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PB Moms
Post-Birth Recovery for Moms

“Change happens through movement and movement heals."   Joe Pilates

Experiencing This?

Back pain

Weak abs

Low energy

Joint pain


Diastasis Recti

Feeling lop-sided

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

  • First-hand Experience


for a post-birth recovery plan to be

  • Safe

  • Gentle

  • Effective

  • Proven

  • Thoughtful

  • Non-invasive

  • Holistic

  • Works with natural design of your body

  • Integrated into motherhood

We Can Help

bring meaningful recovery

  • Alleviate back pain

  • Resolve incontinence

  • 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

PBM Can Help

Diastasis Recti?

Yes, you can recover long after birth

What We Do

In-Person Sessions

Ideal for moms who need to step away from the home setting to focus their attention or who prefer hands-on guidance with movement engagement and exercise.

A very limited number of in-person sessions are available. Be the first to know about open spots and opportunities.

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

PB What we do

Moms Say

"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

Moms Say

"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


  • Email to request a Free 20-minute Core Consult call

 If Pilates is the right next step for you then we will take these next steps:

  • Schedule Initial Session

  • Complete digital Intake Packet

Initial Session

  • 90 minute private session

  • Birth & Health Review

  • Assessments

    • Diastasis Recti​

    • Critical Connections

    • Core Score

  • Goals Discussion

  • Consultation

  • Establish Recovery Plan

    • Private Sessions​

    • Home Program

Home Program

  • 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

Follow-up Sessions

 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

 All Sessions

  • Customized, Real-Time Coaching along a Guided Path

What to Expect

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

Motherhood Unhindered

Recovery Matters

Meet Dannell

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.

About Us

Get in Touch

Additional Resources

PPSM Moms & Mental Health

Real Results: Client Testimonials

Moms & Mental Health blog series

More About Elevate Pilates

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Thank you for reaching out to us. We look forward to being in touch.

Private Sessions

     Post-Birth Recovery

    Addressing Pain Issues

    Reformer & Mat & Tower

Scheduled directly with Dannell

All sessions will be Online via Zoom during COVID-19

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