Suzanne Mente | The Pilates Studio, Hadley, MA

Suzanne Mente NPCP

Polestar Pilates Instructor

When you meet Suzanne Mente, you should know that two things are probably going to happen. 

You will laugh, and you will be talking about hip mobility. She has a direct approach to teaching and coaching, punctuated with humor.

Suzanne was a highly accomplished equestrian and riding teacher, prior to becoming a Pilates Instructor. She was a lecturer through the equine program at UMass, a dressage competitor, and UMass dressage team coach. (Dressage is a competition in which horses perform special movements in response to signals from their riders.) For many years, she has also been a freelance riding instructor. 

Pilates has often been used by riders to improve hip and spine flexibility, and for developing core strength. When Suzanne first discovered Pilates, she not only improved as a rider; she also realized that it's the perfect jumping off place to whatever is next in a person's life--that it eliminates or diminishes barriers.

Suzanne is particularly interested in helping clients improve their balance, ease of movement, strength, and flexibility. Attention to form, efficient movement, and the mechanics of everything working together-- these are the keys to unlock any challenge a client may have.

Suzanne's superpower is observation. Watching riders’ and horses’ hip movements for years has enabled her to notice things others might not. She not only helps people connect with their horses, should they happen to be riders--she helps all people connect with their bodies.

Polestar certified Pilates Instructor

BS Veterinary and Animal Science

AS Equine Industries

 

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Suzanne is insightful, friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable.

Who could ask for more?

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Danielle L.
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Margery G.

We all know how funny Suzanne can be, but importantly she makes corrections to assure that the workouts actually work, even in a group class. She seems to love the jump board and for someone who stopped jumping long ago this activity is a kick.

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Danielle L.

Suzanne is insightful, friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable.

Who could ask for more?

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Anne H.

I have had the wonderful experience of working with Suzanne, Katrina and Cathy. All are fabulous — both professional and fun to work with.

I’ve been with Suzanne for almost three years and she doesn’t let me “get by” when I’m feeling lazy! LOVE THIS PLACE.

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Anne Z.

I'd like to thank Suzanne for working with me over the last few years. She's a wonderful instructor and her classes are always enjoyable. Her expertise, caring and humor make each class a great experience!

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Kate R.

I love my weekly class at the Pilates Studio. Suzanne keeps the exercises varied and tailored to her students. It's a small group so we are able to get a lot of individual attention.

And we laugh a lot too! The Studio is such a great community within our community.

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Denise R.

I have been taking reformer (small group) with a number of wonderful instructors for a number of years. I started with Katrina and Jenny, and now work mainly with Suzanne. I love the fact that there’s nothing routine about what we do during these sessions. The exercises are tailored to your particular issues, and if you suddenly injure yourself while gardening, or playing a sport or instrument, you are given new exercises on the spot that target the problem and help you heal. It is like doing physical therapy and resistance training rolled into one. Actually, I much prefer going to the Pilates Studio than to a regular PT, because instructors at the studio know me well and can gage what I can already do, and what needs improvement. The other very important aspect is the easy-going, friendly, and supportive atmosphere : instructors are highly trained and very professional, but they have a real rapport with clients. People don’t go to the studio to show off. They go there to learn how to overcome physical limitations, seek release from pain, feel stronger and more energetic, regardless of age and ability. In the bargain, we often share stories, jokes, get a good laugh (mainly about ourselves). What’s not to love about this studio?

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Denise R.

Suzanne: I love your new bone density class. You are the best!

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Melba J

I'd give 6 stars if I could. I've worked with Jenny, Kathy, and Suzanne to rehabilitate after a painful back injury. I couldn't do conventional mat exercises, so they developed a personalized set of exercises I could do on the reformers. Within a month, the pain had largely disappeared. Pilates helped me heal and gain strength; now I'm working on flexibility. I've continued because The Pilates Studio staff is so knowledgeable, professional, and supportive.

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Stephanie A.

Suzanne- Thank you for your knowledge and laughter each week. I look forward to coming to see what you have dreamt up and funny stories that you tell us to laugh through the challenging Pilates moments. I always get upset when I can't make it to the 10am Saturday.

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Susan M.

Suzanne manages to consistently give us a well-balanced class in a creative natural way which always changes things up to challenge us with something new. Not only does she do this with a light touch and a wonderful sense of humor, so that everyone feels comfortable, but she manages to “correct our mistakes” without making us feel singled out. She truly seems to be having a good time and so do we, her loyal students.

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Faye O.

Suzanne is a fantastic teacher! Her classes are always challenging and different. She loves to try new things, is kind when correcting our posture, and she always keeps us entertained.

My body is always happy after working with her.

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