ALISSA Graunke, Instructor

Alissa started her lifelong love of movement by dancing around the house as a toddler - her mom decided she could use some help and enrolled her in ballet class at age 2 1/2. She danced ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern through college, and turned to Pilates to rehab after an ankle and knee injury in 2004. She completed her 500-hour comprehensive Pilates teacher certification through Body Arts and Sciences International under the direction of Rael Isacowitz in 2010. She continues to expand her knowledge of body mechanics through continuing educations seminars as well as experimenting with other movement repertoires such as yoga, kickboxing, and dance. She believes that anyone can benefit from the mind-body conditioning principles of Pilates. Her training provided her with an extensive background in traditional and clinical Pilates, as well as detailed training in individualized program design for a diverse range of fitness and special conditions clientele. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of students ranging from teenage athletes, pre- and post-natal mothers, clients wishing to enhance specific sports-related endeavors, and the elderly population.