About Marisa Lawlor

Marisa loves to draw upon all disciplines in helping people understand the way their bodies move and empowering them to take control of their personal wellbeing. A very experienced secondary school teacher and fitness instructor, Marisa has a passion for helping others delight in moving with freedom and awareness, understanding their bodies and simply feeling good! With over 30 years of experience facilitating dance and fitness classes for a vast range of participants, Marisa’s teaching is now focused on the multiple health benefits of Pilates, Body Balance and Yoga. From an early age, Marisa trained in classical ballet to Advanced level and has her Associate teaching certificate with ISTD (Cecchetti method). After a move into Contemporary dance in her early 20’s, she gained a Graduate Diploma in Dance and Movement in Education to add scope to her B Arts and Dip Ed in English and Humanities (Melbourne University). This opened up the opportunity to teach senior school level dance in both London and Australia. As an adjunct to her dance training, Marisa also holds certification as a Group Fitness and Gym Instructor, Barre Attack, Les Mills Body Balance, Body Jam and Body Pump Instructor, Pilates Mat 1&2 and Pre and Post Natal Instructor.

Marisa’s qualifications

B ARTS, DIP ED, GRAD DIP MOVEMENT AND DANCE IN EDUCATION, DIPLOMA OF MINDFULNESS AISTD (CECCHETTI METHOD) GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR ALSO CERTIFIED IN LES MILLS BODY BALANCE, BODY JAM, BODY PUMP PILATES MAT 1&2, PRE AND POST NATAL PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Marisa Lawlor

Read what Marisa’s clients have to say

We were privileged to have Marisa volunteer her time and run several “Move and Groove” workshops at the 2015 Batman Park Fun Day Fete. She ran a series of workshops for both parents and children involving a mix of yoga, Pilates and dance. Marisa is a wonderfully enthusiastic and inspiring instructor with an unparalleled ability to motivate and encourage families to have fun through movement. Marisa’s warm and extremely energetic approach gave both children and parents alike the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and enjoy all that “Move and Groove” had to offer on Fun Day. Thank-you Marisa for inspiring fun in families, we wish you every success with your programs, and look forward to you being involved in our Fun Day in 2016!

 

Katela Chrisanthopoulos and Jill Byrnes

2015 Fun Day Fete Coordinators, Batman Park Kindergarten

After a stressful week, it is wonderful to start to relax and breathe properly with a Pilates class on a Friday morning. With balls, mats and bands, the class helps my body and brain wake up and it makes the weekend so much more fruitful and enjoyable.

Janice Lucas

Northcote

A really enjoyable class that offers a great all over body workout. I love it.

Laura Venus

Northcote

I just feel so much better afterwards. I float out of class!

Mel White

Alphington

It takes quite a bit for me to voluntarily get up at 6am, but Marisa’s classes are always different, keep you on your toes and are delivered with good humour so you’ll always finish the class feeling like it was worth the effort. Having been to many different Pilates/yoga classes, I highly recommend you try a class with Marisa – you’ll be hooked!

Rebecca Collins

Northcote

I’ve been to lots of exercise classes and I’ve never found a teacher who makes me feel as comfortable and confident about moving my body as Marisa does. Marisa’s enthusiasm and enjoyment in taking her classes makes them lots of fun. The blend of Pilates and Yoga she teaches provides a whole body workout, with different options according to each individual’s strength and flexibility. Marisa has gone out of her way to suggest exercises which I can do while I’ve got frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Thank you!

Sarah MacLean

Northcote

I always feel fantastic after one of Marisa’s classes and really like the combination of yoga and Pilates. Highly recommended.

Tim Rolfe

Northcote, The Creature Technology Company

I love Marisa’s class. Thanks to Marisa I have found a balance and strength I didn’t know I had. Marisa can explain the movements, their purpose and provide encouragement and laughter all at the same time. I feel stronger and braver after her classes.

Sarah Coffey

Northcote

These classes are not about what I look like, but the way I feel on the inside and that’s why I keep on coming.

Melissa Mackey

Northcote

 

Marisa is a fantastic instructor, motivating, knowledgeable and uplifting. I love her classes because they have strengthened and sculpted my body post children and each class leaves me focused and energised. I’ve been taking classes with Marisa for over eight years and I couldn’t ask for a better teacher. She’s a natural.

 

Fiona Martin

Abbotsford

Marisa is one of a kind, she has an amazing ability to allow everybody to feel part of a group yet connect with them individually to ensure they are experiencing the best kind of work out for them and their needs. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing, with some laughing. Marisa is a pure professional at her craft, understanding just what the body needs and how it works to ensure you walk away feel stretched, strong and special.

NIkki Domeney

Northcote

Marisa is a great teacher and works hard to engage with all the members of the class in a lighthearted and interesting manner which helps to drive you to doing the hard work. The exercises that I have done in her class have really helped with engaging more of my core whilst running which has made it easier to perform at a higher level and the stretching has really helped during post run and supplementing general fitness. I look forward to many more years of fun core work!

Andrew Bowden

Heidelberg