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shelly stephenson

Shelly began her study of Pilates in 1989 with Marie José Blom-Lawrence at Long Beach Dance Conditioning after completing her BFA in dance at California Institute of the Arts. She became a Certified Pilates Instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute in 1997, and is the Senior Pilates Instructor at Bodies in Balance.

Before opening Bodies in Balance in 1998, Shelly spent two years teaching Pilates-based rehabilitative exercises to patients at a physical therapy clinic. Her experience includes athletic conditioning and rehabilitation with post-operative and fibromyalgia patients, people with obesity, and osteo and rheumatoidarthritis. She has also worked with ballet and modern dancers, and was the Pilates teacher for the artists of Cirque du Soleil's Corteo in Portland.

In 2001 Shelly became Certified Teacher Trainer through the PhysicalMind Institute and has provided certification requirements to over fifty Pilates instructors in the Pacific Northwest. Shelly is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and now offers teacher certification as a faculty member of Balanced Body University.

Shelly is also a KMI certified practitioner of Structural Integration, and an Anatomy in Clay instructor.

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Structural Intergration Portland, OR
Pilates Instructor Portland, OR
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Work Experience:
BFA, California Institute of the Arts
Organizations / Affilations:
Member, IASI International Association of Structural Integrators
Member of and certified by the PMA Pilates Method Alliance
shelly stephenson is located in Portland, OR and has the following skills: Structural Intergration, Pilates Instructor
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Structural Intergration

Category: Health / Fitness
KMI is a synthesis of the fascial work of Dr. Ida Rolf, the movement insights of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the whole-systems geometry of Buckminster Fuller and many other influences as developed by Thomas Myers.
KMI sessions can be used to resolve particular problems, as a “tonic” for your posture, movement, and what used to be called “carriage” – how you carry yourself through the world.

Your body is your most proximate tool. How do you use it? KMI can be seen as an extended course in reqcquainting yourself with your body in motion, whether you are a finely tuned athlete, or a computer-bound couch potato.

The KMI approach is to free the binding and shortening in the body’s connective tissue – known as the “fascial network”, and to re-educate the body in efficient and energy sustaining patterns.
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Years Experience: 2

Pilates Instructor

Category: Health / Fitness
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 19