Our Staff

Happy Body has positive, energetic, motivated, inquisitive, community-oriented and compassionate instructors and practitioners on its team. We are confident you will receive the highest quality care, attention, and instruction from all of our practitioners. We are comfortable scheduling you interchangeably across our exceptional team, knowing that there are often optimal matches of personality and approach. We advocate experiencing the diversity of styles available in our studio as you deepen and expand your movement awareness. We are ready to help you enjoy actively cultivating happiness in your body!

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Jessica Mark

Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor,

Owner

Jessica Mark
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Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.”Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body Mind Centering. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.
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Richard Mark

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Richard Mark
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Rich didn't really know what he was in for when he met Jessica. 🙂
Mary Beth Chandler
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Mary Beth Chandler

Pilates Instructor
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Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.
Kara Dillow
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Kara Dillow

Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist
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Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist, LMBT# 5309 in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment. Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area. They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy healthy minds and bodies. Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is. She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.
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Corey Dingess

Pilates Instructor
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Corey Dingess, an Asheville native, has been a mover and dancer for as long as she can remember. After being introduced to Pilates in college and quickly realizing the added strength and energy to her everyday life, she was hooked. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA from the Department of Dance, she made her move to New York where she completed her Pilates Mat certification through Physical Mind as well as her Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Corey then went on to complete her comprehensive Pilates training with Michelle Larson through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe NM. Always considering herself a student as well as a teacher, Corey continues to explore and learn through continuing education workshops. She also does her best to create time for her own movement practice; whether it be through Pilates, yoga, walking outside or taking a few minutes of quiet breathing.Above all, Corey is a firm believer in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle – one that is full of energy, laughter, honesty and gusto. She strives to share this with her clients and those around her. Corey's strength comes from a regular movement practice and teaching, as well from her loving family. Her husband and partner, Jason and their daughter Ava.She is honored to be a part of Happy Body and finds true joy in sharing in the mission to support clients in finding their place of happy within themselves.
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Paige Gilchrist

Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
Paige Gilchrist
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Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..
Renee Giles
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Renee Giles

Pilates Instructor
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Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.
Christa Hebal
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Christa Hebal

Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist
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Christa Hebal, LMBT#7047A little bit about me...I have been exploring the depths of healing through massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. While studying traditional indigenous healing modalities and earning my B. S. in Anthropology, I learned directly from the indigenous people of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, and Peru. After graduating from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy, and returning from nearly 12 months of volunteering abroad, my husband and I started our massage practice in 2007 in Asheville. I am also a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, and additional certifications include: Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, Vedic Thai Massage, Traditional Herbal Medicine.
Nature is my playground! I love teaching about aromatherapy,creating custom aromatic alchemy, exploring this beautiful world…and horse archery is a huge part of my heart and soul!
My intention is to be a bridge between cultures and modalities through an integrative, therapeutic, & creative massage that will thoroughly address the body, mind, and spirit of my clients.
My sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Shamanic Usui Reiki, and Clinical Aromatherapy. My highest purpose is to hold a safe space for healing and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening.

*~I am truly honored to be a part of your healing journey~*
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Jason Hebal

Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist
Jason Hebal
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Jason Hebal is a licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in energy healing and meditation instruction through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has also studied clinical aromatherapy through the Aromatherapy School. He has been practicing massage and teaching in Asheville since 2007. His sessions integrate various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Vedic Thai massage, as well as Acupressure, Aromatherapy, and Energy Work.
Inspired deeply by Cherokee teachings of the beauty path through a Cherokee elder, Jason has participated in community for over 15 years with ceremonies and teachings helping us to awaken awareness, open our hearts, and be in right relations with all things. Continuing to explore indigenous wisdom, he journeyed to Mexico, Brazil, and Peru working with retreat centers, local elders, and medicine people. Jason is deeply grateful for time spent participating in ceremonies, healing work, and sharing teachings of mindfulness and meditation. His intention is to facilitate deep healing, personal empowerment, and peace.
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Mallory Holmes

Pilates Instructor
Mallory Holmes
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Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment. Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and certified as a Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®. Other studies include; Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend, TRX and is a level 1 Gyrotonic® apprentice working toward her certification. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. Mallory continues to expand her repertoire of knowledge with each new client and course she takes, all offering new inspiration in her life long journey to attain and help others attain BALANCE!
Kris Mease
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Kris Mease

Pilates Instructor
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Kris’s interest in Pilates was sparked in the spring of 2002 after taking several classes in Sacramento, California. Though she had been practicing various forms of dance and yoga since her youth, through Pilates she gained strength, stability, and a better understanding of her body. From Sacramento, Kris moved to the Bay Area in California where she began training intensively with Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco and discovered a passion for teaching. She completed her teacher certification in April 2006 and became an instructor for Ellie Herman Studios teaching all levels of group classes and working privately with clients including those recovering from injuries or experiencing pain, athletes looking to enhance their performance, and pre and post natal women.She continues to develop her repertoire by attending various workshops and trainings, including rehabilitation trainings.In addition to being a Certified Pilates Instructor, Kris holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her emphasis was on social and economic development with a specialization in business and she completed her degree while studying and working in Nepal. Before beginning her teaching career as a Pilates instructor she worked for a small business development firm helping low to moderate income people start their own businesses. She now enjoys raising two children, teaching Pilates group classes and private sessions, and ballroom dancing.
Alex Moody
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Alex Moody

Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner ,Yoga Instructor
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As an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner and therapeutic yoga instructor, Alex Moody is passionate about providing this needed support to help facilitate comfort, ease and self-awareness for her clients. The body is a collection of intelligent systems that often get stuck in patterns as a result of the things we may feel or experience in life. If we can move the body into ease and meet the body where it is, listening to what it needs, we can then guide these patterns to unwind and observe the body as it restructures and heals itself. She is in awe of how Ortho-Bionomy is able to empower people in their body, mind and heart and is excited to share this with her clients.

Alex has lived in the Asheville area for over eight years and completed her 500 hr therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center. She works privately with clients and teaches yoga at Happy Body and West Asheville Yoga Studio and works as the community and social media relationships manager at Silver Leaf Natural Medicine, a Chinese medical clinic just north of downtown Asheville. In her previous life, she majored in creative writing at Appalachian State University and has her master's in higher education administration from the University of Virginia and was a career counselor for over 5 years.
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Ashton Peters

Administrative Goddess
Ashton Peters
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ContentAshton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!
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Megan Stewart

Pilates Instructor
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Megan was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she spent her days dancing, roaming the outdoors hiking, skiing and enjoying other sports. She began Pilates as a means of cross training and quickly fell in love. Megan graduated with a BFA in dance with a teaching emphasis from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. After graduating, she moved to NYC to attend Balanced Body University’s certification program with Pilates Reforming New York. After Megan received her certification in 2012 she taught in both Manhattan and Brooklyn for Finetune Pilates, Pilates Reforming NY, and Melt Massage and Body Work. Megan has furthered her Pilates education through a series of different workshops: Anatomy Trains, Fascial Integration, Degenerative Disorders, The Science of Pain, and others. She is constantly seeking new information and inspiration.Megan enjoys working with a wide array of clients. She is equally adept at teaching an athletic approach as she also explores the nuances of injury recovery and functional movement. Megan seeks to understand the strengths and limitations of her client’s bodies, individualizing each session to promote awareness, integration and new found strength. Megan’s belief that Pilates is more than simply a form of exercise encourages an integration of body and mind to support a healthy, balanced, functional body and being. Her own performance and sports endeavors also inform her understanding of the body in motion and her anatomy-centered, fascial approach to the work. Megan moved from Brooklyn to Asheville fall of 2016.
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Anna Szymanski

Pilates Instructor
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Anna Szymanski has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of its transformative results for herself, specifically as Pilates helped toward correcting biomechanical movement patterns, promoting mind-body awareness, and making her into a stronger, more efficient athlete. Duly captivated by Pilates as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAK in 2014. Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna loves creating art, being in nature, and is a die-hard recreational competitor at local CrossFit-type events. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!
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Graham Wesley

Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Adminstrative Goddess
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Graham moved to Asheville to explore the wonder of these mountains and the diverse beliefs and lifestyles they attract. Ever interested in practices that create space for deep healing, she soon began her study of herbal medicine with the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and completed the Traditional Herbalism program in 2013. Graham continues to study with and learn from the brilliant practitioners and holistic teachers in the area in traditions including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and medicine of the First Peoples, among others. She values the extraordinary character of herbalism as a healing method that considers the whole being. To complement her herbalism practice, Graham completed her yoga teacher training with the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014. She has taught Happy Body Outreach Yoga for kids and their families in low income communities since 2012. Graham practices herbalism and yoga with intention toward wellness of body, mind, and spirit, and she finds great joy in sharing these ancient healing practices with all around her.

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Jessica Mark- Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner

Jessica greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.”

Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body Mind Centering. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

 

Mary Beth Chandler – Pilates Instructor

Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.
Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

Gina Marie DeBreto – Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Gina moved to Asheville from the frozen north near Lake Superior to explore and experience mountain life and become immersed in the thriving holistic health community in Asheville. After employing natural health alternatives to work her way back from her own health crisis, she found herself discovering her own healing potential.  This lead her to change course into natural medicine and ultimately Shiatsu Therapy.  She received her diploma in Shiatsu from CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis, MN.  Her biggest passion in bodywork is to work with hospice patients and their families and she genuinely loves working with anyone who is dedicated to improving their health and well-being.  Her previous life was spent in the field of environmental studies and she is passionate about caring for our bodies as our immediate environment and temple, and engaging in healthy stewardship of our Earth home.  “I thrive off of facilitating people’s journeys in becoming more comfortable in and connected with their bodies.”  Along with Shiatsu, Gina offers Cupping and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

Kara Dillow – Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist LMBT# 5309

Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University.  She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life.  Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist  in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area.  Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment.  Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area.  They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy healthy minds and bodies.  Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is.  She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.

Corey Dingess – Pilates Instructor

Corey, an Asheville native, has been a mover and dancer for as long as she can remember. After being introduced to Pilates in college and quickly realizing the added strength and energy to her everyday life, she was hooked. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA from the Department of Dance, she made her move to New York where she completed her Pilates Mat certification through Physical Mind as well as her Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Corey then went on to complete her comprehensive Pilates training with Michelle Larson through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe NM. Always considering herself a student as well as a teacher, Corey continues to explore and learn through continuing education workshops. She also does her best to create time for her own movement practice; whether it be through Pilates, yoga, walking outside or taking a few minutes of quiet breathing.

Above all, Corey is a firm believer in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle – one that is full of energy, laughter, honesty and gusto. She strives to share this with her clients and those around her. Corey’s strength comes from a regular movement practice and teaching, as well from her loving family. Her husband and partner, Jason and their daughter Ava.

She is honored to be a part of Happy Body and finds true joy in sharing in the mission to support clients in finding their place of happy within themselves.

Heather Foss – Massage Therapist LMBT # 8714

Inspiration, passion, and intention have always been the focus qualities of life for Heather. She became clear about wanting to share the path of proactive health early on and in 2006 made the move to North Carolina, where she found herself surrounded by a multi-faceted healing community. She attended the North Carolina School of Natural Healing to become a massage therapist in 2007. Heather believes that massage therapy is an extremely effective tool in accessing not only relief and relaxation, but also creativity and intuition. To bring our awareness more fully into our bodies opens up the door to true healing. Heather’s massage style is flowing and rhythmic, focusing the body’s attention on ease and away from pain and restriction. She creates an atmosphere of support and non-judgement, allowing for gentle unwinding and release.

Paige Gilchrist – Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world.

Renee Giles – Pilates Instructor

Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

Christa Hebal – Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist LMBT#7047

I have been exploring the depths of healing through massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. While studying traditional indigenous healing modalities and earning my B. S. in Anthropology, I learned directly from the indigenous people of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, and Peru. After graduating from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy, and returning from nearly 12 months of volunteering abroad, my husband and I started our massage practice in 2007 in Asheville. I am also a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, and additional certifications include: Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, Vedic Thai Massage, Traditional Herbal Medicine.
Nature is my playground! I love teaching about aromatherapy,creating custom aromatic alchemy, exploring this beautiful world…and horse archery is a huge part of my heart and soul!  My intention is to be a bridge between cultures and modalities through an integrative, therapeutic, & creative massage that will thoroughly address the body, mind, and spirit of my clients.  My sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Shamanic Usui Reiki, and Clinical Aromatherapy. My highest purpose is to hold a safe space for healing and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening.
*~I am truly honored to be a part of your healing journey~*

Jason Hebal: Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist NC LMBT #7042

Jason Hebal is a licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in energy healing and meditation instruction through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has also studied clinical aromatherapy through the Aromatherapy School. He has been practicing massage and teaching in Asheville since 2007. His sessions integrate various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Vedic Thai massage, as well as Acupressure, Aromatherapy, and Energy Work.

Inspired deeply by Cherokee teachings of the beauty path through a Cherokee elder, Jason has participated in community for over 15 years with ceremonies and teachings helping us to awaken awareness, open our hearts, and be in right relations with all things. Continuing to explore indigenous wisdom, he journeyed to Mexico, Brazil, and Peru working with retreat centers, local elders, and medicine people. Jason is deeply grateful for time spent participating in ceremonies, healing work, and sharing teachings of mindfulness and meditation. His intention is to facilitate deep healing, personal empowerment, and peace.

Mallory Holmes – Pilates Instructor

Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment. Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and certified as a Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®. Other studies include; Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend, TRX and is a level 1 Gyrotonic® apprentice working toward her certification. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. Mallory continues to expand her repertoire of knowledge with each new client and course she takes, all offering new inspiration in her life long journey to attain and help others attain BALANCE!

Kris Mease – Pilates Instructor

Kris’s interest in Pilates was sparked in the spring of 2002 after taking several classes in Sacramento, California. Though she had been practicing various forms of dance and yoga since her youth, through Pilates she gained strength, stability, and a better understanding of her body. From Sacramento, Kris moved to the Bay Area in California where she began training intensively with Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco and discovered a passion for teaching. She completed her teacher certification in April 2006 and became an instructor for Ellie Herman Studios teaching all levels of group classes and working privately with clients including those recovering from injuries or experiencing pain, athletes looking to enhance their performance, and pre and post natal women.

She continues to develop her repertoire by attending various workshops and trainings, including rehabilitation trainings.

In addition to being a Certified Pilates Instructor, Kris holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her emphasis was on social and economic development with a specialization in business and she completed her degree while studying and working in Nepal. Before beginning her teaching career as a Pilates instructor she worked for a small business development firm helping low to moderate income people start their own businesses. She now enjoys raising two children, teaching Pilates group classes and private sessions, and ballroom dancing.

Alex Moody – Yoga Instructor

Alex Moody has been teaching yoga for over six years and is happy to call Asheville her home. She first discovered yoga in her living room in high school when her cousin Ralph, a cooler and older professional violist, showed her eagle pose. Not having any studios in the town in Northern Virginia town where she grew up, Alex first learned about the poses from the TV show Exhale with Steve Ross. Years later, while suffering from migraine headaches in graduate school at the University of Virginia, Alex began a regular practice.
Alex did both her 230-hour and 500-hour yoga therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center and graduated from Appalachian as a creative writing major (which, yes, she even uses while teaching yoga, yes). Alex is the Wellness Program Developer for Amazon­Andes Sky and assists in organizing yoga retreats in Ecuador every year.

Alex is also available for one­-on­-one yoga therapy work and is currently training in Ortho­Bionomy techniques to work more fully with the parasympathetic nervous system. A self-proclaimed yoga mutt (and exercise mutt, she loves Pilates and CrossFit) Alex loves to learn about yoga from all different styles. She always relates to instructors who talk about their practice off of the mat and has studied with many instructors in Asheville as well as Michael Stone, Amy Weintraub, Steve Ross, Kathryn Budig, Heather Tiddens, and Bryan Kest.

Taylor Pollio – Functional Movement Instructor, Personal Trainer  

Taylor Pollio began his career as a fitness professional in 2005 at Philadelphia Sports Clubs. Having certified through NASM and ISSA, he worked mostly with the Optimum Performance Model to ensure safety and appropriate progression of training for his clientele. Taylor knew though that with a more individual specific system of training and a more diverse skill set, he could get greater results for his clients and become a greater professional in a changing industry.

Taylor’s search for the ‘perfect system’ brought him to study Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching. Ki-Hara emphasizes the development of strength simultaneously within flexibility. This revolutionary stretching system has been widely promoted by Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres. Taylor studied directly under Dara’s trainers. After completion of his Ki-Hara training, Taylor spent a month at SomaVeda College for Natural Medicine where he became a certified Thai Therapist. This gave him a greater awareness of the body/mind/spirit connection and awakened him to Energy Therapies such as Reiki and Breath Work Integration.

Taylor’s most recent work with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) allow him to assess movement patterns and muscle relationships before designing an appropriate exercise program for any individual. His work with Anatomy in Motion deepened his understanding of movement and gait even further. Taylor currently offers private customized training and group classes in Movement Awareness, Functional Mobility and Gait Training.

Anna Szymanski- Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer 

Anna Szymanski likes to joke that she has “exercise A.D.D.” (Oh look, something shiny!)  She has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high intensity weightlifting workouts.  When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of Pilates results for herself, specifically as it helped to correct some asymmetries and biomechanical movement patterns from mild scoliosis.  Duly captivated by the transformative practice of Pilates and its duality of mind-body awareness, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAK in 2014.  Anna believes Pilates is the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, and a modality that is relevant to everyone no matter what their health journey and goals!

In addition, Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Anna holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science and is an adjunct faculty member at A-B Tech in the Health & Fitness Science department.

A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna also loves creating art and being in nature.  Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

Tucker Waldron – Yoga Instructor

Tucker graduated from the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training.  Tucker is a devoted and passionate practitioner of yoga and hopes to open others up to what he has discovered through years of practice.  Through his pursuit of Yoga he learned to be more patient and less absorbed in results and expectations.  His teachers and his search inward have introduced him to vegetarianism and a healthier lifestyle while reuniting him with a spirituality and creativity he had not previously experienced.  To share these gifts and facilitate people on their personal path to enlightenment is his ultimate goal.  As a former Division 1 collegiate swimmer and now runner and rock climber, Tucker teaches from experience with the human boy and uses the wisdom passed down from his teachers to incorporate theory and practice in yoga classes.

Graham Wesley – Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Adminstrative Goddess

Graham moved to Asheville to explore the wonder of these mountains and the diverse beliefs and lifestyles they attract. Ever interested in practices that create space for deep healing, she soon began her study of herbal medicine with the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and completed the Traditional Herbalism program in 2013. Graham continues to study with and learn from the brilliant practitioners and holistic teachers in the area in traditions including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and medicine of the First Peoples, among others.  She values the extraordinary character of herbalism as a healing method that considers the whole being. To complement her herbalism practice, Graham completed her yoga teacher training with the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014. She has taught Happy Body Outreach Yoga for kids and their families in low income communities since 2012. Graham practices herbalism and yoga with intention toward wellness of body, mind, and spirit, and she finds great joy in sharing these ancient healing practices with all around her.

 

  • “ I’m just having so much fun I forget it’s work! ”

    Jen R

  • “ I am just very grateful to you all. I love Happy Body! I feel strong in a much deeper way. ”

    Tammy S

  • “ When I first started here my body hurt all over. Now I feel freedom, spaciousness and incredible strength! ”

    Judy Mc

  • “ My body is amazing since I started doing Pilates at HB. I was at the point that hips and shoulders (were) falling apart – all better now, not to mention new body shape. ”

    Maria W

  • “ I understand my body like never before. I have tools to carry through my life everyday. You are all inspiring because you are learning and sharing continuously! ”

    Laura M

  • “ I recommend our patients to your facility because of your attention to body mechanics and “core” principles. Also, that you keep your classes small so that you can make the corrections needed for each client. You don’t push clients past their capability. ”

    Joanne G

  • “ The concentration on individual body parts in normal daytime activity – are my shoulders down, bringing lower abs in and up, etc. I am much happier with my posture and strength. ”

    Shelley B

  • “ Every time I leave Happy Body after Pilates I feel great! I gain strength and flexibility while having fun. The instructors are incredibly supportive and knowledgable. I highly recommend Happy Body if you want to love caring for your body. ”

    Lisa S.

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Jessica Mark

Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor,

Owner

Jessica Mark
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Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.”Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body Mind Centering. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.
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Richard Mark

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Richard Mark
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Rich didn't really know what he was in for when he met Jessica. 🙂
Mary Beth Chandler
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Mary Beth Chandler

Pilates Instructor
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Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.
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Kara Dillow

Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist
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Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist, LMBT# 5309 in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment. Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area. They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy healthy minds and bodies. Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is. She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.
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Corey Dingess

Pilates Instructor
Corey Dingess
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Corey Dingess, an Asheville native, has been a mover and dancer for as long as she can remember. After being introduced to Pilates in college and quickly realizing the added strength and energy to her everyday life, she was hooked. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA from the Department of Dance, she made her move to New York where she completed her Pilates Mat certification through Physical Mind as well as her Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Corey then went on to complete her comprehensive Pilates training with Michelle Larson through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe NM. Always considering herself a student as well as a teacher, Corey continues to explore and learn through continuing education workshops. She also does her best to create time for her own movement practice; whether it be through Pilates, yoga, walking outside or taking a few minutes of quiet breathing.Above all, Corey is a firm believer in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle – one that is full of energy, laughter, honesty and gusto. She strives to share this with her clients and those around her. Corey's strength comes from a regular movement practice and teaching, as well from her loving family. Her husband and partner, Jason and their daughter Ava.She is honored to be a part of Happy Body and finds true joy in sharing in the mission to support clients in finding their place of happy within themselves.
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Paige Gilchrist

Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
Paige Gilchrist
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Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..
Renee Giles
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Renee Giles

Pilates Instructor
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Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.
Christa Hebal
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Christa Hebal

Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist
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Christa Hebal, LMBT#7047A little bit about me...I have been exploring the depths of healing through massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. While studying traditional indigenous healing modalities and earning my B. S. in Anthropology, I learned directly from the indigenous people of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, and Peru. After graduating from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy, and returning from nearly 12 months of volunteering abroad, my husband and I started our massage practice in 2007 in Asheville. I am also a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, and additional certifications include: Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, Vedic Thai Massage, Traditional Herbal Medicine.
Nature is my playground! I love teaching about aromatherapy,creating custom aromatic alchemy, exploring this beautiful world…and horse archery is a huge part of my heart and soul!
My intention is to be a bridge between cultures and modalities through an integrative, therapeutic, & creative massage that will thoroughly address the body, mind, and spirit of my clients.
My sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Shamanic Usui Reiki, and Clinical Aromatherapy. My highest purpose is to hold a safe space for healing and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening.

*~I am truly honored to be a part of your healing journey~*
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Jason Hebal

Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist
Jason Hebal
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Jason Hebal is a licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in energy healing and meditation instruction through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has also studied clinical aromatherapy through the Aromatherapy School. He has been practicing massage and teaching in Asheville since 2007. His sessions integrate various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Vedic Thai massage, as well as Acupressure, Aromatherapy, and Energy Work.
Inspired deeply by Cherokee teachings of the beauty path through a Cherokee elder, Jason has participated in community for over 15 years with ceremonies and teachings helping us to awaken awareness, open our hearts, and be in right relations with all things. Continuing to explore indigenous wisdom, he journeyed to Mexico, Brazil, and Peru working with retreat centers, local elders, and medicine people. Jason is deeply grateful for time spent participating in ceremonies, healing work, and sharing teachings of mindfulness and meditation. His intention is to facilitate deep healing, personal empowerment, and peace.
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Mallory Holmes

Pilates Instructor
Mallory Holmes
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Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment. Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and certified as a Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®. Other studies include; Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend, TRX and is a level 1 Gyrotonic® apprentice working toward her certification. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. Mallory continues to expand her repertoire of knowledge with each new client and course she takes, all offering new inspiration in her life long journey to attain and help others attain BALANCE!
Kris Mease
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Kris Mease

Pilates Instructor
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Kris’s interest in Pilates was sparked in the spring of 2002 after taking several classes in Sacramento, California. Though she had been practicing various forms of dance and yoga since her youth, through Pilates she gained strength, stability, and a better understanding of her body. From Sacramento, Kris moved to the Bay Area in California where she began training intensively with Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco and discovered a passion for teaching. She completed her teacher certification in April 2006 and became an instructor for Ellie Herman Studios teaching all levels of group classes and working privately with clients including those recovering from injuries or experiencing pain, athletes looking to enhance their performance, and pre and post natal women.She continues to develop her repertoire by attending various workshops and trainings, including rehabilitation trainings.In addition to being a Certified Pilates Instructor, Kris holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her emphasis was on social and economic development with a specialization in business and she completed her degree while studying and working in Nepal. Before beginning her teaching career as a Pilates instructor she worked for a small business development firm helping low to moderate income people start their own businesses. She now enjoys raising two children, teaching Pilates group classes and private sessions, and ballroom dancing.
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Alex Moody

Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner ,Yoga Instructor
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As an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner and therapeutic yoga instructor, Alex Moody is passionate about providing this needed support to help facilitate comfort, ease and self-awareness for her clients. The body is a collection of intelligent systems that often get stuck in patterns as a result of the things we may feel or experience in life. If we can move the body into ease and meet the body where it is, listening to what it needs, we can then guide these patterns to unwind and observe the body as it restructures and heals itself. She is in awe of how Ortho-Bionomy is able to empower people in their body, mind and heart and is excited to share this with her clients.

Alex has lived in the Asheville area for over eight years and completed her 500 hr therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center. She works privately with clients and teaches yoga at Happy Body and West Asheville Yoga Studio and works as the community and social media relationships manager at Silver Leaf Natural Medicine, a Chinese medical clinic just north of downtown Asheville. In her previous life, she majored in creative writing at Appalachian State University and has her master's in higher education administration from the University of Virginia and was a career counselor for over 5 years.
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Ashton Peters

Administrative Goddess
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ContentAshton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!
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Megan Stewart

Pilates Instructor
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Megan was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she spent her days dancing, roaming the outdoors hiking, skiing and enjoying other sports. She began Pilates as a means of cross training and quickly fell in love. Megan graduated with a BFA in dance with a teaching emphasis from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. After graduating, she moved to NYC to attend Balanced Body University’s certification program with Pilates Reforming New York. After Megan received her certification in 2012 she taught in both Manhattan and Brooklyn for Finetune Pilates, Pilates Reforming NY, and Melt Massage and Body Work. Megan has furthered her Pilates education through a series of different workshops: Anatomy Trains, Fascial Integration, Degenerative Disorders, The Science of Pain, and others. She is constantly seeking new information and inspiration.Megan enjoys working with a wide array of clients. She is equally adept at teaching an athletic approach as she also explores the nuances of injury recovery and functional movement. Megan seeks to understand the strengths and limitations of her client’s bodies, individualizing each session to promote awareness, integration and new found strength. Megan’s belief that Pilates is more than simply a form of exercise encourages an integration of body and mind to support a healthy, balanced, functional body and being. Her own performance and sports endeavors also inform her understanding of the body in motion and her anatomy-centered, fascial approach to the work. Megan moved from Brooklyn to Asheville fall of 2016.
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Anna Szymanski

Pilates Instructor
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Anna Szymanski has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of its transformative results for herself, specifically as Pilates helped toward correcting biomechanical movement patterns, promoting mind-body awareness, and making her into a stronger, more efficient athlete. Duly captivated by Pilates as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAK in 2014. Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna loves creating art, being in nature, and is a die-hard recreational competitor at local CrossFit-type events. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!
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Graham Wesley

Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Adminstrative Goddess
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Graham moved to Asheville to explore the wonder of these mountains and the diverse beliefs and lifestyles they attract. Ever interested in practices that create space for deep healing, she soon began her study of herbal medicine with the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and completed the Traditional Herbalism program in 2013. Graham continues to study with and learn from the brilliant practitioners and holistic teachers in the area in traditions including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and medicine of the First Peoples, among others. She values the extraordinary character of herbalism as a healing method that considers the whole being. To complement her herbalism practice, Graham completed her yoga teacher training with the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014. She has taught Happy Body Outreach Yoga for kids and their families in low income communities since 2012. Graham practices herbalism and yoga with intention toward wellness of body, mind, and spirit, and she finds great joy in sharing these ancient healing practices with all around her.

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Jessica Mark- Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner

Jessica greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.”

Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body Mind Centering. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

 

Mary Beth Chandler – Pilates Instructor

Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.
Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

Gina Marie DeBreto – Shiatsu, Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Gina moved to Asheville from the frozen north near Lake Superior to explore and experience mountain life and become immersed in the thriving holistic health community in Asheville. After employing natural health alternatives to work her way back from her own health crisis, she found herself discovering her own healing potential.  This lead her to change course into natural medicine and ultimately Shiatsu Therapy.  She received her diploma in Shiatsu from CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis, MN.  Her biggest passion in bodywork is to work with hospice patients and their families and she genuinely loves working with anyone who is dedicated to improving their health and well-being.  Her previous life was spent in the field of environmental studies and she is passionate about caring for our bodies as our immediate environment and temple, and engaging in healthy stewardship of our Earth home.  “I thrive off of facilitating people’s journeys in becoming more comfortable in and connected with their bodies.”  Along with Shiatsu, Gina offers Cupping and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

Kara Dillow – Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist LMBT# 5309

Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University.  She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life.  Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist  in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area.  Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey, of Power Pilates out of New York City, and became comprehensively certified on all equipment.  Kara opened a small studio in northeast PA and then joined forces with her wonderful colleague Maryanne Ruby to open a larger studio in the same area.  They discovered that age and ability were nullified when it came to having passion for happy healthy minds and bodies.  Kara has now recovered from having two wonderful children and is inspired to teach people how truly amazing the human body is.  She is humbled to share how it is never too late to start moving, to feel good, and to love your body, whatever form it comes in.

Corey Dingess – Pilates Instructor

Corey, an Asheville native, has been a mover and dancer for as long as she can remember. After being introduced to Pilates in college and quickly realizing the added strength and energy to her everyday life, she was hooked. After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA from the Department of Dance, she made her move to New York where she completed her Pilates Mat certification through Physical Mind as well as her Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Corey then went on to complete her comprehensive Pilates training with Michelle Larson through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe NM. Always considering herself a student as well as a teacher, Corey continues to explore and learn through continuing education workshops. She also does her best to create time for her own movement practice; whether it be through Pilates, yoga, walking outside or taking a few minutes of quiet breathing.

Above all, Corey is a firm believer in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle – one that is full of energy, laughter, honesty and gusto. She strives to share this with her clients and those around her. Corey’s strength comes from a regular movement practice and teaching, as well from her loving family. Her husband and partner, Jason and their daughter Ava.

She is honored to be a part of Happy Body and finds true joy in sharing in the mission to support clients in finding their place of happy within themselves.

Heather Foss – Massage Therapist LMBT # 8714

Inspiration, passion, and intention have always been the focus qualities of life for Heather. She became clear about wanting to share the path of proactive health early on and in 2006 made the move to North Carolina, where she found herself surrounded by a multi-faceted healing community. She attended the North Carolina School of Natural Healing to become a massage therapist in 2007. Heather believes that massage therapy is an extremely effective tool in accessing not only relief and relaxation, but also creativity and intuition. To bring our awareness more fully into our bodies opens up the door to true healing. Heather’s massage style is flowing and rhythmic, focusing the body’s attention on ease and away from pain and restriction. She creates an atmosphere of support and non-judgement, allowing for gentle unwinding and release.

Paige Gilchrist – Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world.

Renee Giles – Pilates Instructor

Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

Christa Hebal – Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist LMBT#7047

I have been exploring the depths of healing through massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. While studying traditional indigenous healing modalities and earning my B. S. in Anthropology, I learned directly from the indigenous people of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, and Peru. After graduating from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy, and returning from nearly 12 months of volunteering abroad, my husband and I started our massage practice in 2007 in Asheville. I am also a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, and additional certifications include: Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, Vedic Thai Massage, Traditional Herbal Medicine.
Nature is my playground! I love teaching about aromatherapy,creating custom aromatic alchemy, exploring this beautiful world…and horse archery is a huge part of my heart and soul!  My intention is to be a bridge between cultures and modalities through an integrative, therapeutic, & creative massage that will thoroughly address the body, mind, and spirit of my clients.  My sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Shamanic Usui Reiki, and Clinical Aromatherapy. My highest purpose is to hold a safe space for healing and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening.
*~I am truly honored to be a part of your healing journey~*

Jason Hebal: Meditation Teacher, Massage Therapist NC LMBT #7042

Jason Hebal is a licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in energy healing and meditation instruction through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has also studied clinical aromatherapy through the Aromatherapy School. He has been practicing massage and teaching in Asheville since 2007. His sessions integrate various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Vedic Thai massage, as well as Acupressure, Aromatherapy, and Energy Work.

Inspired deeply by Cherokee teachings of the beauty path through a Cherokee elder, Jason has participated in community for over 15 years with ceremonies and teachings helping us to awaken awareness, open our hearts, and be in right relations with all things. Continuing to explore indigenous wisdom, he journeyed to Mexico, Brazil, and Peru working with retreat centers, local elders, and medicine people. Jason is deeply grateful for time spent participating in ceremonies, healing work, and sharing teachings of mindfulness and meditation. His intention is to facilitate deep healing, personal empowerment, and peace.

Mallory Holmes – Pilates Instructor

Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment. Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and certified as a Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®. Other studies include; Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend, TRX and is a level 1 Gyrotonic® apprentice working toward her certification. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics. Mallory continues to expand her repertoire of knowledge with each new client and course she takes, all offering new inspiration in her life long journey to attain and help others attain BALANCE!

Kris Mease – Pilates Instructor

Kris’s interest in Pilates was sparked in the spring of 2002 after taking several classes in Sacramento, California. Though she had been practicing various forms of dance and yoga since her youth, through Pilates she gained strength, stability, and a better understanding of her body. From Sacramento, Kris moved to the Bay Area in California where she began training intensively with Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco and discovered a passion for teaching. She completed her teacher certification in April 2006 and became an instructor for Ellie Herman Studios teaching all levels of group classes and working privately with clients including those recovering from injuries or experiencing pain, athletes looking to enhance their performance, and pre and post natal women.

She continues to develop her repertoire by attending various workshops and trainings, including rehabilitation trainings.

In addition to being a Certified Pilates Instructor, Kris holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her emphasis was on social and economic development with a specialization in business and she completed her degree while studying and working in Nepal. Before beginning her teaching career as a Pilates instructor she worked for a small business development firm helping low to moderate income people start their own businesses. She now enjoys raising two children, teaching Pilates group classes and private sessions, and ballroom dancing.

Alex Moody – Yoga Instructor

Alex Moody has been teaching yoga for over six years and is happy to call Asheville her home. She first discovered yoga in her living room in high school when her cousin Ralph, a cooler and older professional violist, showed her eagle pose. Not having any studios in the town in Northern Virginia town where she grew up, Alex first learned about the poses from the TV show Exhale with Steve Ross. Years later, while suffering from migraine headaches in graduate school at the University of Virginia, Alex began a regular practice.
Alex did both her 230-hour and 500-hour yoga therapeutics training at Asheville Yoga Center and graduated from Appalachian as a creative writing major (which, yes, she even uses while teaching yoga, yes). Alex is the Wellness Program Developer for Amazon­Andes Sky and assists in organizing yoga retreats in Ecuador every year.

Alex is also available for one­-on­-one yoga therapy work and is currently training in Ortho­Bionomy techniques to work more fully with the parasympathetic nervous system. A self-proclaimed yoga mutt (and exercise mutt, she loves Pilates and CrossFit) Alex loves to learn about yoga from all different styles. She always relates to instructors who talk about their practice off of the mat and has studied with many instructors in Asheville as well as Michael Stone, Amy Weintraub, Steve Ross, Kathryn Budig, Heather Tiddens, and Bryan Kest.

Taylor Pollio – Functional Movement Instructor, Personal Trainer  

Taylor Pollio began his career as a fitness professional in 2005 at Philadelphia Sports Clubs. Having certified through NASM and ISSA, he worked mostly with the Optimum Performance Model to ensure safety and appropriate progression of training for his clientele. Taylor knew though that with a more individual specific system of training and a more diverse skill set, he could get greater results for his clients and become a greater professional in a changing industry.

Taylor’s search for the ‘perfect system’ brought him to study Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching. Ki-Hara emphasizes the development of strength simultaneously within flexibility. This revolutionary stretching system has been widely promoted by Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres. Taylor studied directly under Dara’s trainers. After completion of his Ki-Hara training, Taylor spent a month at SomaVeda College for Natural Medicine where he became a certified Thai Therapist. This gave him a greater awareness of the body/mind/spirit connection and awakened him to Energy Therapies such as Reiki and Breath Work Integration.

Taylor’s most recent work with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) allow him to assess movement patterns and muscle relationships before designing an appropriate exercise program for any individual. His work with Anatomy in Motion deepened his understanding of movement and gait even further. Taylor currently offers private customized training and group classes in Movement Awareness, Functional Mobility and Gait Training.

Anna Szymanski- Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer 

Anna Szymanski likes to joke that she has “exercise A.D.D.” (Oh look, something shiny!)  She has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high intensity weightlifting workouts.  When she began taking Pilates, she soon experienced the wonder of Pilates results for herself, specifically as it helped to correct some asymmetries and biomechanical movement patterns from mild scoliosis.  Duly captivated by the transformative practice of Pilates and its duality of mind-body awareness, Anna obtained her instructor certification through PEAK in 2014.  Anna believes Pilates is the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, and a modality that is relevant to everyone no matter what their health journey and goals!

In addition, Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Anna holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science and is an adjunct faculty member at A-B Tech in the Health & Fitness Science department.

A Michigan native who moved to Asheville from metro Detroit, Anna also loves creating art and being in nature.  Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

Tucker Waldron – Yoga Instructor

Tucker graduated from the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training.  Tucker is a devoted and passionate practitioner of yoga and hopes to open others up to what he has discovered through years of practice.  Through his pursuit of Yoga he learned to be more patient and less absorbed in results and expectations.  His teachers and his search inward have introduced him to vegetarianism and a healthier lifestyle while reuniting him with a spirituality and creativity he had not previously experienced.  To share these gifts and facilitate people on their personal path to enlightenment is his ultimate goal.  As a former Division 1 collegiate swimmer and now runner and rock climber, Tucker teaches from experience with the human boy and uses the wisdom passed down from his teachers to incorporate theory and practice in yoga classes.

Graham Wesley – Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Adminstrative Goddess

Graham moved to Asheville to explore the wonder of these mountains and the diverse beliefs and lifestyles they attract. Ever interested in practices that create space for deep healing, she soon began her study of herbal medicine with the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and completed the Traditional Herbalism program in 2013. Graham continues to study with and learn from the brilliant practitioners and holistic teachers in the area in traditions including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and medicine of the First Peoples, among others.  She values the extraordinary character of herbalism as a healing method that considers the whole being. To complement her herbalism practice, Graham completed her yoga teacher training with the Asheville Yoga Center in 2014. She has taught Happy Body Outreach Yoga for kids and their families in low income communities since 2012. Graham practices herbalism and yoga with intention toward wellness of body, mind, and spirit, and she finds great joy in sharing these ancient healing practices with all around her.

 

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