Founder | Co-Owner of Ara Pilates and Movement
"Bringing mobility to your life, and embracing the strength within."
Missoni has been a sought-out Pilates and Movement Specialist for nearly a decade. She has received credentials from some of the industry’s leading educators, has worked with Movement Specialists and Physical Therapists, and has provided Pilates Instruction internationally. With a sharp eye and a strong intuition, Missoni is celebrated for her attentiveness, educated insight, and compassion towards her students. Missoni is motivated to help guide others to have a better relationship with their body and develop tools to promote a better quality of life.
“My job as a movement educator is to develop a relationship between the student and their body. When an individual has a mindful and an in-depth connection with their body, that’s when the real magic of this Method Happens.” - Missoni Lanza
Since the age of fifteen, Missoni has been an avid practitioner of the Pilates Method. She 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.” says Missoni. Inspired by the powerful impact Pilates made on her life, Missoni decided to become an instructor to share the Method with others. After receiving her Certification through the Pilates Sports Center training program (a PMA accredited program), Missoni sought out individualized training, mentorship, and guidance from other Pilates Instructors, Movement Specialists, Bodyworkers, and Physical Therapists. She furthered her education by receiving CEC’s from leading educators such as Real Isacowitz (Basi), Tom McCook (Franklin Method / Balanced Body), Portia Page (Balanced Body), Kathy Corey, and more. Most recently, Missoni has been participating in Madeline Black’s Immersive Training Programs to enhance her skillset as a movement educator. Her biggest influences are Heidi Byrnes, Madeline Black, Tom Meyers, and Stuart McGill. She has worked with a wide range of clients including: Athletes, Seniors, Cancer Survivors, Pre and Post Natal, Opera Singers and Vocalists, Pre and Post Op, Pre and Post Rehab, PTSD Survivors, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, MS, Lyme Disease, and more. Even though Missoni has worked with all populations, her favorite students to work with are those who want to learn more about their body and to learn tools that will prolong their health for a lifetime.
In 2012, Missoni collaborated with J Lane Fitness to bring fitness and nutritional education to schools in the Coachella Valley to facilitate more movement in children’s lives. Most recently, Missoni was featured on Nikki Naab-Levy’s Podcast, Pies and Lattes, discussing resilience in owning a business in the fitness industry..
CERTIFICATIONS | EDUCATION
Pilates Sports Center Pilates Teacher Certification on all apparatuses
Yamuna Body Rolling
Franklin Method Imagery of a Healthy Spine
Franklin Method Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders
Franklin Method Pelvic Power
Franklin Method Stabilizing the Pelvis
Balanced Body Specialized Populations
Madeline Black Immersive Training Program: Encompass
Madeline Black Immersive Training Program: Gather
Stuart McGill The Gift of Injury
“Working with Missoni has been such a gift for me! I’m so grateful for her technique and approach to our sessions. As an instructor myself I am so grateful for her kindness, empathy, and expertise that have allowed me the freedom to relax, focus, and work hard in our workouts! During sessions it is priceless to be able to get in the zone and work hard knowing she is basing my movements on specific goals for maximum benefit. Sessions with Missoni have helped me reconnect to my body in areas where I have challenges in movement. I have quite a few complications with my body, including Scoliosis, and I leave sessions feeling like those issues have been recognized, respected, and understood throughout my workout. I love to move, and no matter how well I think I know my body I really love that in sessions with Missoni I regularly have an “Ah-ha!” moment where I discover something new thanks to her cues! Beyond being a wonderfully experienced Pilates professional, Missoni is a genuine, talented, and fun loving person! Thank you Missoni for doing all that you do!”
- Laura H. | Pilates Instructor
“Being a woman of “a certain age”, I am well acquainted with the real struggles that exist between mind and body. We all want to be healthy and we all want our bodies to be strong and as close to pain-free as possible, but age and time often win the struggle. Or so I thought. I have been to a number of gyms in my time and worked with a trainer or two only to end up with more pain than when I started. I have done yoga as well, and while this suits me better than a gym, I still injured myself. So, what, I asked myself, can I do to gain strength, reduce the “jiggle”, and avoid injury and pain? And then I met Missoni, co-owner of ARA Pilates + Movement. It was as if the clouds parted and there before me was the answer to all my questions. The search is over for me! Missoni listens to my litany of ailments and simply says, “We can work on that.” She patiently works with me, movement by movement, and has made me more patient with my body. She is very mindful of every move I make and has made me more mindful of how I sit, walk and stand. Pilates is not a sprint. Pilates is not a “quick fix”. Pilates is not easy. But for me, Pilates has been what I’ve been looking for for a long time and working with Missoni is a joy. I actually look forward to our sessions! When was the last time you were excited about exercise? I am thrilled Ara Pilates + Movement has come to the desert, and look forward to the journey ahead!”
- Robin B.
“I absolutely love all of Missoni’s classes! These classes have done so much for my recovery, keep me injury free, and I get stronger every week! Being a runner and a mountaineer, this has done wonders for me… I’m faster, have more endurance, and just overall more solid in my athletic abilities. Missoni helps you to push past plateaus you didn’t know were there… cannot say enough good things!”
- Gretchen S.
“Missoni is quite literally the best. She knows how to push you to achieve while remaining sensitive to any injuries or other limitations, and she is remarkable in her ability to shape and re-shape a program to suit your evolving needs. She is also a really lovely, lively person, which makes any training session or class much more fun!”
- Barrett C.
“Missoni Lanza teaches with competency, passion, and enthusiasm that has positively influenced the value I place on my health. Her warm spirit and individually targeted strategies made my Pilates experience addictive. I have noticed positive changes in the way I feel, how I look, and the way I live my life since working with Missoni. I do not think twice about recommending her as a Pilates/Fitness Instructor to anyone who is serious about changing their health for the better.”
- Christina L.
“After two car accidents, and three years of unsuccessful Physical Therapy, I looked for an expert in physical toning, core strength, and postural balance. Also, I wanted exercise that shaped my body to be long, lean, and shapely. My results exploded after starting weekly Pilates sessions with Missoni. At first, walking hurt, sitting hurt, standing hurt; and sleeping through the night never happened, my body had acclimated to the car accident injuries, and compensated with poor posture, excess weight, spinal misalignment, and weak core muscles - all which lead to chronic daily pain. I, nor past Physical Therapists, knew where to begin, but Missoni knew. She began pointing out my body’s specific imbalances and then challenging me, teaching me, targeted exercises I can safely do to counterbalance past injuries and weaknesses. I have felt immediate relief, and growth over time while being transformed under Missoni’s instruction. My injuries are (were) complicated, so it continues to be a healing process, but Missoni enjoys the challenge of supporting bodies and minds willing to fight for wellness! Her education, experience and intuitive nature has helped me become more mobile, rest through the night, live most days pain-free, and achieve a long, lean, able body I can be proud of. An insider tip, her booty, and waist shaping exercises produce results fast!!! Simply put, Missoni is an expert Pilates Instructor who knows how to get results! I find Missoni’s demeanor to be approachable, trustworthy, professional, and passionate about helping others optimize their body’s strength and balance no matter their level of ability. As Missoni often says, ‘Everyone has their own journey; honor your body, listen to your body, and do what is best for your body!’ Working with Missoni is what’s best for my body, and my results prove it!”
- Jenny L.