Conscious Body Pilates is a family-run business owned by longtime members of the Seattle community.
Heather Scearce, Founder and Owner
Heather Scearce is a STOTT certified Pilates Instructor and the founder of Conscious Body Pilates. Heather directs all membership, client services, and recruiting activities for the business. She began her practice in 1998 after a car accident left her with a severe back injury. Pilates was an essential part of her rehabilitation and full recovery. After a career in corporate training, she decided to pursue her Pilates certification at Bodycenter Studios in Seattle, WA and was certified in the Fall of 2006. She then opened Conscious Body Pilates in March 2007 in the Madison Valley / Madison Park area. Because of her positive experience with Pilates during her own pregnancy and recovery, she decided to specialize in prenatal and post-partum Pilates. She also teaches clients with a variety of needs from beginner through advanced, injured and non-injured. In January 2008, 10 months after opening, CBP expanded into a larger space in Madrona. Since then, the studio has evolved into a unique Pilates and personal training studio, adding to its team of talented, certified instructors, and offering a wider variety of services, including personal training focusing on core-fitness.
Heather’s goal as both an instructor and studio owner is to provide the highest quality of Pilates and personal training instruction to people of all needs and abilities. She finds great satisfaction in being able to improve the quality of life for her clients. Heather holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Christine Burgett took her first Barre class in 2010 and fell in love with the workout. Since then, she has been teaching Barre for the past 3 years at various gyms and studios around town, including Community Fitness, Denali Fitness, and Magnolia Athletic Club. She is excited to bring her passion and enthusiasm for Barre to a smaller, more intimate space at Conscious Body Pilates. Because of her background as a dancer, Christine brings a sense of rhythm and flow to her workouts, and incorporates aspects of strength training, Pilates, stretching, and ballet. She welcomes all ages and fitness levels and enjoys keeping the class fun and high energy, with a fresh playlist. She feels fortunate to be able to share the gift of movement and fitness with her students. She is also a licensed massage therapist.
Danica Johnson, a native Washingtonian, became a devoted yogini in her mid-twenties. After struggling with intense anxiety for years, she started taking yoga and yogalates classes at her local studio in Washington DC, where she lived and worked on federal poverty policy. As her practice deepened, her anxiety lessened immensely, and her profound love for yoga grew.
After three years of practicing (mostly vinyasa and dharma) yoga, a cross-country move back to her home state, and encouragement from dear friends, Danica decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training course. Because she is an avid traveler and has many ties to Spain, she chose to train with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga in Andalucía.
Danica aims to spread the love and light that she experiences during practice to everyone she teaches through a compassionate and energetic vinyasa style. She works with her students to cultivate self-love, presence, and body appreciation.
After 15 years of practicing Pilates and more than 30 years in the health care industry, Diane decided to shift her focus to personal wellness and mind-body health. She is excited to be joining the team at Conscious Body Pilates! She received her STOTT certification in Pilates Matwork in 2011 and has taught classes at various gyms and studios in Seattle for the past 3 years. She is also a STOTT Total Barre Instructor and is currently completing her full certification on the Pilates apparatus.
Diane believes Pilates exercise is a great way for men and women of all ages to build and maintain core strength and stability. She is a patient and thoughtful instructor and enjoys working with beginners as well as those who have an ongoing Pilates practice. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and a Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University. When not teaching, Diane enjoys traveling with her husband.
Emilie discovered Pilates in college and fell in love with its holistic approach. She continued taking Pilates classes after college while working in sales and marketing. Pilates helped balance the sedentary desk job and traveling for work. She decided to train as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor to help others realize better body awareness and live a more balanced life. Her priority is to help clients achieve their goals through a well-rounded whole body workout. Her sessions focus on gaining strength, building lean muscle, improving posture and moving more efficiently. Emilie came to the Pacific NW from Germany as a teenage exchange student 13 years ago and has made it her home ever since. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking and cooking.
Heather Lynn always knew that she wanted a career involving movement where she could help others appreciate what their bodies are capable of doing. She is in the process of going back to school to complete her pre-requisites for her doctor of physical therapy. She decided to make this career move because she really enjoys working one-on-one doing rehabilitation as a Pilates Instructor. Heather Lynn strives to help each client discover that their body can be more than a transportation device for them to inhabit; instead their body can make their life more fulfilling. She received her STOTT Pilates and Total Barre Certifications at Bodycenter Studios.She is very passionate about Pilates and plans to continue to use Pilates once she becomes a physical therapist.
Heather Lynn developed her love of movement as a dancer. She trained for 14 years in ballet and performed as a semi-professional salsa, ballet, and modern dancer.She is excited to start a new salsa beginner series in early 2015 at CBP. Her background as a dance teacher has provided her with the skills to demystify movements and find an explanation that makes sense to each individual. With this approach, she enjoys creating specialized treatment/training programs tailored to her clients’ goals: No Pilates session is ever the same.
Jessie Smith has been involved in fitness for the past 20 years. She is trained in both STOTT and SPX Group Reformer and has been teaching group classes for the past 3 years in the Seattle area. She specializes in contemporary Pilates Reformer training, TRX Suspension training, corrective exercise, weight loss, and post-rehab. She has also taught martial arts and self-defense and is a certified ACE personal trainer. She works with all ages, from 4 to 95 years old! Jessie’s goal is to create a fun and safe environment where her clients can discover how to push past their limits and achieve their fitness goals. Jessie’s love of music finds its expression in her creative playlists. Her combination of talents makes for a great workout and a fun group class experience. She’s excited to be joining Conscious Body Pilates.
Jo Winner is a STOTT Certified Pilates and Total Barre Instructor specializing in injury rehabilitation, prevention, and athletic conditioning. Jo enjoys working with a wide variety of clients looking to strengthen their bodies, realize their rehabilitation goals and improve their overall holistic health.
Jo graduated from Cornish College of the Arts, Cum Laude, in 2012 with a BFA in Dance focusing in biomechanics and kinesiology. Continuing her education, Jo is attending Northwest School for the Healing Arts to become a Licensed Massage Practitioner in December 2015.
Missoni Lanza has been a practitioner of the Pilates Method since the young age of sixteen. After reading an article in a magazine about the overall improvements Pilates can have on your physical health, Missoni sought out a Pilates studio to try it out for herself. She was instantly hooked and fascinated by the entire Pilates Method and became an avid practitioner. Missoni fully credits Pilates for inspiring a healthier lifestyle, relieving knee and back pain as a result of a head on collision, improving her dynamics and range as a vocalist and living with Scoliosis. “Pilates changed my life, it allowed me to gain a new appreciation and understanding of my body.” Inspired by the powerful impact Pilates made on Missoni’s life, she decided to become a certified instructor to share the method with others. Since receiving her certification at Pilates Sports Center in Palm Springs, CA, Missoni furthered her education receiving credentials from Stott, Basi, Balanced Body, Franklin Method and Kathy Corey. In 2012, she collaborated with J Lane Fitness to bring fitness and nutritional education to schools to facilitate more movement in children’s lives. Missoni’s approach to Pilates is creative while following the fundamental roots of the method. She addresses the body in front of her and what the body needs. In addition to Pilates, Missoni also teaches Barre and mixes it with the Pilates Method to provide a rejuvenating and challenging workout. Missoni provides Private, Semi-Private (2 people) and Group classes. She also provides weight-loss Pilates training.
Nancy has always had a compelling curiosity in movement and a deep interest in holistic health. In 2008, as the stresses of her modern life increased, she found solace in the deepening of her personal yoga and Pilates practice. She quickly awakened the insight necessary to realize her destiny of loving what she does while supporting others choose a healthier and more fulfilling life by becoming a wellness expert. Nancy began an extensive self-study and rapidly grew a tenacious passion for educating herself about the miracle of the human body, mind and spirit and how to thrive on all levels. She decided to make a dramatic career shift, quit her job in the retail world, and enrolled in and completed the Instructor Certification Program at Vitality Pilates, while also training at the Samarya Center for her yoga teacher certification, and becoming certified as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Nancy has used these healing practices to heal and transform her own body and life after spinal and brain injury from several auto accidents that left her in debilitating pain and mental anguish.
Nancy studies with local and internationally known master teachers, and relies strongly on her own personal practice and intuition to influence her teaching. Her teaching incorporates a strong knowledge of alignment and sequencing to ensure safety while allowing students to develop to their full capacity in the exercises. She encourages students to work at their own pace in a comprehensive and compassionate environment while also challenging them to move beyond their perceived limitations ultimately unveiling the innate loving energy that transforms and heals each of us from within. She is passionate and devoted to living and breathing wellness, and is grateful to share these transformative practices of empowerment with her clients, students, and friends. She is excited to be joining the team at Conscious Body Pilates.
Nina has been teaching Pilates in Seattle for more than 10 years. After a back injury and the birth of her third child, she began studying Pilates for self-rehabilitation. Motivated by that success, she became certified through the STOTT Pilates Instructor Training Program. Nina works with a diverse range of clients providing personal guidance in helping them identify and meet their fitness and wellness goals. She tailors her approach to the specific needs of the individual and works extensively with issues relating to scoliosis, osteoporosis and basic menopausal core instabilities. Through personal experience, she is motivated by the potential of Pilates to restore and revitalize the body and mind in all stages of life.
Rebecca Salsman is a outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bio-mechanics. She began teaching yoga in 2010 while completing her B.S. in Rehabilitation. Drawing from both her life as an athlete and experience with the disability community, she appreciates teaching to all body types and recognizes individual needs. Her instruction promotes breath pairing, precision, and subtleties without losing sight of the big picture. Rebecca is inspired by the Anusara principles of alignment, the eight limbs of yoga as outlined by Patanjali, and the playful movement and creativity of acroyoga. She believes yoga to be a powerful tool in finding greater mobility, stability, and peace. Rebecca is pursuing a license in Occupational Therapy and hopes further integrate yoga and medicine.