Post-Birth Recovery for Moms
“Change happens through movement and movement heals." Joe Pilates
Pelvic floor weakness
Mental Health challenges
Online programs not working for you
Welcome, you are not alone.
Elevate Pilates is here to help
Certified Pilates Trainer
Post-Birth Recovery Specialist
PPSM Integrative Provider
We Can Help
bring meaningful recovery
Alleviate back pain
Mend diastasis recti
Redevelop your pelvic floor
Strengthen 360 core muscles
Rebalance skeletal alignment
Retrain your mind-body connections
Boost stamina & mental clarity
Support a return to your active-self
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 moms who work from home, limited childcare, or live outside Twin Cities metro
Includes a customized home program allowing for integrated support while navigating mothering
"After 3 babies I lost so much strength in my core. Everything I tried didn’t seem to help or made matters worst. Working with Dannell has giving me back hope that I can once again have strong abdominal muscles. I was amazed at how hard these little movements where & even more at how effective they where.
I have made so much progress so much faster then 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!!"
Mom formerly with Diastasis Recti
"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 am amazed at how Dannell can see such specific details via Zoom. It is as good as being in person."
"For someone who does a lot of different exercise classes and workout routines, this was my first crack at Pilates. I loved how it was gentle on my joints and how strong my core felt after each time I went. I left the sessions feeling strong, confident and excited for the next session!"
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 mat
Daily Integrations bring Pilates principles off the mat and into life
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
Why Real Recovery Matters
Birthing changes our abdominal core and pelvic floor. In ways we never expected, never thought possible.
And it happens differently with each birth.
We get so busy tending to our children, it can become easy to forget about ourselves.
When we don't invest in healing our core, back pain can becomes our new normal.
When we don't redevelop our pelvic floor incontinence or organ prolapse gets in the way of playing fully with our children and returning to our active-selves.
When we don't take the time to re-align our skeleton we get stuck in stability / mobility imbalances that lead to long term challenges for our health.
You need support to heal safely. You don't need to get stuck in these "new normals" now or ever.
Working with the natural design of the body, from deep core muscles, using a specific sequence of classic Pilates exercises, Elevate Pilates will help you recover
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.
Get in Touch
Moms & Mental Health blog series
Addressing Pain Issues
Reformer & Mat & Tower
Scheduled directly with Dannell
All sessions will be Online via Zoom during COVID-19