Meet Our MELT Instructors

 Maria Sison-Wright

Maria Sison-Wright is founder and director  of Inner Core Wellness. She has been practicing as a physical therapist for 26 years with extensive experience in orthopedic, neurological and sport injuries. In 2004, she received her pilates certification under the tutelage of master teachers , Romana Kryzanowska, the world-renowned protégé of Joseph Pilates and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo in New York City.  Since then she maintains a high standard of continuing education commitment through post-graduate rehabilitation courses and regular Pilates continuing education with master teachers. She is a fully certified MELT METHOD  instructor. Thanks to her strong interest in Classical Pilates and the MELT Method, she has been able to apply the MELT Method and  Pilates principles in her physical therapy practice with positive results from her patients. She believes in “w”holistic approach of physical therapy addressing the body as a whole, thus rehabilitating not only the specific injury but the overall well being of her clients. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Romana’s Pilates. Maria is a very passionate and active member of Medical Mission of Mercy USA which provides free volunteer medical services to the underprivileged in the Philippines every year. She enjoys traveling, cooking and playing the piano. She lives with her husband and her dog “Toby” in Falls Church, VA.

 

 

Rebecca Presti

For as long as she can remember, Rebecca has loved to move.  Whether it was hanging upside down from the monkey bars or teaching herself back handsprings, she has always been fascinated and enlivened by the power that the body has to offer.  After years of competitive athletics and focusing on the outcome of physical training, yoga brought a new dimension to her life; the chance to grow but also respect the process of advancing while attending to the body’s needs.  Around the same time, she also discovered Pilates and was intrigued that small, precise movements could prove to be so difficult and also could create profound physical change.  Rebecca believes that the combination of Pilates and Yoga creates a dynamic opportunity to build strength from the core, both physically and emotionally and that there is no one too weak, too injured,  or too old to benefit from these practices!  Her classes are challenging yet compassionate and attentive to each person in the room.  It is her goal to be an inspiration to her students, to empower them in their own healing and strengthening processes and to help them reconnect to their intelligent body, mind and spirit.  If you meet her on the mat you will be challenged, you’ll most likely break a sweat and with perseverance to the process, you WILL be changed.   Rebecca holds a Comprehensive Training Certificate from Power Pilates, including all mat and apparatus; she also is a Forrest Yoga Associate Teacher and a fully certified MELT METHOD instructor. When not teaching, she enjoys writing and playing music, dancing, ice skating and spending time with her husband and dog.