We believe everyone should feel strong and at home in their body, and we realize the impact this can have on your life. No matter where you’re at on your fitness journey, we want to help you show up for life with better body awareness, confidence, and poise.
Using the principles of STOTT Pilates, our workouts are designed to build core and overall strength throughout your body, improve posture, increase stamina and mobility, improve balance and coordination, and give you the body awareness to increase confidence in everything you do. No matter your age or limitations, we can tailor a Pilates program to help improve how you show up for life.
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With Pilates, I finally felt whole in my body. It made me feel comfortable in my skin, taught me to appreciate the body that I had, the movement that I had, and the ability that I had. If I can give that to people through teaching them body awareness and movement, that brings me joy. I love the anatomical sense that you’re getting from form and movement. And that’s what Pilates is, and what it teaches; to see how our body moves, and what it does for us. It’s why I love what I do. It’s what I want to bring. It’s why I want to train other instructors in how to give this back to their clients. And for my clients, it’s the sense of self that I want to allow people to have for themselves because I know the impact. I know how much happiness and contentment and peace it’s brought me.
I’ve had clients who no longer experience back pain when walking, no longer get strained sitting at the office, who after years of walking hunched over can finally stand straight, and for many others, never have to experience so many of the typical signs of aging, simply because they’ve maintained their body, musculature, and posture in a way that allows them to age gratefully. This is what I bring to Pilates, and this is what teaching Pilates means to me.
While studying to pass my Biomedical Engineering Masters exam, I started noticing severe pain in my neck. A specialist diagnosed my cervical spine was out of its natural curve, due to not paying attention to my sitting position appropriately while studying. They suggested either surgery or finding suitable exercise to reduce my pain. I decided to look for a Pilates class rather than having spinal surgery at a young age. I found one class, as Pilates was not very popular at that time in Iran. I started three days per week and gradually all my neck pain was gone and instead I felt strength, flexibility and endurance with my movement and in my entire body. Pilates helped me to better familiarize with my body, to stabilize my spine and balance my muscles. I couldn’t stop practicing Pilates and decided to be certified in Iran.
I obtained a different Pilates certification in Iran and wanted to begin again in the United States with a STOTT PILATES® certification. It was September 2017 that I started to pursue my training in Massachusetts. In June of 2019 I successfully completed all the training and requirements to become STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor for Matwork & Reformer, Level 1.
I currently reside in California but I’m so happy to be able to teach virtually for Impact Pilates. In my live Mat Pilates class held every Saturday via Zoom, we’ll focus on building overall strength while improving postural alignment and flexibility with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement.
After practicing Pilates and Yoga for many years and not only seeing the impact both practices have had on her body and joints but feeling it, Jess Battipaglia made the leap to become a Stott Certified Matwork and Refomer Instructor. Her love and passion for Pilates shines in the classes she teaches and her love for anatomy and movement is eminent and appreciated by her clients. Amanda has had the privilege of having Jess as a client since her move to Boston, and has been able to witness her growth as both a student of Pilates and an Instructor. We are lucky to have her take on the role as a Pilates instructor at Impact Pilates teaching group Reformer and Mat classes as well as private clients as her schedule allows.
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“Amanda is fabulous. Of the many personal trainers, physical therapists, and Pilates instructors I’ve known over the years, she is the best. As a person with physical limitations I often become frustrated with exercises that I feel are beyond my ability and trainers who can’t understand my limitations. Amanda always seems to find a way to alter exercise routines so that I can succeed in doing them but so they still feel challenging and she makes me forget how limited I’ am. Her ability to do this comes from her innate understanding of the human body and how it moves. Her skills are not something one learns in a textbook or takes a course to understand, they are a true talent that very few trainers possess. Moreover, hanging out with Amanda is on par with hanging out with a good friend, she is always genuinely happy to see you and remembers details about your life that sometimes you don’t even remember. She is the reason that I get up early every morning pain free, have the stamina to work long days, and still fit into those jeans I love to go out in at night.”
“Amanda is a terrific teacher. I have worked with her since she arrived in Boston. I find her to be patient, she explains or models the moves which I find very helpful and she varies the class content to keep it interesting as well as challenging. She has a nice sense of humor, which I appreciate. I have never taken a Pilates class prior to working with Amanda and now I ‘am considered and Intermediate Plus I could not have done that with out her.”
“Amanda-my Pilates guru. She is simply one of the best. She is encouraging and gives me the confidence to do better and be stronger. She can be tough but is very caring and has a great sense of humor. I always look forward to our workouts and feel like I’ve accomplished something after each one of our sessions.”
“There is something about her teaching style that really resonates with me. She is fun and funny, and I really feel I can be myself with her- that level of trust and honesty is important when you are working with your body. That said, she is defiantly a serious practitioner, clearly very knowledgeable about all aspects of the movements of the body, and she challenges me to improve with each and every session. And I’m proud to say I’ve improved in strength, flexibility, form, and body awareness since studying with her- a path I hope to continue.”