Gerrie PregnantI am a mother of a 2-year old and 4-month old baby.

I practiced prenatal Yoga during my first pregnancy and knew that I wanted to be stronger, more fit during my second pregnancy and stumbled upon the Body Belly Baby card at my doctor’s office- so glad I made the call! Prenatal Pilates at Body Belly Baby in Coconut Grove and Valerie Massoni – the owner – were and still continue to be integral part of my physical and mental well-being. The highlight of my week was going to work out with Valerie and other pregnant women twice a week.

Aside from Valerie being amazingly supportive, it is great to be part of a community of women and mothers, to share and learn with others who are going through a smilier experience: pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, being sleep-deprived… I am so thankful and glad that Valerie Massoni’s support continues even past Pregnancy with amazing Baby Massage classes and Mommie&Baby pilates classes.

Baby Massage has been an incredible way for my husband and I to bond with both our newborn and 2-year old and it also helps calm them and relax them.

Post Pregnancy classes have helped me tone and strengthen much more rapidly that I did after my first pregnancy.

Thank you Valerie Massoni and Body Belly Baby.

Gerrie Stewart
Happy client

photo[1]I was referred to Body Belly Baby early on in my pregnancy, and I attended the pre-natal Pilates classes weekly up until the very end. From the beginning I absolutely loved the studio and the personalized attention from the owner, Valerie. She went above and beyond for all the students, and always answered all of our many pregnancy questions with helpful tips and solutions, in addition to the physical Pilates instruction. I had a dream pregnancy, no sickness or discomfort, and barely any water retention, and I truly credit my Pilates practice with Valerie for my prenatal health. My strength grew every week, and I just felt better after every class, no matter how tired I was before. I had tried prenatal yoga before finding the studio, but I found that I enjoyed the Pilates classes so much more, since they are tailor-made to build the strength necessary for labor, and not just stretching exercises to relax.   So often pregnant women are told to rest and cease physical activity, but I found that I felt healthier and stronger the more active that I was. The classes at Body Belly Baby also provided great camaraderie with other pregnant students; I really enjoyed bonding with everyone and hearing about their unique pregnancy journeys.

In addition, the pediatric CPR course offered at Body Belly Baby was excellent, and both my husband and I attended.   I look forward to taking the baby massage courses and to continuing with my Pilates practice postpartum.

I would recommend Body Belly Baby highly to any expectant or new mother, and I am so thankful that I found the studio as soon as I became pregnant! Valerie is so caring and encouraging- she provides that TLC that all pregnant women so desperately need!

James was born on February 26th 2015

Kelly Sullivan
Happy Client

Body Belly Baby is what every woman needs, at every stage of your life to keep healthy! I am a mother of three teenagers and always on the go. Valerie offers a unique individualized service re-shaping my body where time has set bad habits in! I feel stronger, taller and more confident in my skin and her classes strengthen my weak areas and makes my body smile:) Thank you. Julie

Julie Bosch
Happy Client

Prenatal Pilates

I was a student of Valerie Massoni during my third trimester of pregnancy. I was beginning to feel anxious and unprepared for the upcoming birth. What would it feel like? How do I strengthen my body? Valerie’s class was just what I needed. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and most of all, compassion. She clearly explained each exercise and took the time to work with me one-on-one to make sure I was doing everything properly. Before I was able to finish the twelve-week course, my water broke sending me into labor …six weeks too early. I was given an epidural prior to pushing, but was given so much that I could not feel anything and could not tell if I was pushing or not. I felt scared and helpless. My mind quickly went back to Valerie’s instructions. Even though I could not feel it, I mentally went through the belly exercises I practiced so diligently with Valerie.Five pushes later, my baby girl was out ! She spent the next week in the NICU and I was not allowed to hold her for the first days of her life. Valerie was such a support to me during this time. She counseled me on how best to touch my baby and interact with her despite the circumstances. I will be forever thankful for her kindness.

Jennifer Martindale
Happy Client
Completing the baby massage sessions changed my baby’s life and mine too! My daughter has reflux and right after her first massage I could see how she enjoyed it and after a couple of days she changed from being a fuzzy, crying baby to a more relaxed and happy one.
Valerie is the sweetest and most knowledgable instructor!  I was able to attend her prenatal pilates classes as well. I highly recommend all moms-to-be to take them since they are good for your body and for your baby too.
Thank you so much for everything! Bodil, Miami, Florida
Bodil Maul
Loved prenatal Pilates and Baby Massage courses.

Pregnancy Pilates with Valerie was brilliant. I felt so in touch with my body by the time of delivery, and I had a very straightforward birth with no complications, I’m sure the pilates contributed towards this! The exercises were very carefully designed to place no stress on my changing body and although gentle, gave me the strength I needed for delivery and motherhood.

Elizabeth Dix
Prenatal Pilates & Infant Massage student

I joined Valerie’s baby massage class when my daughter was just a few months old. Both of us enjoyed it so much. It was a great way to connect and bond in those early months…and also a great way to meet new friends. Valerie creates a very relaxing environment where older siblings and other relatives are always welcome. It was such a pleasure attending her class!

Anna Dirksen
Happy Customer