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Diane MassikFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Certified Pilates Instructor at Motion Studies and the owner of Integrated Physiotherapy, Inc.
Diane is a Certified Pilates Instructor at Motion Studies and the owner of Integrated Physiotherapy, Inc. located at Motion Studies. She earned a BA in Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis before embarking on her professional dance career with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and Louisville Ballet. During her dance career she performed in excess of 100 roles including title roles in productions of The Firebird and The Sleeping Beauty. Upon retiring from the stage, she completed training as a Massage Therapist and earned a BHS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She continued her love of dance through teaching and choreography during this time.
Diane was introduced to The Pilates Method during her dance career and became a student at that time. Ultimately, she completed her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute and has been teaching since 2002 with clients of all ages and levels. She has worked as a Physical Therapist in numerous settings since 1995 with an emphasis on Manual Therapy techniques. In 2005, Diane achieved her goal of combining these approaches as complements of each other within the cooperative atmosphere of Motion Studies.
With a strong foundation in movement arts and science, her aim is to provide individualized instruction to enhance clients’ experience of movement and health. Diane is also a Certified Level 3 Educator in The Franklin Method®, which synthesizes movement, imagery and somatics into a unique and accessible tool for improved experience and performance in any body or movement discipline. She looks forward to sharing the benefits of this work with everyone at Motion Studies.
Marisol MayellFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Alexander Technique teacher. Qigong instructor
I have been interested in mind-body techniques since my early teens and have been teaching Alexander Technique and Qigong for over 20 years, both in private and group settings. Between 2002 through 2012, I worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Boise Idaho for the Integrative Medicine Program teaching Qigong exercise to cancer patients and their caregivers, and leading one-on-one relaxation therapy sessions for high-risk pregnant women at the Antepartum unit.
In the late Spring 2012 I moved to Northern Virginia and most recently graduated as a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator. This program has greatly enriched my knowledge in how the body is designed to function, deepening my understanding that any desirable change is truly a whole person process.
My interest is to keep delving deeper in The Franklin Method to better serve my students and for myself. I believe that successful learning is best accomplished when humor, enthusiasm, curiosity and kindness toward oneself, are part of the process. I offer private and group lessons, and am willing to travel to my students providing they live within a reasonable driving distance.
Damian McCannFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 06/2009
After six years of extensive training with Eric Franklin, Damian now offers classes and workshops in the Franklin Method. His goal is to empower his students with all the necessary tools to feel good in their bodies, minds and lives. Damian can relate to many, as he began his own exploration into the body/mind connection over ten years ago because of crippling back pain. Now, because of this regular use of the Franklin Method, not only has he healed all his chronic pain and sports injuries, but has found a deep and profound pleasure and love of even the most basic functions of the body. Something as simple as breathing or walking, or sitting at a desk can become an opportunity to heal. Damian applies Franklin Method to all his favorite activities: snowboarding, hiking, surfing, martial arts and has found his skills improving at an incredible rate. Because of the profound changes he has experienced, Damian is compelled to share this awareness with the world.
Tom McCookFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Founder and Director of Center of BalancePilates Teacher
Tom is an internationally recognized fitness and movement specialist. Beginning his full time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries and world-class athletes including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman. Teaching Pilates since 1995, Tom is a Master Instructor of Pilates and CoreAlign for Balanced Body.He has certifications through the PMA, ACE, along with being a CEC provider. Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method and is a Level 3 Educator and on the Franklin Institutes teaching staff. The Franklin Method has been an instrumental part of his teaching, offering an incredibly effective approach for improving movement potential and health. Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor
Irene McDermottFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013
Kate MersekFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Pilates Instructor
Kate Mersek has been teaching within the movement industry for over a decade for health care networks, physical therapy clinics, universities, and studios. She approaches her life and career with a high degree of passion, enthusiasm, and commitment. Kate is known for delivering thoughtful and creative sessions in a client/student focused manner. She has carved out a niche in working with sports/function performance goals as well as clients of mature ages. Delivering a positive movement experience with functional applications, Kate empowers her clients to prioritize and revel in their health and wellness.
Kate, BS, PMA-CPT, is a Franklin Method Level 1 Educator, a Polestar Pilates educator, Oov educator and a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor from Body Technic Systems, Inc. She has extensive training within a wide variety of Pilates schools in addition to GYROTONIC(R), Feldenkrais, Butekyo, difference dance forms and Iyengar yoga.
Bettina MuenchFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011
Just like Joseph Pilates, Bettina grew up in Germany where she took up gymnastics and later dancing.
In 1990 she co-founded a dance company with which she performed and for which she also choreographed. Successes included winning the South German Dance Championships, first place in the German Cup for Show-Dance and finishing sixth in the World Championships.
When she came to the U.S. in 2001 she discovered Pilates, fell in love with this holistic exercise method and joined a certification program at Body Precision in Rosemont.
Bettina always loved continuing Education. After traveling all over to study with great Pilates Master Teachers she discovered the Eric Franklin Method in 2007. She completed the level one certification in 2008, level two certification in 2009 and the level three certification in 2011.
The Franklin Method was the missing link in her education it changed the way she thinks about movement.
She teaches at her home in Malvern, PA, Main Line Pilates & Yoga in Paoli, PA and in Miami, FL.
She lives in Malvern, PA and Miami Beach, FL with her husband and her dog.
Shannon MurphyFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 2011
Shannon Murphy is a level two certified Franklin Method teacher. The Franklin Method is a part of her own practice as a professional dancer choreographer and teacher. She has taught dance and Franklin Method in Philadelphia public schools, community dance and art classes and currently trains dancers at Koresh School of Dance. As an educator, Shannon has taught at The Hope Academy, Hamilton College, Point Park University, Washington Jefferson University, and teaches a weekly Franklin for Dancers class for dance professionals in Philadelphia. As a dancer Shannon currently works with Group Motion, Kosoko Performance Group, SCRAP performance Group, and Idiosyncrazy Productions, where she is also the company trainer.
Pam MusilFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2015 University Professor – Dance Education
Pamela S. Musil, MA, is a Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University where she serves as an Associate Chair of the Department of Dance. She teaches Kinesiology for Dancers, Teaching Methods of Contemporary Dance and other courses within the contemporary area and the Dance Education major program. Prior to her work in Higher Education, Musil taught dance in a secondary public school setting and was recognized as the National Dance Association’s K-12 Dance Educator of the Year. Her scholarly research addresses pedagogy within 7-12 and higher education settings, and gender-related issues of dancers in adolescence, young adulthood and higher education. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, and Research in Dance Education among others; and in several arts and dance textbooks. She has presented at professional conferences throughout the US and in Italy and China, and has taught pedagogy workshops in Mumbai and Bangalore, India. Musil has served on the Board of Directors for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO); currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review; and is a past President of the Utah Dance Education Organization. She is a certified Level I Franklin Method Educator (FME). She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of seven brilliant grandchildren. She and her husband David love to ski, travel, garden, and spend time with family.