Cindy Reid, PMA-CPT, is Director of Flow Studios, founded in 2002. Introduced to Pilates in '93 while dancing professionally, she has been teaching the method ever since. She is Senior Faculty for BASI Pilates, and offers Comprehensive and Mat Courses at her studio regularly. She also travels to teach BASI courses in Canada and US cities to aspiring and experienced teachers.
Cindy is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and by the American Council on Exercise in Group Fitness. She presents workshops at Flow and nationally on Pilates topics which focus on injury prevention and optimizing technique.
In 2010, Cindy started Jumpboard Dynamics: a teacher training program designed to elevate the instruction level and benefits of Jumpboard classes. Cindy has presented over 20 workshops and trainings at Pilates on Tour and in studios nationally. Cindy is also on Balanced Body's faculty as a host and Master Trainer of CoreAlign(TM), which she believes offers a missing link in the Pilates training environment for gait and posture. Cindy is also a qualified TRX Trainer to augment her functional approach.
Cindy has an MA from Northwestern University in Performance and Choreography and, has expertise in protocol for joint and alignment dysfunctions, spinal conditions, pre- and post-natal issues, pelvic floor disorders, and aging as well as performance training for advanced athletes and dancers. Among her mentors, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger have provided her with a deep perspective and holistic approach to wellness and optimal fitness.
In her years of teaching, Cindy has consistently observed the power of Pilates to heal, re-balance and revitalize one's body and spirit and is committed to bringing clients those positive results. Cindy teaches regular Pilates, CoreAlign(TM), TRX, strength and dance classes at Flow, and instructs privately students of all ages and abilities.
Shannon Hershman danced professionally from 2002-2014 with various companies including Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, River North Chicago Dance, Cerqua-Rivera Dance Theater, and Inaside Chicago Dance.
In 2004 she was certified in Pilates mat through PHI Pilates (formerly PowerHouse Pilates) then went on to complete the BASI Comprehensive Program in 2014.
Since becoming a Tier 2 BASI instructor at Flow, Shannon has completed multiple certifications including Trigger Point Foam Rolling, the Biomechanics Method, Yamuna Body Rolling (Phase I & II), Yamuna Foot Fitness, the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary-Level 3), and Fascial Stretch Therapy Level 1. She attended a 3 day intensive with Esther Gokhale in the Gokhale Method. Shannon has a passion for continuing education and sharing her knowledge. She values an approach to treating the body from a holistic point of view. In addition to teaching Pilates, Shannon holds a plant based nutrition certificate from eCornell and has taught dance for over 20 years. Her choreography has been featured multiples times in the top 12 of the Youth America Grand Prix (both regionals and finals) as well as numerous competitions throughout Chicagoland.
Maureen Ryan completed the Body Arts and Science International Teacher Training program. She’s a certified TRX Instructor and has completed level 1 and 2 of CoreAlign Instructor training. Her goal is to help her students build functional strength, balance and flexibility as they connect with their core and move efficiently and mindfully. She strives to add a sense of fun and appropriate challenge to all of her classes. While attending Indiana U., she competed in Track & Field and Cross Country while earning her BS in Kinesiology. Maureen now runs for fun and has completed 5 marathons and a few a triathlons. She hopes that more and more runners will discover the benefits of Pilates! She taught junior high P.E./Health for 13 years and enjoys providing people with the tools to make healthy choices and fitness a lifestyle. Maureen is also a Nationally Certified Counselor who helps people recognize their strengths while bringing awareness to patterns and belief systems that can serve as obstacles to overall wellness. (Tier-2 Instructor)
Amy Williams became interested in Pilates and yoga while pursuing safe exercise for her structural scoliosis. She discovered Pilates could help strengthen her spine and core, and in 2003, she completed Body Arts and Science International Teacher Training. Amy continues to expand her knowledge of the body and in 2010 was certified in YAMUNA® Body Rolling and in 2012 certified in TRX. She finds the two disciplines complement Pilates to balance asymmetries within the body and provide improvements in balance, strength and flexibility. Amy's classes have a strong focus on alignment, mechanics and overload. In addition to teaching, Amy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and works part-time as a manufacturing consultant. (Tier 2 Instructor)
Danielle is a certified school teacher, but has always been part of the sport and dance worlds. She has a natural interest in how the body works, flows, balances and moves. Danielle competed as an elite amateur in triathlons for eight years, finishing on the podium of multiple Half Ironman and Olympic distance races. She has practiced ballet and participated in mountain biking and cyclocross races and loved every second of it. But, when injury stopped her in her tracks she had to find a solution in order to carry on doing what she loved. Pilates gave Danielle the freedom, knowledge and motivation to do this. Completing the BASI Pilates certification was a natural progression given her teaching background and her love of sport. She became a BASI instructor at Flow in 2014 and has continued to further her education in the Pilates world. Since being pregnant twice over three years, her interests in how the body changes during and after pregnancy have fascinated her. She has completed workshops in Core Align 1 and 2, Pelvic Floor Function and Support, Diastasis Recti Recovery, Pre/Post Natal, Pre/Post Menopausal and Healthy Aging with Karen Clippinger. By becoming a Pilates instructor she hopes to continue on a journey of constant discovery about how the human body works. She looks forward to helping people achieve their personal goals; whether that may be rehabilitation from an injury, a more comfortable pregnancy, how to benefit from movement during and after menopause or improving general fitness to deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Ellen Acuña began practicing Pilates 14 years ago with the simple purpose of exercising in a way that toned, elongated, and strengthened muscles. It was back pain, however, that led her to increase her practice and knowledge of Pilates by completing the Body Arts and Science International teacher training program in 2009. With new-found strength, energy and a pain-free lifestyle she strives to afford the same benefits to her clients. Although she is a full time high school Spanish teacher, she enjoys teaching Pilates part time and continuing her education in the field.
Elizabeth Dell born and raised in Chicago, first started teaching Hatha Yoga in 2006 (Sivananda style, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga) after working as a clinical massage therapist (Educated at SOMA Chicago) and studying literature at DePaul. I discovered the Pilates method (STOTT at Elements in motion Chicago) as the next step in getting smarter about moving. I draw from over 12 years in the fitness mind/body industry taking the pilates principles into other forms of movement personal training- running, kettlebells, TRX.. Passionate about the endless creativity in my field, and helping people feel good!
Michelle De Porto, PMA-CPT, is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher by the Pilates Method Alliance and a comprehensively certified BASI Pilates Instructor with a specialization in Pilates for dancers.
Michelle was first introduced to the BASI Pilates Method in 2004 as a young dancer. Through her training as a pre-professional dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, she was introduced to classical methods of Pilates as well as more advanced BASI cross-training and other injury prevention techniques and methods. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a BA in Philosophy, Michelle’s passion for movement and dedication as a life-long learner naturally led to the continuation of her Pilates education. Michelle completed the BASI Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certification with a Dance Specialization under the direction of Karen Clippinger in 2017. In 2019, she was certified by the PMA® as a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.
In addition to teaching Pilates, Michelle has taught ballet for over ten years and is currently continuing her education as a Master’s student, returning to the University of Chicago, studying the intersection of mathematics and philosophy.