Founder of Embody Studio. Shannon completed her Pilates certification in 2003 through PhysicalMind and Balanced Body, Gyrotonic Level 1 in 2005, and received her Dance/Movement Therapy degree in 2000. She completed a 500 hour Advanced Yoga Studies program completing her certification in Iyengar inspired Yoga at The Yoga Room, Berkeley in 2014 as well as completing several scoliosis certifications, and Movement Medicine trainings, learning the deep work of rehabilitation, what Pilates was really created for. She has also studied and learned various release techniques, somatic meditation, mindfulness practices, Yamuna Body Rolling and more.
Shannon currently is completing her Masters Degree in Somatic Movement Therapy, and is in her second year with Tamalpa Institute learning the Life Art Process, working towards her Somatic and Expressive Arts Certification. She also continually studies movement and anatomy, with emphasis on embodiment practices, nervous system rebalancing, trauma work, scoliosis, plant medicine, ancestral healing, and much more.
Shannon herself has scoliosis as well as other physical issues since childhood, chronic illness and pain, which brought her into the Pilates and Yoga methods. She herself has also struggled with anxiety, PTSD, asthma and chronic pain, and found tools to help her body become the refuge and friend it was designed to be. Shannon really believes our bodies want to come into balance, we just need to show up for our body to begin this journey.
Shannon specializes in scoliosis, sciatica, and back and sports injuries, but she loves working with people at all fitness levels; from the professional athlete to the post surgery client, to the client going through chemotherapy.
Shannon herself is a breast cancer survivor and her movement practice of Yoga, Pilates along with guided meditation saved her during her time in treatment. She believes fully in her work and teaches directly from her own experience and heart.
Shannon offers many different modalities as she has studied wide and broad within the healing arts and the wisdom of the body. See below examples of what her sessions entail. She is also the guided meditation teacher at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley. She believes rest and learning to relax are just as important as adding movement into our lives and helps women learn to breathe deeply and find ease with their breath. and bodies.
She believes Pilates and Yoga is for every body and that experiencing the healing power of movement positively impacts how you look and feel. Shannon fully believes that these practices are building a relationship. It is not a pill you take once and you are cured. We are learning to cultivate and deepen our relationship to ourselves, our bodies. All parts of ourselves. Learning to navigate the multiple layers of ourselves and our body. Emotional, physical, dream, mental, ancestral and spiritual bodies. Accessing our own resources and inner connections. The more we know and embody ourselves, the more we can feel the connection of ourselves to the greater universe and truly know our purpose.
The breath is our guide into the body
Past and future are in our minds, the body is
Sessions that Shannon offers.....
*Pilates, Yoga, release techniques, and many movement modalities helping those with back pain, injuries, pelvic floor issues, and more, specializing in back care and scoliosis
*Restorative Yoga, Breathing Awareness, Learning to breathe, body awareness, gentle mobility and fluid and subtle body explorations and movement, great for those with limited movement abilities
*Guidance and support helping those to establish a movement practice, looking at blockages and uncovering our inner drive, commitment and what motivates us
*Posture and alignment guidance, body awareness and mindfulness
*Working with writing, movement and somatic practices exploring our inner bodies, expressive arts, ritual, meditation and helping guide the soul back into the body
*Meditation, somatic meditation, learning to mediate with focus on the body, the body and the breath is what we follow and give the mind the task to stay present and witness the body being breathed
*Guided meditation, being guided into deep relaxation then into guided meditation, where one can explore their inner terrain, speaking to this deep part of ourselves, receiving images, messages and clarity
*Guidance and support helping those to establish a spiritual or meditation practice, looking at blockages, core beliefs, while uncovering what we are committed to, devoted to, and what we need, want and desire in our lives
*Body awareness and tools to help with trauma and PTSD, mindfulness practices
Pilates is a movement system that puts emphasis on breathing and alignment, while developing a strong core or center,
while improving coordination and balance. The system includes thousands of exercises, which can be modified in range of difficulty from beginning
to advanced. The intensity of one's individual Pilates work, will gradually increase over time, and the workout is forever changing, so one never gets bored,
and one's body is consistently growing and developing a bigger movement vocabulary.