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Lissa has been teaching and examining movement and fitness for more than 25 years, having personal and professional experience of working through many injuries, and is a confirmed anatomy nerd. She has also studied and performed a wide variety of both modern dance and Middle Eastern belly dance styles.

She is a certified personal trainer through NASM, and a Pilates teacher certified through the Kane School of Core Integration. She learned both Pilates mat and equipment through IM=X Pilates and the Pilates Institute of America before joining the Kane School, and eventually became a teacher trainer there, specializing in teaching biomechanics and how to work with injured populations. A disciple of the USA Shaolin Temple, she has trained in various martial arts, including taijiquan, wushu, and karate on and off over many years. Lissa was certified as a Dynamic Embodiment® Practitioner and Somatic Movement Therapist by Dr. Martha Eddy in 2013, when she also became a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator.

Lissa has presented her Somatic Anatomy® classes at conferences both nationally and internationally, teaching movement-based anatomy trainings to fitness, dance, Pilates, and yoga teachers all over the world. Based in New York City, she currently teaches at several NYC and Brooklyn studios, and is a proud member of the American Association of Anatomists. She is now a practicing Somatic Movement Therapist specializing in musculoskeletal injuries, and spends way too much time in cadaver labs (so you don’t have to!).

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