About Mel:

Mary-Ellen (Mel) Merchant has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. After 15 years teaching dance, exercise classes and personal training in New York City, Mel was introduced to the life-changing benefits of Pilates. In 2005, Mel completed her certification through Romana’s Pilates at True Pilates New York (Drago’s Gym) under Joseph Pilates world renowned protege, Romana Kryzanowska and master instructor Sari Mejia-Santo. During her apprenticeship at Romana’s Pilates, Mel completed over 800 hours of seminars, observation, and both practical and written tests. Since completing the certification program, Mel has attended numerous continuing education workshops and seminars with inspiring teachers including Sari Mejia-Santo, Kathryn Ross-Nash, Anthony Rabara, Cynthia Shipley, Mari Winsor and Brooke Siler.

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About Studio:

A boutique studio, Precision Pilates is located in a private setting providing one on one instruction.  The studio is fully equipped with Gratz apparatus.  Mel is committed to the unique development and progress of each student’s goals, with instruction tailored to the specific needs of each individual.  Each student will receive instruction that is derived from the purest form of the classical Pilates Method.


Pilates, originally called Contrology, is a system of over 500 exercises designed to strengthen and stretch every muscle of the body specifically focusing on the “powerhouse” – the muscles of the abdomen, back, hips and buttocks that support your spinal column and provide good posture.  By combining six key principles – centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow – Pilates works not only the body, but also the mind.  This mind-body connection makes Pilates more than a workout – It’s a way of life.