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Melissa McNamara

Chicago, Illinois USA
Melissa is the owner of mind.art.core PILATES PERFORMANCE, rated the Chicago Reader’s “Best Of” Pilates Studio 2014. An Internationally recognized Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels as well as Total Barre. She has trained intensively in injuries and special populations, Pre and Post-natal, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and the creator of m.a.c. Pilates for Kids! She received her full Certification at the STOTT PILATES Corporate Training Center in Toronto, where she worked as an Instructor and Instructor Trainer. She has been highlighted in Wellness Magazine for her Pilates for kids program, on CTV’s Breakfast Television (Toronto) and has taught globally (throughout the US, Canada, and New Zealand). Melissa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at York University in Toronto, and in 2010, received her Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University, specializing in Body Mind Centering Techniques and experiential anatomy. Her creativity is witnessed through her classes, which are innovative and challenge the boundaries of Pilates and functional fitness. From the novice to advanced, post-rehab to the elite athlete, Melissa is able to weave her knowledge of biomechanics with her creativity and energy, creating fun, efficient and transforming sessions.
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Total Barre™, CORE™, ZEN•GA™ Mat
Masters, Contemporary Performance