About Us

Our Mission

Life can take us out of balance. We spend endless hours sitting, driving, typing at a computer, and staring down at our phones. When we are out of balance, our bodies simply cannot function properly. Tension in our neck and shoulders, rounded spine, and poor posture lead to additional problems and injuries.

Finding your balance is about so much more than losing weight and having a toned body. It’s about standing taller, feeling energized, making healthier decisions, and being confident in the skin you’re in. We aren’t promising extreme weight loss or body transformations. What we are promising is that you will be stronger, you will minimize your risk for injury, and you will have a clearer mind when you leave the studio.

At Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio, we strive to provide a friendly and encouraging environment where every client receives individualized attention. Our instructors are able to give modifications and variations to each individual client to ensure a safe and effective workout.

Meet Our Staff

Martina Sprague

Martina Sprague is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor, certified Autism Movement Therapy instructor, and owner of Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio. After working in the biotech industry for several years, Martina realized that health, fitness, and helping others was her true calling and decided to pursue her passion for Pilates. She trained at the world renowned Equilibrium Pilates Studio and is STOTT certified in Matwork and Reformer. Martina is currently working towards her level 2 advanced certification and has completed Advanced Reformer, Stability Chair, and Barrel training. She brings a positive energy, motivational attitude, and extensive knowledge to every class and session. She loves working with all ages and fitness levels; especially those who are new to Pilates! Martina lives in Newtown with her husband Kevin, their two daughters, Charlotte and Jacqueline, and their dog Chula.

Martina Sprague | Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio | Newtown, CT

Alysa O’Donovan

Alysa is a Brookfield native and recent grad from Sacred Heart University with a degree in Psychology and Dance. She has been dancing most of her life and started teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical while in college. In addition, she danced with the Sacred Heart University Dance Company and participated in the Rockette summer intensive program in 2010 and 2011. Alysa has completed her Matwork and Reformer training and  is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She has also completed the STOTT PILATES Total Barre Endurance training, as well comprehensive STOTT PILATES workshops for Total Barre for pre and post natal clients and Total Barre for special populations. Alysa is level 1 certified in Autism Movement Therapy. During her free time Alysa loves to dance, listen to country music, and spend time with her boyfriend, Nick, and their dog, Bentley.

Charlene DeSomma

Charlene is our amazing office manager who will handle all of your scheduling needs. After working at a busy holistic medical practice for 15 years, she decided it was time to join her daughter, Martina, on this journey to creating Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio. Charlene has been on her own health journey since last year, and is excited to further improve her life by learning from our staff. Charlene brings great energy to the studio and is loved by all who meet her! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughters, who are the loves of her life.

Charlene DeSomma | Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio | Newtown, CT