The Pilates Firm specializes in Pilates and yoga. Through functional training people increase core strength, back stability and flexibility to achieve overall body strength and fitness that translate to activities in daily life.
It was founded by Wendy Stone in Walpole in 2000 and offers highly customized training sessions for individuals and small groups.
Wendy’s passion for health and fitness began early on teaching Aerobics at age 16. Over the following three decades, she continued her education and career in personal training, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, cardiac rehabilitation and stress testing, and trained under renowned Yoga and Stott Pilates experts, Baron Baptiste, Rolf Gates, Richard Lanza and PJ O’Clair. Her own results, and those of her clients, revealed how truly transformative Pilates and yoga are as part of a functional training program.
Because Wendy’s expertise span both Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy, she is uniquely qualified to work with people that have a history of cardiac issues, orthopedic problems such as hip and knee replacements, and neck and back issues. She’s able to evaluate how people move, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and challenges them to work from the points of weakness to yield strength.
Wendy helps people achieve a wide variety of goals through Pilates in addition to overall fitness and wellbeing. She trains recreational athletes such as bikers, runners and golfers, as well as professional athletes.
Wendy has helped pro golfers achieve better hip and shoulder rotation to improve performance, and pro football players gain deeper core strength to help prevent injury.
Like Wendy Stone, Trish Hilts’ career as a fitness and wellness specialist spans three decades. And, she too was trained and certified in Stott Pilates at the Northeast Pilates Education Center, owned by renowned Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair.
It all started at Northeastern University, where Trish earned a degree in Physical Therapy (P.T.) and where her life’s passion to help people heal and achieve true wellness was further confirmed. She continued to practice P.T. in the Greater Boston area since that time, while also expanding her knowledge and skills, and acquiring additional qualifications.
In fact, it was during her continuing education courses in P.T. in the early 1990’s that Trish was introduced to Pilates. She quickly recognized the enormous benefits Pilates delivers – notably Stott Pilates – not only with helping to build strength, stability and function, but its remarkable ability to aid in healing (and preventing) injuries, recovering from surgeries, and avoiding or reducing aging-related health issues.
As a result, for the last 20 years Trish has integrated Stott Pilates into her rehabilitation programs for clients, who range in age from teen to senior years. Her passion for Pilates stems from the secure knowledge that a strong core can allow individuals to reach their optimal physical potentials.
Trish’s versatility and deep knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics and movement patterns allow her to assess clients’ strengths and weaknesses and design individual exercise plans that are safe and effective. She is qualified and experienced in working with individuals that have orthopedic and musculoskeletal issues including spinal dysfunctions as well as hip, knee and shoulder problems, is educated in golf health and has helped many clients return to sports.