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Movement U Faculty

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Johanna Baumbach, Orchestrator of Pilates Progressive Interpretations

What moves me:

“What moves me is seeing my students, some going beyond 12-15 years now. I care deeply, I know their families, their emotional and physical setbacks,. Every hour is a personal journey for all of us. A support group for fun, fitness and camaraderie..my ongoing intention is to be present for each of them, as I am so grateful to offer them the grace of mobility and a dancers posture.

Johanna spent years training to become a professional ballet dance and studying with the American Conservatory Theater’s youth program. Her efforts lead to many successes including a lead role in an ABS movie, performing with the American Ballet Theater,  Eliot Feld and San Francisco Ballet and ultimately to Pilates.

Today, her students are moved by the inspiration and effect of her choreographic training, which can be Johanna is known as a choreographic specialist who, inspires her with students with a her  dynamic and , fast-paced style, yet encourages safe stretching and movement. She has empathy and sensitivity to physical vulnerabilities and limitations, which  leads ing students to discover their own intensity of movement. Students report that Johanna takes them well beyond what they have achieved previously. encouraging you to stretch and move safely beyond what you thought you could achieve previously.

She has displays empathy and sensitivity to physical vulnerabilities and limitations, which leads ing students to discover their own intensity of movement which leads ing students to discover their own intensity of movement.

But why not see for yourself? We invite you to observe one of her Walk in to watch one of her classes, where you’ll see how her recognized ballet credentials, paired with her senior Pilates tenure at Movement U, result in a unique teaching style –a combination of precision, creativity and demanding dance inspired workouts. Whether you are an athlete, injured, dealing with skeletal complications or simply on the journey to better health, she can tailor a long term plan for you.

Using my vast dance background, I teach in a way that helps students feel fluid in their movement..dancing out of the studio.

Moving you to results/ Results for U:

Based on an initial assessment process, a program will be designed to suit your specific needs and physical objectives. The sessions are never the same to keep you in peak shape and mentally stimulated, preventing the plateau effect across the board. You will be encouraged to cross-train and motivated to go beyond your expectations.


 

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Sharon Hartley, Performance Enrichment Specialist

What moves me

“I am always gratified when a student who used to say, “I don’t know if Pilates is for me,” tells me at the end of the class that she is coming tomorrow because this hour ‘went too fast.’”

Sharon possess a strength rare to many within the health and fitness fields; she has the knack and scope  to help invite in, connect with and ultimately coach those who feel the gym is “not for them.” She has an innate ability to create a context that addresses the individual in front of her, adapting, expanding and expressing the benefits of movement with a fluency that allows you to be at ease.

 

Sharon is also a teacher of teachers and has long emphasized that Pilates is more that just a set of exercises; it involves a connection between the mind & the body, teaching the potential teacher how to engage the client in that process.  This gives the client an enriched experience in learning about their own bodies by learning the Pilates Method.

Focusing on teaching performance rather than effort, Sharon combines all of her vast knowledge of movement, dance, fitness training and Pilates, to provide a catalyst for your understanding and transform your ability to achieve maximum efficiency in your workouts or your performance in your chosen fields of endeavors.

Results for U:

Through a thorough knowledge & understanding of the Pilates, fitness & dance, Sharon accurately assesses each client and designs a well-organized & supportive session based on her findings.  

The students in Sharon’s classes describe her classes as “well organized, evenly paced and energetic”, with individualized & efficient cueing of the exercises.  A common comment after taking one of Sharon’s classes is: “I’ve never had an hour of exercise pass so quickly.”   All of her clients leave with a general overall sense of confidence & well-being.

Client Testimonial:

I moved back into Pilates after a rough year in regard to medical issues in 2012. Sharon was fabulous during our initial private sessions. She noted many things my health practitioners shared with me. I knew she was incredibly intuitive and knowledgeable in body mechanics and function and slowly allowed me to gain confidence to allow my body to function again with fluidity. Her slow, yet perfect progression in introducing the apparatus and exercises has brought me to a place, very gently, of feeling stronger, more flexible and enjoying the process of learning Pilates to enhance my health and well-being.


 

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Lane Driscoll, Fit for Function Specialist

What Moves Me:

“I am probably, above all, a researcher and and see my students efforts and my own body as an ultimate experiment.

It is amazing how broad-ranged this work can be. I entered this work knowing I wanted it to be my last profession. I strive to be as strong, healthy and active as I can be for as long as I can be and I feel my students seek similar results. My pursuit leads me to glean from resources wherever healthy movement resides.”

Lane’s approach lends itself to the creation of educational communities. Step into a class of hers and you instantly understand that these students are bound together by the common thread of further understanding their bodies. They support one another, they inspire one another and do such because of Lane’s influence. Lane’s investment in her students and their journey is clear. As one of her students phrased it

“Lane has been a role model as a Pilates instructor. She brings clear verbal instructions, she watches over our class and gives individual clarification. When the class is performing out of her desired form she will stop and demonstrate to clean up the form on any particular exercise.

What I most appreciate is her commitment, her adherence to each class being a full body workout. We move in all directions at least once every class. In my view this takes a discipline on her part when planning her classes.

On a personal note she gives part of herself to her students; her humor, her knowledge, even her personal challenges. All of which brings us closer together. Thanks to her for her support of my growth.

When you meet Lane, you know immediately she has a distinct ability to seek out and deliver the information you need and perhaps most refreshingly, what you didn’t know you needed.. She is both intuitive and scientific which allows her to teach from a place of both education and connection with a certain inclination for details that is poignant. She deeply invests in her clients and their journeys.

Utilizing this unique combination of elements, Lane teaches with a  "Fit for Function" approach.  Whatever the desired movement in your life, be it some sport you love or just getting through your work at home, she helps equips her students with the required fitness and healthy movement to back it up.  

Much of this approach originated in Lane’s multi-dimensional interests as a young adult. She holds a degree in biochemistry and while she was working in research, she was also researching her own body as an active athlete. Following an injury, Lane discovered the transformative effect of rehabilitation and distinct bio mechanical focus on her body. She began to see physical activity and movement as precious gifts and essential to well-being.

Results for U:

Lane has experience with people of all ages and levels of physical activity.  Her scientific education and dance experience also adds dimension to her Pilates teaching. She believes that the body is always changing, and with

some direction, an open attitude and some work, it can change for the better.  When potential clients come in with a desire for change in a certain way, Lane will help them clarify their goals, and in her capacity as a Pilates teacher, work with them to implement that change. Preliminary sessions will evaluate strengths, weaknesses and imbalances.  As the sessions progress, evaluations will be made to alter the intensity or direction of the exercises, or redefine goals.  Lane has expertise in the areas of ski training; correcting imbalances due to injury or side specific sports; work related posture; maintaining back health; and general fitness for athletes.  Concentration, precision, and control when applied to a challenging Pilates workout can bring balance and natural grace to a client’s movement.

“I use the format of the classical Pilates repertory as a jumping off place and a bar against which I can measure fitness and healthy balanced moment for each individual.  I try to include modern wisdom in altering the classical work for each class and individual in the class.  I teach how to do an exercise, focusing on teaching simple anatomy, skeletal structure and muscle function to help each student feel power to control their bodies.

Client Testimonial:

“I started doing Pilates with Lane Driscoll 2 days a week in January. I also added 3 days a week of Elliptical and/or running. Lane's expertise and encouragement made me keep my commitment to myself. It's been 8 months and I am over 20 pounds lighter- but more important- I feel like myself again. Lane has an intuitive understanding between the connection between physical and mental wellbeing - especially as it relates to limitations. She inspired me to challenge myself- without me even knowing it. I have been thrilled to be able to do things I couldn't do before. Anyone interested in achieving their overall optimal health, including becoming strong, fit and wise, should train with Lane. If your goal is a life change, Lane can help you make it happen.”


 

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Jane Disson, Certified Pilates Instructor

About Me:

Jane is originally from New York City.  She began her study of Pilates in 1999 after sustaining a knee injury and was introduced to the method as part of her post-operative rehabilitation program. She developed a passion for Pilates because of the physical and mental challenges that it provided her, along with the deepened core strength in her body. Inspired by her instructors and wanting to share her personal experience with others she became a Body Arts and Sciences Institute (BASI) certified instructor in 2007.  In addition to teaching Pilates, Jane works in technology for a large bank in San Francisco.

How We'll Get Results:

Jane views her Pilates certification as the beginning rather than the end. She continues to deepen her understanding of the method and to enhance her teaching skills with continuing education courses. Each time she works on her own Pilates practice Jane discovers something new, and she is thrilled to be able to share that with others. Pilates is her passion, and her mission is to inspire and empower clients on their own Pilates journeys. She works to encourage them as they open their minds and learn to let go and allow their bodies to move without fear or restriction. That way, her clients take home the joy of the work, and not just the exercise.

When we practice Pilates, we work to uniformly develop the body, engaging ALL the muscles in a way that makes us stronger and more flexible. Pilates heightens awareness of our bodies and the way we move on a day to day basis. With this knowledge, we stay connected to our inner selves which improve every aspect of our lives.

Client Testimonial:

"I’ve been working out with Jane for a couple of years now, and have benefited from her “hands-on” style of Pilates training. She’s not the kind of trainer who just calls out the exercises and lets you get away with doing them in a lazy manner. Jane has a careful eye for detail, catches flaws in your form, and corrects those flaws with clear instructions so that you work the right muscles and joints that the exercises are designed to target. Her approach helps me get the most out of my workouts, which is important when a busy schedule only allows so much time in the gym. At the same time, Jane’s engaging personality and encouragement make the workouts fun and keep me coming back.”


 

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Lily Baker-Lubin, Director of Integrative Movement

What moves me:

I am continuously inspired by those who find their way to Movement U and are determined to make a change. From 8 years old to 87 years old, I am moved by seeing and supporting students during a vulnerable time, in which movement is compromised. To play a role in helping each person claim or reclaim what is meaningful feels like a privilege. To be a part of their team as they cross the finish line, jump rope, jump a horse, catch a ball or a wave, swing a racket or a club, hold a baby or hold hope feels like an honor.

I am proud to be a part of the Movement U community. I get to be a part of a faculty of experts who continue to truly and deeply invest in their students while growing and continuing to learn as a team. Simultaneously, I get to observe our students as they dedicate themselves to our teachers, their craft and continue to empower themselves through movement education.

As a competitive equestrian, connecting with a horse and helping to positively influence and shape horsepower is something that not only moves me but keeps me moving. As an athlete, it moves me to continue to advance my biomechanical knowledge and skillset to address and enhance “the whole athlete.”  As an animal advocate, riding teaches me about partnership, patience, compassion and collaboration.

Results for U:

Among my strengths is a deep understanding of human biomechanics as well as the psychological factors that contribute to excellence in sports and movement. These components help direct me in assessment, exercise selection and program design.

I believe DNS and Pilates to be a profoundly transformative forms of movement. With skilled instruction, it can provide dramatic gains for people with a wide range of needs and goals. My expertise in functional movement allows me to assess your needs and create a program of exercises and objectives that is truly tailored to you. My clients range from top Bay Area physicians well versed in anatomical concerns to recreational athletes transitioning from physical therapy back to daily activity. I work with high school athletes and professionals, total novices and hard core gym rats looking to diversify their workout routines. Regardless of your skill level, I am excited to help you excel in your own pursuits and take your abilities to the next level.

Client Testimonial:

“As I began private sessions with Lily over a year ago, I realized there was a uniqueness in the way in which she approaches her students. It became immediately apparent to me that her educational background coupled with her intuitive nature in understanding how the body moves and holds itself had given her the ability to continually adapt her instruction to suit an individual’s needs.  At the beginning of each session she will inquire as to how my body has been feeling and will then observe my gait as well as standing position.  At the conclusion of the session my body is nimble and the effects are lasting.”