Testimonials | The Pilates Studio, Hadley, MA
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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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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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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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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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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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The folks at the Pilates Studio are skilled, caring, and passionate about what they do. We're lucky to have them in our community!

Katherine G.
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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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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 can tie my shoe, one foot at a time, standing in one leg.

It’s true!

Deidre C.
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I pulled something deep in my hip joint at the gym and over the next year pain developed in my knee. I had PT twice a week for three months and nothing changed. I came to the Pilates studio and after 1 session with Katrina the pain was much reduced, after 2 sessions i was pain free. I have continued to work with Katrina and in partnership with her have learned so much about how I move and use my body. She is so very smart and kind!

Anat W.
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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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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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I recently took a reformer class with Nancy. She was fantastic at explaining exactly what to do, and providing help and encouragement. Importantly, she made us laugh during the class. I would definitely take her class again. The next day I could feel the work that I did in her class, and overall I felt looser in my hips. If you have any question about taking her class...don't! She's wonderful!

Marla L.
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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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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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Just coming back from a week of vacation in the sun. My body was aching to get back on my Pilates Reformer machine more than walking in the sand! Now that’s saying something! I love Pilates!

Patricia L.
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If you are looking for a professional, caring, safe, and nurturing place to work on flexibility, core strength, and stamina, look no further!!!!

Jennifer E.
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Working with Kay during bone density reformer class is so good for me! My balance and strength continue to improve as does my body image. So empowering!

Patricia L.
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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 have been coming to the Pilates Studio for a relatively short time, but from my first 1:1 class with Katrina and now attending small group sessions, I am so impressed with how knowledgeable she is about addressing issues with the body in such a kind and caring way. It's very obvious that the staff at the studio care deeply, not only about the health of people, but also about the environment. Thank you!

Laura V.
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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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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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Pilates has improved my balance so much that now I can stand on one foot and tie my shoe!

Jennifer M.
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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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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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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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Cathy is fun, very supportive, and always attentive to those who need extra help. Most importantly, my body feels great after a class with her. Thank you, Cathy!

Denise R.
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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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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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My weekly Reformer class work has inspired me to devote an hour daily to core and balance exercises. The results are obvious!

Nancy L.
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5 Stars for Cathy!! My daughter and I did introductory semi-private lessons with Cathy. We both have different issues and she has been very attentive and helpful to us both. After the Christmas holidays are over, we will discuss where to go next-continue with semi-private lessons or enroll in some classes.Cathy is knowledgeable, skillful, patient, and personable. I'm hoping to continue with her!

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

Jane T.
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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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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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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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Increasing my core strength through Pilates has stabilized me and improved my balance.

Julie A.
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All of them are in my box of chocolates! Each person gives their all at every session and encounter, from a warm welcome, to cheering us on, modifying exercises while still empowering, and a hearty goodbye! They all hold a special place in my heart.

Patricia L.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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I can do the tree pose for days! Thanks, Pilates Studio!!

Caroline Y.
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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 is fantastic at explaining exactly what to do, and providing help and encouragement. She's wonderful!

Marla L.
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I work with Katrina Hawley at The Pilates Studio and I am always impressed with her knowledge, skill, and expertise. No matter the issue, she can address it! The workouts are fun and I know I'm working intelligently and efficiently with her guidance. In addition, The Pilates Studio is a warm and welcoming environment with a wonderful sense of community. I highly recommend The Pilates Studio!

Fritha P.
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Holly rocks! She is incredibly knowledgeable and designs excellent workouts that are creative and that provide exercises you can work on outside of the studio. She is patient, thoughtful, and funny and has made a significant and continuing impact on our overall wellness!

Ellen 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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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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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.
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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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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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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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My small group lesson is great. Each person has their individual program to work on, and every week our instructor sets a unique challenge for each of us. I find I can now do things I never thought I'd be able to do!

MJ
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started Pilates last year in recovery from a herniated disc and sciatica, upon recommendation from a number of people including my sports medicine doc. Wow, what a life changing event--and I don't mean the back injury. I've had low-grade back pain for ~30 years since starting martial arts practice in my 20's, and my back is now better than it's been since before then! Katrina has helped me really understand how my body works and moves, and I quickly got back to my routines in dance, rock climbing, splitting wood, etc.--and general embracing of my physical life--even better than in the past. My regular workouts on the Pilates apparatus at the Hadley studio are a fixture in my life, and occasional series of independent sessions with Katrina help me on my path toward continued improvement in feeling good and moving strong and free.

And one more thing: the studio is so wonderfully laid out and managed, with such attention to detail, that it's a pleasure just be there. I feel very taken care of!

Bobby D.
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The Pilates Studio is fabulous! All of the staff are highly knowledgeable and supportive in achieving fitness goals. I have come so far the past two years that I have been working out here!
Having arthritis can be a challenge but there is always a modification available. Exercises I couldn’t do, I can now! My pain is much reduced, bone density has improved as well as my strength and confidence!

Patricia L.
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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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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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My improved balance is noticed most when doing my daily 2 mile hike in the woods each day. I was stumbling and falling way to much to totally enjoy myself out there plus I’d never look up because I knew I’d probably stumble again. What I noticed is that I’m looking up as I walk and don’t stumble! If I do catch a root and trip, I immediately am able to catch my balance before I hit the ground... but it just doesn’t happen anymore.... I love Pilates! It has improved my quality of life.

Lee O.
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i give thanks every day that The Pilates Studio and all its instructors are such caring , competent and gifted people. They keep me strong and help me get stronger get as I TRY to age with grace!!

Lauren K.
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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'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!

Sean 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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Took my first classic Pilates class and it was real 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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Laurie and Katrina: Great job, ladies! You are both a source of inspiration.

Denise R.
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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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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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Suzanne manages to consistently give us a well-balanced class in a creative natural way which always changes things up to challenge us with something new. Not only does she do this with a light touch and a wonderful sense of humor, so that everyone feels comfortable, but she manages to “correct our mistakes” without making us feel singled out. She truly seems to be having a good time and so do we, her loyal students.

Susan M.
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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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I'd give 6 stars if I could. I've worked with Jenni, Cathy, 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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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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Kristy has over 15 years of Pilates teaching experience. After completing a rigorous two-year classical Pilates certification, rich in anatomy and bio-mechanical mindfulness she has facilitated multiple full-apparatus and Mat instructor certification programs, educating classical Pilates instructors who now teach both regionally around the northeast and internationally.

Kristy has also pursued various opportunities for continuing education to deepen her specialization in pelvic-floor rehabilitation and the post-partum body.

Kristy Powell Classical Pilates Instructor, Pre/Postnatal Specialist
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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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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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Pilates has changed my life, and changed my body! It helped me build strength after an injury and it continues to target age-related issues of balance and flexibility. The focus on breathing also contributes to relaxation and renewed energy. The Studio offers a variety of apparatus and mat classes with a knowledgeable and encouraging staff. The warm and welcoming atmosphere - along with results - has kept me coming back over and over for the past six years!

Karen S,
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I know doing Pilates has improved my balance because nine months ago I was rubbish at bird dogs (being on hands and knees and reaching opposite arm and leg long). I could hold them for about 5 seconds and wobbled all over. Now I can hold them for 30 seconds and my form is good!

M.J. M
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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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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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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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One of my favorite instructors is Cathy. She is super knowledgeable and caring and her reformer classes really push you to get strong fast. Being in a class led by Cathy feels like you're with a team of perfectly choreographed athletes... quiet, focused and moving fluidly from one exercise to the next. It is both meditative and active and I leave feeling strong, balanced and confident. Thank you, Cathy!!

Susan D.
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I started Pilates not long after I found out I was pregnant- I had been planning on it before but could never seem to find the time. I'm so glad I did! Pilates is by far my most favorite type of exercise. I actually look forward to going (rather than looking forward to be done). The instructors at The Pilates Studio adapted and challenged me appropriatly has my belly grew and body changed. I was doing session up until 3 days before I went into labor! My OBGYN even allowed me to return to Pilates before 6weeks postpartum because she knows and trusts these instructors. I safely got working on strengthening my pelvic floor. More than anything- Pilates postnatal is helping with my upper back which is so sore from breast feeding.

Ashely K.
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Kristy is a great addition to the studio. Though she's a new face here, she's clearly very experienced at practicing and teaching Pilates. She brings a great amount of knowledge and different perspective to her classes and private sessions. She's very friendly, enthusiastic, and supportive. Her classes and private sessions have given me lots of wonderful tips to take into every time I practice, highlighting the specifics of the breath, rhythm, and target area for every exercise. She always manages to fit a lot of movement of all different types into each session, and leave me feeling like I've had a wonderful workout.

Sarah H.
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Suzanne: I love your new bone density class. You are the best!

Denise R.
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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!

Jennifer U.
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have been going to The Pilates Senter for a VERY long time, close to 12 years (before Laurie and Katrina took over and really made the studio the fabulous place it is today). When I was 50 I looked at other people I knew who were older than I , and asked how they kept so strong and fit and they said "Pilates". I had severe sciatica at the time and both a life and career that kept me
on my feet pretty much 12 hours a day. It was clear Pilates was the way I needed to go! From those first days working with Laurie, and then Katrina -and fast forwarding through lots of life and body changes which included a near fatal car accident 2 years ago at the age of 60, I have never been more grateful than I am today for the expertise and genuine care taken by all the practitioners at the Pilates Studio and most especially Katrina. Yes, it is very expensive! But having a body that can continue to work, and continue to gain strength, despite injury and illness is worth more than most things that one has to spend money on. I have modified what classes I take and how often I can take them over the years, to work around the ever changing finances. But I also respect so much Laurie and Katrina's continued commitment to grow (both through education workshops, classes for teachers and clients, improving and upgrading equipment regularly and attention to community outreach and resourcing ) that I know the money I spend is going to the right places. Thankyou, you know how much I value you all. Lauren

Lauren K.
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I have been working with Katrina who I call a miracle worker. Katrina is very knowledgeable and skilled and has worked with me to help with my back issues. She modifies the workout as necessary and teaches me how to do each exercise correctly.

I always leave my session either small group or private feeling better and stronger. Thanks Katrina.

Elaine 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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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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Because I've been doing Pilates I know I will have more stability and be less vulnerable to injury from falls in the winter.

Sarah T.
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The best possible instructors,knowledgeable understanding of complex physical issues.

Sonya T.
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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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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 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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Combining work on the OOV and in Building Strong Bones reformer classes
made it possible for me to balance in passé after 40 years of ballet!

Sarah B.
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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 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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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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