Pilates for Pregnant Moms
“Change happens through movement and movement heals." Joe Pilates
Pelvic floor weakness
Mental Health challenges
Welcome, you are not alone.
Elevate Pilates is here to help
Certified Pilates Trainer
PPSM Integrative Provider
What We Do
"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."
"My 2nd pregnancy and recovery have gone so much smoother and a lot of that is due to private Pilates with Dannell. The support and accountability have helped tremendously in all aspects of birth and recovery."
"I am amazed at how Dannell can see such specific details via Zoom. It is as good as being in person."
"In each session, Dannell is fantastic at meeting me where I am at."
"Dannell takes the time to really show you how to do the exercises properly and effectively."
"Having someone who has both the physical and mental knowledge to guide me through all aspects of my 2nd pregnancy has made a huge difference. I consider Dannell and overall wellness coach."
"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 session. I left 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 Support Matters
Pregnancy and birthing change our abdominal core and pelvic floor. In ways we never expected, never thought possible. And it happens differently with each pregnancy.
We get so busy tending to our children, it can become easy to forget about ourselves.
When we don't invest in strengthening our core, back pain can becomes our new normal. This impacts how we feel about our body and can increase anxiety about birthing.
When we don't tend to our pelvic floor incontinence gets in the way of being our active-selves in pregnancy.
When we don't take the time to proactively attend to our alignment, we give way to the inherent misalignments of pregnancy: sway back, rounded shoulders, forward head. All diminish ease of movement and impact birth.
Even during pregnancy, you don't need to get stuck in these patterns. Pain, achy muscles, incontinence, anxiety and discomfort do not have to become your pregnancy norms.
Working with the natural design of the body, from deep core muscles, using classic Pilates exercises, Elevate Pilates will help you experience a more joyful pregnancy in body, mind and heart. This prepares you more deeply for birth and sets you up for less complications postpartum.
We take the time to get to know you as a human being and customize your Home Program to support exactly what you need this week. We stand with you in the hard moments and celebrate your joys.
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 pregnant and 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.