Megan Cairns, Founder, Pilates Instructor, Aerialates Instructor
Megan came to the Twin Cities from the Philadelphia area to attend Macalester College. After graduating with a degree in English she spent several years traveling, tending bar, and singing jazz at many Twin Cities venues.
Megan’s life changed drastically when she suffered a severe neck injury that required immobilization in a neck brace and the possibility of spinal fusion surgery. While her neck healed, the rest of her muscles atrophied leaving her very weak when she was finally free of her brace. Her physical therapist recommended Pilates as a safe way to regain her strength and help relieve the neck and back pain she felt.
Pilates made such a profound difference in her body that Megan decided to pursue it further. She moved to New York City to study, apprentice and earn her Pilates instructor certifications in both mat and apparatus work in 2003. She studied with Melissa Kakavas and Ossi Raveh, learning the original, classical Pilates exercises and choreography with an emphasis on anatomy, bio mechanics and modifications for injuries. Her apprenticeships at several Manhattan Pilates studios exposed her to many different approaches to teaching and schools of thought, leading to a rich synthesis of styles in her own teaching.
After two years in New York, Megan returned to Minneapolis where her clear, common sense approach and enthusiasm for Pilates help her connect with students of all ages and levels of fitness. Focusing on the fundamentals of form and breath in every session, she guides her students to develop better posture, alignment, and core stability leading to a balanced, happy body.
Jennifer Johanneson, Pilates Instructor, Aerial Trainer
Jennifer is a lifelong mover, movement instructor, and health enthusiast who loves helping others learn how to find optimal movement and health through pilates. She was a recruited diver, dancer, dance instructor and aerialist who suffered health challenges, which brought her to the mindful movement practice of pilates in 2000. She completed her certification through Stott pilates and has attended numerous continuing education workshops primarily with the Pilates Center of Boulder, CO, where she attended master classes. She returns to teaching after a travelling hiatus with a fresh understanding of how to help people discover the great benefits of pilates for their body. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.