By Heather Holtschlag
What began as a dream for Mt. Lebanon resident Melissa Migliaro to create an environment that would provide a variety of diverse programs and services that were designed to nourish the body, mind and spirit has become a reality.
A certified personal trainer, Migliaro also intended to add other resources to compliment this vision that would benefit the community, such as counseling, financial management, healthy cooking, and mindfulness retreats, along with an array of special offerings, such as stress management seminars and workshops on how to achieve ultimate happiness.
And in August 2013, Metamorphosis was born.
Located in the heart of McMurray, Metamorphosis motivates individuals and organizations to transform mind, body and spirit and believes that there are many approaches to keeping the human spirit healthy and well. Through education, group classes, guest speakers, special events, and much more, Metamorphosis was created to meet the needs of a diverse community.
Metamorphosis partners with area experts, whose diverse backgrounds offer something for everyone. Each partner boasts more than 10 years of experience in working with individuals in their respective fields, which range from yoga, Pilates and tai chi to gourmet chefs, financial planners, stress management counselors, alternative therapists, essential oils consultants, fitness instructors and emotional wellness. In other words, most anything that an individual could need to live a healthy lifestyle can be found at Metamorphosis.
The wellness center also offers an array of entertainment activities, including movie nights; specialty dinners, such as those prepared for members of the Pittsburgh Symphony; author nights; and live music and concerts.
“Metamorphosis is magnetic,” Migliaro said. “Many people will come for a yoga class and return, with friends, for a workshop or other special event. We create an environment that truly lends itself to staying healthy and well.”
Another facet of Metamorphosis is that of community outreach. The center serves as a unique location for parties and events such as birthday parties, anniversary parties, holiday or family parties, baby showers, corporate events, office parties and more.
“We want the members of the community to feel at ease when they visit the center,” Migliaro noted. “We offer services with them in mind – services that will help them live happier, healthier lives and that will aid them in achieving their lifestyle goals, whatever they may be.”
There are several upcoming events scheduled to take place at Metamorphosis:
IGNITE! Workshop with Coach Alex Kuhn – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31. Prepare to reenergize yourself and attack life with new vigor during this four-part series that will guide and inspire you to take the necessary action to fulfill your goals and dreams. Cost is $199 for a single session or $399 for all four.
Mother’s Day Victorian Tea Party – 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. This special afternoon, hosted by Debbie Falcione of DLF Designs, will feature delicious food and tea and instruction on how to brew your own loose tea leaves. The party is open to mothers and their daughters age 13 and older or their girlfriends. Cost is $25 per person.
Ladies Night Out – 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This event, to benefit Spiritually Fly ChangeMakers, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of women in Haiti through the principles of yoga, will feature a brief yoga practice, healthy food, drinks, and massages from Massage Envy. Area vendors also will be on hand to offer items for sale and for mingling. Cost is $25 per person.
In addition to these special events, Metamorphosis also serves as the location for several ongoing monthly classes, including Zumba, cardio workouts, strength training, and gentle yoga. And, vision board classes, which are based on the idea that “if you can picture it, you can live it” also are featured monthly. These classes offer instruction on how to create a vision board and then design one.
Cost is per session or classes can be purchased in packages. Gift cards also are available.
For more information about Metamorphosis, to register for any of the upcoming special events or ongoing classes, call (724) 260-0797 or visit www.metamorphosiscenter.us.
Heather Holtschlag is a Pittsburgh-area freelance writer specializing in the health and fitness industries.