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Emma Fitzsimmons

INSIGHT STUDIO — PILATES

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“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that if there isn’t breath it's not going to work quite right -- always come back to the breath in whatever you do.”

Tell us about your early roots in your practice of choice.

Growing up as a dancer, Pilates helped me prevent injuries and was integral to my dance training throughout high school and college. I was fortunate to be able to study dance, Pilates, and somatics in an academic setting and I was lucky enough to nerd out about human anatomy both in the books and in practice. In addition to my dance and Pilates training I also aquired my 200 hr yoga certification.

What inspires you in your practice?

Having mobility and strength in my body is all I need to feel inspired. I know that if I don’t practice movement daily, these qualities will start to slip away. I try to impart this inspiration around the complexity and flexibility of the body to my students and to encourage them to see the beauty in it.

What are valuable lessons learned from your training?

As I grow in my practice, I learn to apply better function and technique to everything I do, both in and out of the studio. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that if there isn’t breath it's not going to work quite right -- always come back to the breath in whatever you do.

What are some other classes you enjoy at Rise?

FIGHT TECHNIQUE with Liv TURF PFX with all of our instructors

What does social wellness mean to you?

Often, when I cue deep belly breathing at the start of class, very few people give themselves permission to breathe audibly and to actually let the belly expand. Then at some point, one person takes the risk to let a sigh out and be heard. This moment is magic because suddenly everyone else gives themselves permission to breathe, take space, and be present in the room. That’s social wellness at its finest to me.