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How long are your Sessions and Classes?

Officially Sessions are 50 minutes, and Classes are 50-60minutes. This allows for Instructors to unspecified-42schedule future Sessions, and take payments. Most of the time, after you settle up with your instructor, you are welcome to stay after and use available space in the studio to stretch, or complete your workout.

If you arrive and your instructor is still working with another client feel free to get started.

Will I always see the same Pilates instructor?

unspecified-11The Pilates Studio encourages working out with a different Pilates instructor from time to time to keep your workout fresh, challenging and exciting but for the most part you will be scheduled with the same instructor. When you first come to the studio for Sessions we will pair you up with a Pilates instructor based on your availability, background and goals. Occasionally you might have a substitute but your main instructor will arrange that with you ahead of time. Very rarely, will you have a surprise substitute for a Session and you always have the option to reschedule.

Our staff works as a tight knit team.  All of our Pilates instructors are trained and certified through Polestar Pilates so there is a consistent language amongst them when it comes to Pilates.  On a weekly basis our instructors share and work together on case studies, and continuing education. While you may be working with one particular instructor you will always have the whole team supporting you. Each instructor came to The Pilates Studio with her own unique background, experience and specialties.  Scoliosis? Ask for Jenni. Athlete? Ask for Kay. Horseback rider? Ask for Suzanne. Neck problems? Ask for Ruth. Dancer? Ask for Maureen or Ivy. Yogi? Ask for Nancy. Cross Fitter? Ask for Holly.

What is the difference between Sessions and Classes?

The Pilates Studio offers Private, Semi-Private, Small Group and Independent Sessions-, which are scheduled by appointment, and Group Mat and Group Apparatus Classes, which happen on a regular weekly basis (only some of which you need to sign up for).

pilates sessionDuring Sessions clients work on their own individualized program or workout- even if they are sharing an instructor.  These programs are workouts are based on the client’s goals, injuries, and how their body is feeling on any given day.  Sessions typically utilize the Pilates Apparatus however some clients choose to focus on just Pilates Mat work.  To do Sessions we strongly recommend starting with The Introductory Package (3 Private Sessions).





pilates reformerDuring Apparatus Classes clients will do a more generalized workout geared towards the group.  All exercises
can be modified or varied in case of limitations, injuries, etc.  Apparatus Classes include Reformer Classes,  Apparatus Circuits and Oov Classes. You’ll notice on our schedule that some of these have even more specific focuses such as Reformer: Building Bone Density and Apparatus Circuit for Runners.  It is required that you sign up for all Apparatus Classes as each class as limited space.  You can sign up through our online schedule or by calling or emailing the studio.  Our 24 cancellation policy applies to Apparatus Classes.




pilates matMat Classes happen in our downstairs studio and include Mixed Level Pilates Mat, Barre Sculpt, Fletcher Fusion, ByoBaby and more.  You can drop into these classes at anytime although it is recommended that you always check our online schedule before coming in case there is a rare class cancellation.  Mat Classes may use small props such as the log, hand weights, the resistance band and circle.




We offer a variety of ways you can use our studio.  Anyone on The Pilates Studio staff can help you find the best way to use the studio for your goals, schedule and budget.  Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

I’ve never done Pilates before, where should I start?


Ideally you would start with The Intro Package. This is a series of 3 private sessions scheduled by appointment. The first session is a complete assessment so your instructor can design a program specifically for you. Whether you are rehabbing an injury, starting Pilates because your friend recommended it, wanting to learn a workout you can do at home, or preparing for group classes the Intro Pack is for you. Some people don’t know what they want out of it, but you’re instructor will help you figure that out.

Pilates and Men

Pilates is excellent for the Fitness, Wellness, and Movement goals of men.That is all there is to say!

Pilates increases flexibility, and flexibility prevents injuries. Pilates increases strength and strength makes activity easier. Pilates is great for cross training so that the activities you love to do continue to be possible without injury. Pilates is Hard and anybody that tries to say differently is wrong!

Now is a good time to mention that Pilates was a boxer and a gymnast. That he developed his method while working in a rehabilitation hospital during World War I.

Whether you are a professional athlete or you simply want to stay ambulatory late into your life, call the Pilates Studio, make an appointment and discover why Pilates is great for men.


Pilates and Golf

Does your back hurt after your golf game? Do you wish you had more rotation in the swing? Do you wish it were easier to lug the clubs around?

“Think of the Golf swing as an efficient machine. Each part of it depends upon the other parts; if one part is functioning incorrectly the other part will be affected. But working together they deliver the same effective results time after time. This is your objective. Build the most efficient machine you can. You’ll be surprised how much more enjoyable the game will be if you do.” Julius Boros – Swing Easy Hit Hard

Now the question is: How am I supposed to know which body part isn’t functioning correctly?

At the Pilates Studio, you can get a postural assessment and movement assessment that focuses on your golf swing. Your instructor will help you find the kinetic chains to find the most power in the swing. Then your instructor will create a workout designed just for you and your specific Golf swing.

Does your back hurt after your golf game? Do you wish you had more rotation in the swing? Do you wish it were easier to lug the clubs around?

Whatever your goals the Pilates Studio can help you achieve and improve your game!

The Pilates Studio is lucky to have instructor Kay Cowperthwait, her extensive history with Golf includes being an assistant coach for the Amherst College women’s golf team. Now as a Pilates instructor at the Pilates Studio she is able to combine both worlds.

Pilates and Dance

While Joseph Pilates was a boxer and a gymnast and began developing his work in the hospital for injured soldiers, when he immigrated to the United States the first people that he started training were the modern dancers of the Martha Graham Company.

It is well known that the stronger the dancer the easier she makes dancing look, and PILATES makes dancers stronger.

Pilates increases flexibility for all of the extensions that are necessary, but more than that Pilates creates stability in the standing leg so that the dancer can extend one leg into the air in perfect balance. Now let’s mention the power necessary to propel dancers through the air. Whether they are being lifted or doing the lifting. The power of the jump or leap requires an understanding of kinetic chains both bodily and intellectually.

A Pilates Practice can make any dancer find the efficiency necessary to improve her art. The power will be there so that the depth of the performance grows and each concert is appears easier.

The Pilates studio has Katrina Hawley has a B.F.A in dance from Temple University and is adjunct faculty at the Hartt School Dance Division. She says there is no better performer than the educated dancer. The dancer that knows her posture and can articulate what her body is doing in each movement. She loves to teach dancers and help them discover with movement and learning what their body already knows.

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