A Personalized, Holistic Approach
Each person comes to me with a unique history and background that I see in their movement patterns. Release and stretch work, muscle repatterning and Pilates are components used to address the individualized needs of clients. No two bodies are alike and will not be doing the same workout. My wide range of unique experiences, plus custom designed workouts, foster quicker improvement as well as deep and lasting change in client’s bodies.
Sessions often start with release work. This is to eliminate strain and tension causing disfunction and pain in the body. With my extensive understanding of biomechanics, I then guide clients to repattern proper muscle function and alignment that better serves them. Finally, Pilates is used to strengthen these newly improved muscle patterns. Pilates in itself is a mindful, intelligent and fabulous full body workout.
I don’t believe in training strained muscles or continually over working the same muscle groups. Rather my focus is to train the body in front of me as an integrative whole: mind, body, spirit. Sessions are seamlessly choreographed to intelligently progress, effectively and efficiently.
Types of Sessions
Fun, challenging and full body workouts tailored to your body. Sessions will vary and never be the same. Requests and goals are always taken into consideration when designing your workout. All the apparatus will be explored and utilized to guide you through your perfect workout.
Pilates for Fitness
My Pilates for Dancer Program trains dancers to achieve peak performance as well as injury prevention, rehabilitation, and overcoming career plateaus. I offer release work, repatterining and Pilates that’s specific to the individual dancer. This work is transformative and benefits include better overall technique, line, balance, pirouettes, extension, higher jumps, and stronger pointe work to name a few.
Pilates for Dancers
I observe the biomechanics of your movement in your sport, then train your body with what I coined as the “Three E’s”- efficiency, effectiveness and ease of movement. These sessions create a highly functioning body and peak performance. Benefits include, increased stamina and endurance, strength and flexibility, range of motion, better alignment, less muscle fatigue, quicker recovery, injury prevention, and a calm nervous system for a winning mindset. My Pilates For Athletes Program is the perfect way to cross train and is your secret weapon!
Pilates for Sports Performance
Release and Stretch work improves flexibility and range of motion. Myofascial release balls, manual techniques and a variety of other tools are used to rid muscles of strain and tightness. Clients experience immediate results in better muscle function, ease of movement, reduction in pain and enhanced mood.
Release + Stretch
Private sessions are imperative for those with injuries, chronic pain, and pre and post surgery. In a caring and supportive atmosphere, I guide clients through intelligent and functional movement as a resource for healing. I am experienced in working with many practitioners including physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors etc. to provide the most well rounded healing experience.
Pilates for Injuries + Rehabilitation
The Prenatal Program guides Moms through safe workouts promoting a healthy and comfortable pregnancy, while also preparing the body for giving birth. A special progression is designed for each trimester. There is an emphasis on breathing, alignment, and increased circulation with movement. The Postnatal Program brings awareness and activation to the pelvic floor and foundational core. This program increases core strength, prevents hip and back pain, decreases incontinence, addresses diastasic recti, improves mood and posture. Upper body stretching and strengthening is included for breastfeeding moms and baby carrying. Each experience with pregnancy is unique, and therefore I provide each mother with an individualized progression through the Postnatal Program.
Pre + Postnatal Pilates
"Choosing to work one-on-one with Kerry Shea has been one of the most transformative and beneficial decisions of my career. Her attention to detail, breadth of knowledge, and holistic approach are beyond compare. Kerry's coaching has not only helped repattern my neuromuscular pathways and greatly alleviate my plantar fasciitis and hip pain--it's had a direct impact on my ballet technique and helped me take my craft to the next level. Kerry's ability to pinpoint imbalances and weaknesses in the body and sequentially realign and strengthen them in achievable steps is a truly invaluable gift for any athlete!"
KATHERINE TOKAR / PROFESSIONAL BALLET DANCER
"I worked with Kerry for four years. Kerry saw me pregnant with my third child and worked with me until a few days before my delivery. Then she helped me get back in shape. I started understanding Pilates and how it can help shape a body and improve one’s general condition. With Kerry, emphasis is not on doing a lot quickly, but on doing well as much as one can. My body awareness during exercise and also throughout daily life improved tremendously. When Kerry is with you, she is completely with you, she is patient, caring and passionate about finding a workout that is good for her client. Her calmness combined with her kindness made me always look forward to my time with her."
EVE ALICE STOLLER
"Over the last 15 years, I have taken hundreds of Pilates classes, some private and some group. Unequivocally, Kerry Shea is the best instructor I have ever had. No one comes close! I quickly noticed an improvement in my golf and tennis games. Kerry’s commitment, engaging personality, and her innovative approach to exercise made her classes truly special."