Melissa has spent the better part of her life helping others in a successful career serving her community. In an effort to reduce the stress in her life she wanted to start a practice that would bring her mind-body connection to the forefront. In 2014 Melissa began taking pilates classes at Agile Monkey. It was through her pilates journey that she found its ability to lengthen, strengthen and stabilize her body while energizing her mind.
In 2015 Melissa was put on dialysis for kidney failure. Knowing how vital a strong body and mind was to the success of a future transplant she continued and even deepened her pilates practice. In less than a year she received the exciting news that a kidney transplant was available. Because of her physical strength and calm mind she was able to return to pilates after her transplant just two months later. This is what inspires her and why she wants to share pilates with as many people as she can.
Melissa loves to surf, hike and take road trips with her family and dogs. Her sense of adventure is strong and her drive to feel her best doing those things is found through her pilates practice. Ultimately she wants to share with you how integrating functional movements into a goal-oriented exercise program can help you live your best life too.
Dixie Mills has been teaching Pilates for more than twenty years. In 1993 Dixie became certified through the Pilates Center of Boulder, while pursuing an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Colorado. After graduating from both CU and The Pilates Center, Dixie got a chance to teach some of the healthiest and most athletic people in the country. The following year she moved to Seattle where she got a chance to stretch her rehab skills teaching at a studio near Microsoft. Dixie also worked with many teenagers in the Seattle area on building strength and coordination to support their sports or dancing pursuits (how wonderful to have the alignment, strength, flexibility, and connectedness that Pilates brings when you are young—please consider sessions for your teenager or college student!).
After 5 years of teaching clients, Dixie relocated to New York City, where she developed several continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers. She has since taught in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia and Hawaii. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Dixie has great eyes for seeing the body’s quirks, and great hands and words for explaining how to reach your best potential.