Testimonials | The Pilates Studio, Hadley, MA
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I have been doing Pilates regularly, on a weekly basis, for about 12 years, and I found it very helpful with a pain management. It's not only cheaper than co-pay at physical therapy, it is more fun and social. For my physical issues, it definitely works better than yoga did, I like the focus on mobility and toning and general tips for daily functioning. So yes, that's why I usually go for 2x a week at the Hadley Pilates Studio. The knowledgeable & friendly staff helps, too!

Peter H.
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Nothing like starting a snowy Monday with Pilates and Nancy! Great class....I feel ready to hit the slopes!

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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I’m an athlete and always have been and Pilates is the only fitness regime I’ve ever done that has truly toned my body and made me more flexible by working those smaller muscles that tend to be forgotten about!

Tenielle L.
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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 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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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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As I walked the ancient Inca trail in Machu Picchu to the Sun GatePass this October I kept saying to my walking mates “Thank God for my Pilates Bone Density classes”. What a difference in my strength and agility.

Thanks much!

Barbara B.C.
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I had a private session today with Kristy. It was just what I needed! She introduced me to some new exercises in order to challenge me. She gave clear, helpful cues and pushed me to reach my full potential. Working with Kristy will definitely help to improve my performance and inner-confidence that I am doing each exercise correctly in order to achieve maximum benefits from my pilates practice.

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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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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I cannot say enough in how impressed I am with the Pilates studio and its instructors. I ;have been going to classes with Katrina and feel they have truly helped my back pain. Most importantly they have taught me proper breathing techniques and made me aware of how important balance and core strength are. The groups are very friendly and the advice from the instructors most helpful. Marilyn L.

Marilyn L.
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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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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'd like to thank Suzanne for working with me over the last few years. She's a wonderful instructor and her classes are always enjoyable. Her expertise, caring and humor make each class a great experience!

Anne Z.
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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.

Alison S.
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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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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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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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I know my balance has improved since doing Pilates because....I can put on my underweat better! I can stand on one foot without wavering.

Judy D.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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've been fortunate to have taken a number of classes with Tristan over the past few months. She is an extremely skilled instructor with a warm, compassionate personality. Her classes are relaxing, yet will strengthen your core and increase flexibility. I highly recommend taking a class with Tristan. You'll be very happy that you did!

Susan H.
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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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Nancy-Thank you for always pushing your 7am team to be better each week. You change up the routines and bring new challenges weekly for us to grow and become better. You make getting up at 5:30 easy!

Stephanie A.
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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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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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10 20 30 was such a great program for me and it came at a perfect time, when I thought I'd be way too busy to do it. I now realize that we always think we're way too busy and I now know how many classes are offered. I just love these incentive-based, game like programs you are coming up with! Keep on keepin' on!

Marla L.
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Hip alignment and muscle response has improved my balance and makes landing harder figure skating jumps with more ease on that 1/8” blade!

Lexi B.
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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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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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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.

Deirdre C.
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My core strength and balance has improved immensely since I started PIlates two years ago.

I can stand on one leg at at time and balance myself with confidence. Yeah! Could not have done that two years ago.

Having taken up golf again and I noticed I have more stability in my swing and power.

Too bad I didn’t know about lowering my shoulders years ago. That would have saved me from a lot of pain across my neck and shoulders over the years.

Such a little thing but what a difference.

THANKS to THE Pilates Studio I have more energy and more awareness about my body.

Barb C.
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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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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 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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Cathy: Thanks for a great bone density class. You are a wonderful teacher.

Denise R.
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I moved from NYC and was sad to leave my pilates instructors there, but I'm so happy I found such a good new pilates home here. I've done private sessions, small groups, and classes with almost all of the instructors, who all have uniquely effective ways to help me improve my posture, strength, flexibility, and stability. I've never seen or used such a diverse collection of equipment and props, or a group of teachers so eager to invent new ways to benefit from them all. There's a great sense of friendly community spanning all ages and fitness levels, and I'm always excited to walk in the door.

Sarah H.
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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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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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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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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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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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The Pilates Studio rocks! The instructors are very skilled and the variety of class offerings is excellent. This is a very welcoming place for students of all levels. I absolutely love it there!

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

Denise R.
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I love Barre class. Sarah’s an excellent and inspiring teacher. Even for those of us with REALLY TIGHT hamstrings!

Wendy W.
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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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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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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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Nothing like starting a snowy Monday with Pilates and Nancy! Great class....I feel ready to hit the slopes!

Marla L.
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The Pilates Studio is a wonderfully accepting environment for people of all fitness levels. The instructors are so good at working with you and helping you figure out the best approach for your goals!

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

Julie A.
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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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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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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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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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I have been going to The Pilates Studio in Hadley for about 2 years now. This place is phenomenal! I try to do Pilates 5 to 6 times per week and this place offers many options and classes to keep it fresh and to challenge me as my skills improve. I have learned so much about Pilates and myself since finding this very special studio.

Jim 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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