photo by Jessa Carter

photo by Jessa Carter


Missoni has been a sought-out Pilates and Movement Specialist for nearly a decade. She has received credentials from some of the industry’s leading educators, has worked with various Movement Specialists and Physical Therapists, and has provided Pilates Instruction internationally. With a sharp eye and a strong intuition, Missoni is celebrated for her attentiveness, educated insight, and compassion towards her students. Missoni is motivated to help guide others to have a better relationship with their body and develop tools to promote a better quality of life.

My job as a movement educator is to help develop a relationship between the student and their body. When an individual has a mindful and an in-depth connection with their body, that’s when the real magic of this Method happens.” - Missoni lanza

Since the age of fifteen, Missoni has been an avid practitioner of the Pilates Method. She fully credits Pilates for inspiring a healthier lifestyle, relieving knee and back pain as a result of a head on collision, improving her dynamics and range as a vocalist, and living with Scoliosis. "Pilates changed my life, it allowed me to gain a new appreciation and understanding of my body." Inspired by the powerful impact Pilates made on her life, Missoni decided to become an instructor to share the Method with others. After receiving her Certification through Pilates Sports Center (a PMA accredited program), Missoni sought out individualized training and mentorship from other Pilates Instructors, Movement Specialists, Bodyworkers, and Physical Therapists. She furthered her education by receiving CEC's from leading educators such as Rael Isacowitz (Basi), Tom McCook (Franklin Method / Balanced Body), Portia Page (Balanced Body), Kathy Corey, Madeline Black, and more. She has worked with a wide range of clients including: Athletes, Seniors, Cancer Survivors, Pre and Post Natal, Opera Singers and Vocalists, Pre and Post Op, Pre and Post Rehab, PTSD Survivors, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, MS, Lyme Disease, and more. Even though Missoni has worked with all populations, her favorite students to work with are those who want to learn more about their body and to learn tools that will prolong their health for a lifetime. In 2012, Missoni collaborated with J Lane Fitness to bring fitness and nutritional education to schools in the Coachella Valley to facilitate more movement in children's lives. She relocated to Seattle, WA from Palm Springs, CA in 2014. In 2015, Missoni Lanza started working with Heidi Byrnes (original PMA Certified Instructor / Romana Certified Instructor) whom she fully credits as her biggest influence as an instructor. After several years working for various studios throughout Seattle, WA, Missoni founded and opened Ara Pilates and Movement with her business partner, Marlys Yvonne in June 2017. Later that year, Missoni joined Castles and Concerts and provided Pilates Instruction on a river boat cruise going down the Danube. In 2018, Missoni participated in Madeline Black’s Immersive Training Program: Encompass in New York, was featured on Nikki Naab-Levy’s Pies and Lattes Podcast and was selected as an Ambassador for Momentum Fest 2019, and re-located Ara Pilates and Movement to Indian Wells, CA.

Missoni provides Private, Duet, Group and Class Instruction at her studio, Ara Pilates and Movement and is also available for in-home sessions, corporate classes, and events.



  • Pilates Sports Center Pilates Teacher Certification on all apparatuses (2011)

  • Balanced Body Specialized Populations (2012)

  • Franklin Method Stabilizing the Pelvis (2012)

  • Yamuna Body Rolling (2014)

  • Rebecca Leone Understanding Spine Safety (2015)

  • Franklin Method Imagery of a Healthy Spine (2017)

  • Franklin Method Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders (2017)

  • Franklin Method Pelvic Power (2017)

  • Madeline Black Immersive Training Program: Encompass (2017)

  • Stuart McGill the Gift of Injury (2018)


“I absolutely love all of Missoni’s classes! These classes have done so much for my recovery, keep me injury free, and I get stronger every week! Being a runner and a mountaineer, this has done wonders for me… I’m faster, have more endurance, and just overall more solid in my athletic abilities. Missoni helps you to push past plateaus you didn’t know were there… cannot say enough good things!”

- Gretchen S.

“Missoni is quite literally the best. She knows how to push you to achieve while remaining sensitive to any injuries or other limitations, and she is remarkable in her ability to shape and re-shape a program to suit your evolving needs. She is also a really lovely, lively person, which makes any training session or class much more fun!”

- Barrett C.


“Missoni Lanza teaches with competency, passion, and enthusiasm that has positively influenced the value I place on my health. Her warm spirit and individually targeted strategies made my Pilates experience addictive. I have noticed positive changes in the way I feel, how I look, and the way I live my life since working with Missoni. I do not think twice about recommending her as a Pilates/Fitness Instructor to anyone who is serious about changing their health for the better.”
- Christina L.


“After two car accidents, and three years of unsuccessful Physical Therapy, I looked for an expert in physical toning, core strength, and postural balance. Also, I wanted exercise that shaped my body to be long, lean, and shapely. My results exploded after starting weekly Pilates sessions with Missoni. At first, walking hurt, sitting hurt, standing hurt; and sleeping through the night never happened, my body had acclimated to the car accident injuries, and compensated with poor posture, excess weight, spinal misalignment, and weak core muscles - all which lead to chronic daily pain. I, nor past Physical Therapists, knew where to begin, but Missoni knew. She began pointing out my body’s specific imbalances and then challenging me, teaching me, targeted exercises I can safely do to counterbalance past injuries and weaknesses. I have felt immediate relief, and growth over time while being transformed under Missoni’s instruction. My injuries are (were) complicated, so it continues to be a healing process, but Missoni enjoys the challenge of supporting bodies and minds willing to fight for wellness! Her education, experience and intuitive nature has helped me become more mobile, rest through the night, live most days pain-free, and achieve a long, lean, able body I can be proud of. An insider tip, her booty, and waist shaping exercises produce results fast!!! Simply put, Missoni is an expert Pilates Instructor who knows how to get results! I find Missoni’s demeanor to be approachable, trustworthy, professional, and passionate about helping others optimize their body’s strength and balance no matter their level of ability. As Missoni often says, ‘Everyone has their own journey; honor your body, listen to your body, and do what is best for your body!’ Working with Missoni is what’s best for my body, and my results prove it!”
- Jenny L.