is a fully equipped Pilates studio offering high quality one-on-one sessions and group classes in Scarborough, Maine (just 15 mins from downtown Portland). At Scarborough Pilates I will provide you personalized attention, safe and functional teaching. I understand that in each of us we have great strengthens and imbalances so that no two bodies are the same. My aim is to work with each student as an individual with unique needs and your sessions or classes will be geared towards your own individual goals.
Owner and Instructor
I have always been a mover. Starting at a young age, I began to pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer. This journey has taken me through many professional schools and companies throughout Canada and New York City. I have performed throughout the United States and Europe with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company for 14 years.
My love of movement has inspired me to work as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. In 2003, I enrolled in Kelly Kane's School of Core Integration for my Pilates Certification. I chose the School of Core Integration because of their focus on anatomy and biomechanics, while adhering to the system of movements developed by Joseph Pilates.
I am also a certified aerial yoga instructor. I received my certification through Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata Aerial Yoga.
Most recently I received my certification as a Movement and Postural Analyst through Anatomy Trains and KMI, developed by Tom Myers. Combining my experience and education in movement, pilates and anatomy, I work with my clients to obtain life-long body alignment and postural improvements by focusing on the structural health of each individual. My goal is to empower my clients to learn more about how their bodies works, and how they can achieve freedom of movement without pain, whether they are training, rehabilitating or looking to improve their current level of fitness. Wendee is currently pursuing a certification as a Buff Bones instructor. Buff Bones is a medically-endorsed system of movement for bone and joint health. It integrates Pilates, strength-training, functional movement and therapeutic exercise with bone strengthening and balance techniques, and is safe for those with osteoporosis.
Melissa Connolly - instructor
Melissa Connolly is Pilates certified instructor through Pilates Method Alliance, Physical Mind Institute and Julian Littleford Pilates. She is also Balanced Body certified in Barre and Pilates and has also been faculty for Balanced Body since 2010. Melissa has been a featured instructor in videos for the popular website Pilates Anytime and has lead workshops for Pilates On Tour.
In addition, Melissa also holds certifications from YogaFit, ACE (American Council on Exercise) and from The Center for Women and Fitness as a pre- and post-natal specialist. Melissa’s classes are focused on creativity, flow, proper technique and balanced muscular development. Her positive nature is contagious and her classes will leave you feeling, stronger, more balanced, and motivated for your day. She is looking forward to teaching and inspiring this community in their health and fitness journeys
Rori Smith - instructor
Rori Smith is an dancer, somatic researcher, and movement educator. Rori holds an MFA in dance from Temple University and 450-hour Pilates certification from Drexel University. The classical Pilates repertory is at the core of her teaching, melded with a deep interest in biomechanics, functional anatomy, neuromuscular patterning, and a fundamental belief that there is never an end to the new information we can learn from our bodies. Her approach to Pilates is somatically informed with the goals of helping students locate themselves in space, increase awareness, find balance in the body, and cultivate freedom and efficiency in functional movement.
Rachel Pawloski - instructor ( on Maternity Leave)
I have been interested in fitness and wellness ever since I was a small child. There wasn’t much to do where I grew up in Lincoln, Maine, so I created some pretty amazing “workout stations” with old tractor tires and my swing set! From that point on I knew fitness would always be a part of my life. As a graduate of Exercise, Health, and Sports Medicine from the University of Southern Maine, I began my career in wellness as a personal trainer and received my National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer certificate. From there I moved to Los Angeles for a time where I studied the Pilates Method for exercise and rehabilitation and earned my 450 hour Balanced Body University certification. In 2013 I attained my yoga teacher certification from yoga alliance.
Combining Pilates and yoga training with my degree, I find myself feeling well rounded and able to take on many different challenges. Every single person is unique and I take pride in working with each person helping him or her feel better, and feel like they were able to succeed. Confidence is something that is vital to achieving success, not only in life but within your body as well.
One of my favorite quotes by Lao-tzu is, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
LOUIE MARIN -GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Louie began his dance training in San Jose, CA. He was a scholarship student of the Martha Graham and Jennifer Muller/The Works Schools. He has been dancing with the Carolyn Dorfman dance company since 2009. Louie just recently retired from dancing in June and moved to Chattanooga, TN where he is starting his new adventure!
Louie received his Pilates Mat and Apparatus certification from The Lab in Brooklyn, NY. He loves sharing his passion for Pilates. Louie believes that Pilates is the Technique to the Technique, there must be a balance of strength and flexibility in order to achieve maximum stability and grace.