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BODY PRECISION PILATES INSTRUCTORS & STAFF

All of Body Precision's Pilates instructors have more than 700 hours of training.

Beth H. Downey

Body Precision Owner, Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Pilates Center of Boulder, 1997

Masters Training Program

Pilates Center of Boulder, 2011

CoreAlign®, 2014

beth downey, main line pilates instructor

 

Beth H. Downey founded Body Precision in 1995, as the premier Pilates Studio on the Main Line. Beth was trained by The Pilates Center of Boulder in 1997, completing one of the most comprehensive training programs in the country and received the specially recognized Gold Certification for Teaching from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the only accredited designation in the United States.

 

In Sept. 2011, Beth proudly graduated from the highly regarded Pilates Master Program at the Pilates Center of Boulder, completing 96 hours of continuing education to enhance her knowledge of body movement and anatomy. In December 2017 Beth completed the Kathy Grant Heritage Training, a comprehensive post-graduate program of advanced study taught by the renowned Cara Reeser, founder of Pilates Aligned. Kathy Grant was one of only two teachers that Joseph Pilates himself certified during his lifetime.

 

Beth is also certified in:
-Pilates for Pink Ribbon Program
-Pilates for Golf
-Yamuna Body Rolling
-Pilates for Buff Bones

 

Beth is also the director of the nationally recognized Body Precision Teacher Training Program for classical Pilates. Beth has been teaching Pilates for over 25 years and specializes in working with clients who have back, neck and joint pain, as well as chronic ailments. Beth graduated with a BS in Marketing from Penn State University and played on the Lady Lions Golf Team. She worked in the health care industry for fifteen years before opening Body Precision. Beth has always had a love of sports and is an avid golf and paddle tennis competitor, bringing a unique background to her Pilates teaching.

Cathy Raymond

Body Precision Pilates Instructor
Certified CoreAlign Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Body Precision, 2005

Franklin Method, 2012

CoreAlign®, 2014

 

cathy raymond, main line pilates instructor

Cathy started as a Body Precision client in 2000 on a friend's recommendation. Impressed with both Pilates and the teachers at this studio, she changed careers and spent a year completing Body Precision's Teacher Training Program.

 

Cathy not only teaches Pilates full time at Body Precision, but also is a workshop teacher in Body Precision’s Teacher Training program. Her continuing search for knowledge led her to the Franklin Method, which is a comprehensive study of both experiential anatomy and the use of imagery to improve function in the body. This combination helps her clients understand their bodies in a new way, so they can improve everyday movement as well as sport specific skills.

 

Currently Cathy is enjoying going through an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training program-which is reminding her of how much fun it is to be a beginner all over again! She also completed Cara Reeser’s Heritage Training Program in 2017. This focused on the work of one of Joe Pilates’ students, Kathy Stanford Grant. She was a dancer, choreographer, and a much loved and respected teacher at Tisch School of the Arts for years.

 

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Cathy has taught Pilates/Franklin Method there since 2005 to faculty, staff, and students.

Anne Schuster

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Body Precision, May, 1999

 

Kristen Coughlin, main line pilates apprentice instructor

Anne graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1974 and furthered her education at the University of Rochester in 1977. After working as a nurse, she stayed at home to raise four children all the while maintaining her passion for health and wellness. Years before Pilates became a known entity, Anne was intrigued by the Pilates philosophy of mind, body, spirit and began to take lessons at Body Precision. This led to Anne joining Body Precision’s first training program in 1998 and proudly becoming their second graduate. She later earned the Pilates Method Alliance Gold Certification for Pilates Instructors. Anne’s nursing background enhances her ability to relate to clients on many levels as well as her skills in working with diverse pathologies. She enjoys exploring the multiple ways in which Pilates can be transformative.

 

Additional trainings which have enriched Anne’s teaching:

  • Pilates for Buff Bones
  • Pink Ribbon Program for Breast Cancer Recovery
  • Kathy Grant Heritage Training
  • Eric Franklin Level II Education
  • John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy Training
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine – Functional Anatomy and Injuries including Cadaver Lab 2002 Yoga Certification

Arden Williams Saligman

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Body Precision, 2014

 

Arden Williams Saligman, main line pilates instructor

Arden discovered Pilates four years ago after a severe SI joint dislocation and found the Pilates Method life changing. After years of long distance running, yoga and playing competitive squash, Arden realized she was very strong in her limbs but weak in her core. Arden's doctor recommended Pilates, knowing she loved to be active and if she didn't take of care her injury, she would have lifelong problems with her low back. Pilates was so impactful to Arden that she sought out Body Precision's highly regarded teacher training program to learn more about the Pilates exercises and to share her enthusiasm for this transformative exercise method with others.

 

Arden graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she played on the varsity squash team. She had a twelve-year career at Penn, working as a major gift fundraiser before leaving to raise her three children. Arden lives in Wayne.

Kristen Coughlin

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Mat Training

Body Precision, 2015

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Body Precision, March, 2019

 

Kristen Coughlin, main line pilates apprentice instructor

Kristen discovered Pilates in 2011, when she bid on a private Pilates session at a school fundraiser. She had always enjoyed fitness classes, tennis and walking but was interested in trying something new. After her first lesson, she was hooked on Pilates. She gained strength, flexibility and an awareness of her mind, body and spirit connection.

 

In March 2015, Kristen began the Mat Training Program and never looked back. By early September 2015, she completed the program and began teaching mat classes. This is not just a job but a true passion for her. Kristen then decided to continue with the Full Certification Training Program and became certified in 2019.

 

Kristen received a BA in Communications from the University of Delaware and worked in Human Resources for five years before leaving to raise her two children with her husband.

Angela Risser

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

March, 2020

Mat Training

Body Precision, 2014

Advanced Mat Training

Body Precision, 2015

Level III Equipment Training

Body Precision, 2017

 

Angela Risser, main line pilates apprentice instructor

Angela began practicing Pilates in 2005, and immediately found it beneficial to her body and mind. Having been a dancer, she found the discipline and technique appealing as it is similar to classical dance training. After doing teacher training through the Physical Mind Institute, she taught Mat Pilates and yoga for a short time in Lancaster, PA.

 

After moving to the Philadelphia area, Angela found her way to Body Precision and was inspired to teach again. After completing the Mat Level I-III and Advanced Mat Trainings, she enrolled in the Comprehensive Teacher Training. Angela wants her clients to discover how Pilates can enhance their other activities and daily life while also having fun!

 

Angela has a BA in Dance and English from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington), enjoys practicing yoga, and is a competitive West Coast Swing dancer.

Terri McConnell

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Body Precision, March 2020

 

Angela Risser, main line pilates apprentice instructor

Terri came to Pilates as a happy accident. Her daughter, who needed to fulfill a high school requirement, brought a reluctant Terri to a Pilates class. What a revelation! Terri had always enjoyed fitness classes and working out independently, but she found a true community of fitness through Pilates. She started taking classes in 2010 and fell in love with not only the people, but also the process, the method and the results - strength and flexibility. Terri believes in positive reinforcement, and that anyone can realize enormous benefits from Pilates. Her instruction is both passionate and compassionate. Terri will ensure that your Pilates journey is enjoyable and your destination is a stronger, more confident you.

 

Terri has a BA from Fordham University and a JD from the University of Southern California. She is a Nationally Certified Instructor by the Pilates Method Alliance.

Teresa Steszewski

Body Precision Pilates Instructor

Pilates Comprehensive Training

Urban Body Studios, Atlanta, GA, 2014

 

Teresa Steszewski, main line pilates instructor

Teresa received her 700 hour Classical Pilates Certification while studying with teacher Patricia Russel, under the direction of teachers Brooke Siler, Dana Santi and the Authentic Pilates Union. Most recently she completed the Kathy Grant Heritage Training, a comprehensive post-graduate education program taught through the lens and experience of Kathy’s long-time student, Cara Reeser.

Teresa is also qualified as a TRX instructor for both individual, as well as group training sessions. Her enthusiasm for fitness has encompassed running, swimming, tennis, weight lifting, yoga and competitive sprint triathlons. As an instructor, Teresa enjoys challenging clients and helping them achieve their fitness goals through the practice of Pilates.


Prior to her training in Pilates, Teresa was most recently the founder and Director of Schoolyard Sprouts, a foundation providing hands on garden learning and edible education to elementary school children. She has also worked in the corporate and art and antique worlds. She currently lives in Wayne with her son and daughter.

 

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