Jen Shaw: March’s Instructor of the Month at Pilates in East

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If you have been to the studio at Pilates in East, you have most likely seen Jen Shaw coming, going or teaching either a group class or a private session. Her warm and infectious personality is hard to miss.

After two C-sections, several knee surgeries and years of physical therapy, Jen sought out a way to rebuild her core and overall body strength in a safe way. As fate would have it, she saw a commercial for Windsor Pilates in 2006 and decided to try a class. After trying a class and loving it, Jen became an instructor and has been teaching ever since at local studios and gyms. Jen received her Comprehensive Certification from Balanced Body University and instruction from Ahmé Bovée.

If you have taken a class from Jen, you wouldn’t be surprised that her favorite part of being an instructor is the opportunity to connect with her clients. “I enjoy getting to know peoples’ stories, meeting them right where they are in their journey and then empowering them to fulfill their personal next steps. I love seeing the confidence that blossoms with developing physical and mental strength that grows into a strong, healthy, balanced mind and body connection.”

One of the many reasons that Jen personally fell in love with Pilates is the ability to develop balanced strength and flexibility to help avoid injury. As someone who participated in collegiate athletics and someone who has coached all levels of basketball and soccer over the past 20 years, this has been very important. Jen credits her own practice in Pilates as one of the main factors that has allowed her to stay active over the years, continue coaching and to keep up with her children. When not in the studio, Jen loves being outside – camping, hiking and biking.

Jen’s advice to someone new to Pilates: “Take a couple of private sessions so you can learn some techniques and terminology.  The instructor can also give you some very personal tips and guide you to your next steps.”

Great advice for someone getting ready to dive into a new and life-changing activity.