Instructor

Melinda James

Melinda Teutschel

Melinda brings over 20 years of experience teaching dance and movement education through health and fitness. She specializes in working with a wide range of people recovering from illness, injury, childbirth, and surgery. Through education and embodiment she seeks to use movement and touch therapies to empower those she works with to make smart lifestyle choices.


Background and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance University of Oregon
  • Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMTE) International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)
  • Certified Pilates Instructor (CPT) Pilates Method Alliance®
  • Franklin Method® Educator Level 1 The FRANKLIN METHOD Institute
  • Moving For Life™ Instructor and Participatory Arts Certification Moving On Center, School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research Martha Eddy’s DE-SMTT Certification
  • Massage Therapist as Somatic Educator CMTSE Alive and Well! Center for Conscious Bodywork
  • Holistic Life Coach (HLC) Level 1 CHEK Institute

Daily SMT Practices

  • Body Mind Centering
  • Laban/Bartenief Studies
  • Authentic Movement
  • Alexander Technique
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Hakomi Body Counseling
  • Pilates
  • Strength Training
  • Cycling
  • Running

Pilates for Lafayette • Moraga • Orinda • Walnut Creek CA

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