Ellen has practiced the Pilates method since 1993. After leaving the corporate life behind, she followed her dream and became a Pilates instructor in 2011. She is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and a Pilates Therapeutics Authorized Foot Specialist. She is a member of the Medical Fitness Network and a certified TRX Instructor. This year Ellen completed course work toward a Pilates Therapeutics Breast Cancer Restoration Specialization and a Pilates Therapeutics Scoliosis Management Specialization. Ellen loves learning about how our amazing bodies work. She is a body mechanics problem solver who believes that Pilates is for every body regardless of age, shape, size, or functionality. She meets clients wherever they are with their movement, encourages progress, and builds on success. She works to help relieve pain, improve posture, and make moving fun! She’s soft-spoken and passionate and she’ll get your body moving while focusing on proper alignment, flexibility, and strength. Ellen recently returned home to New Orleans and loves challenging herself with weekly adult ballet classes and other forms of dance, and regularly enjoys sailing with her husband on Lake Pontchartrain.
Jessica left Philadelphia in May 2016 and drove the 1,200+ miles to New Orleans in search of new adventures! It was here that she discovered a deep appreciation for the fundamental principles of Pilates and began to visualize a new career path as an instructor. She completed the 500 hour Club Pilates Teacher Training, becoming certified in Mat and Reformer Pilates, with specialties in TRX, barre, and Trigger Point. She feels blessed every day that she gets to help people from all backgrounds on their road to a healthier lifestyle. When she is not teaching, Jessica likes to stay active in her community. She volunteers weekly at a shelter for homeless women with children, where she plans to provide a free weekly mat class for the residents and staff members to de-stress and get healthy! You can find art by local NOLA artists on her walls and CDs by local musicians in her CD player (yes, she still uses CDs sometimes). Jessica's main goals right now...doing Pilates and living her best life!
Melissa, a New Orleans native, first began her Pilates training and career in South Africa in 2006. She went on to establish a thriving Pilates studio in Bristol, England where she served a diverse local clientele of all ages and abilities ranging from top athletes and the fitness-conscious to beginners and post-rehabilitation patients. She has returned to New Orleans to pursue a career in physical therapy while continuing her Pilates practice and instruction.
Melissa strives for excellence in her teaching and keep up to date on the current trends in the industry. She studied The New York Method in Durban, SouthAfrica, Power Pilates in Chicago and New York.and obtained PMA certification. She has completed over 700 apprenticeship hours and passed a number of rigorous oral, written and practical exams.
Michael Scott has over 10 years of experience in wellness and athletics. Michael was a powerlifter at LSU when he fell in love with performance theatre. He immediately switched his major and began his study of human movement through physical theatre, dance, and aerial silks. After graduation he moved to New Orleans and started a small company teaching calisthenics and meditation to members of the local community. He has since received certification in personal training and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His passion for teaching and love of movement drive him to influence NOLA to become a healthier and thereby happier place. Also, keep an eye out for him on film, television, and Netflix as he is a decorated professional actor. Michael‘s words of wisdom… ” Smile y'all! It’s just Pilates “
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