If you have recently starting running after a winter hiatus or are just starting to run for the first time, Pilates is the perfect complement to your training program. Since running is repetitive motion, runners tend to have overdeveloped muscles, usually the quadriceps. In Pilates we focus on training the posterior chain - your backside consisting of the glutes, hips, hamstrings, and the muscles of your lower back. A strong backside will offset the stress on your joints, sp
On April 1, 2014, I opened Studio 7 Pilates + Barre with the goal of providing premiere Pilates and Barre instruction in a friendly environment. We opened with a team of 3 - myself, Genevieve, and Shelby- then added Kris and Hannah. Since then we have had Becky, Callie, and Katie join us and wished Hannah and Genevieve goodbye as they moved out of state. As instructors we have always been a very tight group - we laugh together, support one another, and truly love what we do.
I am so blessed to have Shelby Lewer in my life; from the time we met five years ago I was instantly connected to her. We both danced in Las Vegas, turned to Pilates, and moved back to KC after retiring our dancing shoes. At the studio Shelby is grace; she is poised, elegant, and a no frills kind of girl. I would not describe Shelby is loud, energetic, or happy happy joy joy but rather authentic, genuine, real, and an amazing instructor. Shelby has the ability to string seque
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from an achy back chances are your hip flexors are uber tight. Almost every activity of our daily living is done on the sagittal plane (forward and backward): sitting, walking, running. These movements cause our hip flexors (located on the front of your hips) to tighten up and cause back pain that can be very painful. Here's a bit of anatomy for you in very simple terms: The hip flexors, known as the psoas minor and major
Generally speaking most people have an injury. It may not be diagnosed, it may not be something that takes you to the Doctor or a Physical Therapist, but you still hurt. Shoulder, lower back, hip, and knee pain are something that most people suffer from and find that their normal routine gets disrupted if they are experiencing a flare up. Private training for Rehab is beneficial because we will cater a program around your needs and we have experience with physical therapy--I
As an instructor we find that we do a GREAT job of inspiring our clients to get into classes, listen to their bodies, do what feels good, and so on. As an instructor we find that far too often our own bodies get neglected, our own workouts get put on the backburner, and pretty soon we are left in the same place that we helped pull our clients out of...that is the case for me. I'm not perfect (gasp, I know) and I am guilty of putting "me" in the closet under a pile of clothes
Recently someone told me that they learn so much from me in their classes at Studio7 that I should start sharing my knowledge with everyone, so here it is, my blog. Many people don't realize but I have two degrees--Bachelor of Science in Dance Management (dance and business) and Associates in Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant. I have worked in PT settings from Rehab Hospitals to Outpatient clinics, was a professional dancer for a decade, and have been teaching Pila