honestly? RESULTS! No matter what kind of week I've had or how bad my body feels before I come to Pilates, I leave feeling stronger, pain-free and balanced. As I walk out, I literally feel GREAT and believe me, that causes a ripple effect in the Universe 🙂 Just ask my coworkers or the guys at Dunkin' Donuts that hand me my iced coffee through the drive thru and say: "Pilates this morning?" What I have found helpful to motivate me to come back is to book my classes through the phone app one week in advance. If you struggle with self-care guilt, as I sometimes do, just enter it into your calendar as "Meeting with Laurie" or "Weekly meeting with Kay." Only you will know but the Universe will thank you.

Susan D.
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I love my weekly class at the Pilates Studio. Suzanne keeps the exercises varied and tailored to her students. It's a small group so we are able to get a lot of individual attention.

And we laugh a lot too! The Studio is such a great community within our community.

Kate R.
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I am an older client who comes to the Pilates Studio in Hadley to work with an individual trainer twice a week. Generally I do not really feel like going to exercise what with past injuries and arthritis. However, after the first step inside this uniquely friendly Pilates studio I find the warmth and and good cheer of all the trainers, along with the upbeat laughter throughout the studio, begins to make me feel better immediately. By the end of each session I am always so glad I made myself come because I my body feels more capable and I feel thoroughly cheered up. The program my trainer guides me through is tailored to my individual needs and the philosophy of the whole studio is to meet the clients where they are and build from there, no matter what their capabilities. And that includes challenging the already super fit as well as the disabled. I have made more gains in my personal fitness and general feeling of well-being following the Pilates program than any other fitness program I have enrolled in. I enthusiastically encourage anyone to come and learn on their own how the Pilates Studio of Hadley program can enhance their life.

Katie G.
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After 20 years of yoga I decided I needed core strengthening. I was apprehensive because childhood onset scoliosis caused me to be overly protective of my upper body. And then I heard about Katrina. She has made such a difference in my life. The extent of her knowledge and teaching skill is incredibly impressive. Katrina, Laurie and every one on the staff have created such a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere at the studio. I’ve been going there over three years now, private classes, then small groups and now that I know my exercises I’m doing independent sessions. I absolutely love the Pilates Studio!

Sheilah S.
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If you think Pilates is just about abs, you are missing out on so much. The Pilates experience I've had at the Pilates Studio in Hadley is more like whole body wellness and like a form of physical therapy for any age. It's safer than yoga for the body and is making my body stronger and safer in all the activities of life. I kept getting injured with yoga even though I like it. Pilates has been a big help for me - with strength, balance, healing. It has magically helped me improve with dancing and coordination. The teachers at the studio are top-notch. Wow. I love the mat classes and apparatus classes. I like the variety of what they offer.

Val N.
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Not only has my standing balance improved but my dynamic balance has improved since I've been doing Pilates. I can feel that this is one of the many results from having a strong core!!!

Annie S.
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Kay introduced me to pilates and the Pilates Studio about seven years ago. It changed my whole body, my posture, made me much stronger, more agile and balanced, and taught me all kinds of tricks for managing back pain and working out the kinks from hours spent in front of a computer screen. Each class feels like putting myself back together again and it is a glorious feeling. Maybe it is the endorphins, the fabulous teachers, or the friends I've made there, but that feeling keeps me coming back. As the years go by and my body changes, I am still learning, feeling glorious and grateful, after every class at Pilates Studio.

Barbara C.
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I loved the "more than just the core" reformer class. It is very similar to Kristy's standard reformer classes but she gives very detailed cue-ing around the extra core moves she introduces to the class. As with all of Kristy's classes, you are super clear about how to do each part of each move. Yes, it's intense, but let's get real: that's what you are signing up for!! A strong core!! When it's over, you feel tight as a drum and very proud. I'd recommend this class to anyone who enjoys Kristy's reformer classes, or if you are new to the studio, know that we had two new students the day I took the class and they did great!

The next day I felt great, like a car after a tuneup. That surprised me, because I've lifted weights with a trainer before where I couldn't lift my hands to wash my hair in the shower for the whole week following my workout. This isn't that.

Can't wait for next week!

Susan D.
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The Pilates Studio is a fun supportive environment. Everyone who works there does whatever they can to make sure I have the best pilates experience. The equipment is top notch. The instructors are knowledgable, thoughtful and tailor routines to exactly what I need.

Sandy W.
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I know my balance has improved since doing Pilates because.... I can stand with confidence on one foot and perform all sorts of tasks with my arms. It's awesome.

Kate R.
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My husband and I had a semi-private session today with Kristy. Kristy recently joined the staff at The Pilates Studio and is a great addition to a group of very talented instructors. Kristy was quickly able to determine areas that we both needed to work on and taught us exercises that would help us improve on those areas. She encouraged me to push myself and, I have to say, I haven't sweat like that in a long time! She helped my husband with engaging his abs throughout our session, which is challenging for him. Kristy was patient, warm, and caring. She made us feel comfortable with her from the moment we met.
We are both extremely happy that we were able to work with Kristy and look forward to more pilates with her in the near future!

Susan H.
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I’d never tried Pilates before and signed up for a Beginner Series of individual sessions. I was hooked right away and added more individual sessions to keep progressing.
The instructor, Nate, has been incredibly helpful! He is specific in his instruction and always encouraging - exactly what I needed. And he tailors our sessions to address my particular issues and goals. I’m only a few weeks in and already feel better than I used to.
I also signed up for a beginner reformer class as soon as it was offered and am excited to be learning more and doing Pilates more often.
I’m very happy that I started coming here!

Maura O.
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Pilates has helped me stay injury free and has improved my running form so that I can be a more efficient and stronger runner. Nate has given me so many tools that I can take with me when I do independent sessions. His ability to analyze my running form and make small changes to my form has made a huge impact.

Melissa H.
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I have been taking reformer (small group) with a number of wonderful instructors for a number of years. I started with Katrina and Jenny, and now work mainly with Suzanne. I love the fact that there’s nothing routine about what we do during these sessions. The exercises are tailored to your particular issues, and if you suddenly injure yourself while gardening, or playing a sport or instrument, you are given new exercises on the spot that target the problem and help you heal. It is like doing physical therapy and resistance training rolled into one. Actually, I much prefer going to the Pilates Studio than to a regular PT, because instructors at the studio know me well and can gage what I can already do, and what needs improvement. The other very important aspect is the easy-going, friendly, and supportive atmosphere : instructors are highly trained and very professional, but they have a real rapport with clients. People don’t go to the studio to show off. They go there to learn how to overcome physical limitations, seek release from pain, feel stronger and more energetic, regardless of age and ability. In the bargain, we often share stories, jokes, get a good laugh (mainly about ourselves). What’s not to love about this studio?

Denise R.
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