MICHELE-OLIVIA FRANCOIS (Apprentice Teacher)
Full-time Physical Therapy graduate student at Drexel University (2nd year) and part-time dance teacher.
Ms. François obtained a Bachelor of Science in dance with a concentration in physical therapy at Drexel University in June 2014. Her background includes over 2 years of experience in professional dancing with Danse4Nia, a Philadelphia based touring dance company. While dancing Michele went through many injuries, 3 knee surgeries, which encouraged her to incorporate Pilates in her life. Pilates helped her through her pain and build her strength. Ms. François studied Pilates training under Jennifer Morley at Drexel University. Pilates helped her find freedom from all her dance pains and also find new and improved strength especially in dance. But Pilates also helped her in daily comfort and confidence. Along with being a student, professional dancer, and Pilates instructor she also finds love in teaching dance and movement classes as well as staging shows, like the Nutcracker annually at the Wissahickon Dance academy.
Ms. François has been focusing on teaching movement as a source of strength, discovery and communication. “Change happens through movement and movement heals”- Joseph Pilates. In her Pilates classes you will work on balancing the body, mind, and soul, all while having fun. “It's the mind itself which shapes the body.”-Joseph Pilates.
GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTORS
Jeanna began her career as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and worked as a Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor at a local healthclub. It was during this time that she was invited to become certified to teach Pilates. Jeanna first was certified through PHI Pilates Mat and Reformer. Jeanna fell in love with the Pilates Method and the consistent results it gave to her various clientele. She went on to further her study of Pilates at Body Precision Inc. in Rosemont, PA, completing their comprehensive Teacher Program (over 725 teacher-training hours). Jeanna founded The Pilates Connexion in 2011 with a mission to share her passion of Pilates with the community. Jeanna's business goal is to provide the best Classical Pilates she can through not only her education and experience, but through hiring the most highly skilled and enthusiastic teachers to represent her studio and beliefs. Jeanna brings her background of personal training, athletics and gymnastics to her teaching and thrives from the benefits Pilates provides for all body types.
Jeanna also holds a special certification through the Pink Ribbon Program which enables her to work with Post-Operative Breast Cancer survivors. Jeanna helps women regain their confidence and range of motion to the affected area.
Jeanna resides in Swarthmore with her husband and 3 children and boasts that Pilates kept her in shape throughout all three pregnancies and is by far the best workout to get back to pre-pregnancy shape.
Elizabeth Morrissey has a Masters of Education in health education from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Master Pilates Instructor. She is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance, PHI Pilates as well as the Physicalmind Institute and has over 16 years of teaching experience in this field. She holds certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health and Fitness Specialist, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Madd Dog Athletics-- Spinning Instructor and YogaFit, as a Yoga instructor. She is also a Reiki Level II Instructor. Elizabeth has taught personal training for over 25 years and also in other areas of body movement, health and fitness. She has completed many marathons and triathlons and enjoys cycling, tennis, aerobics and skiing (water, alpine and cross-country). She is also a certified scuba diver.
Elizabeth has studied Pilates in New York, New Mexico, Australia, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona. She combines her professional health education background, experience and personal knowledge in creating a holistic approach to fitness. She continues to study extensively expanding her knowledge of the work of Joseph Pilates.
Elizabeth bases her instruction on the premise that since exercise yields many outstanding of benefits -- exercise is not an option. Her training approach is based on the continual scientific research emphasizing a conservative, supportive and fun way to experience physical health.
Elizabeth has helped well over 3,000+ individuals achieve their health and fitness goals with various modalities of physical movements doing whatever it takes to motivate, inspire and challenge. Meeting and achieving a goal requires commitment and focus; she keeps clients committed and focused.
All of our teachers have over 700 comprehensive training hours.
We are highly skilled to work with clients of all levels and abilities.
15 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081
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