What Clients Say
Tina: My lower back began to bother me about a year ago. For several months, it was an ache with flare ups from time to time, but I could manage them. Then I had a flare up that didn't respond to my usual helps, like chiropractic care. My chiropractor recommended Kinesis Pilates. I realized that most of my PT had been Pilates exercises and so it made sense to try. I hated being as such a low capacity compared to my typical abilities, but Sophia had a lot of new insights about my body. She helped get to the root of my issues by connecting my trouble all the way back to my scoliosis in childhood. Slowly but surely she helped me tease out all of my little compensations that had collected over time. She was relentless (in a kind but firm way :) ) about my form to help me undo the years of issues. I can't believe how Pilates has helped me- I stand taller, my back naturally adjusts itself, I have incredible core strength supporting me (and I thought I had a strong core before!) and my spine has new, increased flexion. I am so grateful for Sophia's great instruction and insights and for Pilates. I am on my way to being stronger than ever!
Jen: I was injured while working with a personal trainer (the irony!) and was in pain for a year and a half before my MD essentially gave up and as a last ditch effort told me to try Pilates. I found Kinesis and started a long but ultimately successful healing process in conjunction with a fantastic PT. I was wearing a back brace daily when we started, and was in constant agony. I worked one on one with Sophia for months, since I needed so many accommodations. But within two months, I was no longer needing to wear my brace and at nine months I am no longer in constant pain, I can bend forward easily, and I can perform daily tasks without having to load up on painkillers. I'm stronger than I have been in years and have a much better understanding of my body and what kind of movement it needs in order to stay healthy and out of pain. Thank you--you have dramatically improved my quality of life.
Amy: As a physical therapist, I find Sophia's knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to be beyond impressive. She understands the human body and movement patterns in a way that I haven't encountered before. Originally looking for rehabilitation from a disc bulge, I knew that Pilates would be the most "appropriate" first step. But after just 6 private sessions with Sophia, I have completely changed the way I move my body. Not only have I noticed improved posture and habits that have prevented exacerbation of my original injury, but I have also experienced improvement with my chronic hip pain associated with a labral tear. Sophia is gifted in her ability to use both verbal and tactile cues in order to facilitate appropriate movement. I cannot say enough about what Pilates has done for my body!
Celia: I am a practicing therapeutic bodyworker and certified Pilates instructor. Sophia is by far one of the best instructors I have worked with in the fifteen years I have studied Pilates. She is innovative and insatiably curious, which means she is always bringing new considerations to make my practice more successful. I highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about discovering their true movement potential.
Lynsey: Sophia and Kinesis Pilates have changed my life! Before Sophia, I was in near constant pain and had to see an occupational therapist, chiropractor and massage therapist regularly and my quality of life was suffering. In the 6 months since I've been going to Kinesis Pilates, I'm pain free and feel better than I have in years. I no longer have to see an OT and massage therapist. My visits to the chiropractor have significantly decreased. I'm stronger than I've been in years and it has totally been worth the investment. I can't thank Sophia enough for all that she had done to move my life forward.
Dave: One year ago, doctors found a cancerous tumor in my vertebrae that was causing incredible pain. Chemotherapy and radiation addressed the cancer, but did little to alleviate the pain. My doctors encouraged me to try Pilates and luckily, I came across the Kinesis Pilates studio while visiting Stanley Marketplace. Over email, I explained to Sophia what I'd been through, how I hadn't been able to work out in over a year, and that I'd never tried Pilates before. When I received her reply, it put me immediately at ease and I knew I had found the right place. In the time I've been her student, Sophia has helped my posture, increased my core strength, and taught me more about my muscles and body than I ever knew! Best of all, after many months of taking pain killers for my back, I finally do not need any! Pilates has helped my back pain more than any other treatment or therapy. Pilates makes me feel in charge of my health and more energetic, and I look forward to learning more.
Angi: I was ready to change my exercise routine to get some relief from exhausting, high-impact, heart rate monitoring classes to a lower impact option that would strengthen my body and leave me invigorated. I started doing Pilates with Sophia four months ago and I absolutely love it. I love how I feel after taking a class. Thanks to Sophia, I have a new awareness of my posture and what muscles I employ for movement, and I'm able to move in a healthier and more efficient way. Sophia is tremendously knowledgeable, and has been ever so patient and encouraging as I begin my Pilates journey. The studio is gorgeous, and very clean with high quality equipment. If you love classical Pilates, top-of-the-line equipment, and amazing teachers, this is the studio for you!
Laura: With Pilates, and Sophia specifically, I am finally understanding the sources of my chronic back pain. My sciatica pain has been often debilitating for more than half my life. I am so grateful to finally understand how my improper posture and alignment created my back pain. I now feel I have a plan to finally strengthen the correct muscles and realign my hips to cure this problem. Moreover, Sophia is a joy to work with! Her enthusiasm, encouragement, and insane knowledge of the human body make Pilates something that I look very forward to every week.
Jessica: Sophia is a gifted teacher and she has such a deep knowledge of the human body. I quickly found out I was pregnant- with twins- shortly after signing up for private Pilates sessions with Sophia and I know for a fact that I would not have had as smooth a pregnancy without her help. I'm still running after my 2 year old at 35 weeks pregnant! I've gained 57 pounds so far during this pregnancy and I'm so grateful that, with Sophia's help, I've stayed strong and relatively pain free. I'm excited to continue working with her postpartum!
Stephanie: I was a fairly athletic, fit person, and an experienced yogi. I even taught yoga for years and had a regular personal practice. Over the past year, my lower back had been bothering me, with muscle spasms and chronic discomfort. Yoga was no longer helping, and in fact, sometimes was making it worse. I tried massage, chiropractic, dry needling, and nothing was helping. Finally (thankfully!), I started taking private sessions with Sophia and almost immediately I noticed a huge improvement. She was able to quickly identify unconscious postural habits that could be to blame, and every session was custom tailored to help my body re-learn correct ways to move, walk, and stand, using my musculature in the way it was intended. Voila! Now my back is not overworking, and my core, while already strong from exercise, now activates at the right time to handle the load it was meant to. I feel stronger, taller, leaner and all-around healthier. I’m so happy I discovered Pilates through Sophia (I recommend her to everyone!), and I plan to continue Pilates for life!
Nicole: My experience of working with Sophia exceeds all my experiences with past Pilates instructors. She is just wonderful and I can’t believe how much I have improved in our short time together. She is very smart, extremely approachable, cares deeply for others and can tell me exactly what I need to do to engage my core, pelvic floor, etc. and take an exercise out of my neck and back. She has worked magic on my body.
Sherena: As an advanced Pilates practitioner, I absolutely love working with Sophia. I always learn something new and feel invigorated, mind and body, after every session. She can see so much detail in your body and pinpoint areas that can give your movement its maximum depth and potential. She’s very thoughtful and focused in her approach, and her energy and commitment to helping you change and improve your body is incredibly rewarding.
Christina: Sophia has taught me that how you move your body, not just during Pilates but at all times, really does make a difference in how you feel. I’ve been surprised at how what I considered age-related minor aches and pains have completely dissipated despite not actually working on the specific problem. A known problem we have been focusing on is my diastasis that I developed since having 2 kids. Sophia has done a great job at guiding me through exercises to prevent more serious injury and how to heal it! It’s only been two months and there is great improvement. She’s great at showing me how to take what we’ve done in our session and transfer it into everyday life. Sophia is an attentive Pilates instructor and is never just teaching the exercises to get through them, but rather is reminding me to focus on a particular muscle or challenging me when the time is right. She has kept Pilates fun and challenging and I’m always eager for what our next session will entail.
Sarah: As a Pilates novice, everything was new to me - the equipment, the movements, and the philosophy. Sophia is very knowledgeable and has introduced Pilates with enthusiasm and plenty of patience. She provides great visualizations and physical cues to help me engage muscles I've never used. And she tailors workouts to my preferences and keeps it challenging with lots of variation. Working with Sophia has changed the way I carry myself and has improved my strength, posture, and flexibility.
Jen: I decided to try Pilates because I was looking to find a new way to strengthen my core. While I like yoga, integrating variety into my exercise routine keeps me motivated. I took Barre classes for about a year, but I found it to be more harmful than beneficial. The barre exercises seemed to be throwing off my posture and pelvis, which I was offsetting with yoga and chiropractic adjustments. At the end of that year, my posture and pelvis were more unstable than before I started Barre.
Since doing Pilates, I've been able to extend my chiropractic adjustments by about 7-10 days longer between sessions. I feel more narrow and tighter in my core. I probably haven't lost any weight, but I definitely think that Pilates has changed the shape of my body. I've also noticed that my diastasis has gotten smaller. It has been a gradual progression, but when I reflect back on when I first started versus now, I am amazed at how much strength I've gained and how much better I feel about my posture.
Josh: I started Pilates to help me cross train as I prepare for a 120-mile bike ride. I've noticed that doing Pilates 2-3 times a week helps me to be more limber and apply more power evenly when cycling. I've also found that standing at my desk is more comfortable, I feel more balanced, and I'm less stiff when I wake up in the mornings.
Stuart: In addition to her mastery of the Pilates principles, Sophia is a joy to work with and her enthusiasm infectious. She tailored her teaching approach to me, returning each session with enthusiasm as she shared her new ideas and as my ability changed. I really felt like she was working hard in my specific interest and we both enjoyed the resulting success.
I am a brain cancer survivor who received treatment that resulted in sensation loss and neuropathy on my right side of my body, as well as Homonymous Hemianopsia, which means right visual field loss. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I am determined not to let this stop me from continuing to enjoy exercise and the outdoors.
Sophia introduced me to the Pilates principles and I have since regained strength and enough confidence to train for and enter several races this summer, including a Triathlon. Now that I live out East, I only wish that I had more time with Sophia as my teacher and will forever be grateful for what I learned from our time together.
Bruce: I am 66 years old and in good physical condition, but had never taken Pilates. Originally I was hesitant, already being active in gym exercise classes and because of concern for possible back strain, which I have occasionally had in the past. However, the sessions completed so far have been a wonderful experience. My back is more flexible and supple than before, with slight improvement in posture and no back strain. The individual attention to injured or weak areas led to corrective adjustments with several positive benefits. For example, arthritis in my right big toe joint had previously caused me to bear more weight on the outer side of the foot, to the detriment of posture and balance, and eventually resulting in calf strain. Pilates exercises and subsequent adjustments recommended by Sophia have resulted in better balance, weight bearing on feet and confidence in movement. The right calf has healed from its strain and feels great.
Sophia's thoughtful attention and knowledgeable direction has made the entire experience a pleasurable and beneficial one. I highly recommend Classical Pilates to anyone desiring a practice of controlled and focused movement, aided by specialized equipment, which over time results in increased confidence, suppleness and grace.
*The names of some clients have been changed to protect privacy.