Meet Melanie

“Movement is an expression of the soul. When we move our bodies with awareness and intention, we have the power to change our lives. My teaching combines my passion for movement’s ability to heal and create balance in the body.”

Melanie has been teaching for 34 years, and is proud to be a third-generation classically trained Pilates instructor with a direct lineage to Joseph H. Pilates. She had the great fortune of studying Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods under the direction of its founder, Juliu Horvath. She is a licensed teacher of Fletcher Pilates. In addition, Melanie has studied dance and yoga for over 30 years. Combined with her trainings in Fletcher Pilates, The Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and The Franklin Method; she is also an ACE and AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Reiki I and II, and NIA instructor. Her longevity in her industry and life long commitment to her work enables Melanie to teach with exceptional skill, insight, creativity and compassion.

Melanie was the first teacher to introduce the Classic Pilates and Gyrotonic® methods to the greater New Haven, Connecticut area in 1997, opening the first Pilates studio in the area. She has the honor of being voted both “Best Personal Trainer”, and her studio PowerFlowPilates, “Best Pilates Studio” 2000 – 2010, for eleven straight years. Her studio is now located in Woodbury, CT in historic Litchfield County.

“It is important to me that nothing is lost in translation. My goal is to offer my clients the same exceptional experience and personal mentorship that I have received. My passion and pursuit of perfection has made me a leader in my industry. In my 30 years of teaching I have earned 20 certifications in my field, and have trained and certified thousands of private clients and instructors around the world.”

Melanie's mission is to provide the highest quality of personalized instruction in the Classic Pilates Method, the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Integrated Fitness Coaching. She is dedicated to her clients and committed to the work she teaches and practices.

My PILATES teachers: Susan Moran, Phoebe Higgins, Peter Roel, Bob Leikens, Peter Fiasca, Howard Sichel, Siri Dharma Galliano, Lolita San Miquel, Ron Fletcher, Cathy Murakami, Maya Aubrey, Mary Bowen, Brent Anderson,
Rael Isacowitz, Elizabeth Larkham, Kathy Corey, Julian Littleford, Kelly Kane, Kathi-Ross Nash, Dorothee van der Walle, Mari Winsor, Jay Grimes, Deborah Lessen, Cara Reeser, Madeline Black and many other amazing teachers.

My GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® teachers: Juliu Horvath, Paul Horvath, Billy Macagnone, Magali Massac, Angela Crowley, Young-Ah Kim, Erika Hassan, Leda Franklin, Kathy Van Patten, Jennifer Daly, Chantal Deeble, Nelli Lugo - Larcheveque, Tim McMinn, Miriam Barbosa, Elizabeth Holland and Lisa Pari.