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Phone: 248-608-3221
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."
-Joseph H. Pilates

Shauna Oliverio is a STOTT Pilates trained instructor as well as a professional dancer and choreographer. She was introduced to Pilates throughout her dance career and believes it is the reason her body has stayed healthy and strong through all her years of dancing. Shauna is trained in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. She graduated from Oakland University while she began her professional dance career. Shauna has worked commercially in LA, she worked on production shows in Canada, she spent a year dancing on a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has worked with many world-renowned choreographers. Shauna has performed in the musicals Chicago, Cabaret and Cats. Shauna danced with Odyssey Dance Theatre under the direction of Darryl Yeager and completed five European tours. Shauna currently dances for Ron De Jesus Dance under the direction of Ron De Jesus. She also choreographs dance and travels to teach master classes all over the country. Shauna founded an in-studio dance intensive called Rapture Dance Intensive that she tours and teaches with. Inspired by the art renaissance in Detroit, Shauna is working to launch her own dance company.

Playing a round of golf may not be overly taxing on your body when compared to a game of basketball, football, or hockey. However, one may be surprised at the amount of strain a golfer endures on the body during each and every round played.

With each drive and swing a golfer executes during a round of golf, there is opportunity for strain, overuse of muscles or even an injury…and the more golf mileage you add on, the higher the risk. Rapid rotational torso twisting can create some fairly significant openings for soreness and even injury. Add in the fact that as one matures and has more chances to golf more often, that potential goes up even more.

Many golfers are uncertain as to how they should prepare for their season of golf. Have you ever heard a golfer say “I don’t lift weights during golf season, it will mess up my swing”? The question is, are you willing to make you golf game more consistent? Are you interested in an exercise regimen that will help your game, and not hinder it? Do you want the stamina to have the option of playing 36 holes without next-day back soreness? The answer is very simple…Pilates. Simply adding Pilates into your life will create a safer and stronger game of golf for years to come.

Often Pilates is seen as a “girls exercise” and it may be uncomfortable for men to take the first step into a Pilates studio. The private atmosphere at East Street Pilates, and the customized small classes we provide make your entry into Pilate far less intimidating. After just one class you will not consider Pilates “girly” anymore. Choose private lessons, semi-private lessons or even call to schedule a small group class. It is proven that this is a way to improve your score and comfort while on the course.

Golf starts with proper posture. Pilates is hyper alert to proper spine alignment, which immediately decreases the strain on the back and lessens lower back pain. This will make your swing more precise and your game will become more accurate. Good posture will affect how your shoulders and wrists respond to your swing as well, which means that your swing will become easier, more powerful and precise.

Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam are two well-known PGA professionals that are huge advocates of Pilates for golf. Pilates naturally works on strength, stability, and mobility. It truly should be named the exercise for golfers. Do you want to be more accurate? Do you want to hit the ball farther? Are you interested in increasing your success with the game of golf? Call East Street Pilates (248.608.3221) today to improve your golf game this year.

By: Gretchen Moraw

Private Pilates lessons are wonderful for enhancing strength and flexibility for athletes in a variety of sports. The strength and flexibility Pilates provides can enhance an athlete's performance and keep them safe from injuries, giving any athlete a strong foundation on which to be successful and injury free in their athletic pursuits.

Dancers benefit from Pilates because it is an excellent way to continue working on turnouts, core strength, and flexibility. Runners can gain stamina and endurance from doing Pilates on a regular basis. Even weightlifters and cross-fitters should consider adding Pilates into their weekly routine because it complements and balances the strain on the body that the sport may cause. Pilates is beneficial to so many different types of athletes; from famous football players like Antonio Brown to Olympic athletes such as swimmer Missy Franklin. Pilates is truly for everyone.


These days, serious athletes practice more hours than ever before, putting them at a higher risk for overuse injuries. But adding Pilates to your training schedule can be the key to balancing your body and gaining longevity as a competitive athlete. Private Pilates lessons offer a complementary and supportive workout regimen, tailored to your specific sport(s).

There are three main reasons that athletes choose to add Pilates to their regular routine:

  1. Pilates creates a whole-body workout that is always a challenge: It takes your workouts to a new level; connecting your brain to the micro-muscles that might not be utilized as often. It doesn't matter how "in shape" you are, you will leave a Pilates class feeling like you have accomplished something new and different. But you also can do Pilates if you are a brand new participant in an exercise routine. Things you can expect in a Pilates class: footwork, lower body work, abdominals (core work) including obliques, upper body training and complete coordination of the body. 
  2. Pilates builds flexibility and strength. While taking Pilates, you are not only building strength, you are also keeping limber, flexible muscles. This is a key area that is often over looked in other types of exercise programs. Adding strength along with flexibility helps athletes perform on any field, court, hill, course or pool they may be competing in/on.
  3. Pilates will help you avoid injury or bounce back quicker after a minor injury. With the addition of flexibility through specific low-impact Pilates movements, athletes feel more confident in their abilities and gain longevity in their sport. Whether you are a young athlete hoping to take your sport to the next level, or a weekend golfer that wants to be able to continue for many years to come...Pilates is a must!

    A well-trained Pilates instructor has the knowledge to evaluate each specific athlete's needs, and with all the variety and apparatuses Pilates has to offer, we have the tools and equipment to create a customized work out specifically for you. Now is the time to invest in YOU. East Street Pilates has some of the best trained instructors in the area ready to work one-on-one during personal training sessions to help you meet your goals. Call the studio to schedule your first session and change your game!  248-608-3221

5 Tips to Kickstart Your Day

There are few people who jump out of bed wide-awake, refreshed and in a good mood. But even your typical morning person can learn something from these physical and organisational tips. A healthy morning – every morning – is just around the corner with these smart ways to kickstart your day.

1: Drink some water. Immediately!

Some people can’t function without their morning cup of Joe. But what you really need after 8 hours of sleep, is water. Your body gets dehydrated during the night (especially if you tend to sleep with your mouth open) and you’ll feel better the sooner you gulp down some H2O. So why wait until you’re up and running? Make sure to keep a bottle of water next to your bed so you can replenish your fluids right away. It will make your grogginess disappear more quickly, and it also helps to wash away your morning breath before even brushing your teeth.

2: Brighten your day with natural light

I know it’s tempting make your bedroom as dark as possible – especially if you live in the city. Pitch-dark might help you to fall asleep faster, but in the morning it’s all but beneficial. Natural or white light is what helps us get up at the break of day, and shutting it all out will leave you sleepy for a longer period of time. Instead choose for a pair of light curtains, so you’ll receive more daylight in the morning without trading in your privacy. If you’re unwilling to compromise on your curtains, consider investing in an alarm-clock which mimics daybreak*.

* The Philips wake-up light for example is designed to wake you up slowly and peacefully. You can program it to slowly brighten up your room, even before the alarm goes off. On a personal note; I love the bird noises that gradually increase in volume. It’s very peaceful and unobtrusive!

3: Don’t skip breakfast

Recently I read an article about how many people still skip breakfast. I am ashamed to admit I was part of that percentage not too long ago. At some point I got so used to this unhealthy routine that getting food in my stomach every morning became a major pain. But with gradual effort I eventually got my eating habits back on track, reaping advantages like an increase in energy, better concentration and even a good bit of weight loss. There really aren’t any advantages you gain from not having your first meal within an hour after waking up, so don’t sell yourself short by destroying your metabolism.

4: Program your alarm-clock a little earlier

Don’t be grateful to the man who invented the snooze-button. 15 or even 30 minutes of sleep won’t change how rested you feel in the morning after having slept all night. Instead, dozing on and off will make you feel more tired and grumpy. So choose to use that time to get out of bed a little earlier. Do a bit of stretching, a bit of light reading, extend your morning shower or listen to some uplifting music. Don’t use this time to do work you should have done the day before. Instead use this time to allow your mind to wake up, kindly and slowly. 

5: Prepare your morning in advance

You’ll have a better morning and a better night’s rest if you don’t have to worry about the list of chores that’s waiting for you before you have to rush off. A little preparation in the evening will make your mornings that much easier. So make sure you pack your bag for work, and put it in a clearly visible spot. Lay out next day’s outfit so you won’t have to figure out what to wear while your eyes are barely open. If possible, prepare your breakfast* and your lunch. An easy morning is less stressful and will provide a better base for a happy and fulfilling day.

Shared by East Street Team Member Sophia


By: Katrina Kill

Almost always, the answer to this question is an emphatic YES!

While there certainly are some injuries that do require rest, nearly everyone who suffers from back pain would benefit from Pilates. That doesn’t mean that every class offered is appropriate for back pain sufferers; the best and most effective way to help with back pain is to see an instructor one-on-one.

Certified Pilates instructors have training and experience to help navigate the things that will not only NOT aggravate your back, but can choose exercises that will help lessen your pain. Once you’ve been working with an instructor for some time, the instructor will easily be able to tell you which classes would be appropriate for you to join. Your instructor(s) will also give you the tools to modify yourself properly in group classes to prevent further discomfort. 

East Street Pilates offers a class that specifically targets the common causes of back pain! The class runs on Thursday mornings at 9:30 and we call it “Butts and Guts”, because weak gluteal and abdominal muscles are common causes of back pain. This is a great class for anyone that has moderate back pain. The exercises used in the Butts and Guts class will target weak abdominal muscles, weak gluteal muscles, strengthen any inner and outer thigh weaknesses, stretch and loosen tight hamstrings, and will take clients deeper into their Pilates practice. Being able to identify your transverse abdominus (your internal girdle), pelvic floor, and finding your true “neutral spine” will change your Pilates practice, and even better, it will be a game changer for your back pain!  

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