Client Testimonials


"I would highly recommend the Serenity studio and the Reformer classes to anyone who wants to improve their fitness level, and have a good time doing it! Thank you, Mary Pogge for introducing me to Pilates at Serenity! I truly appreciate Mary’s dedication, knowledge, and attentiveness to her classes. She is a nurturing, enthusiastic, and cheerful instructor who truly cares about her students.

After 3 private sessions on the reformer with Mary, I began taking classes with Marcie Evans about twice a week for about 10 months, and I now notice improvements in flexibility and a significant increase in overall strength, especially core strength. Marcie is extremely knowledgable about the Reformer routines, and she makes each class interesting, challenging, and varied. I appreciate Marcie’s attention to detail and her emphasis on proper form and technique. Marcie is always v ery cheerful and upbeat, and that enthusiasm carries over to her instruction. I also very much appreciate that all the instructors at the Serenity studio are very non-judgemental and accommodate all levels of fitness and skill. It was apparent from day one the Serenity Team's dedication, knowledge, and attentiveness to classes. I highly recommend Mary, Marcie and the Serenity Studio."

Larry McGranahan, Iowa City Resident

"I am a 70 year old male that has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for 10 years. During those years I have tried many ways to relieve my pain from this disease. Going from many pills and pill combinations, to chiropractic programs, to quackery. Nothing helped to any great extent except pills with all the side effects.

Then one day day a friend introduced me to Marcie Evans at Serenity. She encouraged me to give Yoga a try. I had nothing to lose so I decided to give it a try. This decision has turned out to be one of the better decisions I have ever made. With in about two weeks. I began to notice that my symptoms of PD began to to a diminish to a large extent.

I still have to do all the right things: Eat right,exercise, and listen to Marcie but my life has improved dramatically. So give Marcie and her staff at Serenity a try. I am so glad I did.

-Bill Strong, Vinton Resident, Private Client and Group Yoga Student

"As a middle-age female with Fibromyalgia, a herniated disc in my lower back and degenerative disc disease in my neck, I was resolved to living with pain. My wonderful chiropractor recommended that I contact Marcie Evans to work with her utilizing Pilates and the reformer as an adjunct to chiropractic care. I quickly experienced symptom relief and received an incredible education because of her depth of knowledge of the human body.

I recently added the Anti-gravity class to my fitness routine and it has been life changing; with its focus on deep tissue/fascial release and decompression of the spine through inversion, I am pain free.

I never thought I could live without pain; Marcie and her amazing team of teachers have given me hope and confidence that with the innovative approaches they utilize, I can find relief and medication-free pain management. I am forever grateful for their efforts, interest and willingness to take the time to listen and customize a routine that is the most effective for me.**

I want to express my deep gratitude to the team at Serenity for their dedication to holistic healing and their willingness to bring new classes to Iowa City."

Joy Ashbaugh
Iowa City Resident, Serenity Student, and Antigravity practitioner

"I’m a 75 yr. old retired nurse who has been very active physically all of my life, until several years ago when I developed traumatic arthritis in my right ankle (I guess all those years of jogging and tennis and 2 previous fractures finally caught up with me. After 2 ankle surgeries for a fusion, I worked with a couple of different Physical Therapists until I discovered the Serenity studio by driving by. I’d heard good things about Pilates, including from my son-in-law who’s an Orthopedic Surgeon on the east coast, so I started in. I could tell very quickly that my work there was much more effective than any of the physical therapy had been, so I quit P.T. and have been to see Marcie twice a week for the last 2 years, ever since.

My progress has been extremely gratifying, especially since I had a bad fall at home early in the process, resulting in a concussion causing some balance issues and more recovery-induced muscle weakness.

In a nutshell, Marcie’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how we are affected by injury and/or surgery is very impressive. On the rare occasion that Marcie can’t be there, I’ve worked with Mary Pogge who seems every bit as good. Another plus is how personable and fun they both are. Lastly, my daughter on the east coast tells me that Serenity’s prices are not only reasonable, but a “steal.” Need I say more?

Good luck. I very much doubt that you would have any regrets if you give Marcie and Serenity a fair trial, i.e. more than one or two sessions."

-Roberta (Bobbie) Casko, BSN, PhD, Iowa City Resident, Private Client

"So... I didn't realize that Marcie was going to teach me to fly this weekend and what a delightful surprise. She led me through the antigravity yoga class step by step and made sure I was well supported the entire time. Marcie is an amazing instructor and my first time with antigravity yoga was awesome! This blends all the best aspects of flow yoga and restorative yoga. The parachute provides a constant support while gravity assists with stretching -- I felt energized and relaxed at the same time. I'm also excited to show off my Spiderman move to my 4 year old, who will think Mommy is pretty cool! "

A.Paige Davis Volk, M.D., Iowa City Resident, Group and Private Client

Every few years, nagging hip and leg pain sent me to physical therapy or acupuncture or chiropractic therapy. No knock against them; each helped. I was always better at the end of the treatment plan, but I left with the suspicion that I hadn't gotten to the root of the problem. Last spring, I decided to try something different. With Marcie’s help, I’m working on a long-term more holistic solution to correct some imbalances and poor body mechanics. On the Reformer, there’s no hiding—no cheating!. Thanks Serenity!

Ann, 64 Years Young, Iowa City Resident

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*Please note that Yoga and Pilates do not substitute as a cure or treatment for medical conditions, but they may alleviate symptoms.
Please see your Physician for more information or a recommendation about which exercise is right for you.*