Real Results for Real People
Client Quotes and Testimonials
Bye Bye Diastasis Recti
Yes, you can recover long after birth
Everything else I tried didn't work
"After 3 babies I lost so much strength in my core. Everything I tried didn't seem to help or made matters worse. Working with Dannell has given me back hope that I can once again have strong abdominal muscles. I was amazed at how hard these little movement were & even more at how effective they were."
"I have made so much progress so much faster than I expected I would. Dannell is such a wonderful & encouraging person to work with & I am thrilled to have taken this step in healing my body. I have more energy, strength & confidence in my body since starting her program. I am getting to a place I never thought I would again!!"
"So thankful I am no longer having to wear my pessary daily. "
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Bye Bye Pain
Yes, you can live with greater ease
"My low back pain has noticeably improved. I know your Pilates instruction has made a HUGE difference in how I feel, work, and live this year. Thank you."
"When I first came to Elevate I had shoulder pain that didn't allow me to pick up my children. Pilates private sessions gave me the core strength and alignment that eliminated the pain. It is amazing!"
"Before Pilates, I took Advil daily for persistent pain. My custom home program has made all the difference. Now I don't take Advil at all. Pilates has been a game changer for me."
Hello Clarity and Calm
Yes, your body can be your friend
"In experiencing postpartum anxiety Pilates has been such an enormous blessing. It is where I learn great strategies for how to handle moments of panic."
"Before Pilates my body awareness was minimal, even problematic. Now I can feel and identify what is happening in the moment, like when tension creeps back into my shoulders. Now I listen and respond to my body's cues long before pain and fatigue sets in."
"I feel stronger and more empowered to understand my body."
Hello Meaningful Change
Yes, who you work with matters
"Dannell takes the time to really show you how to do the exercises properly and effectively. I can't wait until the next session!"
"I have participated in Pilates under three instructors, and no one else focuses on the importance of walking through the fundamentals of what your pelvic floor and core is and how to property engage it like Dannell does. She is amazing. All women, mamas or not, should work with Dannell.
"Dannell is a wonderful Pilates trainer. She tailors the session to my needs. She is great at guiding me to get the most from each move. It has only been a month, I already feel the difference in my body strength and body awareness."
"Dannell is an excellent teacher. She has helped me to experience the full benefits of Pilates while making adjustments for my limitations. I recommend her to absolutely anyone."
What We Do
Due to Covid, all in-person sessions have become Online 1:1 Private Pilates sessions. We look forward to resuming In-Person sessions when it is safe for everyone.
Online 1:1 Pilates
Ideal for women who work from home, have limited childcare, or live outside the Twin Cities
Includes a customized home program allowing for integrated support while navigating mothering
What to Expect: Private Sessions
90 minute private session
Birth & Health Review
Establish Recovery Plan
Pilates exercises selected to meet your needs and motherhood-realities
Effective, safe, low-repetition movements
10-20 minute program
Recover while you Mother
25 minute sessions
focus on Recovery Plan & what your body needs that day.
50 minute sessions
focus on Recovery Plan & Home Program progress
Warm accountability with individual feedback for advancement
Updated Home Program
Customized, Real-Time Coaching along a Guided Path
Dannell Shu is a Certified Pilates Trainer known as a strategic educator who inspires people to live engaged lives through soulful resilience. She is an insightful listener and coach who motivates students to physically engage with clear and focused attention.
A Post-Birth Specialist, Dannell is trained to work with post-birth moms. She also has personal experience using Pilates for mending Diastasis Recti, post-birth recovery, bereavement, and more.
An Integrative Provider with Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN (PPSM), Dannell is the first movement specialist to be included in this vetted list of providers who are trained to support moms with mental health needs.
A veteran professional dancer, Dannell holds a BFA in Dance, a Masters in Christian Worship Studies, an expansive somatic movement training, and a professional dance career spanning two decades.
Mother of two boys; one on earth, one in heaven.