Meet Michelle

Michelle found a love for Pilates and quickly enrolled in the Teacher Training program of few months after taking her first class. She became a licensed Comprehensive Pilates Instructor in 2018 and Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) in 2020. The techniques, the movements, and the overall variety intrigued her to continue her practice. She discovered muscles in places she had never felt before and was able to move in different planes of motion with the assistance of the contrasting Pilates equipment. She looked for ways to improve the movements, create more modifications, and design fun classes that could benefit each student.

Michelle holds a degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Health and Wellness. She strives to help people mentally and physically. Michelle has taught Pilates to a wide range of individuals with varying types of needs. It has become her mantra to always have a modification for each individual as needed. Every student is a new opportunity to grow in her Pilates practice and teaching. Taking yesterday's information and using that knowledge for today.

Michelle's hobbies include swimming, hiking, dogs, movies, and spending time with friends and family. She is aspiring to become a better cook, learn to ski/snowboard, and increase her overall mobility and balance. Her overall goals for her students are to alleviate pain, increase range of motion and day-to-day activity endurance.

Lisa, owner/teacher of Mind Over Movement since 2008 is passionate about Pilates because it has helped her so much. She initially tried Pilates to help with flexibility and core strength. After a few weeks she noticed more flexibility in her hamstrings and lower back and was able to sleep better. After a few months she could see improvement in her abdominals, whole body strength and posture. She experienced how much better life was when her body felt good which allowed her to do the activities she enjoys.

Impressed by several unique Fletcher Pilates exercises, the emphasis on specificity of each movement and although very difficult at first, the percussive breath, Lisa was admitted into the Comprehensive Ron Fletcher Pilates Program of Study. She is certified to teach the complete repertoire of Pilates, including the Reformer, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, Wunda Chair, Ped-i-Pul and Mat. Additionally, Lisa earned the title of Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT).

Lisa brings a movement and scientific background to teaching Pilates. She was involved in dance, tumbling, swimming and waterskiing starting at a young age. In high school she became a springboard diver and continued to the college level. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. in Biology, Lisa previously worked as a laboratory scientist studying gene therapy, endocrinology, virology and cell biology.

Lisa continues in her lifelong pursuit of Pilates as both a teacher and a student. She is enthusiastic to share that journey with her students and staff.

At Mind Over Movement, our caring, nurturing instructors are dedicated to teaching Pilates to improve overall fitness and quality of life. We strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere that maximizes our students' goals. Private Lesson and small group Reformer/Tower classes with a maximum of 6 students allow for the personalized attention required to learn correct form, to understand how to move safely, and to realize the maximum benefits of Pilates. We want you to reap the benefits of Pilates such as increased flexibility, physical strength, physical and mental stamina, mental clarity and improved posture and balance.

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Pilates is great for your body! Whatever your fitness level, Mind Over Movement can help you meet your goals.

Meet John

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"One of the major results of [Pilates] is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body."

~Joseph Pilates

John has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of group exercise classes and working with individual clients since 1990. In addition to dancing professionally and teaching dance and theater, he moved from his hometown of South Lake Tahoe to Reno in 2005 to pursue certification in exercise instruction including water fitness, medical exercise, senior fitness, functional fitness and reformer and mat Pilates. He currently maintains certifications with ACE Fitness as personal trainer, AFAA for group exercise instructor and has certifications from Leslee Bender at Pilates Coach here in Reno. "I had been working as a medical assistant in Sacramento in 2000 till 2002. Seeing injured and sick people who could not or would not take care of their health left me feeling an even greater need to be productively involved in the efforts of those who desire to live healthy fit lives. Over the years I have been amazed and inspired by the lasting changes in health and wellness I've been fortunate to be part of with Pilates."

John's outside interests include lots of biking and getting outside to enjoy the big Nevada sky. He is active in dance and always looking for new opportunities to share performance opportunities with friends as we get back to a more social world. As a thrift store frequent flyer, John likes to find odd old furniture and refinish it from clunky to funky. John has been prolific in the Burning Man scene with creating costumes and accessories that have sold in local shops.

As for the future, John wants to continue to bring a variety of approaches to Pilates fitness and to continue to serve and inspire willing participants. "Continuing education and exposure to different teachers and their varied styles helps keep things fresh and socially connected. There will be many people coming back after COVID-19 and we need to accommodate and encourage them to start where they are and go from there. We can do it together!"