Creating Space to Evolve

 

Elvolve Pilates Therapy provides you with a space where you discover and experience you and your moving body. Using the principles and practices of the Pilates method, you will receive guidance and support you to cultivate an intrinsic strength and awareness of your mind and body.

  • We all have the power to heal and become stronger in our body and mind

  • Our ingrained movement, muscular and thought patterns can be reprogrammed

  • The breath informs the movement

  • There is a natural intelligence that exists within all of us

  • Being proactive is the key to long lasting health

  • Your body is unique and will move and feel differently every day

  • Pilates is for every body


Shalene MacKinnon, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

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  • Pilates Method Alliance - Certified Pilates Instructor

  • Club Pilates - Lead Instructor

  • Club Pilates - Master Trainier Candidate

  • Body Works Pilates Studio - Classical Pilates Teacher - Comprehensively Trained

  • Fletcher Pilates® Intensive Licensed Provider:

    Fletcher Percussive Breath™

    Fletcher Fundamentals™

    Fletcher Towelwork®

    Fletcher Floorwork®

    Fletcher Barrework™

  • Sattva Yoga Teacher 200 hr RYT

  • TRX - Qualified Suspension Training Teacher

  • Trigger Point - GRID Foam Rolling

  • Adult First Aid/ CPR - American Red Cross

  • Business Marketing, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Shalene MacKinnon provides Pilates private sessions, group Pilates classes, self care workshops and quality Pilates equipment sales in Calgary, Alberta.


Growing up studying ballet and horseback riding, Shalene learned from a young age the importance of correct postural alignment, proper body mechanics and training muscles to find new patterns. 

With a love for movement, Shalene certified as a ALFCA group fitness instructor in 2003 teaching group exercise classes at fitness and community centers. Teaching everything from spin, step, kickboxing to boot camp, she gained the reputation as a “group class guru” and mentored many new teachers. She continued to study movement and certified through Can Fit Pro as a Pre and Post Natal Specialist. Shalene specialized in teaching moms how to connect with their pelvic floors, get back into shape and feel good about themselves. 

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While helping people “get fit” Shalene noticed many clients held incorrect postural and mental patterns affecting their everyday lives, sabotaging their fitness efforts. Awakening to the need for a deeper connection to mindful movement, Shalene discovered the magic of Pilates. She completed the Pilates mat certification in 2005 and became a fully certified classical Pilates teacher in The Pilates Method in 2009 under the tutelage of Steven Bryson (Body Works Pilates Studio) under the supervision of master teacher Dianne Miller (Vancouver Pilates Centre).

Shalene expanded her Pilates training and certified as a Fletcher Pilates® Intensive Licensed Provider in Fletcher Percussive Breath™, Fletcher Fundamentals™, Fletcher Towelwork®, Fletcher Floorwork® and Fletcher Barrework™ in 2011. The Fletcher approaches movement by layering one movement skill at a time, which Shalene continues to teach today.

Shalene has completed her Sattva Yoga Teacher Training at the Sattva School of Yoga with Rameen Peyrow, founder of Sattva Yoga. Rameen has a holistic approach to teaching yoga with a strong focus on meditation & yoga philosophy, dedicated to teaching people how to realize their full potential. Constantly exploring how to connect with a deeper and more authentic experience of self, Shalene is humbled and grateful to share her love of yoga with her students.

Shalene continues to study: Myofascial release techniques, Yamuna Body Rolling, Osteopathy techniques, Pelvic floor conditioning techniques, Eldoas, Yoga and the Eric Franklin Method to name a few. Using many modalities she helps clients overcome injuries and gives them tools to empower themselves and ultimately how to function in their daily lives pain free. 


 
We all have ingrained patterns that we hold mentally physically and energetically. Be it postural patterns that limit us physically, or mental patterns that limit our potential. Using mindful movement and breath we can unwind unhealthy patterns, and create new ones allowing us to live in balance strength and freedom.
— Shalene MacKinnon