New Class: Pilates With Liz

Liz Dilley - Pilates with LizHappy New Year! Starting Monday, January 9th at 5:15 PM, classical Pilates instructor Liz Dilley (, will begin an ongoing weekly Pilates Mat class. Join her for a 55 minute class with an emphasis on alignment, safety and repatterining. This is a fundamentals class that challenges everyone from the seasoned mover to the new discoverer. We will focus on the Pilates fundamentals: Breath, Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow and Precision.

Pilates is a beautiful way to alleviate pain from musculature imbalances in the body while strengthening and lengthening. Working the mind body connection is a proven way to not only improve brain functionality and sharpen the mind, but also, similar to mediation, improve mood, memory and relieve stress. One of Liz’s constant goals while teaching is for her clients to leave her feeling longer, stronger, more balanced and hopefully in a lighter mood.

Liz Dilley grew up on Vashon Island, and danced in London, New York and Seattle. Most recently she was living in the five burrows of New York City, where she received her full Pilates Certification from Core Pilates NYC, a school based in Romana Kryzanowska teachings. She was in New York for 12 years pursuing a performing career. First as a contemporary dancer and then as an actor. She found Pilates while healing from a shoulder injury. Pilates did more for her than any other form of movement. She found her dancing was stronger and more supported when working with Pilates. Like many others Pilates has not only changed her dancing, but also her day to day life and how she feels in the world. She has been teaching Pilates since 2013.

Liz is very excited to be a part of the collection of dedicated teachers at the Center For Movement And Healing and is looking forward to meeting more of the wonderful clientele.

See more about Pilates With Liz on the Class Schedule.

Friday 2/17: An Evening with Loved Ones in Spirit. Mediums– Marc Lainhart and Cynthia Rose McCaw

Join Marc Lainhart and Cynthia Rose McCaw on Friday, February 17 from 7:00-9:00pm for an intimate evening full of spirit communications and messages from the other side. Journey with Marc & Cynthia in connecting to our loved ones through the stories, laughs, tears, love healing with knowledge and experience that those who are no longer with us in body, are very much present and among us through energy, feelings, vibrations, thoughts, signs, symbols and plenty of synchronicity!

Friday, Feb. 17th 7-9pm at The Center for Movement & Healing

7901 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA (above Swedish Automotive)

PLEASE: Street parking ONLY. There is no parking in Swedish Automotive lot, even if the lot is empty. They need the space for the possibility of a tow truck pulling a car.

$40 General Admission

Pre-registration tickets (no refunds): Eventbrite registration here.

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YES! New Years Day 10am Nia Jam/Class is ON–Celebrate with Us!

Even with the early morning snow both Melanie and Jill will be teaching today in the 10am New Year’s Jam. Step in to the new year–in your body and in community!

12/3: Jill’s Saturday Class back at 9am (updated on 11/29)

Jill’s Saturday Somatic Movement Mediation class has moved BACK to 9-10:15am. Sorry for the hiccup.


Class was really a big breakthrough for me.  I was doing things I haven’t done since I was a kid – not because I can’t, but because we are socialized not to.  It was so freeing!  I realized that I love to dance! (without judgment). I am so grateful for the open, welcoming, and fun morning of movement and meaning.     ~ Jim B.
If you feel like you’ve lost connection to your body, how to move or want to move like a kid again–this welcoming experience is for you–all of you!

Throughout class we are exploring and experiencing Jill’s Four Pillars of Embodiment: Awareness, Sensation, Choice and Relationship.

Drawing of decades of somatic training including: Dance, Yoga, Pilates, and Nia,  Jill brings a one-of-a-kind experience and opportunity to drop inward and condition your body through movement meditation and expressive dance. You’ll spend an insightful and rejuvenating hour in your body, with the music and in community. The class starts on the floor and builds to an upright dance celebration.

Class feels like a mix of joyful meditation, yoga, tai chi, and conscious dance–all designed to be playful and meaningful.  Each week we’ll have a focus for our movement meditation that will bring us to a deeper relationship with our body and our self. You’ll stretch, strengthen and yes, gain cardiovascular conditioning too!

This class is valuable for all levels of conditioning and stages of healing because you are choosing how to express the focus of class through natural movements. Jill provides a safety net of guidance so you’ll have a sense of what to do…without being told “how to exercise”. Jill directly participates and facilitates the experience with her poetic language and cueing which invites you to move your way, in your time.

Our playground is spontaneity, freedom, expressiveness, and individuality. Class is designed barefoot but thin, soft shoes are welcome.

$18.50 drop in (tax added)

5-class pass $82.50

Cash, check, debit/credit.

Pain-Free 2017–MELT Intro Class Wed. January 11th w/ Jill

Wednesday, January 11th Intro to the MELT Method with trainer and MELT instructor, Jill Pagano.

Join Jill and get first-hand experience and see if MELT is for you. Jill has been MELTing for over four years and it serves as her “go-to” treatment to help decrease pain, increase mobility and serve as hands-off bodywork–a little every day, helps her pain go away!

Email to hold your spot.




Dec. 10th: Join Britta von Tagen for Your Body’s Way Playshop

Nia Trainer Britta von Tagen returns to The Center for Movement & Healing to share a master class and her workshop focusing on Your Body’s Way. In the workshop you’ll learn to dance your own dance (your body’s way) amidst choreography. You’ll get to practice delicately listening to your body while also listening to your teacher. Your Body’s Way playshop is valuable whether you are a Nia teacher or Nia student and especially good if you are new to Nia.

December 10th:
Master Class from 10-11:15– $20
Playshop from 11:15-1:15pm–$30

Early registration for both: $50

Three Options for Dec. 10th, 2016
Options for Dec. 10th, 2016


Cultivating Mind-Body Balance, a Mini-Retreat w/ Susan Tate

Cultivating Mind-Body Balance
A Delightful Mini Retreat
With Susan Tate

Sunday, November 20

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Center for Movement and Healing

7901 35th Ave SW
West Seattle

$45* advanced registration

$50 at the door


Are you . . .

Looking for more peace and balance in your life?

In the midst of a life transition?

Seeking ways to increase your energy?

Dealing with a chronic or unexpected health concern?

Motivated to enhance your current level of wellness?


Come and be rejuvenated, invigorated, and inspired to explore your best path to creating dynamic balance in your life. Through discussion, inquiry, meditation, and movement, you will be invited to lovingly listen to your mind-body. You will have the opportunity to discover ways to bring more balance, happiness, pleasure, and wellbeing into your life. As always, we will seal in our time together with a special one-hour Nia routine, designed to dance these concepts into your body. No prior Nia experience necessary.

Susan Tate is a certified black belt Nia instructor and certified Nia Five Stages of Self-Healing instructor. Susan discovered Nia in 1997 while she was the Director of Health Promotion and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia and has been teaching Nia since 1999.

Susan is an author, teacher, and wellness visionary. Her most recent books include Into the Mouths of Babes, 3rd ed., and Wellness Wisdom: 31 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body & Spirit. She teaches internationally and is recognized worldwide for her empowering and inspirational approach to holistic wellness.

To register through Eventbrite, click here.

Oct 8th w/ Britta V: The Craft of the Warrior–Consciously create your life choices.

Join Nia Faculty Trainer, Britta von Tagen as she returns to Seattle and CMH to share her latest workshop: The Craft of the Warrior–Consciously create your life choices as the way of a peaceful warrior. Britta has been sharing this workshop throughout the Pacific Northwest and getting rave reviews as she shares her experience and lessons from her practice of sword dancing. This workshop combines the practice of Nia with the practice of sword dancing as a way to generate inner strength and deeply gratifying wisdom.

The Classic Nia class and workshop are open to every body–no experience needed!

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at The Center for Movement & Healing

10:00-11:15am Classic Nia Class w/ Britta ($20)

11:15-2:15pm   The Craft of the Warrior workshop ( $40 after Oct.2)

Register for class, workshop or both below or Contact with any questions/inquiries.


Options for Oct. 8th


Oct. 22: Introduction to MELT–Feel Better Now!

On Saturday, October 22nd from 11:30-1:00pm, join Certified Personal Trainer and Founding Director, Jill Pagano, and learn how to feel better now with the MELT Method.

This introductory class is perfect for those 1) looking for a way to help themselves out of aches and pains and 2) have heard about MELT and want to see what the method feels like to their body. And of course, this event is open to those of you who know and love MELT. In this  90-minute class we’ll go over a very brief description of MELT and how it helps you feel better. Most of the class time is spent MELTing! Your hands, feet, spine and neck will all get to receive the benefits of a whole body self-treatment technique. You’ll feel like you just gave yourself a massage.

Registration is very helpful as we only have a certain number of rollers/equipment for participants. Bring water and wear snug fitting, comfortable clothing (loose clothing tends to get wrapped around the roller).

Register and pay here.

If you pay and are unable to attend you can 1) send someone in  your place 2) get a credit towards Jill’s classes or 3) use  your credit toward MELT equipment (books/dvd/balls/roller)




September Saturday’s 9am with Jill–What are we doing? Awakening to Embodiment

This post is an email I sent to my Saturday 9am group of Movers and Shakers. Each week I email participants what I’ve been playing with and want to bring to class on Saturday.  The Saturday 9am class is currently titled: Awakening to Embodiment and is developing out of my personal experience learning how to enjoy a healthy and vibrant relationship with my body. I  move (usually with music) to connect and continually reconnect deeper to my body. Moving my body is my spiritual work. It is where I hear the deep whispers of my essence and where I receive messages that bring me insights, grace and peace. Moving my body is where I feel the most alive and who I was born to be. It is from this place that has been the energetic wellspring of my new, yet to be titled, body of work, that is in a very playful, freeform state.  Here is a segment of my writings and what we’ll play with on Saturday, September 10th (9-10;15, open to all):
9/8/16  Hello Saturday Movers and Shakers–
I’ve spent the past few days diving in deeper to what we started last week–emotion and expressiveness. Spending time asking myself and my body what was valuable about moving with emotion and is that the same thing as expressing myself in movement. I tossed around what I felt it meant to be emotional and to be expressive. Are they exclusive? Are they synonymous? Do I always have to be “emotional” in order to be “expressing myself?”
My brain got pretty worked up trying to come to some sort of answer. Which is when I realized “oh yeah, what about not drawing any conclusions.” What matters more to me than having an answer is having an experience—me learning by self-reflecting, being curious and engaged with the wonderment of discovery. I want moments where I feel closest to being myself (and) in my body. How about you? Would you prefer that experience versus me giving you some conclusion I’ve drawn up? I tell ya Good-Ole-Fashion Conclusions really get me in my head and out of my body. The energy of Conclusions nearly always leaves me thinking “Am I there yet? Am I right? Am I good enough? BLAH! No thank you!
Soooo, after a few hours and six handwritten pages drawing less conclusions and more curiosity, here’s what stuck out and what I’d like to play with on Saturday (9am) Wanna join?: Embodied Expression, a moment of intra-self-body communication. The format of class will be per usual. Time on the floor, time upright, time dancing. And if you want we can drool over Shawn Mendes’ video through the focus of Intra-Self-Body-Communication 🙂 Ah, here it is again if you missed it: Shawn Mendes, Mercy (I feel a fantastic display of Embodied Expressiveness…and he just turned 18yrs old!)
Embodied Expressiveness: a moment of Intra-Self-Body communication? 
For me expressing myself through, and with, my body is  — the experience of having internal communication between me and my body without thought or consciously crafting an outcome. My desired result of expressing is not in the creation, not in the end product (what people may see). Being of, or with, expression is a moment when the essence of me fills my body and my body seamlessly creates something: movement, gesture, sound, stillness. It is in that non-thinking moment where the relationship between self and body develops cohesiveness and integration. I become of One. Less separate and fragmented for that moment in time. Seamless.
My experience in what I call Embodied Expressiveness is a wordless& without thought conversation that happens void of conscious or purposeful manifestation. Movement happens without the idea of “constructing something”. Movement happens as an offspring of the communication between my self and my body. Expressing myself is where movement happens simply because something, somewhere inside of me  whispers and I move–it’s just like when a smile spreads across my face– I don’t have to tell my lips how to do it.—Being embodied and expressive is a display of me, in the moment. authentic.
What is the benefit of Embodied Expressive moments? Why is moving expressively valuable?
Having expressive moments in my movement practice develops the foundation of trust, non-censorship, and non-judgement between me and my body.   The benefit of seamless, timeless communication between my essence and my body is the profound birthright that allows me to be me. Full throttle permission. acceptance and ownership.
And for me, it feels like time stops and all is right in my world–even when it last just for fraction of a moment and slips in and out of my grasp without warning.