HI! I'M NORAH, YOUR DISABLED PILATES INSTRUCTOR.

As a disabled, chronically ill, and queer instructor, I've built a wellness space where everyone feels safe and comfortable. Clients consistently share that they feel seen and heard in a way they haven't before.

MY MISSION

I serve clients with disabilities and expecting mothers. I’m passionate about helping others to feel well and happy in their bodies, and to live pain-free.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

My doctor recommended Pilates in 2007 as a way to manage my cerebral palsy. I didn’t do it at first because I, like a lot of other people, thought Pilates was for people who were already strong and flexible. I was neither of those things.

In the summer of 2008, my massage therapist told me that massages were a waste of money if I wasn’t exercising. I don’t like the gym and didn’t want to go. There happened to be a Pilates studio right up the road from the massage therapy clinic, so I went there and never looked back.

I used Pilates to manage my cerebral palsy. It helped my posture, balance, strength, and mobility. My pelvis untwisted, my feet stopped clunking, the huge curve in my spine diminished, and I carried myself differently. People who had known me for years often didn’t recognize me because my body changed so much in a very short period of time.

Becoming an instructor

I did Pilates for almost eleven years before I became an instructor. After seven years of working in journalism and digital marketing, I lost a job I’d barely started. I knew I wanted to change industries, but wasn’t sure what to do. The next day, I went to my Pilates class. The studio owner asked me how the job was going. I told her it hadn’t worked out and she said, ‘Do you want to be a Pilates teacher?’ I said, ‘Yes!’


             

Because I have a disability, I help other people with disabilities. I specialize in treating disability because there are so many people with disabilities who, like me, can be too intimidated to try Pilates. Working with a disabled instructor helps them to see that Pilates is within their capability. 

                                

TYPES OF PILATES I SPECIALIZE IN

I work with clients who have a variety of different disabilities and conditions: arthritis, Erb’s palsy, spinal stenosis, vertigo, stroke, cancer, bulimia, diabetes, ADHD, and COPD. Clients use Pilates to ease their aches and pains and manage their symptoms.

Start on the reformer if you’re injured or have been in an accident. Equipment provides gentle support for your classes. It treats everything from whiplash to foot fractures (you can even do classes while you have a boot or cast on!) The weight of the equipment quickly helps you develop coordination, body control, balance, and strength.

Want to have better balance? You’ll need stronger abs, faster reflexes, and to ease your body out of fight or flight mode. The mat is one of the fastest places to build core strength, get a much stronger upper body, ease hip pain, and tone that tushy. If you can’t access reformer classes  – the mat works just as well, delivering a low-impact full body workout.

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‘I put my clients first, value good relationships, and offer classes that are patient, creative, and calm.’

-NORAH

    

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