We are a sincere Pilates Studio with a straightforward vision. We believe that a Personalized Pilates session is the optimal way to get the full benefits of Pilates. The small details are crucial to get proper muscle activation and stabilization. Mobilizing and stabilizing the body through intrinsic and extrinsic feedback are key to advantageous results. We believe that closely guided movements that are tailored to the individual body are what will create profound results.
Cleveland Pilates Instructors
Rissah "ZsaZsa" Shao
Cleveland Pilates Owner and Studio Director
Master Pilates Trainer for Northeast Ohio
Comprehensively Certified Level 4 STOTT Pilates Instructor
Trained in Rehabilitation Pilates with Melanie Byford-Young
Certified Specialist in Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Pilates
Certified Specialist in Injuries and Special Populations for Pilates
Trained in Fascial Movement Foundation
TRX Suspension Training Qualified Instructor
Certified in Trigger Point
Certified in Barre Above with Pilates Focus
More than a decade of Specialized Pilates Experience
Extensive Background in Physical Therapy Practice and Formerly Licensed Physical Therapist
Master's Degree in Physical Therapy
Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and
Licensed Physical Therapist
Comprehensively trained in Pilates
Specialized in: Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Functional Movement and Performance, Neuromotor Programming and Re-education, Biomechanics, Essential Athletic Movement Training©, Athlete Injury Prevention, and Return to Sport
Specialization in Head and Neck Dysfunction and Pain, Spine, Shoulder Mechanics and Dysfunction, Pediatric Torticollis, and Scoliosis
Extensive background in Sports Performance and Essential Athletic Movement© and Mechanics
Rissah "ZsaZsa" Shao
ZsaZsa Shao is a Master Trainer in Northeast Ohio and a Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor. She has been teaching Pilates for over a decade. She discovered Pilates while working as a Physical Therapist at a Holistic Outpatient Physical Therapy facility. She was inspired by seeing how Pilates helps with chronic pain, post-surgery/injury recovery, movement restrictions, neuromuscular improvement and overall posture optimization.
She trained with one of Asia’s premier STOTT Pilates Instructor trainers and LTC owner Vivian Zapanta. She has completed and certified in all 4 levels of STOTT PILATES training. STOTT PILATES is one of the most trusted Pilates educational institutions in the world. It is a contemporary approach to the original Pilates method based on modern principles of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation which makes it a Science based Approach to Pilates. She is a certified specialist in Pre-natal and Post-natal Pilates as well as Injuries and Special Populations. ZsaZsa trained in Rehabilitation Pilates with Melanie Byford-Young who pioneered Rehabilitation Pilates Education. ZsaZsa is trained in Fascial Movement Foundation and certified in Trigger Point, Barre Above with Pilates Focused and is a qualified TRX Instructor. She is constantly refreshing her knowledge and training in fitness and rehabilitation. ZsaZsa has a special interest in Rehabilitation, Post- Injury and Recovery, and works with many clients with various injuries and conditions.
She is beloved for her caring and charismatic personality and is known for helping clients recover from pain, movement limitations, and postural problems. She has helped people move pain free and be active again. She loves teaching and mentoring new Pilates teachers. She has facilitated several teacher trainings and produced great teachers in Northeast Ohio.
She is the Studio Director and Owner of Cleveland Pilates. The studio is her greatest accomplishment. She opened the studio in 2021 with the goal to create a space that focuses on helping people achieve an optimally functioning body that can move pain-free with a balanced neuromuscular strength and mobility. She specializes in the ability to use equipment and props in various ways that benefit the clients' distinct body. She has developed effective ways of using the Pilates Apparatuses based on the clients' unique kinesiology and physiology that allows the client to successfully move on the machines. This is the foundation of Cleveland Pilates which creates an effective and efficient individualized system. Sharing the love of teaching Pilates and helping people move better and feel better through Pilates is one of her greatest joys. Pilates is her passion and profession.
Kelly has a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She has practiced in a unique niche of Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Functional Movement and Performance, Neuromotor Programming and Re-education, Biomechanics, Essential Athletic Movement Training©, Athlete Injury Prevention, and Return to Sport, with orthopedic clients of all ages and performance backgrounds. She has specialization in Head and Neck Dysfunction and Pain, Spine, Shoulder Mechanics and Dysfunction, Pediatric Torticollis, and Scoliosis. She has an extensive background in Sports Performance and Essential Athletic Movement© and Mechanics. She works with professional musicians, elite youth, professional athletes, chronic pain, as well as post-rehab individuals who want to return to their highest level of performance.
Her love and passion for the foundations and principles of Joseph Pilates became a seamless addition to her practice about 15 years ago. She believes that optimal movement requires a balance of stability, strength, mobility, and a connection between the mind and body. Her training through Balanced Body Education for Rehabilitation was paramount in her approach to all of her clients.
She has comprehensive training in Pilates Apparatus (including Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel), and Pilates Mat. She has also completed workshops on TriggerPoint, TRX, and Functional Standing Movement.
Her practice is science-based, and focused on identifying suboptimal patterns of movement and muscle firing, malalignment, and muscle imbalances, and developing an individualized approach to restoring neuromuscular balance and therefore eliminating pain and optimizing functional movement. She has developed an approach to Pilates that is unique and allows for maximum results in real-time.