Quality instruction is a priority in our studio, and we maintain the highest standards in teacher training in the indutry. Our instructors take continuing education classes to remain current. In addition to pilates training, our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds including dance, mental health, and fitness
Melissa Couch, PhD
Melissa is a STOTT trained Pilates instructor and a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice She first tried pilates in 2005 after a knee injury. Looking for a new form of exercise that could provide a similar physical challenge along with the mindfulness and meditative state of long distance running, she discovered Pilates.
“Pilates transformed me,” Melissa believes. “Like nothing else I had ever tried, Pilates changed my mind as well as my physical body.” Pilates’ focus on quality of movement over quantity was a new mindset that quickly proved itself very effective. She quickly came to believe the Joseph Pilates’ assertion: “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference; in 20 sessions you will see the difference; and in 30 sessions you will have a new body.”
Eager to share this discovery, Melissa completed the comprehensive STOTT pilates training program in 2008. She then taught private and group classes at Pilates Place in Lexington, KY. Combining her experience with Pilates with her training in psychology, Melissa developed a deep interest in the relationship between mental/emotional health and physical health. Teaming with other health professionals, Melissa helped develop and run a pilates program for individuals with eating disorders.
Recently, Melissa, with her three children, moved back home to the Binghamton area. They live with her boyfriend, Todd, and their golden retriever, Murphy, in Hillcrest.
Francine Finucan, DC
Dr. Finucan began her practice in 2001 after graduating from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City Missouri. Coming from a family of chiropractic doctors, Dr. Finucan practiced with her father in Michigan, and then moved her practice to the Southern Tier in 2004.
Dr. Finucan provides a variety of services in the triple cities and uses a gentle, non force technique. Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), Spinal Decompression/Traction Therapy, Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Graston Technique are all important components to her practice. In addition, Francine serves the Binghamton area as a certified Pilates instructor and incorporates the principles of building core strength a basic tenet of chiropractic health.Certified in Applied Kinesiology
Certified Graston Technique practitioner
Certified in Meridian Therapy
Certified Clinical Nutrition
Certified Power Pilates Instructor 2007
Certified Mad Dogg Spinning instructor
CPR AED certified
Peak Pilates certified instructor 2001
Scolio Pilates certified
Vivian was introduced to Pilates as part of a group health awareness program at her place of employment. She had been practicing yoga 10 yrs realized that Pilates offered another aspect to health and fitness incorporating mind and body awareness.
Peak Pilates Level I and II Comprehensive Certified
Since 2003, Erin Saddlemire has been providing quality dance instruction in a
variety of studio settings and workshop venues. She is a graduate of The
Hartford Conservatory with a double major in Dance Performance and Dance
Pedegogy and is expected to acquire her B.S. in Arts with a concentration in
Dance from SUNY Empire State College in 2020. Erin emphasizes the
importance of gaining a strong sense of self, anatomy, and kinesiology in her
lessons and classes. She has been a long time student of Pilates; She
recognizes the benefits not only as a dancer, but in one’s overall health and daily
functioning. She has been teaching Pilates Barre classes since 2013 and Pilates
Mat since 2014; upon completion of the level 1 PEAK Pilates Mat
Comprehensive. In her barre classes she fuses Pilates, Ballet, elements of Yoga,
stretching, and other dance conditioning exercises to make for a full body
workout. Erin loves how Pilates is challenging, requires a high level of
concentration, helps to correct muscular imbalances, and stretches the body
while strengthening it. She looks forward to her continued learning in Pilates, with
hopes to complete more PEAK Pilates comprehensives in the future. Erin is
grateful to have the opportunity to share her methods and insights with all of her
classes and clients, dance and Pilates alike.
Lauren fell upon Pilates after many years of dance class and instantly fell in love.! Pilates provided he strength training and mindfulness she was missing. She found the methods and principal of Pilates to be of great value in everyday life.
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