Marisa started her journey at Thrive as a work/study student, and from the first day fell in love with the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the studio. She was drawn to Pilates because of its ability to deeply and uniformly challenge the whole body at once, while prioritizing safety, stability, and the overall health of the body. She felt it perfectly complimented her dance career as a way to gain strength and heal her back after suffering from a slipped disc. Marisa is certified from Drexel Pilates under the direction of Jennifer Morley, a 450 hour program including mat, mixed equipment, and reformer. In addition to practicing and teaching Pilates, she is a freelance dancer in Philly and a graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She is so excited to challenge students to be their best selves, and couldn't be more honored to join the team of incredible teachers at Thrive!
Marisa Illingworth instructs the following: