I’ve been seeing her regularly for 1.5 years, and am a bit in shock about the significant changes Carole has helped take place in my body; some of which are: release of lower back and neck pain, way more flexibility, actual, real stomach muscles, a much deeper awareness of my body and how it works…& much more! In addition, we implement breath, relaxation, the mind-body connection, and (again) much, much more! This is not a “surface” pilates experience. This is the real deal with, by far, one of the most gifted bodyworkers I’ve ever worked with (which is not a short list!). What makes her so incredibly unique is not only her wealth of knowledge & experience but an intuitive sense that feels like x-ray vision of your bones. I am forever grateful to have her in my life.
I’m grateful to have found Carole. After over 25 years of various traumas and 15 of shoulder issues, I feel painless and balanced. She has taught me how to move my body and think differently so I am stronger and generally feel great! I recently had a bad boogie boarding wipe out in Hawaii. I healed remarkably quickly because I had learned highly effective tools from Carole. She is patient and intuitive. I highly recommend her!
After years of back pain, hip pain, foot pain (you name it) and searching for answers through all types of medical fields, I found my miracle worker right on Poplar Street. Carole’s mindfulness and attention to detail with each of her students is obvious: Her focus on balance and precision makes her client’s health and body the priority. I feel fortunate to have her wisdom and guidance.
I have worked with Carole for 20 years. Over that time her work has evolved into a very precise system of articulating movement and the essential structure of the body. She has a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of the work of Pilates but can bring her direction to any movement form. It is all based on the client’s needs and movement practice and individual body, and learning! Always, I come away with new things to think about and work within my body, and I feel renewed, energized and creative.
Ten years ago I was crippled from an injury that had been diagnosed as Stage 3 spondylolisthesis, (slippage of the vertebrae resulting in constant impingement on the nerves). After seeing five (5) different orthopedic surgeons and a neurosurgeon, all came to the same conclusion: Only a back fusion operation would help.Having been a believer in alternative healing from the 1970’s, I knew there had to be a better way and was committed to exploring other options. Thankfully, Carole Amend crossed my path and her pilates instruction changed my life dramatically!Carole is not only knowledgeable but extremely intuitive when it comes to body and mind mechanics and how muscles and bones work together. She literally brought me back from the depths of despair. I had been in constant and unbearable pain for months, barely able to walk.I’ve been religious about my daily plates practice and on occasion, if my pain starts to resurface, a session with Carole gets me back on track. I’ve seen many ‘body workers’ over the last 40 years and there is no one that knows body movement better. At 70, I’m able to enjoy hiking, biking, golf and a normal active life.Thank you, Carole, you are absolutely amazing and I’ll be forever grateful.
Just as I know that love and respect are the cornerstones of a fulfilling personal relationship, thanks to Carole, I know they are at the heart of a healthy relationship with my body. I know that loving and respecting the body means developing the connection between it, and the mind, and the spirit. It means filling it with good fuel, and moving it often, with purpose, and with grace. Just as I would never expect perfection in myself or my mate, I no longer find my body a source of dissatisfaction. It is what it is. I can make it better, more pain-free, more attractive. I can expect it to do things I love doing for decades to come: hiking in the hills, dancing, finding my ‘anchors and endpoints.’ I can grow old gracefully with it. Thank you, Carole, for teaching me these things.
I was a 43-year-old male suffering from horrible lower back pain. Simple movements like getting in and out of my car and crossing my leg over my thigh to put my socks on proved to be miserably painful. The MD recommended core strengthening with a physical therapist. My neighbor said she knew the perfect solution for me… pilates with Carole.I didn’t hesitate to take my neighbor’s advice, although pilates was completely foreign to me. I was in the studio with Carole a few days later. That was two and a half years ago. To say the quality of my life has improved dramatically would be a gross understatement. I stand taller – nearly an inch, yes true – sit straighter, bend easier and move all around with much greater ease than I have in decades.Needless to say, my self-awareness is sharper than ever too. Carole never ceases to amaze me. Her knowledge of how the body works and moves, and her ability to recognize how my body works and moves, and what my body needs, is extremely impressive. The pilates experience with Carole has been tremendously rewarding for both my body and my mind. I truly wish I could dedicate more time in the studio with Carole as there is so much to learn, and so many exercises to do, to make one’s self feel better. Carole has made a huge difference in my life. She’s a true professional and a great person!