Pilates Loft Studio is a community of independent extraordinary movement professionals that truly believe optimal movement conditioning is one of the most important factors in creating and sustaining quality of life in the body and the mind.
We use biomechanically-minded and human-powered equipment with a hands on approach to help you restore and gain better coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.
All professional trainers see clients by appointment only, to learn more about each individualized trainer see below.
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Sue has been a instructor at Pilates Loft since 2010.
One of my greatest joys is movement. My parents always told stories about how active and curious I was as a child. The story has not changed in adulthood. My love of Pilates, cycling, hiking, snow and sun sports, keeps me active all year round. I believe everyone is meant to move and feel so fortunate to share my passion of movement with others. These “why’s” are what inspire me to continue learning about the human body and all of the remarkable capabilities.
I started as a student of Pilates after the birth of my youngest daughter and decided I wanted to gain a better understanding of this movement method. This led me to my original training and certification through Merrithew Stott Pilates.
I am committed to educating myself so I can guide everyone from teens to wonderful, active aging adults through movement in a caring and observant way. This is something I truly love!
Seeing someone trust their body and move with ease is such a wonderful gift, one I hope I can always be a part of.
Pilates and movement is truly for every age and every level of fitness. I embrace a diverse clientele and aim to support them to achieve their fitness goals through enjoyable and challenging training sessions.
Certifications and Movement Services
Polestar Pilates Transition Program: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels.
Polestar Advanced Assessment
Polestar Pathokinesiology of the Lumbar Spine
Polestar Scoliosis : A Practical Approach
Runity Training Course
Pre & Post Natal Specialist TM through The Center for Women's Fitness
The Center Method for Diastasis Recti Recovery TM
Neuro Movement for Pilates Instructors
Manual Cuing Series for Pilates Instructors
Body of Spiral / the Inner Most Connections of Easful Movement
Close Chain Boimechanics of the Lower Limbs through Anatomy in Motion
Movement Logic Feet and Ankles
Continued education courses through Stott Pilates/Merrithew TM
Pilates on Tour 2021 continued education courses
As a lifelong dancer, Tamara started her journey with Pilates and Yoga in 1996 which sparked her passion for understanding movement and finding clarity in the complexities of human function.
Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance & Pre-Movement Therapy and numerous certifications including Kripalu Yoga, Polestar Pilates, Merrithew Stott Pilates and Pilates Method Alliance. Her additional role in the Pilates community is Mentor/Educator for Polestar Pilates students.
She previously had been trained in dance specific rehabilitation and has taught for Joffery Ballet Midwest Summer Program.
Continuing to further her studies with some of the brightest minds in movement science and rehabilitation she has completed advanced studies in spinal pathologies, adaptations for scoliosis, biomechanics, pain management, movement science and adaptations for joint replacements.
She is also a Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Specialist in pelvic floor dysfunctions, diastasis recti and also Pelvic Floor Fascial Trainer
Expanding on her passion and hunger for learning how best to work with the human body in 2018 she has completed an immersive training in AIM gait analysis with Gary Ward and Runity running biomechanics with Juan Nieto.
Tamara has a contemporary style of teaching that integrates the principles of multiple modalities to help simplify the complexities of movement for her clients. She has an attentive hands on approach to alignment and detail. Her practice is centered around those with specific performance goals or rehabilitation needs at any age in life.
Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapist
Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis
Schroth Method for Scoliosis
Principles of Osteopathy for Movement Professionals Assessment and Dysfunction Advanced Assessments in Movement Biomcechanics
Pathokinesioloy of Lumbar Spine
Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1
Anatomy in Motion- *Gait Analysis
Closed Chain Biomechanics of the Lower Limb
Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Therapy
Pilates for clients with MS
Suzanne Willets Brooks is the kind of trainer who personalizes your session to help you move with the most, ease, efficiency, and strength. Her training helps her to immediately see what problems may be occurring in your movement patterns and using a functional approach works with you to facilitate a healthier way to move. Suzanne's approach is one of humor and joy . Her clients include a wide range in ages from 12 year olds to people who have reached the ripe age of 101. Having scoliosis, and pelvic instability issues Suzanne has a first hand understanding of pain and the issues that arise from living with chronic pain. Suzanne has been a life long athlete from gymnastics and cross country running to a variety of dance styles. Movement in all forms are her passion, currently she enjoys dancing exuberantly at weddings and concerts.
Niki is thrilled to be back at the Pilates Loft after a long hiatus working in Northern Michigan and Boston. She is certified in STOTT Pilates and the Gyrotonic Expansion System and has worked with pre-professional athletes, musicians and dancers for many years. Niki has a special knack for helping people with lower back pain, after sustaining and overcoming a debilitating injury as a dancer. Many teachers also work with Niki to expand their practice or begin their career as Pilates teachers. She also writes about education and educators in newsletters social media and print publications.
Christa Gray works with all types of clientele but specializes in women’s health. Including pre-post natal, mastectomy recovery, chronic pain, rehab, pelvic floor dysfunction, and diastasis.
Christa has worked in fitness for 10 years and discovered the benefits of Pilates after being in a motorcycle accident that left her with a multitude of injuries. Pilates helped Christa connect with her body while working on strengthening and recovering. This left her with a passion for helping others move well and confidently after an accident or surgery.
Christa believes that knowledge is power. Her approach to teaching is to help you understand the WHY behind the movement. This empowers you to continue your work even when she is not around. Christa doesn't believe in being the “keeper” of information. She wants to share it and encourage you to educate yourself about your body because you will know more about it than anyone ever will.
If you take a private with Christa, she will structure your time together to accomplish your particular goals and focus on function and quality first! Christa will ask you to reflect on what is happening in and outside your body to allow you to better connect and understand your body. This method will benefit an athlete or someone who enjoys a relaxed walk.
Tracy’s passion for functional wellness and movement training has evolved throughout her life. She has worked for over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist, helping people of all ages rehabilitate their bodies, integrate their nervous systems and maximize function in their daily lives. She holds a BA in Psychology, and a MS in Occupational Therapy.
She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor, a USPA New York Pilates Certified Instructor and holds additional certifications in Neuro-Movement, Bal-a-vis-X, Brain Gym, Feet-Ness, Konnector and Bellicon Rebounding.
Tracy discovered Pilates in 2013, when she was recovering from a lumbar disc injury. After exploring multiple avenues, she found Pilates to be the key to rebalancing and finally healing her body. In 2018, Tracy completed her comprehensive USPA Classical Pilates certification with second generation pilates teachers Brett Howard, Jen O’Mara and David Freeman.
Tracy is deeply committed to Pilates as a mind-body practice for all ages and abilities. She brings a unique and holistic approach to her pilates training, weaving together a strong background in anatomy, body mechanics assessment, neuro-movement training and sensory integration principles. She strives to help her clients achieve a more enriched and mindful movement practice that will profoundly impact their everyday function.
Workplace Wellness Consultation:
Bellicon Rebounder Training: As both an OT and a fitness instructor Tracy appreciates the long list of positive health impacts of Bellicon rebounding ranging from low impact cardiovascular benefits to vestibular training and improved lymphatic flow. In her OT practice, Tracy has found bouncing on the Bellicon rebounder to be very effective across all ages in helping people regulate their nervous systems and regain focus whether in the classroom or the office. Her fitness clients say they always feel happy when they are bouncing on the Bellicon and it is the most fun they have ever had working out. And best of all the Bellicon mat is a fun place to incorporate some mat pilates!
Katie discovered the benefits of Pilates at a young age as it helped her recover from injuries and complement her dance training. Pilates taught her so much that she was able to translate to her dancing and her daily life, so becoming an instructor was never a question for her. Katie loves sharing her passion for Pilates and improving her clients’ quality of life through movement. She became certified through the 750-hour comprehensive Pure Body Teacher Training Program. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Business Management from Point Park University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Movement Science at the University of Michigan. Katie will forever be a student and continue her education to better people’s lives. She strongly advocates that Pilates is for everyBODY and enjoys working with anyBODY from all backgrounds and abilities. While classically trained, her repertoire is adaptable to suit your needs. Whatever your goals may be, Katie will eagerly help you enhance your well-being and move through life with ease.
Stott Trained, PMA Certified
Pink Ribbon Program Specialist
Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist
ACE Personal Trainer
Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Pure Body
Certified in Kid Cuteness
Founder Pilates Loft Studio
Fully certified in STOTT Pilates, Gyrotonic Instructor
B.S, Certified Pilates & Yoga Instructor,
Certified Massage Therapist, GYROTONIC® Franklin Method®,
Fully certified in STOTT Pilates, Prenatal & Post Partum Pilates Specialist