melissa francis, owner, master trainer, balanced body faculty

Melissa Francis
Owner, Master Trainer, CPT & Balanced Body Faculty.

My Philosophy:  I created Intelligent Exercise, LLC because I believe that movement, in any method, using good form, keeps us active, happy, and mentally aware.  When we are active, happy, and aware – our world becomes a better place.

My Certifications and Education: Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates Comprehensive Certifications from both the PhysicalMind Institute and Core Grace Pilates, and Pre/Postnatal Pilates Certification from The Center for Women's Fitness. CECs in Fascial Training including an unembalmed Cadaver Dissection and Fascia course, and many other courses. BS in Aerospace Engineering.   Faculty Instructor for Balanced Body, Inc.

My clients:  have included all fitness levels from professional dancers to Olympic athletes, to post PT prenatal/postnatal, and special needs clients.  I enjoy working with all levels because each person challenges me in their own way to become a better instructor.

My Mentors: I’ve studied with many amazing people including Suzette Wilson, Khita Whyatt, Nora St. John, Elizabeth Larkam, Thomas Myers, Lindy Royer, Tom Garcia, Carolyne Anthony, Portia Page, Zayna Gold, and Madeline Black.  All of these amazing mentors have added to and informed my style of teaching and enriched my knowledge. My fascination with the body, biomechanics and beautiful movement inspire me to continue learning and growing in order to have the tools and knowledge to then inspire all levels of exercisers to achieve and surpass their physical goals.

How and what I teach:  My diverse life experiences have enabled me to gain a deep understanding of how and why Pilates works, how it feels in your body, and more importantly, the positive effects movement can have in the quality of everyday life for every individual.  My instruction focuses on proper form, body awareness and positive feedback to encourage clients to excel further than they thought capable.  I try to incorporate a sense of humor so that each session is new, challenging, beneficial and fun.  I teach privates, duets, mat and reformer classes, Barre, Orbit, Core Align,  Fascia, and all instructor courses for the full Pilates Certification through Balanced Body Inc.   I also hold workshops to enrich my client’s knowledge of their own body and movement awareness.

I look forward to working with you and learning with you.

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