Because life is an emergency.

Make your life your workout

I came to Pilates after the death of my husband, Bob, in 2011; the healing power of movement has had a profound impact on my life. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and perspectives enhances my ability to meet clients wherever they are on their health and wellness journey.

A few weeks after Bob died, a friend (who, incidentally, had lost her beloved son just a month or so prior), coaxed me to my first kettlebell class. “Yes, you’ll think about Bob and probably cry—I do every damn time I go to class—but you’ll also think about not dropping a 35 lb cannon ball on your head,” Lisa told me. Sold. Grief makes you do strange things. Shortly after my first class, I became certified to teach kettlebells, but soon discovered that, while I could teach someone how to swing a kettlebell, I had little knowledge about how to help the person with a bad back, bad knee, bad {fill in the blank.} I wanted to know more, so I could help more. And my movement journey was launched.

After completing my first Pilates teaching certification with Stott Pilates (Comprehensive and Advanced Mat and Reformer, Injuries and Special Populations, Total Barre), I added additional certifications with Balanced Body in Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. I continue my Pilates training exclusively with the brilliant classically-trained Pilates teacher-trainer-mentor-friend, Rebecca Leone and her safe spine, strong back curriculum. One of my favorite classes to teach is a hybrid of Pilates and kettlebells—the two movement modalities couldn’t be more compatible. However, I still felt something was missing.

Sensing a big gap between what I was teaching and what the bodies of my clients and my own were doing, I wandered off the “exercise” path and found myself in the realm of "natural movement,” and suddenly, everything made sense—if feet aren’t moving well, everything above them is affected. If spine and pelvis mobility and stability aren’t addressed, true core strength is skipped over—i.e.—are you truly moving from your hip joint, or your lumbar spine. Two different things, and knowing the difference can make all the difference in the world, in terms of addressing pain, degenerative diseases, injuries and other health concerns.

I recently completed my certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist with acclaimed biomechanist and alignment expert, Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement program. NM is a life-changing paradigm shift from the narrow scope of “exercise” to the expansive concept of integrating natural, whole-body movement in all facets of life. My goals are to keep clients safe while improving strength, flexibility, grace and ease, as well reducing pain. Ultimately, I guide clients to take what is practiced in our sessions and begin to seamlessly integrate the work into real life. Foot health is a number one priority—not only will we include foot mobilizing and strengthening work, we’ll also discuss transitioning from stiff, heeled footwear to minimal—perhaps even go barefoot on occasion (gasp)!

I am a 2018 graduate from Hamline University’s MFA Creative Writing program, which allows me to fuse two passions — movement and writing.

Pilates, kettlebells and a whole-body movement practice continue to be inextricable in my life and healing journey. In my free time, I can be found hiking or snowshoeing with my endearingly neurotic mutt, Rocco; climbing trees and cartwheeling down hiking paths (really!); taking in live music or road trips with family and friends; creating epic messes in the kitchen under the guise of “cooking,” or some days, simply relaxing (really!) with a good book.

Make your life your workout!

I'm so glad you found me here. For more information or to arrange a session at EMERGE Pilates, please email or call me directly. I look forward to connecting with you.