We are a team of professionals who are among the most innovative and well-trained mind body instructors in Greensboro. Collectively, we have undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees in Exercise and Sports Science, Physical Education, Dance and Physical Therapy. We are certified in multiple fields and subsets of fitness. Most importantly, we all share a common mission to use our skills and hearts to improve our clients’ lives.
We're hiring! Call us at 336-312-3150 to learn more about the position.
Meet Our Team
Molly Markham LippPartner - Contemporary Pilates, General Strength and Conditioning, Pilates Pre and Post Pregnancy, TRX Suspension Training
Judy FrederickInstructor - Corrective Exercise, Post Surgical and Post Physical Therapy, Functional Fitness
Get to Know Us
Shannon Rooney - Managing Partner
Yoga: 500 RYT; Pilates Balanced Body University Comprehensive Certification and PMA Certified
Shannon Rooney is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience. Her dance background and love of movement and running instantly connected her to the mind-body element that yoga and Pilates brings to your overall health. She personally has found strength, balance and healing from past injuries, and she loves the way that these modalities create symmetry in the body and a strong connection with the core. She believes this connection is accessible to everyone from first-time beginners to highly experienced students. In Pilates, she is comprehensively trained through Balanced Body University and is PMA certified. In yoga, she is an E-RYT 500 level yoga instructor with a prenatal certification. Her classes and private sessions will be strong, fun, and encouraging! She likes to teach creative classes blending yoga and Pilates while connecting students with their breath and working towards supporting clients’ individual goals. Shannon has experience working with all different ages and abilities as well as helping clients in their rehab process after an injury. She likes to incorporate a sense of humor and playfulness, as well as deep alignment based cueing to beginner and advanced students alike.
Molly Markham Lipp- Partner
Contemporary Pilates, General Strength and Conditioning, Pilates Pre and Post Pregnancy, TRX Suspension Training
Molly Markham is an exercise enthusiast with a passion for helping others with their bodies, self-esteem, and improving their quality of life. Molly has always been involved in sports, gymnastics, and teaching. Pilates restored balance and wholeness in to her exercise routine in 2002 when she first started taking classes, essentially looking for something that would strengthen her core and create long, lean muscles. Little did she know that Pilates does way more than just that! From then on Molly has been "hooked" and was trained through the PhysicalMind Institute. Molly also holds certifications with Fusion Pilates to work with pregnant and post pregnant clients on the MAT and on the equipment, and a certification on the TRX Suspension Training System. Molly has been teaching group classes and private lessons for four years. She received her Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, with a concentration in Pedagogy, from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. Molly's specific interests are working with pregnant and post pregnant women doing Pilates, and sessions on the TRX Suspension Training System. In addition, Molly loves working with all types of shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities to improve overall balance, flexibility, and strength. She modifies all lessons to fit the individual or group she is working with, making their goals and needs the primary focus. Molly has a positive and motivating way of teaching, and is available for group classes, semi-private, and private sessions on the Pilates equipment and on the TRX.
Grace Parra - Partner
Grace obtained Romana's Pilates level 5 instructor status in 2010, making her a 3rd generation Joseph Pilates student. She is comprehensively certified with over 800 hours of training and observation under world renowned instructor, Sari Mejia Santo. Grace has continued her study of Classical Pilates under master teachers such as Juanita Lopez, Marjorie Oron, Kathryn Ross Nash and Chris Robinson. After teaching in New York City at Equinox Fitness Clubs for 3 years she moved to North Carolina where she became the resident Pilates instructor for the dance department at UNC-School of The Arts and also instructed as an adjunct conditioning coach for the basketball team at UNC-G. She became 200 hour Yoga certified in 2017. Grace enjoys seeing how The Work of The Pilates Method can change lives through Stretch, Strength and Control in all movements.
Erica Thornton - Instructor, MS,LAT,ATC
General Pilates, Rehabilitation, Sports Performance
Entering her fourth year on faculty at High Point University. Erica is an assistant professor in the Department of Athletic Training. Erica's introduction to pilates started with a lunch time mat class taught by none other than Judy Frederick in 2004. She immediately saw the potential benefit to any individual who would commit to practice. Erica graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from SUNY Brockport in 1996 and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1999. She is set to graduate with her Doctorate of Athletic Training in 2020, Erica completed her comprehensive Pilates certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in December 2009, and now maintains her certification through the Pilates Method Alliance. Erica teaches mat classes and equipment classes for all skill levels and goals. The benefit of increased body awareness and functional breathing patterns finds pilates fundamentals in many of the injury prevention and treatment plans that Erica plans for those recovering from injury. Erica enjoys working with clients recovering from injury, those that are looking for a new fitness challenge, as well as those that are anxious to re balance their bodies. Erica lives in Greensboro with her husband, Kevin, daughter, Braedy, and Siberian Husky, Ginger.
Sarah Richardson - Instructor
Sarah joins the Body Balance Pilates team with a passion for fitness and a commitment to help others reach their wellness goals. She is no newcomer to the benefit of Pilates - after suffering from a severe ankle sprain years ago, Sarah stumbled upon a small Pilates studio in her neighborhood. Just after one private session, she found herself hooked. Sarah continued to take private sessions long after her body healed, eventually branching out to join group reformer classes. She loved the positivity and sense of community that she experienced during those classes and hopes to bring the same energy and dedication to the members at Body Balance Pilates Studio.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Sarah comes from a professional background with a focus on mental health. She holds her MAEd in Mental Health Counseling and spent several years working with low-income and homeless populations in the Seattle area. Discouraged by the lack of progress made while working with clients within the end-of-life stages of care, Sarah turned her focus to the more preventative and rehabilitative side of wellness. She has completed the STOTT PILATES Comprehensive Mat, Reformer, Barrels, Chair and Cadillac instructor trainings as well as an Eating Psychology Coach certification program. She is certified in both programs and strives to keep increasing her knowledge by consistently taking continuing education courses and workshops. She is also a qualified instructor of TRX, Pilates Suspension Method, TriggerPoint Therapy techniques, Total Barre, and CORE Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training. As a wellness professional, Sarah strives to help clients reach personal goals for fitness, nutrition, and mental well-being.
When Sarah is not at the studio, you might find her walking her dog on the Hamilton Lakes trails, playing tennis, or planning her next vacation with her husband.
Kathryn Muñoz - Instructor
Contemporary Pilates, Personal Training
Kathryn grew up here in Greensboro, NC and received a BS in Business & Marketing from NC State. She is comprehensively trained through Balanced Body for Pilates and is TRX Suspension Training certified.
Kathryn discovered her love for fitness and movement in high school while competing in Sport Aerobics. Her passion for Pilates began while taking classes at Body Balance with her mom, whose doctor recommended Pilates after neck surgery. Kathryn immediately fell in love with the mind-body connection and how strong and balanced she felt after every session.
Kathryn is thrilled to join the amazing team at Body Balance and looking forward to working with clients from all walks of life!
Shannon Tessier - Instructor
Contemporary Pilates, personal Training
Shannon Tessier has enjoyed a passion for exercise since she was very young. As a former competitive gymnast and Division I diver, she has challenged herself through many forms of exercise. Her childhood passion for sports drove her to study Exercise Sport Science at East Carolina University. Upon graduating with a BS in Exercise Physiology, Shannon was first introduced to Pilates while completing her internship at a physical therapy clinic. There she used Pilates to help in the design of pre and post rehabilitation exercise programs. Shannon went on to become a certified personal trainer and enjoyed working with high level athletes while living in the mountains of Colorado. It was there that Shannon experienced her first true Pilates class and realized the challenge of working the core muscles. Over ten years ago, Shannon became Studio Certified through Polestar Pilates. Shannon enjoys teaching Pilates to a diverse population. From the amateur athlete to post rehab patients, Pilates is a highly effective method to helping each individual achieve their goals. Shannon strives to bring creativity and fun to each goal driven Pilates session . The mind-body connection associated with the Pilates method resonates with her and she believes that connection will help each student of Pilates reach their full potential. Outside of the studio, Shannon coaches diving with Ultimate Air Diving Team and is a mother to three small and highly active children. Shannon, her husband, Brian, and their family reside in Greensboro.
Cindy Barbour - Instructor
B.S. ESS, RCAA, AFAA, YMCA certified
Cindy has an extensive background in the wellness industry. She started out as a competitive runner and quit competing only to find herself gaining weight quickly. She joined a gym in Maryland and starting attending classes most days of the week. On a stormy night, the instructor scheduled to teach couldn’t teach and Cindy was asked to step in. The rest, as they say, is history. Cindy went on to get certified in teaching group exercise, personal training and a certification as a running coach. As an adult, Cindy went to UNCG and finished her degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She has worked in numerous gyms in Maryland, Illinois and settled in North Carolina in 1993. She has been with the YMCA many years as a wellness director as well as a former columnist for the News & Record. For a while Cindy was on the WXII Channel 12 morning news leading the 12 minute workout segment. Cindy has also been a guest writer in numerous publications. Her passion is clearly helping people achieve their goals through lifestyle changes. Cindy is currently retired as the Fitness Director at Starmount Forest Country Club and is spending time racing & pacing running races of all distances from the track (Ultimate Runner) to 202 miles (Tahoe 200)
Renata Farias – Instructor
Contemporary Pilates - Rehabilitation
Renata is an instructor from Brazil. She graduated with studies in physical therapy with the Pilates specialization. She set up her own Pilates Studio inside one of the top three largest fitness companies in her country.
Renata assists clients with physical recovery/rehabilitation and performance enhancement. She has had success with patients with orthopedic issues, working with their limitations and modifications. Renata has lived in Greensboro since 2017, and is now excited to offer her professional experiences as member of the Body Balance team.
Judy Frederick - Instructor
Corrective Exercise, Post Surgical and Post Physical Therapy, Functional Fitness
Judy Frederick, a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor, has over 1500 hours of education and experience with the Pilates method. She is comprehensively certified through the PhysicalMind Institute and is also a national teacher trainer for Peak Pilates MVe program. Judy is certiified by the American Council of Exercise as a group Fitness Instructor, holds a BS in Health Promotion and Wellness and has double Pilates for Golf certifications. Additionally, Judy spent several years as part of the Strength and Conditioning team in the Athletic Department at UNC-G. in both the sport performance and rehab settings. These days, her primary interest is changing the physical lifestyles of people over 50 and also using corrective exercise methods for clients post injury or post surgery so that they get their most optimal recovery. . She is available for both private and semi private sessions, clinics and workshops.