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Real Results for Real People

Client Quotes and Testimonials

Bye Bye Diastasis Recti

Yes, you can recover long after birth

Diastasis Recti

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."

Faster Progress

"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. ​"

Stronger than Before

"I didn't even know I had Diastasis Recti until I met Dannell. No only is my diastasis recti gone, I am stronger than I was before babies!"

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Bye Bye Pain

Yes, you can live with greater ease

Less Pain

Back Pain

"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."

Shoulder Pain

"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!"

Hip Pain

"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

Mental Health

Postpartum Anxiety

"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."

Body Awareness

"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."

Inner Calm

"Pilates has become my main 'me-time' activity. I really notice the difference."

"My self-talk has gone from judgmental to curiosity with grace."

Hello Meaningful Change

Yes, who you work with matters

Why Dannell

Client Education

"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."

100% Improvement

In a recent survey, 100% of Elevate Pilates clients reported increases in

  • Core Strength

  • Core Connections

  • Body Awareness

  • Flexibility

  • Alignment

  • Ease of Movement

What We Do

In-Person Sessions

Ideal for women 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 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


  • 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 program

  • 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

Private Sessions
About Us

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.

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