I began studying Pilates with Karen Horvath about four years ago. After my very first session I became hooked on both the method and the teacher! After decades of high and low impact aerobics classes and weight training sessions, I had developed aching knees, painful shoulders, and a troubled back. I was losing flexibility and core strength due to the limitations resulting from these injuries. Thanks to twice weekly private sessions with Karen, I feel that I have been rehabilitated. Well trained in and mindful of the Pilates principles of movement, she offers perfectly tailored sessions, taking into consideration the specific needs, strengths and limitations one brings to each class. Joseph Pilates would have been thrilled to see his method interpreted with such clarity, dedication and enthusiasm. It is thanks to superb teachers like Karen that his method continues to thrive. -RB, Washington, CT
When I began training with Marion, I was a complete beginner, and totally new to Pilates. I am thrilled to say that the sessions I’ve had have been wonderful! Marion’s relaxed and professional style and total familiarity with all the exercises and equipment are simply terrific. Marion has taken me through everything from beginner Mat classes to Pilates on the Ball, the Exo chair, and now many advanced exercises on the Reformer. I continue to be struck with how Marion tailors each session to what I need most, allowing for a very fluid but results-packed outcome. I am very happy with how I am feeling and highly recommend Marion Cooper as a Pilates trainer, as well as a talented group instructor at Mind-Body Connection! - Lisa Evans, Bethel CT
I started with Marion during an incredibly stressful period of time. I found her ability to take my mind off of my stressors through a series of relaxation exercises, followed by some challenging core movement, enabled me to step outside myself and focus on being present to a healthier me. Her ability to gage what I needed, and either push me harder or focus more on relaxation, made the workouts a terrific break in my routine. I found her knowledge of the body and its connections a great education as well. I highly recommend spending time either taking a class or splurging for an individual session with her! Lisa Ellis, Cos Cob CT
"Gretchen's upbeat, relaxed teaching style was exactly what I needed when trying Pilates for the first time. I had spent years as a college athlete and after graduating I was looking for a way to stay in shape without punishing my body like I had for so long. Gretchen's classes kept me interested and challenged, and she is so knowledgeable that I felt confident that I (and my spine!) was being taken care of. Her ability to teach while keeping me smiling and having fun was a great motivation to work hard. The surprise of losing weight wasn't so bad, either!" -Sara (New Milford, CT)
"Gretchen is a truly incredible teacher. I joined her class as someone new to Pilates a year and a half ago, feeling somewhat timid on that first night. But, I was immediately set at ease by her sincere welcome, warm encouragement, good humor, and accessible instruction. I had never really taken to any form of exercise routine before, but was instantly hooked on Gretchen's class. Pilates, (Gretchen style), has increased my strength and flexibility, decreased my waist size, and has promoted a general feeling of well-being that really keeps my motivation level high.
The beauty of Gretchen's classes is her ability to effortlessly meet vastly different ability levels within a group. Her flexible instructions always include modifications to meet the needs of every individual. Newcomers, seasoned students, and people with varying physical needs can work side by side both seamlessly and rigorously under Gretchen's professional, keen eye.
"Gretchen's classes are known to be anything but boring. She does straight Pilates, as well as some Body Method routines that will have you feeling the burn and maximizing your results. She's an amazing motivator who will always have you laughing while you sweat. Working out has never been so enjoyable! Gretchen is the best!" - Pam
"I love Gretchen's classes. Her classes have improved both my physical appearance and my energy level. Her encouraging and motivating attitude is great for those days when you just don't feel like working out. I also love the individual attention that every student gets from her." - Amy