Emilie owns Waxwing Pilates + Embodiment Studio. She is a Pilates instructor and Embodied Coach.
I came west in 2011 and found Montana. Since then, I’ve healed and grown through movement and community, connected to my purpose, and created a family here in Helena.
When I’m not practicing, researching, or teaching movement and embodiment, I’m enjoying some fresh air. I am a lover of creativity and encouraging others to do amazing things.
I found Pilates by accident when I won a handful of free sessions with my very first instructor, Jamie. She called out some big ways in which I needed and wanted to grow. And she helped me do it with Pilates as a true mind/body practice.
My body felt powerful and graceful and I discovered how to find peace in myself and in my mind. My relationship with my body changed from frustration to respect, and my relationship with my whole self continues to develop with greater love and compassion.
My mind/body practice has been a dear friend through big life changes and challenges. It has helped me transform trauma into creative expression and joy. It’s one of my greatest delights to give this gift to other people.
I like to say I started group fitness as a 4 year old in the back of my mom’s Jazzercise class, and it seems to me that as long as I can remember I have been drawn to group fitness and the community that develops around activity. I received my first certification in 2003 from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and started teaching at a gym in Billings, MT where I grew up. My husband and I moved to Helena in 2009 where I became an instructor at Crossroads Sports and Fitness. I am licensed in four Les Mills formats(cycling, yoga, weight training, and high impact).
I am wired for movement and really enjoy higher intensity workouts, as well as mountain biking with my hubby. Pilates found me at a time when little injuries started creeping in, and I was becoming more aware of the fact that if I wanted to maintain the love I have for activities, I needed to start taking care of my body and listening to every facet – mind, body, and spirit connection. The external benefits of spinal health drew me to practice Pilates, and every day the internal benefits of Pilates are changing me and teaching me the value of spinal health and listening to what my nervous system is saying. I enjoy working with clients who love activity and want to take care of their bodies to continue moving for their entire lives. I want my clients’ practice to enhance everything else they engage in, and to help prevent injury or heal old injuries and movement patterns they thought they had to live with.
Outside of the studio, my husband and I enjoy all kinds of activities outside together.
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