Marisa Merliss is a fitness and wellness professional coming from a background as a Pediatric Registered Nurse, Professional Dancer and Fitness Model. After a traumatic fall early in her dance career followed by multiple surgeries she endured debilitating pain on and off for years. In an attempt to heal and get to the root cause of her pain Marisa explored alternative healing modalities and discovered The Melt Method by Sue Hitzmann (www.meltmethod.com) and BodyArt by Robert Steinbacher (www.bodyart-training.com) After a profound healing experience working with Sue Hitzmann, she found strength and stability through practicing BodyArt, and has been back to full activity ever since. These life changing experiences led her to become a Melt Method Instructor, Body Art Master Teacher, Certified Pilates Mat Instructor, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Marisa currently teaches classes in New York City at Core Pilates NYC, Body & Pole Studio, Lifetime Sky and is working closely with Sue Hitzmann to develop and offer Melt Method Workshops to the Professional Dance and Broadway Communities. In addition to teaching, Marisa hosts workout videos for Qinetic Live and does freelance fitness programming. She is passionate about helping others live a pain free life and has learned to weave her healthcare/wellness knowledge with a love for fitness to promote optimal physical performance, injury prevention, and recovery. Marisa is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Minor in Dance. Go to www.marisamerliss.com to learn more. She is beyond excited to team up with her fit sister Becca Pace to create a rejuvenating wellness experience for retreat participants in stunning and peaceful destinations. :)
Becca Pace is a small town girl who has been living in NYC for nearly 15 years. Coming from a theatrical and dance background, she performed in musicals for most of her life. When an opportunity was presented to her to teach group fitness, she jumped in head-first and ultimately transitioned full-time into teaching fitness 5 years ago. Realizing her passion for teaching, Becca initially lead classes in central park. From there worked 4 years for Equinox gyms all over NYC. She is affluent in Barre Fitness methods, having created her own Barre Harmony program for DailyBurn. She currently teaches multiple formats at Lifetime Sky in Manhattan, as well as bodyART at Broadway Dance Center. When Becca was first exposed to bodyART and its creator, Robert Steinbacher, a new focus and love for health and wellness emerged. She connected wholeheartedly to the message of bodyART and the benefits this training system has for all fitness levels. She is thrilled to be able to share this smart, functional, healing way of moving the body in NYC and now in beautiful destinations all over the world with Marisa and REVIVE Restorative Retreats! Becca is an ACE certified personal trainer; barre certified, and certified in multiple levels of bodyART. Becca can also be seen on www.dailyburn.com/365 as an instructor for the daily live streamed workouts! See her class schedule via: www.inyourpacefitness.com Becca could not be happier to team with Marisa Merliss to share these two amazing, restorative ways to balance and heal the body and mind all over the world.