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Symmetry Pilates Studio Assesses Every Student's Physical Needs

By Kelly Church

Symmetry Pilates Studio is a West Chester, PA Pilates and TRX studio. Owner Joey McLaughlin was first introduced to Pilates after a friend's persistent back issues. Together, they tried Pilates, experienced the benefits firsthand and both became certified as Pilates instructors.

The goal was to open a studio together, but McLaughlin opened Symmetry Pilates Studio on her own while her friend worked as an instructor at the studio for many years. The studio is about to celebrate its 15-year anniversary, and McLaughlin recently bought a building in town and was able to turn it into the studio she's always wanted.

"Symmetry Pilates Studio is a contemporary Pilates studio which means that we use props, change our routines and provide modifications and alterations for the various moves to assure that every client can do the workout, no matter their age, condition or state of body," McLaughlin said. "Our goal each session is to provide a challenging and rejuvenating workout for our clients. We want them to walk out strong, and stay that way."

Classes at Symmetry Pilates Studio include Pilates on machines (reformer, cadillac, tower and chair), Pilates mat, and TRX suspension training. Group Pilates Machine Sessions are limited to a maximum of four students, however, to give each person the proper amount of attention and training.

"My teachers and I spend a great deal of time focusing on the specific needs of each of our clients," McLaughlin said. "We want to assure that they not only get a strong workout, but also get challenged for their body and their needs. We push them just enough to show them how strong they really are and what they are capable of doing."

Each person's unique needs are assessed individually when they come to Symmetry Pilates Studio. New clients are introduced to the studio through an individual session so both the client and instructor have a mutual understanding of the client's goals and needs. Beyond that, the client can attend one-on-one classes or group sessions and still have their needs at the forefront.

"This assures that we never lose focus on each person and their specific body and needs," McLaughlin said. "We want to make certain that we continue to teach them for their body and their goals. This is very important to me as a Pilates instructor."

Pilates Machine classes are 55 minutes and prices vary depending on if the class is a private session, duet, or triplet. Mat Pilates classes are also 55 minutes and have an $18 drop-in fee. Students can also buy packs of sessions. For more information, visit

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