Laurie Johnson, Author at The Pilates Studio

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New Class Series for 2020

OUR WINTER CLASS SERIES BEGIN SOON ...

Next Series Series Starts: January 9, 2020

Still Standing

Pilates for balance and fall prevention.

Over this six week series  you will progressively challenge your balance & coordination, as well as strengthen & condition muscles that promote proper gait.

Our Winter Series start January 8th and February 26th

Pilates for Riders

Over the six week series you'll learn ways to improve posture in the saddle, strengthen legs & abdominals and increase hip mobility.

2 Series starting in January

Beginner Reformer

Your instructor will introduce you to all the parts and pieces of the Reformer and teach you exercises that will leave you completely confident to sign up for any of our regular weekly Reformer and/or Reformer/Tower classes.

Our 4 week series starts 1/4/2020

Konnector Reformer

Bring your Reformer workout to the next level. 
The Konnector utilizes a 1 rope pulley system that facilitates full-body integration and stronger core activation in dynamic new ways.

I've been coming to the Pilates Studio for several years. Initially I did mostly mat classes, but more recently I've been participating in small groups, or in Pilates for Riders, or doing independent sessions. I feel that my posture has improved about 200%: standing up straight and not slumping have become the norm for me. I also feel like my sense of balance and my overall fitness--particularly core strength--are way better. Everyone is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They listen to what you want to work on, to what physical issues or limitations you might have, etc., and work with you, pushing you enough to help you improve but not so much that you risk injury or making issues worse.

If I had more than two thumbs I'd put them all up; but I'll settle for giving them five stars!

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Sean R.

We are so fortunate to have a top rate Pilates Studio right here in our little Valley. I love mat classes but the apparatus classes are also very professionally conducted. Mat or apparatus, you feel like they have their eyes on every aspect of your body form, which is critical to avoiding and healing injuries. I’m a physician who has accumulated my share of joint injuries from several types of exercise over the years. At this point, it’s hard to trust anyone with my body. But here, I know these fine teachers have my health in mind every moment of my workout.

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Deirdre C.

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.

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Elaine C.

Beginner Reformer Series

Does the idea of getting to the gym in the New Year leave you feeling.....bleh?

Us too.

That's why we want to ask you this question........

Are you ready to fall in love with your exercise? 

2 Six Week Series start in early January.  

We create and teach goal based classes that give you the workout you need,
to get the results you want,
doing exercise you love.

Important information about our software


For months we have been working very hard with our software vendor, Wellness Living.  We have been letting them know of the problems that we have been having, and communicating all of our frustration on your behalf.  Despite our sincere belief that the issues we have raised should be fixed by the vendor, we could not get them to agree. 

Unfortunately, last week we came to the conclusion with the vendor that we cannot move forward together. While we hoped to work out a short-term agreement with them, the outcome is that we will be switching to a new system within a matter of weeks. 

We realize the timing of this change is unfortunate, especially since we’ve recently been making a push for you to buy packages online. We can assure you, however, that we are working diligently to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and our dedicated staff.  We will be sending out additional information with everything you need to know as we get closer to the transition.  

What Happens Next?


We have determined that the Mindbody system has the right mix of features and ease of use for our client’ needs. Their strong industry reputation, their dedication to continuing to enhance their software over the past few years, and their experience working with larger studios like ours serves to reinforce that belief.  

Mindbody is working with us to transfer all key data in Wellness Living to their system. This will make the transition as seamless as possible, since schedules, purchases, and bookings will be migrated automatically.  For security reasons we cannot migrate credit card data. We will be closing our credit card processing account with Wellness Living and opening a new one with Mindbody. Your credit Card information will be reentered at your next transaction and we will work closely with you to make that process as simple as possible. 

How Does This Effect Me Today?

For now there is nothing for you to do.  For the next two weeks you will continue using Wellness Living as you have been.  We will send further emails and post details of action steps that need to be taken in the future.  We will also be available to show you everything you need to know about the new software when the time comes.  

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please direct them to Katrina.  She will be will be handling all of your questions, which will allow Laurie and Mark to focus on the transition of our software system. 




Plingo

You've just gotten into your fall routine.  After a hectic summer you're back to your regular Pilates routine and you feel GREAT! It's amazing how tall and strong you feel when you do Pilates 3-4x a week.  

But now the holidays. They come faster every year.  There's  4pm darkness, holiday travel, school events, work parties, snowy weather..it goes on.  Your Pilates routine slips. 

We get it. That's why we play PLINGO in November!

All you need to do to play is get your Plingo card at the studio.  Do what the card says (i.e take a mat class, do Pilates on a Monday, Try a new instructor, etc).  Not only will you stay on track but you'll have a blast doing it.  PLUS: You could win a $500 studio credit!

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Nate Olson Pilates Instructor

Nate Olson NCPT

Pilates Instructor

Nate Olson credits the Pilates method with reversing the ill effects of a sedentary lifestyle and helping him return to healthy movement and physical fitness.  

As a Polestar certified Pilates instructor, he takes great satisfaction in guiding others along the same path towards health and wellbeing.


Nate calls himself an "all-around" runner who enjoys exploring different distances from sprints to the half marathon. Lower leg injuries in high school put him off running for many years,  but he started running again as part of a "life reboot" coinciding with his introduction to Pilates.

He realized that healthy movement was a big part of what he was missing, and that the forward motion of running helped him in all aspects of my life. Feeling firsthand the changes that the Runity method produced in his running mechanics was what interested him to become a Runity coach.

The emphasis on helping runners of all ages and abilities is what he appreciates most about the Runity program.  The relationship between Pilates and running has helped him better understand the biomechanics involved in running, and provided invaluable cross-training to improve flexibility, posture and body awareness.

Leave Nate a Review!

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

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Jennifer U.
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Jennifer U.

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

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Melissa H.

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.

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Carmela P.

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!)

Kristy Powell Pilates Instructor

Kristy Powell

Pilates Instructor

Kristy is classically trained and comes to The Pilates Studio with over fifteen years of Pilates-teaching experience.

She began her instructor training while in her first year at the College of Charleston after returning from Budapest, Hungary, where she trained with the Hungarian National Ballet.

Kristy completed a rigorous two-year classical Pilates certification, rich in anatomy and bio-mechanical mindfulness, with Karen Sanzo of Pilates Unlimited in Dallas, Texas. 

Kristy enjoys teaching a wide variety of bodies, abilities, and life stages, including persons with acute or chronic injury, various physical limitations, athletes, pre- and post-partum persons, those with specific physical goals in mind, and those with a simple desire to move mindfully and sweat.

Since becoming a certified Pilates instructor, Kristy has facilitated multiple full-apparatus and Mat instructor certification programs, educating classical Pilates instructors who now teach both regionally around the northeast and internationally. Additionally, Kristy created a Pilates curriculum for asthmatics in partnership with researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine. She developed the professional instructional video that was used as the primary intervention method in this study. Kristy has also pursued various opportunities for continuing education to deepen her specialization in pelvic-floor rehabilitation and the post-partum body.

Kristy approaches every Pilates session she teaches open and curious about how her clients will arrive, settle, and develop over the shared hour. She holds a profound reverence for both the space she shares with her clients and her clients’ dedication and commitment to their personal wellness. Kristy especially appreciates the therapeutic aspects of Pilates (she holds a Master of Counseling). She knows Pilates to be physically transformational through her own rehabilitation after an ankle injury ended her professional ballet career. Having been an instructor of Pilates ever since this injury (and a practitioner of Pilates since she was 13), Kristy intimately knows the ways in which Pilates meets a body where it is at, always providing room for growth, healing, and transformation. 

Leave Kristy a Review!


Cindy M.

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.


Denise Tourangeau

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


Susan D.

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!

New Prices & Payment Policies

Hello and Happy Fall,

 We hope that your fall is getting off to a great start! We have some important updates to share with you today, as we continue to make sure you have the best possible Pilates experience.


Update on Rates

Like all businesses, we periodically need to adjust our prices due to higher costs. Things like studio supplies, utilities, and rent have become more expensive over the past couple of years. In order to maintain a thriving studio with great classes, instructors, and equipment we need to raise our prices. New pricing will begin to go into effect on October 15th. The changes are detailed on our website (http://thepilatesstudioinhadley.com/2019priceincrease/) and we’ll also have information available in the studio.

 

To make this adjustment easier for you, we have decided that our prices will remain at the current rates until Jan. 1, 2020 when booking online or via the appWe have worked hard to make it easy and convenient for you to book sessions and classes as well as make payments online from your computer, tablet or phone and we want to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with these tools! We have recorded very short tutorials that will help you step by step here.

 

There are a couple of other benefits of booking and paying online. First, it allows our instructors to spend more time focusing on the great Pilates work they do with you, rather than administrative tasks. It will also give you more control about when you want to pay for your upcoming visits. And you know that traffic jam at the front desk at the end of every hour? Well, we think that’ll go away, too, as more people take advantage of our online tools!!

 

To quickly recap the pricing changes:  

Update on Payment Policy

We want our instructors to focus 99% of their time on serving you rather than on administrative tasks that take them away from caring for you. One area we’ve identified over time as a distraction from customer service is related to our payment policies. So we are making some changes to our payment policies to streamline our service to you. 

 

  1. Unpaid Visits: Unpaid visits will be now be charged as a single class/session. They cannot be included in a package. This policy change will be effective as of October 15, 2019. 
    1. For example, Jamie forgot her wallet and can’t pay for Tuesdays visit.  When she comes next week she will need to pay full price for that class or session.  
    2. To help you keep track of when you need to renew a package, you will receive reminder emails when your package is running low, giving you plenty of time to keep your packages current.  Notifications will be sent: 
      1. When there is 1 class/session left, and
      2. When there are 0 classes/sessions left, and
      3. When the package is expiring in 60, 30 days and 10 days
  2. We will now offer Auto-Renew for your purchases through the website and online app.  This convenient feature sets packages to automatically renew when they expire or when all of the sessions/classes have been used up. 
    1. Auto renew requires a credit card be stored on the client’s account in our secure studio management software.
    2. You have complete control to turn auto-renew off or on at anytime by updating a simple setting in your profile. 
    3. By using auto-renew you will always get the best discount on package prices.
    4. If any of your packages are coming up on their expiration date (a year from purchase) you will be notified 3 times via email or text message, depending on what notification preferences you have set in your account.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support of The Pilates Studio! We love being able to serve you as you become stronger, more balanced, and healthier!! This community makes our job so fulfilling and delightful - we are forever grateful for you. 

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Katrina and Laurie

PS: There will be no changes to our 10 20 30 Challenge for the time being.  If you want the absolute best class rates and amazing results be sure to check it out here

Cathy Lawlor Pilates Instructor

Cathy Lawlor PT, NCPT

Pilates Instructor

Cathy started at The Pilates Studio as a client to focus on “fitness for my fifties” and became totally enamored by her movement experiences in the studio.  As a result she participated in the Polestar Teacher training to become a Pilates Instructor.

Cathy is a physical therapist with more than 25 years experience who has added Pilates Instructor to her resume.  Her physical therapy experience ranges from early intervention and pediatric PT (primarily in school settings), to adults with intensive developmental challenges, to Rehab PT in a long term care facility. Cathy has also worked as a full time parent, classroom volunteer, parent aide, and “ultimate” mom – many times taping injuries on the sidelines, among other things.

Cathy believes that every physical therapist should have exposure to Rehab oriented Pilates.  She loves the mind and body connectiveness of the Pilates method makes for a positive whole body movement experience.  Cathy looks at her clients with an eye for rehab – whether to improve postural alignment, strength and flexibility, or body awareness, to relieve pain, or to prevent future injury.  She always wants her clients to walk out the door feeling more aware of their whole body – and just better in general!

In her free time, you will find Cathy out on her kayak, walking her young pup Gracie, busy with a small photography business, helping to support a small school in Haiti, or traveling to see her three children who are spread around the country.

“My personal goal is to “move” through life embracing age gracefully with enthusiasm and a sense of humor.”  Cathy believes this is possible with Pilates in her life. She hopes to share this goal with all her clients wherever they are in life’s journey.

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Tristan Diaz Pilates Instructor

Tristan Diaz NCPT

Pilates Instructor

Tristan started practicing Pilates to address an injured hip and to help with chronic pain it also gave her an incredible sense of well-being.

She was so passionate about the positive, healing effects Pilates had on her body and mind that she decided to train as a Pilates instructor and share those benefits with others as well as her patients.  

Her goal is to work with clients of all levels and support them in their journey towards wellness.

As a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Holistic Nurse Coach, Tristan is a strong believer that the best medicine for pain is movement.

Classes with Tristan focus on awareness, proper alignment, flexibility, and strength and being present.  By practicing deliberate presence in Pilates, we begin to automatically have more presence in all of our activities and interactions thus making life not only less stressful but the rich, beautiful experience we are intended to have!  

Be assured that you’ll be challenged, have fun, and leave feeling invigorated and inspired and maybe a little taller!!

 Tristan lives in Northampton loves cycling the scenic rolling hills of the Pioneer Valley, yoga, hiking, traveling and living a healthy lifestyle.  Tristan continues to work full-time as an RN Case Manager practicing holistic wellness, Functional medicine, and lifestyle management for the elderly population to assist them to maintain function, maintain independence and to be able to enjoy a full life as they age.


Trainings & Certifications:

Registered Nurse

500+ hour Polestar Pilates™ Comprehensive Teacher training

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher


Board  Holistic Nurse Coach

Certified Nurse Case Manager

Leave Tristan a Review!

At four-months post hip replacement surgery, Tristan’s restorative class is helping me to ease back into Pilates classes. The class is a perfect mix of stretch and strength.

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Susan H.

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!


Jennifer U.

I always look forward to Tristan's classes. Great way to start out the work week. The classes have a great flow and I always feel challenged. Thanks Tristan


Jennifer U.

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!

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