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Kristy Powell Pilates Instructor

Kristy Powell

Pilates Instructor

Kristy is classically trained and comes to The Pilates Studio with over fifteen years of Pilates-teaching experience.

She began her instructor training while in her first year at the College of Charleston after returning from Budapest, Hungary, where she trained with the Hungarian National Ballet.

Kristy completed a rigorous two-year classical Pilates certification, rich in anatomy and bio-mechanical mindfulness, with Karen Sanzo of Pilates Unlimited in Dallas, Texas. 

Kristy enjoys teaching a wide variety of bodies, abilities, and life stages, including persons with acute or chronic injury, various physical limitations, athletes, pre- and post-partum persons, those with specific physical goals in mind, and those with a simple desire to move mindfully and sweat.

Since becoming a certified Pilates instructor, Kristy has facilitated multiple full-apparatus and Mat instructor certification programs, educating classical Pilates instructors who now teach both regionally around the northeast and internationally. Additionally, Kristy created a Pilates curriculum for asthmatics in partnership with researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine. She developed the professional instructional video that was used as the primary intervention method in this study. Kristy has also pursued various opportunities for continuing education to deepen her specialization in pelvic-floor rehabilitation and the post-partum body.

Kristy approaches every Pilates session she teaches open and curious about how her clients will arrive, settle, and develop over the shared hour. She holds a profound reverence for both the space she shares with her clients and her clients’ dedication and commitment to their personal wellness. Kristy especially appreciates the therapeutic aspects of Pilates (she holds a Master of Counseling). She knows Pilates to be physically transformational through her own rehabilitation after an ankle injury ended her professional ballet career. Having been an instructor of Pilates ever since this injury (and a practitioner of Pilates since she was 13), Kristy intimately knows the ways in which Pilates meets a body where it is at, always providing room for growth, healing, and transformation. 

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Susan D.

I loved the "more than just the core" reformer class. It is very similar to Kristy's standard reformer classes but she gives very detailed cue-ing around the extra core moves she introduces to the class. As with all of Kristy's classes, you are super clear about how to do each part of each move. Yes, it's intense, but let's get real: that's what you are signing up for!! A strong core!! When it's over, you feel tight as a drum and very proud. I'd recommend this class to anyone who enjoys Kristy's reformer classes, or if you are new to the studio, know that we had two new students the day I took the class and they did great!

The next day I felt great, like a car after a tuneup. That surprised me, because I've lifted weights with a trainer before where I couldn't lift my hands to wash my hair in the shower for the whole week following my workout. This isn't that.

Can't wait for next week!

Susan H.

My husband and I had a semi-private session today with Kristy. Kristy recently joined the staff at The Pilates Studio and is a great addition to a group of very talented instructors. Kristy was quickly able to determine areas that we both needed to work on and taught us exercises that would help us improve on those areas. She encouraged me to push myself and, I have to say, I haven't sweat like that in a long time! She helped my husband with engaging his abs throughout our session, which is challenging for him. Kristy was patient, warm, and caring. She made us feel comfortable with her from the moment we met.
We are both extremely happy that we were able to work with Kristy and look forward to more pilates with her in the near future!

Marla L.

Took my first classic Pilates class and it was reall instructive! Kristy was a great teacher, gave helpful instruction and I really felt like I got to different areas. If you are thinking about this class, I recommend it!

New Prices & Payment Policies

Hello and Happy Fall,

 We hope that your fall is getting off to a great start! We have some important updates to share with you today, as we continue to make sure you have the best possible Pilates experience.

Update on Rates

Like all businesses, we periodically need to adjust our prices due to higher costs. Things like studio supplies, utilities, and rent have become more expensive over the past couple of years. In order to maintain a thriving studio with great classes, instructors, and equipment we need to raise our prices. New pricing will begin to go into effect on October 15th. The changes are detailed on our website ( and we’ll also have information available in the studio.


To make this adjustment easier for you, we have decided that our prices will remain at the current rates until Jan. 1, 2020 when booking online or via the appWe have worked hard to make it easy and convenient for you to book sessions and classes as well as make payments online from your computer, tablet or phone and we want to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with these tools! We have recorded very short tutorials that will help you step by step here.


There are a couple of other benefits of booking and paying online. First, it allows our instructors to spend more time focusing on the great Pilates work they do with you, rather than administrative tasks. It will also give you more control about when you want to pay for your upcoming visits. And you know that traffic jam at the front desk at the end of every hour? Well, we think that’ll go away, too, as more people take advantage of our online tools!!


To quickly recap the pricing changes:  

Update on Payment Policy

We want our instructors to focus 99% of their time on serving you rather than on administrative tasks that take them away from caring for you. One area we’ve identified over time as a distraction from customer service is related to our payment policies. So we are making some changes to our payment policies to streamline our service to you. 


  1. Unpaid Visits: Unpaid visits will be now be charged as a single class/session. They cannot be included in a package. This policy change will be effective as of October 15, 2019. 
    1. For example, Jamie forgot her wallet and can’t pay for Tuesdays visit.  When she comes next week she will need to pay full price for that class or session.  
    2. To help you keep track of when you need to renew a package, you will receive reminder emails when your package is running low, giving you plenty of time to keep your packages current.  Notifications will be sent: 
      1. When there is 1 class/session left, and
      2. When there are 0 classes/sessions left, and
      3. When the package is expiring in 60, 30 days and 10 days
  2. We will now offer Auto-Renew for your purchases through the website and online app.  This convenient feature sets packages to automatically renew when they expire or when all of the sessions/classes have been used up. 
    1. Auto renew requires a credit card be stored on the client’s account in our secure studio management software.
    2. You have complete control to turn auto-renew off or on at anytime by updating a simple setting in your profile. 
    3. By using auto-renew you will always get the best discount on package prices.
    4. If any of your packages are coming up on their expiration date (a year from purchase) you will be notified 3 times via email or text message, depending on what notification preferences you have set in your account.


Thank you so much for your continued support of The Pilates Studio! We love being able to serve you as you become stronger, more balanced, and healthier!! This community makes our job so fulfilling and delightful - we are forever grateful for you. 

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Katrina and Laurie

PS: There will be no changes to our 10 20 30 Challenge for the time being.  If you want the absolute best class rates and amazing results be sure to check it out here

Cathy Lawlor Pilates Instructor

Cathy Lawlor PT, NCPT

Pilates Instructor

Cathy started at The Pilates Studio as a client to focus on “fitness for my fifties” and became totally enamored by her movement experiences in the studio.  As a result she participated in the Polestar Teacher training to become a Pilates Instructor.

Cathy is a physical therapist with more than 25 years experience who has added Pilates Instructor to her resume.  Her physical therapy experience ranges from early intervention and pediatric PT (primarily in school settings), to adults with intensive developmental challenges, to Rehab PT in a long term care facility. Cathy has also worked as a full time parent, classroom volunteer, parent aide, and “ultimate” mom – many times taping injuries on the sidelines, among other things.

Cathy believes that every physical therapist should have exposure to Rehab oriented Pilates.  She loves the mind and body connectiveness of the Pilates method makes for a positive whole body movement experience.  Cathy looks at her clients with an eye for rehab – whether to improve postural alignment, strength and flexibility, or body awareness, to relieve pain, or to prevent future injury.  She always wants her clients to walk out the door feeling more aware of their whole body – and just better in general!

In her free time, you will find Cathy out on her kayak, walking her young pup Gracie, busy with a small photography business, helping to support a small school in Haiti, or traveling to see her three children who are spread around the country.

“My personal goal is to “move” through life embracing age gracefully with enthusiasm and a sense of humor.”  Cathy believes this is possible with Pilates in her life. She hopes to share this goal with all her clients wherever they are in life’s journey.

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Tristan Diaz Pilates Instructor

Tristan Diaz NCPT

Pilates Instructor

Tristan started practicing Pilates to address an injured hip and to help with chronic pain it also gave her an incredible sense of well-being.

She was so passionate about the positive, healing effects Pilates had on her body and mind that she decided to train as a Pilates instructor and share those benefits with others as well as her patients.  

Her goal is to work with clients of all levels and support them in their journey towards wellness.

As a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Holistic Nurse Coach, Tristan is a strong believer that the best medicine for pain is movement.

Classes with Tristan focus on awareness, proper alignment, flexibility, and strength and being present.  By practicing deliberate presence in Pilates, we begin to automatically have more presence in all of our activities and interactions thus making life not only less stressful but the rich, beautiful experience we are intended to have!  

Be assured that you’ll be challenged, have fun, and leave feeling invigorated and inspired and maybe a little taller!!

 Tristan lives in Northampton loves cycling the scenic rolling hills of the Pioneer Valley, yoga, hiking, traveling and living a healthy lifestyle.  Tristan continues to work full-time as an RN Case Manager practicing holistic wellness, Functional medicine, and lifestyle management for the elderly population to assist them to maintain function, maintain independence and to be able to enjoy a full life as they age.

Trainings & Certifications:

Registered Nurse

500+ hour Polestar Pilates™ Comprehensive Teacher training

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

Board  Holistic Nurse Coach

Certified Nurse Case Manager

Leave Tristan a Review!

I have been fortunate to have taken a number of classes with Tristan over the past few months. She is an extremely skilled instructor with a compassionate, warm personality. Her classes are very relaxing, yet you work your core and increase flexibility through her very thoughtful flow of exercises. I highly recommend taking a class with Tristan. You'll be very happy that you did!

Susan H.

Susan H.

I have been fortunate to have taken a number of classes with Tristan over the past few months. She is an extremely skilled instructor with a compassionate, warm personality. Her classes are very relaxing, yet you work your core and increase flexibility through her very thoughtful flow of exercises. I highly recommend taking a class with Tristan. You'll be very happy that you did!

Alison S.

At four-months post hip replacement surgery, Tristan’s restorative class is helping me to ease back into Pilates classes. The class is a perfect mix of stretch and strength.

Jennifer U.

Evening reformer classes with Tristan are a must! Jump class on Monday nights and reformer class on Tuesday nights. She is an amazing instructor. She always comes prepared with new exercises to try. A full body work out. I always feel challenged and extremely satisfied with what I have accomplished. Thank you Tristan!

Rider Series

Want to feel more balanced and confident in the saddle?
Pilates can help!

Come spend some time focusing on your position.
Strengthen good habits and explore ways to banish the bad ones- your horse will thank you.

7 Week Mat & Apparatus Series for Riders with Suzanne Mente

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm 1/31/18-3/7/18 with a bonus/makeup class on 3/14/18

pilates and riding

Suzanne will include exercises on the new & innovative Oov apparatus.
Sign up & attend any 6 classes during the 7 week series for $130.  Bonus class is $20.

We welcome riders coming right from the barn- britches count as yoga pants!

Pilates is a great method to help you develop a stronger and more supple riding position.  Over the eight week series you’ll learn ways to improve posture in the saddle, strengthen legs & abdominals and increase hip mobility. We’ll have fun using all the pilates apparatus- including the new Oov- which challenges balance and coordination- the closest I have found to having an actual horse in the studio!

Each week you’ll learn new mat exercises you can practice at home, and we’ll use the reformer, trapeze table, chair, spring boards and ladder barrel to explore exercises specific to the needs of riders. This class will be suitable for both those new pilates as well more experienced movers, the level of difficulty can be adjusted for every exercise.
TO SIGN UP:  Call the studio at 413-586-3504, or  email us, or sign yourself up by visiting our class schedule.
Sign ups (each week) are required  due to limited space.

Reformer Parties


Pilates Reformer Party
Reformer Parties are the best way to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion.  An instructor will lead you and your friends through an hour long reformer workout (no experience necessary).  You’re guaranteed to have a great time- AND a great workout.
Reformer Parties are $115 for up to 5 people.
Fill out the form below and tell us when you’d like to book your party.  We will get in touch with you soon!


Nancy Moraski Pilates Instructor

Nancy Moraski

Pilates Instructor

“Pilates is the answer to aging." 

Nancy spent her career working for the federal government.  Sitting at a desk, she suffered from the stiffness and pain of arthritis. But since starting Pilates, that's no longer the case. “I get out of bed in the morning, and I'm standing up straight.” Nancy inspires others “of a certain age” with her vigor and vitality as she teaches mat and apparatus classes, private sessions, and travels the world seeking adventure and fun.

Nancy's superpower is in her combination of commitment and perseverance. Most people would quit practicing forward lunges (if they could not do so without holding on) well before they got to 875.

After she graduated from UMass with a degree in sociology, Nancy became one of the people who never left the Valley. She has been certified to teach Polestar Pilates in 2015 and is a member of PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). She has also taught yoga and Barre classes in several locations.

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Marla L.

Nancy is fantastic at explaining exactly what to do, and providing help and encouragement. She's wonderful!

Susan H.

I have been taking classes with Nancy for the past year and a half. She is a master teacher with a fun personality and endless energy. I attend her 7 a.m. mat class three times per week and she strives to continually keep it fun and new. I have also taken her Reformer and her Barre class and am always impressed with how knowledgable she is. Nancy makes all of her students feel welcome and comfortable in her class. She is an excellent Pilates Instructor and I highly recommend you taking a class from her!

Marla L.

I recently took a reformer class with Nancy. She was fantastic at explaining exactly what to do, and providing help and encouragement. Importantly, she made us laugh during the class. I would definitely take her class again. The next day I could feel the work that I did in her class, and overall I felt looser in my hips. If you have any question about taking her class...don't! She's wonderful!

Nancy's mat classes are awesome!! Not being a morning person, I was a bit hesitant to attend her 7am mat class. However I was so glad I did! Nancy has such a positive, upbeat personality that she makes it fun yet still challenging. It was such a good way to start my day! I also attended her Barre Sculpt class on Fridays which was also really fun and a good workout. Nancy is a great teacher, I can't wait to take more of her classes!

Nicole P.

Ivy Patterson Pilates Instructor

Ivy studied classical ballet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she performed the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She graduated from Dominican University of California BFA degree program.  This program combines the acclaimed, rigorous training and philosophy of one of the nation’s premier dance institutions with the comprehensive liberal arts education and social values of the Dominican tradition. She continues to explore dance as a freelance performer and choreographer.

Ivy lived up to her first name by growing one foot during sixth grade. It was an early lesson in sensation and connectivity, as her brain struggled to determine where her legs ended. Ivy approaches her work in Pilates as problem-solving, and her empathic approach, training, and life’s experiences enable her to feel the different planes in her student’s bodies. She is an expert on the Gyrotonic equipment that emphasizes spinal fluidity.

Polestar Experience

View yourself in a new and vibrant paradigm of health and awareness.

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