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Getting to Know Nani Andres

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Waveforms Pilates Apprentice & Teacher in Training

Aloha!  I’m Nalani (Nani) Andres, an island girl living my best life in Wisconsin with my husband Zach, and our Miniature American Shepherd pup, Rooney.  I grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu with my three siblings. There we enjoyed the sunshine and spending our Christmases on the beach. After graduating high school I attended Michigan Technological University to study Mechanical Engineering, and in the program I met my husband Zach. Degrees in hand, we began our search for careers in the field. We both ended up landing jobs in the greater Fox Valley region where Zach grew up.

From left to right: older sister Kaili (Kai), younger sister Hokulea (Hoku), Me, and my younger brother Toshi

Three years into my job as an engineer, I realized I needed a stress reliever.  I played sports throughout my entire childhood, and missed experiencing movement on a daily basis.  I googled, “Pilates near me,” and got connected with Courtney.  I started taking One-on-one Sessions and group classes with Courtney when Waveforms was still based in her home, and had an instant connection to the Pilates Method.  Pilates provided me the perfect combination of a mental stress relief and a physical challenge.  

With Husband Zach and Pup Rooney

I realized my career and degree wasn’t giving me the fulfillment I wanted, so I decided to take a step back and figure out what was next for me. After many conversations with my husband, family, and support system, I realized that all my life I wanted a job that helped people live better lives. I realized that Pilates was that thing for me.  So, I decided to turn my hobby into my career!  With Courtney’s encouragement and support to help me along with my teacher training, I realized this was the perfect opportunity.  I started the Balanced Body Teacher Training Program in the summer of 2019 with the Movement Principles Course, Anatomy in 3D, and the Pilates Mat Courses, and I’m working toward completing my certification to become a Comprehensively Trained Pilates Teacher (Mat, Reformer, and all other Apparatuses). 

Here are 10 things you may not know about me:

  1. I’m half Japanese, half Caucasian, and I’m very interested in different cultures and languages.
  2. I fancy ice cream, but I’m lactose intolerant. 
  3. I love Marvel and Transformers.
  4. I enjoy challenging myself both physically and mentally.
  5. I did jazz and ballet in high school, and danced hula since first grade. 
  6. I’ve dabbled in gymnastics, and tried a ton of sports. 
  7. Softball was my main sport, and I played pitcher.
  8. I memorized 30+ digits of Pi to get extra credit in sixth grade, and I still can’t forget it. 
  9. I like strategy games, puzzles, and legos. 
  10. I enjoy reading books in series.

Having a background in sports growing up and knowledge of mechanical engineering has allowed me to understand and teach Pilates in a unique way.  I view movement from both a biomechanical standpoint and a movement standpoint.  I’m excited to be a part of the Waveforms Pilates team, and I look forward to serving you and helping you become the healthiest version of yourself!  Mahalo!

-Nani Andres
Working out on the Pilates Reformer with studio owner and mentor Courtney Holcomb


Pilates offers Freedom, So Let’s Get Moving! “What Pilates Is and Why I Teach It”

By: Courtney Holcomb, PMA-CPT, Owner Waveforms Pilates

What Pilates Is

Pilates helps to close the gap between your physical moving body, and what your mind believes is your movement potential.  My role as a Pilates instructor is to assist in building confidence in your movement potential. 

What Pilates Is Not

When I first tell people I teach Pilates, I often get the response: “Oh, I can’t do Pilates, it’s too hard!”  Though there are many advanced movements in the Pilates repertoire that is just a small limb of the work. That is not the essence of the work.  Pilates has the unique ability to meet any body where it is at, and propel it forward to its potential.  I don’t practice or teach Pilates to be able to master a pose, to develop super strong muscles that can make shapes, or to perform high-performance elitist tasks.  It’s not about poses, or positions, it’s about movement.  I do Pilates so that I can move, so that I can be capable of moving, and so that I have more pain-free options throughout the day.  It’s all about movement potential, not about building rigid shapes, forms, bound muscle, or tense bodies.  Movement and Pilates gives me freedom to do whatever I might have to do during the day, and to experience my body in the world with the physical experience I was designed to have and enjoy.

Why I Like and Teach Pilates

If you are wondering why I like Pilates, it’s because it’s a tool that helps me move and experience freedom in my body.  That is the type of message that I like to send with the way that I teach my students.  That is the way that I want my students to feel when they leave the studio space.  That they are more capable of moving in their bodies, and that they experience and feel more freedom in their bodies.  I want to help them feel more capable and build self-confidence in their movement than when they first stepped foot in the door.  I want them to find a sense of liberation from any of the list of conditions or symptoms they may feel they are experiencing that they believe limit their ability to move freely.  They are not an accumulation of all of “those things”, but a wonderful, capable, and free body, with great movement potential.

As a Pilates instructor, I will help you build confidence in areas you don’t believe you are capable, to offer the options that you may not have thought were available, to help your mind and body work to free you of any restrictive “labels”, and to help you feel at ease in both mind and body.

For me, being a Pilates instructor helps me offers freedom.

So, let’s get moving!

From dancer, to Pilates student, to Pilates instructor, and beyond…
It’s all about MOVEMENT.

What Do We “Do” at Continuing Education?

Forward: Courtney Holcomb, Waveforms Pilates Owner/Instructor

Multiple times a year you will find both myself, and Molly Jo out for a period of time gone for what we describe as Continuing Education.  Though our primary Pilates educations have been completed for quite some time, the learning end of movement is never over.  Choosing the path of being Pilates instructors and movement educators, this is a commitment we have made to ourselves:

That the education doesn’t stop after our final exams.  There’s not a certain graduation of sort where now we’ve magically achieved and learned all we need to know to be a successful and effective Pilates instructors.  But mostly, this is a commitment to our students.

That we will not repeat the same things without further investigation and exploration.  That we will not subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” model for our students.  That we will not just parrot what someone told us once about movement.  We will learn, explore, and experiment to find the best solutions for our students bodies, and our own.

Molly Jo is excited to share with you all some highlights from her training and experiences from the 2018 McEntire Summit.  This is her third year in attendance, and each year there are new topics for exploration and further education.

 

A Report from McEntire Summit 2018

Author: Molly Jo Mathe, Waveforms Pilates Instructor

 

In July, I traveled to Rochester, MI to attend the McEntire Summit at the McEntire Pilates Studio to deepen my knowledge in movement and Pilates. Each year, the summit takes on a theme or intention for its Breakout Sessions, offerings, and content. This year, Trent McEntire offered us the intention full-hearted… and indeed it was. We discussed a wide range of topics including scoliosis and spinal asymmetry, new equipment and its opportunities for creative imagery, the importance of thoughtful movement exploration, and our roles as Pilates Facilitators in the world and how I can best serve my purpose and share my expertise with others.

 

JUST MOVE!

The first Breakout Session I attended was “#JUSTMOVE: Facilitating Exploration in Movement” with James Crader as presenter. There, we learned the difference between being a facilitator of movement vs. training bodies – the benefits of both approaches and how one offers a leg up in encouraging autonomy in students’ movement practice and exploration as well as my own. I loved the quote on the top of his page, because it accurately sums up the session: “What if good movement wasn’t about getting it ‘right?’ What if just moving was the medicine we’re all looking for within our practice?” – James Crader. I firmly believe healthy and fulfilling movement modalities are thoughtful ones. When we’re being inquisitive about how we’re moving and what we’re feeling we can get better at creating movement strategies for ourselves that extend beyond the time spent in the studio.

 

THE DUET

My next session was presented by my lovely mentor, Jenna Zaffino, where I experienced and explored her new invention, The Duet ™. The Duet ™ is a roller accessory system which allows two foam rollers to hook together side by side to achieve more feedback to the back and side body through the Pilates repertoire. I loved experimenting with the ideas of movement texture, quality, volume, and vibrations through the feedback of The Duet ™ system. I left the rollers with a better sense of my body in relation to the space around me and felt like I was buzzing in every positive sense of the word. It felt so good to feel embraced by the rollers in such a supported way! Since returning, I occasionally hook the rollers together simply to lay on them for comfort, relaxation, and support (and who doesn’t want more of that in their lives?) Some of my students who have experienced the double rollers in their sessions with me have voiced desires of taking a nap on the duo-apparatus, because of the embrace-like quality they experience – I respond by saying, “I might squirt you with the spray bottle if you begin snoring.” #kidding #itendtomakealotofjokes

 

UNCONSCIOUS MIND

My last day of the Summit included more information from multiple presenters. In Shawn Healey’s Breakout of “The Neurology of the Unconscious Mind”, he discussed brain functions in detail as well as how the mind processes movement and how movement behavior can change through unconscious decisions. However, the truly mind blowing take away from his session was the sneak-peak into how we can cast aside negative responses like bodily pain or emotional trauma and transform our outlook to take on a more positive one on our past, present, and future. I’m still digesting all I learned from this workshop, and how I can translate this information into my life and my vocation.

 

SCOLIOSIS & ASYMMETRY

Later, with Dr. Suzanne Martin, we executed tests by utilizing tools (like eye dominance information) for assessing and correcting movement patterns in relation to “Spinal Asymmetry, Scoliosis, and Laterality”. I deal with discomforts and occasional pain from my scoliosis on a daily basis and wanted to experience the benefits of this test firsthand. So, I jumped at the opportunity to be a “test subject.” What we all observed after completing the first assessment, the corrective intervention (where we applied corrective exercises), and then the second assessment was an improvement in executing our basic functional movements – like walking. I was excited to bring back more tools to my Pilates toolbox for myself and my students at Waveforms Pilates struggling with similar discomforts.

 

MOVEMENT FOR MOVEMENT’S SAKE

In the last session of the conference, we moved together with the guidance of Heather Vaughan Southard and Carol Crincoli. Some was Pilates based and the rest was what some would classify as a creative movement experience. Being a dancer, I’m quite comfortable with exploring “unconventional” forms of movement in my body – if you’ve ever observed or participated in an dance improvisation class, you understand what I mean. For me, dance was simple; I took dance class in order to perform. I trained my body in a specific set of skills but not necessarily as a resource for my own self care. But there, we took our emotions and intentions out of our heads and translated that energy into physical movement. It was liberating, fun, awkward, silly, scary, and wonderful – all at once. And after completing the movement session, I felt an abandonment of judgement and an embrace of acceptance and compassion.

 

A FULL-HEARTED COMMUNITY

L to R: Molly Jo Mathe, Julia Molyboga, and Jenna Zaffino.

It was fulfilling to be surrounded by people and presenters who are not only passionate about what they do in the Pilates community, but are also purely genuine and full-hearted people. I couldn’t help but be inspired by the their presentations, kind words, advice, and intimate conversations by all who attended and contributed. Everything I learned and rediscovered that weekend iterates that movement is and can deliberately be an emotional outsource, and by engaging into a regular intentional practice we have the tools to help us on our quest for self care. Now, please don’t confuse what I’m saying to mean that I or Pilates should replace your therapist. Spoiler alert: I’m not a therapist. What I am, is a facilitator of movement who uses Pilates as a vector, and through movement we have an opportunity to heal and change our mind and body if we are willing to embrace these ideas and simply #showup.

-Molly Jo Mathe

Curious to experience some of these movement ideas for yourself?  Book a one-on-one session with Molly Jo today by contacting us at info@waveformspilates.com!

 


Join us for our Open House!

Join us as we celebrate our new location, 210 S. Commercial Street in Neenah. We are hosting an open house for the community. Demonstrations, snacks, and enter to win a free duet session for you and a friend!

Have you been curious how Pilates equipment works? What a typical session is like? Or who can all benefit from Pilates? We will have a short educational equipment demonstration on the half-hour. 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 PM.

Come and meet our instructors, see the new space, ask any questions you may have about Pilates training and its benefits, and join us in celebrating our move. Already train with us? Invite your family and friends to share with them where you train, and what it is you do at class.

All who attend will be entered to win a free 55-minute duet session for you and a friend!

Whether you are looking for pain-relief, sports enhancement, flexibility, pre- or post-natal exercise, pre- or post-rehabilitation, improved posture, dancer-specific cross-training, or overall health and well-being, Pilates may be a great fit for you!

All ages are welcome, no fitness clothing required.

We look forward to meeting you!  RSVP on our Facebook Page!


We are growing, moving, and adding more trainers!

Estin and I are excited to announce that Waveforms Pilates has moved to a commercial space!

For any classes, or one-on-one sessions that are booked for March 1st and beyond, you will find us at 210 S. Commercial Street, Neenah, WI.  This location is just one mile from our previous location, right off of the Neenah Downtown area, just follow the Neenah Clock Tower and you’ll find us.  There is a parking lot, so you will not have to worry about finding space.  We are currently working on getting our sign, so please look for the address plaque for now.  We are directly left of J. Anthony Jewelers.

We have enjoyed sharing our home with you all, and are excited for this new chapter.  We look forward to leaving our shampoo in the shower, using the crock-pot in the kitchen instead of our bedroom, using our wood-burning fireplace, and other simple things. 

It’s because of the support of all of you that this is possible! We are so grateful for your business, referrals, dedication, and encouragement!

 

Waveforms Pilates will still be a private studio space specializing in customized one-on-one Pilates training, small group Pilates mat classes, and educational workshops. Our new space is a stand-alone building, at around 800 square feet, we will have a little more room to breathe, house our growing array of Pilates equipment and accessories, and welcome Waveforms Pilates newest Pilates Trainer, Molly Jo Mathe.

Not only is Molly Jo Mathe a fabulous Pilates trainer, but Courtney and Molly Jo met their senior years of high school at their UW-Stevens Point Dance Department auditions, and have been friends ever since. They were roommates in college, were in each others weddings, and began their Pilates training journeys together. Post-graduation, Molly Jo moved to the greater Chicago area where she continued her Pilates career and has been teaching for the past 6 years. Together we will bring you twice as much expertise, vibrant energy and excitement about movement, and more specialized offerings. We are THRILLED to have Molly Jo joining us! She will be teaching our Thursday AM mat class, alternating Saturday AM mat classes with Courtney, and will be available for booking one-on-one sessions beginning March 5th.

WELCOME Molly Jo Mathe—

Being a dancer for most of her life, Molly Jo found that Pilates was a great way to maintain balance in her body through vigorous dance rehearsals and performances. Since then, she has been captivated by the profound work of Pilates and enthralled by its opportunity for creativity. Molly Jo believes that Pilates is for every body of every age, and that it’s never too late to take charge of your own health and movement practice. Molly Jo graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. While she finished her degree, Molly Jo also completed her Pilates Mat I and II certifications through Balanced Body in 2012 and has since completed the Fletcher Pilates Comprehensive Program in Chicago, IL. Molly Jo teaches Pilates to a variety of clientele and special considerations including men, women, dancers, pre and postnatal moms, diastasis recti, back injuries, and post-rehabilitation. She draws experience from her extensive dance and movement background and applies it to her clients in a unique way in order to increase their flexibility, strength, and awareness. Molly Jo loves to implement creative teaching methods to shape a fun and informative learning environment to motivate clients to achieve their goals with a sense of enthusiasm and joy. Molly Jo will be accepting new clients as of March 5th, and as always refer a friend for private training and you will receive a free session.

We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to serving you at our new location.

 


What’s In a Name? – Waveforms Pilates

Starting a Pilates business five years ago under my name, “Courtney Anne,” I felt ready to develop a brand. I wanted it to represent the way holistic wellness feels doing Pilates work.  It’s not about me, and it never was about me, so I didn’t want to have my name representative of the business.

Spring of 2016, I began the process of brainstorming what represents Pilates, my voice in the industry, and how I wanted my students to feel after a session.  Through this journey, I solidified key aspects of my to-be brand and what I wanted to accomplish to further Pilates education.

 

Identifying a Brand

I took a Spring trip to Denver, Colorado, for a Pilates continuing education. I treated it like a sabbatical to take time to think about my business.  I collaborated with my creative-guru, engineering friend Eileen, and began the process of identifying “the brand.”

This was a scary process for me.  Though I’d been in the field for over five years, sitting down to identify what I did, why I did it, and what represented the business best, all felt like huge questions to answer.  Where do you even begin?  

My prescription: The classic brainstorming list. 

Eileen and I wrote down all the words we could think of that relate to Pilates.  GO!  We looked for connections, what were the underlying themes in words that keep coming up?  What stood out as most important?    

 

Finding Underlying Themes

After making the lists, we decided to go for a hike.  Fresh air to clear the mind and talk.  Maybe as two minds, we could better identify that string holding it all together.  We talked through the ideas that came up during our brainstorm and I shared with her my excitement about working in Pilates.

In my movement instruction, we identified a focus on form.  The movements are not random or performed without a clear intention.  They require thoughtfulness, and mindfulness.  I also love that Pilates is truly for any body, and for anyone, no matter what stage of life they are in.  I’ve worked with ages eight to eighty-six years old, with all various health considerations and fitness goals.  That is the beauty of Pilates.  I also firmly believe that Pilates helps you stay healthy and active through your entire life.  Helping you find freedom and ease in your movement.  

Claiming an LLC

Feeling refueled after my trip, I returned with many ideas I loved for a name. I started searching online only to discover many of them were already claimed or too similar to existing businesses. I was frustrated and felt back at square one. My husband, Estin, decided we needed to just pick a name we liked to file for an LLC. He realized that once we file, we could name a studio under that LLC as anything we wanted. This gave us more time to think about what we wanted our outward-facing brand to be.

When I was out for the day, he sent in a request for Waveforms, LLC.  Being a musician of synthesizers, he deals with waveforms all day: sawtooth-waves, square-waves, sine-waves, triangle-waves.  Waveforms…he thought it sounded cool.

Coming home, he told me that he filed as Waveforms, LLC.  I was initially irritated.  We had not discussed a name of anything close this beforehand.  I felt like something I had spent so much time thinking about was simplified into something I didn’t feel related to the business I wanted.

For the next few days, I tried to come up with unrelated names to our new LLC name for the studio.  I was at a stand-still.  But, the more and more I sat with the name Waveforms, underlying connections started to come together.

 

Running with Waveforms – Form and Intention

Doug Lowe, in his article about Measuring Electronic Waves describes waveforms as this:

“Waveforms are the characteristic patterns—These patterns indicate how the voltage in the signal changes over time — does it rise and fall slow or fast, is the voltage change steady or irregular, and so on.”

Suddenly, the connections was clear to me.  My husband’s music world and my movement world collided.  The body does just what this definition describes, patterns of movement.  Some efficient, some irregular and imbalanced.  This is what Pilates helps solve, bringing form and intention to our movement patterns.

Viewing a waveform on an oscilloscope, the device used for viewing an electronic wave, you can see that a wave is in constant motion.  Just as a wave in the ocean.  These patterns are capable of change over time.

Waveforms Pilates, it’s about movement and change. Constant movement and change, that can be charted overtime.  This is what Pilates is about.

 

Constant and Easeful Motion

I love the water.  Being a Scorpio, water is my natural element.  Being near the water always makes me feel calm, pensive, focused, strong, and connected to something greater.  I love watching the waves and seeing the repetitive, effortless, circular movement.  

Waves are created by sending energy through the water.  In Pilates, we send motion through our body by sending energy through it.  We keep the body in constant motion, much like a wave.

Some definitions of a wave include: to move freely; to bend or sway; to be moved, especially in opposite directions; a mass movement; a swell, surge, or rush, as a feeling or condition; any surging or progressing movement.

Yes! Pilates is all of these things.  Pilates offers all of these things.  Waveforms Pilates identifies with all of these things.  

Pilates is about finding effortless movement. Discovering inner peace and relaxation. Creating and passing energy through the body and feeling connected.

 

Pilates through All Stages of Life

Our body desires to move even when we don’t feel like it. It craves it.  Pilates helps us bring form to the movements of life.  We have peaks and valleys, just like a triangle waveform.  You may be coming off of an injury, you may have just lost a loved-one, you may have gained weight, you may be training for an upcoming race, you may be experiencing depression, Pilates can help move you.  

And when you move, you will be energized. You will feel more connected in your body and mind.  You will make measurable changes overtime.  You will experience ease in the body.  You will find better form and function.  You will feel more confident in you.  We believe this.    


We Are Waveforms Pilates

This is what we stand for:

Using Pilates to bring form and intention to movement, to allow you to stay in constant and easeful motion through all the stages of life.  

See what Pilates feels like in your body. Send us an email to schedule your first session today.


Waveforms Spotlight: Carolyn K. – “Pilates makes you more fit, stronger, and increases your stability.”

Contributing Author: Courtney Cerniglia

When Carolyn moved to the Fox Cities, she wanted to continue her Pilates routine. “I felt blessed to have found Courtney in this area. She’s right up there with some of the top trainers I’ve worked with.” Knowledgeable, kind, and thoughtful, Carolyn enjoyed these qualities of Courtney’s that made their private sessions fun and effective. Working in the new Waveforms Pilates studio this summer, she felt more relaxed and comfortable in the “studio spa space,” as she described it.

 

fullsizeoutput_bWhile Carolyn has done both Pilates mat and private sessions, she will never give up her private sessions. The one-on-one training she receives from Courtney is helping her continue to progress towards her goals. Her goals shift over time, but she continues to see benefits in keeping her body mobile and capable for any phase of life.

 

Once an athlete, Carolyn mentions how powerful it is to pair Pilates work into your training regimen. We asked her what benefits of her practice she’s noticed, she exclaimed, “Strength! Pilates makes you more fit, stronger, and increases your stability. I’ve also lost some weight as well, as it tightens everything up. For an athlete, it’s a discipline that works on the things other methods don’t.”

 

“Pilates is results driven,” Carolyn explained. “You stand taller and gain results from the work you put into it. Courtney challenges me to work harder, do more, and take my practice to the next level.”

 

 

Carolyn’s favorite Pilates exercises tend to include almost anything on the reformer. Different than with a mat class, using the reformer can create space in places hard to access without the added resistance. It also adds an extra element of gravitational pull and spring resistance to add intensity to easier movements. But when Carolyn’s on the mat, she likes plank postures. “They’re difficult, yet rewarding. I feel a sense of accomplishment in the end.”

 

It’s easy to see Carolyn has a goal driven practice that’s pushing her to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She uses Pilates to enhance her natural strength and continue to improve in areas that need more love.
“I encourage anyone who isn’t sure about Pilates to look into adding it to your routine. Runners, cyclists, triathletes, can all see improvements to their performance by incorporating it into a training program,” she encourages. “I can’t say enough great things about working with Courtney at Waveforms Pilates. She has a vast breadth of knowledge, acute attention to detail and a kind approach, she is everything I am looking for in a trainer.”

 

Pilates Trainer Courtney & Carolyn K.

 


Rediscovering Curiosity Through Pilates

Category : business , movement , Pilates

By: Courtney Holcomb

Certified Pilates Instructor, Waveforms Pilates

 

Pilates attunes you to yourself and asks you to be curious again.  

 

You see, children are encouraged to move in curious and creative ways.  I love to challenge adults to think the same.  I’ve seen many adults really discover their bodies for the first time through Pilates and that is incredibly inspiring to me.

 

Pilates – Keeping you youthful throughout your life.  

 

It’s rare to have our bodies observed for movement as adults.  Maybe as a kid, taking a dance class, doing karate, or playing sports, you received feedback on your form, or told “how-to” perform a certain movement.  For the most part, our bodies turn to auto-pilot after the childhood years.  And with auto-pilot, we begin to form movement patterns that become habits. If our bodies were perfect, this would be great.  But more often than not, habits without awareness lead to imbalances in the body.

 

Pilates teaches us to reclaim curiosity and helps us question the what, how, and why of our movement patterns.  The discovery and exploration of movement is the task, the sensation is the reward.

The freedom from chronic pain is the reward.

The improved posture is the reward.

The inner strength is the reward.

Why Does Body Awareness Matter?

To not operate on autopilot, we have to bring the mind into it.  Pilates is a mind-body practice that brings us into actively thinking about the body.  I had an instructor who often said at the beginning of class, “this is your hour to make your body primary.”  Not your list of errands, not your weekend plans, your body.

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The Pilates session is your hour to put yourself first.

Considering we can never escape our body throughout the day, it has always surprised me how little time we spend listening to it.  The more we listen to our body, the more consciously we can change our movement patterns for the better.  If we are listening to our body, we are able to tell if a movement we are doing is creating pain.  We are able to sense our body to find balance if we stumble to avoid a fall.  We are able to navigate the busy hallway without bumping into others.

 

When is the last time you truly took time to make your body primary?

 

How Does Pilates Teach Curiosity & Body Awareness?

 

Group Class Introspection

Pilates work is personal and introspective.  Even taking class in a group setting, you are taking class for yourself.  I love this about the work.  It takes the competitive aspect out of group fitness.  The whole class feeds off the energy of one another without comparison.  Each individual is on their own adventure of curiosity, trying to discover the connections within their body.  With much of the work performed lying on your back, stomach, side, and kneeling on all fours, it is difficult to even observe others in class with you.

 

Guided Discovery through Individual Sessions

I love seeing adults engage in a one-on-one Pilates sessions for the first time.  Without guidance, or “eyes in the sky” observing your individual body, it can be difficult to have awareness of our own imbalances.

 

General cues from a group class can be helpful, but aren’t always beneficial.  Though they may not harm you, they also might not be what your body needs.  Guiding people through a thoughtful movement practice is something I find extremely rewarding about teaching Pilates. No fitness is one-size-fits-all, and everyone’s goals are different. Working in an individualized session provides what your body needs, every time.

 

Self-Correction for Improved Movement Patterns

Pilates is not just fitness, but also movement re-education.  The ultimate goal of a Pilates instructor is for their students to be able to sense and correct their own form.  The more body awareness you develop, the easier this becomes.  It’s great to have verbal and physical cues from a class setting, but you won’t always be in class.

 

In a group class or one-on-one session, you first may receive a manual cue.  The instructor using their hands to place your body in the proper position.  The next step of awareness is receiving a verbal cue to remind you how to find the correct position on your own.  In the final step of repatterning the body, you are able to sense the adjustments that need to be made on your own.  This is the ultimate goal of the mind-body experience that translates into your daily life: developing the ability to self-sense.


Awareness Outside the Studio Walls

Staying curious about our movement discoveries outside of the studio helps the Pilates work translate into our daily lives.  With increased body awareness, we are able to sense inefficient movement patterns throughout the day.  We becomes attuned to our bodies wants and needs.  Hearing a client tell me things like “I was driving and noticed how tense I was in my shoulders, so I softened them down my back,” is one of the biggest compliments I can receive as a teacher.  It’s working, I think to myself.

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If we want our body to serve us well for years to come, we need to listen to its needs.  We need to take more time to make our bodies primary.

 

Where Can I Learn More?

 

Changing habits in our body won’t happen overnight, but it will happen with intentional movement practice.  Pilates serves as a perfect mind-body complement to create changes in your body for the better.  Waveforms Pilates exists to provide movement education for fostering body awareness, strength, and self-confidence.

 

We believe that Pilates helps us build body awareness and internal strength to keep you healthy and moving throughout all the stages of life.  We provide not just instructors, but Pilates educators, to support you in your personal goals and help you develop a connected body and mind.  We take a contemporary approach to the Pilates Method layering in anatomy and exercise science.

 

Rediscovery your curiosity by investing in a fitness plan that works your mind and body.  The exercises don’t end at the door, they carry you through your day-to-day and help to serve you a life of movement longevity.  Begin with a group class, or dive in with a one-on-one session.  Your mind with thank you, and your body will too.

Contact Courtney Holcomb at waveforms@yandex.com or by calling (920)740-3085 to schedule your first session today!

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The Road to Waveforms Pilates


We all have different ways of discovering new things that change the course of our lives. Simple or complicated, they arise and change our homeostasis. They drive us to become better, more diverse individuals. For me, I found passion in Pilates. Although my journey wasn’t direct, it’s led me to starting Waveforms Pilates. I hope this inspires you to follow your passions and those feelings that pull you towards change.


Discovering Pilates

My first exposure to Pilates was back when I was twelve.  As a dancer, I decided to take Pilates classes to help build my strength for the stage.  After my first class, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue long-term.  I loved movement from an early age and something about Pilates was not only satisfying for my body, but also my mind.  In my high school entrepreneurship class I outlined a formal business plan for a Pilates studio.  I tucked away my plan in a binder, and went on to college.

 

Movement Education

I pursued dance at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and grew even more fascinated by the body in motion.  While in college, I continued my Pilates education and began the certification process through Balanced Body Education.

Performing Concert Dance at the UniversityClass, rehearsals, Pilates student teaching, observation hours,  performing, apprenticing at the Pilates studio, and then graduating.  I was back and forth from the dance studio to Pilates studio.  While still maintaining a passion for dance, I realized that it wasn’t dance that I was drawn to, but more so movement.  I left the university passionate about movement and ready to use it to change lives.

 

Defining Ourselves

Before leaving college, the head of the department helped us define the road ahead of us. She told us:

“As artists, dancers, movers, it will be easy to define yourself by the jobs that you work. Many of us will wait tables, bartend, and work odd jobs, but that does not mean that’s who we are.  When someone asks you what you do, you have the choice in how you answer.  You can say anything.  You need not say that you are a waitress, but rather let them know you are a performing artist, you are a dancer, you are a choreographer, you are a Pilates instructor, you are a mover.  We are not defined by our work, but by our being.  Tell them who you are.”

And I did exactly that, I waited tables. I waited tables, but did not identify myself with waitressing.  When asked, I told people I was passionate about changing lives through movement.  That I was a performing artist, choreographer, and Pilates instructor.  These jobs weren’t my primary source of income, but they were my being.

 

Trusting to Leap

Over the next two years, I slowly shifted from waiting less tables, to working more with movement.  All along I was teaching Pilates and dance, but now the scale was shifting to this being a greater part of my workday.  After landing a new job as a Pilates instructor, I turned in my apron and decided to take the leap.  Establishing trust with myself, I decided I would only do work relevant to my passion—work with movement.

 

Waveforms Pilates is Born

Fast forward two more years, supportive husband alongside me, moving from an apartment to our new home…I find my high school entrepreneurship binder.  I sensed a beauty of being on track.  Though I forgot about this specific dream of mine from ten years prior, I subconsciously set myself on the path to achieving it.  I completed the education, I gained the teaching experience, I strengthened my body, and I established a following.  I was ready to expand my reach and open a Pilates studio.  My loving husband Estin on board and excited, we started an LLC, and Waveforms Pilates was born.

 

Being a Modern-Day Entrepreneur

With the new fast-pace to society, change is our only constant, and being open to change is essential.  When we trust in our purest passions and desires for our lives, we move towards change for the better.  I challenge you to take a leap and trust the path towards change.  Change that aligns you toward your passions.

I am grateful for the team of people around me who supported my passions, helped on my educational journey, and rallied behind me.  Though being an entrepreneur may not be easy, there is ease in me.  I am excited for the adventures on the road ahead for Waveforms Pilates.


Courtney Holcomb

Certified Pilates Instructor, Waveforms Pilates

http://waveformspilates.com