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Every time I complete a module with Melissa Kakavas at Evolve, I know I have chosen the right Pilates school and the right instructor trainer. Melissa does a phenomenal job breaking down the exercises so we can not only learn them, but understand their true intent. Melissa has a gift for bringing out the best in each of her students, no matter what their physical ability is or where they are at on their journey to learn to be a Pilates instructor.
The Pilates Teacher Training program at Evolve Movement far surpassed my expectations. The Program’s director, Melissa Kakavas, has an incredible understanding of the history and practice of Pilates, and of the Balanced Body training methods. She weaves personal experience, practicality and an enviable knowledge of the human body into her teaching. Melissa also has a unique ability to meet each student where they are, enabling us to grow as individuals, and as part of the broader Pilates community.
The BBU teaching materials are very thorough and easy to use as a reference. Melissa Kakavas is an excellent Teacher Trainer. She accomodated the various levels of trainees and respected all questions asked. I have been to many trainings/workshops and this was one of the best by far. Thanks Melissa and BBU!
My instructor, Melissa Kakavas, ROCKS! Melissa’s presentation style is fun, upbeat, informative, and thorough. She clearly knows her material and is eager to share her knowledge with all of her students, emphasizing equipment and client safety throughout the course. I particularly enjoyed the time spent on postural analysis and discussion about how to recognize tightness/weakness in a body and how to determine appropriate exercises for each individual. Examples throughout the class were helpful to emphasize this. Each exercise in the module was discussed in detail and guidance/tips on how to easily teach each exercise was provided. After taking Mat I and Reformer I, I definitely feel my knowledge/confidence growing as an apprentice. As a local student, I am grateful that Melissa continues the teaching process beyond the teacher training sessions. It is extremely helpful for her to emphasize principles and clarify learned material in our personal sessions. Looking forward to apparatus I.
I want to be sure that the folks at BBU know what a gem they have in Melissa Kakavas! Having been a PT for many years, I have been to a lot of courses. Melissa is phenomenal, explaining difficult material clearly with analagies and patience. She also has the gift of delivering constuctive criticism in such a positive way which creates a great learning environment. I am amazed at her knowledge of the body, for example, postural analysis. She has boundless energy and answered all of our questions and e-mails very professionally. It is clear to any student that Melissa wants you to be a safe and effective teacher.