Katrina and Laurie began working at The Pilates Studio in 2001. At this time it was known as Momentum the Pilates Center. Katrina had just moved from New York where she completed the certification program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and upon her arrival began training to teach Pilates. Laurie Johnson was studying to be a Yoga Instructor and initially began her work at Momentum the Pilates Center as an office assistant.
In 2005, Momentum the Pilates Center was purchased and the name was changed to The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts. By this time Laurie earned her certification from the Stillpoint School of Massage Therapy as well as her Pilates Mat and Apparatus teacher certifications. Katrina continued her education by completing the Polestar Pilates rehabilitation program.
Fast forward to 2011…Katrina and Laurie purchase the Hadley location of The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts and change its name to The Pilates Studio. Now their collaborative process continues not just as co-workers but business partners and the community created at The Pilates Studio continues to grow and prosper as a place where people come to exercise, make friends, and have fun.
I skied for the 1st time a few years ago. I was amazed with how great I did. I contribute doing pilates regularly to my success on the slopes!
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.
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.