Strong Foundations

Balanced Birch Studio engages students in authentic instruction in Classical Pilates® and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® through hands-on, personalized, boutique instruction for clients of all abilities. 


Balanced Birch Studio focuses on injury prevention, rehabilitation and strength training through integrated movement coaching. You will receive a one on one personalized program, targeting proper alignment, breath, and joint mobilization/stabilization, to build a dynamic state of body awareness and mindful personal connection. 


Balanced Birch Studio offers flexible scheduling to accommodate a variety of client needs. Our studio is a comfortable and warm environment committed to building community. Clients leave feeling inspired and prepared to take on new challenges!



Studio Founder, Lead Instructor

Mary Ellen Liacos is the Founder and Owner of Balanced Birch Studio. She is a Certified USPA Authentic Pilates™ and GYROTONIC® method instructor with 10+ years of teaching experience. She has worked with students of all levels and abilities, specializing in youth and geriatric instruction. Mary Ellen has extensive experience training athletes, particularly pre-professional figure skaters and dancers. She has deep knowledge coaching clients with ALS, Parkinson’s, and those who are postpartum or returning from surgical rehab.


Raised in New Hampshire, Mary Ellen moved to Boston to pursue her dance career at the age of 17. She trained at Boston Arts Academy and The Boston Conservatory where she was first introduced to Pilates. Mary Ellen graduated from UMASS Boston with a bachelor's degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been recognized for her work in arts and social activism. She has worked with several non-profits in Boston that raise social consciousness. 


Mary Ellen continued her Classical Pilates™ training through the United States Pilates Association® LLC, working with notable educators such as David Freeman, Brett Howard, Clare Dunphy, Peter Fiasca, Iwalani Kaluhiokalani, Sheila Mello, Nora Gomez-Dears, Jennifer O'Mara and Cary Regan. She is certified in the GYROTONIC® method, studying with Karen Burka, Kathy Van Patten, Martha Mason and Iwalani Kaluhiokalani. Mary Ellen currently dances with Anna Myer and Dancers/BeHeard.World and Continuum Dance Project. She incorporates her training in dance with her Pilates and GYROTONIC® practice; integrating these methods through instruction at Balanced Birch Studio.