The Pilates Garage owner, Kate Curtis, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle. Wanting to combine her love of the outdoors and Pilates, The Pilates Garage was born. We are a boutique reformer studio located in Hillsboro Village. With a garage door storefront and 6 brand new, Balanced Body Allegro 2 reformers, we bring the fresh air in for a fun, effective workout geared to lengthen and strengthen every muscle group. Our contemporary approach to teaching offers all the traditional benefits of Pilates while also allowing us to infuse additional exercise methods. Keeping class sizes small we are able to focus on form, creating a safe, intimate environment.
Meet Our Team
Studio Owner | Instructor
Having grown up a distance runner in Colorado, Kate has always had a passion for health and fitness. Looking to increase strength and flexibility, she turned to Pilates. Its low impact approach to exercise was easy on her joints and helped to positively reinforce the importance of alignment throughout each workout. After noticing results in only a few sessions, she was instantly convinced Pilates was the perfect compliment to her running training.
Kate has since become a fully certified Pilates and Barre instructor through Balanced Body University, as well as the Pilates Method Alliance. Kate’s goal as an instructor is to use the principles of Pilates to help students of all levels find balance, strength, flexibility and a lean, healthy body.
Hannah was born and raised in Montana. Throughout her upbringing she lived an incredibly active lifestyle, hiking, riding horses and camping but most of all, Rock Climbing. Hannah started rock climbing more seriously in college taking part in competitions and many climbing trips. During one of these trips she fell and tore her hamstring, the pain was brutal and the recovery was tough. As she went through the long sessions of physical therapy she started to realize the importance of alignment and muscular balance in both strength and flexibility.
She was introduced to Pilates in 2011 and found it to be the perfect compliment to her lifestyle and workouts. Hannah’s passion for Pilates grew with every class. In 2012, Hannah completed her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy and became certified through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). She is enthusiastic about teaching and helping people. She believes the benefits of pilates are life changing and loves designing personally tailored workouts to fit anybody’s needs. Outside of the studio you will find her enjoying life with her family and friends, climbing, camping and always looking for an adventure.
Shasta played Division I basketball at Troy University, where she suffered a knee and back injury that never quite completely healed. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles where a friend told her about the healing benefits of Pilates, and it was then that her entire perspective on exercise and strengthening changed. She began practicing regularly and became stronger and more balanced than she had ever been while being a competitive athlete. While there, she worked in entertainment management for 7 years, then decided that the corporate world wasn’t the path for her and that she wanted to focus on getting back into health and athletics. Since then, she has become a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has recently completed her certification in Pilates through Balanced Body. Her hope is that she’s able to bring a little bit of a new perspective to Pilates for people that might be afraid to try it out- not all people that practice are graceful, petite dancers. Standing at 6’2″, she wants people to know that Pilates can really benefit anyone, of any age or body type to gain strength and to become leaner and more balanced.
Shasta and her husband moved to Nashville in 2013 with their two dogs, a Frenchie mix and a rescue mutt. In her free time, her absolute favorite thing to do is to see live music. She also loves new restaurants, hanging with friends, working out, watching sports, and the occasional guilty pleasure Netflix marathon.
Mysti Meese started taking Pilates at the age of eight. Being the daughter in a family of avid cyclists, she loves biking but quickly developed tight hamstrings that gave her knee pain at a young age. She was then introduced to Pilates by her mother, who started to have Mysti take classes with her to improve flexibility, strength, and alignment. Mysti instantly fell in love with Pilates through classes under Cody Welch and Michelle Tyler Heines. She grew up knowing that applying the Pilates principles through constantly working to balance out muscles groups, strengthen core, and perfect alignment aids in every form of fitness. She believes adding Pilates into any fitness regiment will help to keep one safe from injury and maximize optimal body results. She became a Pilates instructor though Balanced Body, training under Master instructor David Gensheimer. She is a PMA certified Pilates Instrutor. Mysti is a native Texan that graduated from Belmont University with a Public Relations degree in a minor in Education. She went on to work in the music industry for a few years before wanting to add a positive healthy balance to her lifestyle and to help others find that balance through Pilates.
Elena is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona where she fell in love with classical ballet at the age of 4. At 16, she moved to Houston, Texas to professionally train with the Houston Ballet Academy. While attending the academy, Pilates was implemented into the program as a form of cross-training. She found that Pilates helped her dancing through stabilizing her flexibility while continuing to build muscular strength. After completing her training, she moved to professionally dance with Nashville Ballet. After completing two seasons with Nashville Ballet, Elena found her greatest passion lied with returning to school to pursue a career physical therapy. Under David Gensheimer she became a fully certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body. Her hope is to incorporate physical therapy and Pilates together combining the deep benefits of both of her passions. She believes that Pilates can teach people the joy of movement and has the power to increase both physical and mental wellbeing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Free street parking is available, as well as 90 minutes free in the Hill Center Acklen parking garage. Be sure to visit the pay station for your free parking ticket to display on your dash.
Wear comfortable workout attire, and bring a water bottle. Sweat towels are provided in the studio.
Simply click on the “Book Now” button located at the top of the page. Create an account login with MindBody Online. You can purchase and sign up for classes online or in the studio.
The reformer is a Pilates apparatus developed to train and guide the body through various exercises. Built using a spring resistance system, it allows you to increase or decrease resistance as needed. In addition, the weight bearing stretches are a very effective way of increasing flexibility.