Erin MyersOwner, Instructor, Teacher Trainer
Erin Myers is a leading name in the Pilates industry and the Founder of Spiral Spine, a series of resources designed to inspire, inform, and ignite the scoliosis world. She is the author and creator of several products including the book The Beautiful Scoliotic Back and exercise DVD Hard Core Scoli.
Spiral Spine Pilates, the second Pilates studio Erin has established in the Nashville, TN area, allows Erin to actively pursue her passion of helping those with scoliosis through the practice of Pilates.
Erin’s teaching philosophy is simple: enrich people’s lives through anatomically correct movement. Her unrelenting mission to find the root cause of movement dysfunction combined with a light-hearted and understandable teaching style draws in devoted clients young and old.
Erin began her career as a professional dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and was trained in Pilates at the Kane School of Core Integration. She is a Master Instructor for Balanced Body Education, is a Pilates teacher trainer and is Level 2 Certified in the GYROTONIC® Method. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Entrepreneurship from Pace University in NYC (Cum Laude), along with certifications by the American Council on Exercise and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Amy ButlerTeacher Trainer
Amy was introduced to Pilates in 2000 while living in Virginia, where her husband was stationed with the Navy. While juggling her work at a domestic violence shelter and her husband’s Naval deployments, she began looking for a way to relieve stress and keep her body moving and healthy. Pilates was the answer! After Amy and her husband moved back home to Tennessee, she continued her Pilates practice and in 2010 completed her comprehensive training with Balanced Body to become an instructor. With a background in psychology, she deeply appreciates how Pilates can transform bodies through meaningful, mind-body centered movement. Years of collaborative work with bodywork professionals and manual therapists, along with personal experience, has reinforced for Amy the significance of Pilates for balanced strength, injury recovery, and overall health. By sharing her love of Pilates, she strives to empower others to take charge of their health and well-being.
In addition to being the proud co-founder of Nashville Pilates Company, Amy is a PMA certified Pilates teacher and holds a BA in Psychology from Western Kentucky University.
Lisa Chader is an entertainment PR professional with experience in a variety of athletics – dance, gymnastics and cheerleading – as a participant, competitor, coach and judge. Several years ago, she was introduced to Erin Myers who helped her discover Pilates as a way to help relieve her chronic hip and back pain. Lisa was inspired by Erin’s passion for Pilates and her commitment to helping those with scoliosis, so much so that the two began working together to launch Spiral Spine – a series of resources designed to educate and support the scoliosis community. After two books, a workout DVD, a website, a studio launch and countless Pilates lessons, Lisa woke up one morning and decided to be a Pilates teacher (Erin wasn’t surprised)! She soon thereafter went through Spiral Spine’s comprehensive Balanced Body Pilates teacher training program with Erin.
Lisa believes that Pilates is the perfect example of “mind, body awareness,” and aims to help others from all walks of life, feel their best.
Elisha Curb is a trained Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz instructor. She has over 14 years’ experience teaching around the Nashville area. She owned her own dance studio for 10 years and is currently teaching at Ensworth School and the Ford Ice Center. In 2007 she received a Certificate in Dance Studies from Vanderbilt University and prior to that danced with MTSU.
Elisha’s love for teaching the arts inspired her to better understanding the body and how it can have maximum functionality. Elisha began Studying Pilates with Balance Body Education under Erin Myers. Pilates has become a passion of hers and has seen it improve dancers’ movement abilities and overall function. As a teacher, choreographer and performer she understands and appreciates the importance of increasing strength and flexibility correctly. She believes Pilates is a way to prolong the life of a dancer and help everyone live better.
Along with teaching, she loves running, hiking, biking and horseback riding. She has hopes to help everyone reach their own personal goals for living the life they desire.
Kate Fleming began taking Pilates over 20 years ago to help with neck and shoulder pain. She quickly developed a passion for it because it helped her live pain free and also improved her dancing, her other lifelong passion. As time went by, Pilates helped Kate become a faster, more stable runner and helped her regain strength post-partum. After becoming a mom, she decided there was no better time to pursue Pilates as a career.
Kate has a degree in human biology from U.Va. and is interested in combining this knowledge with Pilates to help others create strong bodies, so they can move more easily and effectively through all that life demands of them. She enjoys helping clients find the balance between strength and flexibility that Pilates offers and creating creative routines to help them achieve this.
When Kate isn’t at SSP, you’ll find her playing with her son, dancing with her husband, and baking up a storm in her kitchen. She hopes to help clients live strong and pain free lives, so they can pursue their own passions.
Nashville native Aja Heinrich discovered Pilates in an attempt to lose that last bit of post pregnancy weight after having her daughter. She quickly fell in love with the unique workouts that Pilates provided and soon began practicing multiple times a week. Her passion led her to Spiral Spine Pilates where she began Balanced Body’s comprehensive teacher training program under Master Instructor Erin Myers.
Aja feels that Pilates is more than a great way to stay in shape, it’s a way of life. “Pilates truly helps anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle overall,” says Aja. “If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing!”
When she isn’t in the studio, you can find her spending time at Center Hill Lake or with her family and friends
Mary Grace LipsombInstructor
Mary Grace, a Nashville-Native, is a Balanced Body certified instructor whose focus is to reintegrate mind and body. Drawn to the fluid, gentle, and strength-building nature of Pilates, she found in it an expression of the body founded in acceptance while recognizing its ability to heal.
Over a decade ago, Mary Grace discovered Pilates after looking for a workout that not only strengthened her body, but also strengthened her breathing after dealing with asthma her whole life. Not only did she discover a healthier version of herself, but she also discovered that Pilates could be a way to address and alleviate many ailments. After being a student for so many years, she decided that Pilates was a lifestyle to her and decided to become a teacher, studying under Erin Myers.
Outside of the studio, you’ll find Mary Grace hiking with her dogs, rock-climbing, or most likely traveling with her husband. Her main focus is sharing that a Pilates practice can better the body for whatever hobby or lifestyle you have or want. In her classes, expect to reestablish the link between breath and movement, leaving with a sense of strength and stability.
Allie Myszka is a professional writer and a Georgia native. After being diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager, Allie underwent a 12-level spinal fusion surgery in 2007. Since then, she has continually pursued new knowledge to help her live a pain-free life and take ownership of her health.
Allie found Pilates and Erin Myers while working on a journalism assignment in Nashville. She quickly realized that she was called to be more than a student of Pilates, and she began Balanced Body’s comprehensive Pilates instructor program under Erin. Using her knowledge of movement and her love of writing, Allie has since worked alongside Erin to develop books and resources on scoliosis and Pilates for Spiral Spine.
Pilates has given Allie a path to healing and has allowed her to celebrate her body’s unique story and capabilities rather than focusing on its limitations. She hopes to help others experience that same powerful healing through movement so that they, too, can feel at home in their bodies.
When she’s not in the studio, you’ll find her exploring Music City with her husband and their dog, reorganizing her closets, or getting lost in a book.
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Pilates is better than Starbucks in the morning.
– Donny M.
The instructors rock! As a runner, I never stretched properly and Pilates has helped me to balance my body and in turn make me a better, stronger runner. Whenever I walk out of a Pilates class I feel taller, longer, and stronger!
– Heather G.
Erin has a wealth of knowledge about scoliosis and is able to break it down into understandable pieces for those with scoliosis, as well as those working with scoliotic clients.
– Prue A.
Certified Pilates Instructor, London, England
I am much more aware of my body moving throughout the day. My body is definitely more toned and feels stronger. I also like how individualized the instruction is – even within a group class. Whether it is the focus on the muscles, the stretching, the extensions, or following what my body is telling me in terms of how hard to push or how far to stretch. Something just clicked and I have virtually been addicted to Pilates ever since.
– Felice A.
Erin Myers educates those with scoliosis and their parents with a personal, heartfelt touch that every parent needs at such an emotional time. She’s made such a positive impact in our lives and has helped both of my teenage daughters manage their scoliosis with grace and confidence.
– Ginny S.
Mother of two daughters with scoliosis
I was surprised at how quickly I saw results. It’s definitely worth the investment. You don’t feel like you’re working out because it’s so fun!
– Shannon R.
My body has been transformed by doing Pilates. Now that I’m expecting baby #2, I am continuing Pilates every week. I feel strong despite all of the changes my body is going through.
– Julie Y.
I wanted to thank Erin for her incredible instruction and for igniting in me a passion for Pilates. She’s one of the best instructors I’ve learned under (across all fitness categories).
– Joanna P.
Erin is hilarious, yet focused and wonderfully responsive with feedback. And it is especially rewarding to see results in just one session!
– Eva E.
Erin has a very warm personality and is very passionate in her education of others. I learned more helpful information about my scoliosis in the first 30 minutes of being with Erin than I have in my entire lifetime.
– Maria W.