I was a Pilates instructor, who specialized in trauma-sensitive Pilates.
Neuroscience tells us that our minds take the shape of what our attention rests upon. And yet, that feels rather limiting. I would suggest instead that our body-minds take the shape of where we've been and what our attention rests upon.
There may be reasons for a tight diaphragm, tense shoulders, a wilted posture, clenched muscles etc. that extend beyond muscle tone and boney structure. Those underlying reasons need to be treated with equal care and respect. I set our to become a Pilates instructor because I struggled to find an instructor who understood how trauma affects the intricate and interconnected relationship between the musculature system and nervous system. In other words, I set out to become the teacher I wish I could find.
For over ten years I've been working within the Somatic Experiencing (SE) model, which is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. I intuitively began combining tenets of SE into my own Pilates sessions and was amazed by the results! Not only had Pilates become a fun way to strengthen my body, but it also allowed me to discharge stuck energy and move into a more spacious and regulated way of being. Repeated experiences of feeling supported, strong and at ease affirmed my decision to become a Pilates instructor and informed my work with clients whether they've experienced trauma or not.
Due to Covid-19, I’m no longer teaching Pilates in-person, but I am consulting with movers and movement practitioners! Are you interested in bringing a trauma-sensitive tone and approach to your own movement sessions? Or, are you a movement practitioner who’s curious to learn how to teach and guide clients in a trauma-informed way? If so, please fill out the form below and I'll be in touch!
The cost for a 50 minute consultation is $125.
Click here if you'd like to learn more about me and how I came to respect the body-mind connection.
“Lauren has a very calm, caring and holistic approach to her teaching. Her deep knowledge of anatomy, functional movement, and the nervous system make you feel more aligned, balanced, and grounded. She is a unique gem to find in the Pilates world.”
"Lauren was one of the best Pilates instructors I have ever had. She really listened and created exercises around what my body needed, adapting and supporting me throughout each session. She was thoughtful and helpful in her work with me. I always left having learned new stretches for home and feeling more relaxed, fully stretched, and better prepared for the rest of my day! "
"I came to Lauren having done a lot of work on my body already— particularly in my hip and pelvic area where I carried my stress and trauma. Lauren helped me to take what I learned and modified it even more to maximize and support the work I was doing with my Pelvic PT. And to this day it has helped me to maintain all that work I’ve done and continues to inform how I understand my body."
"I was lucky to find Lauren during a difficult transition period in my life. She patiently and adeptly guided me through an introduction to Pilates and helped me feel more physically and emotionally grounded."
"Brand new to Pilates, I had the good fortune of meeting Lauren. She is both gracious and encouraging. I immediately liked how she engaged my interest in feeling AND thinking through the movements. Her intuition and knowledge of the body impressed me, and she always brought joy to the learning process."
"Lauren brought an insightful understanding of both the mind and body to our work. She listened carefully and tailored the exercises she led me through to meet my specific needs."