Leah is an Auburn University graduate and worked in sales for various companies, but left corporate America in 2010 to teach movement and fitness. Her personal journey with Pilates began while recovering from invasive surgery to re-sect a brain tumor that left her with severe balance, instability, and coordination issues. Pilates played a crucial role in her recovery back to a normal life. She now leads a very active lifestyle and participates in numerous fitness activities. Leah completed her Pilates certification through BASI and has been teaching full-time since 2010. She's taken numerous continuing education courses and has a variety of certifications, including a Posture Alignment Specialist certification through the Egoscue Institute. She was introduced to this modality in 2016 and realized it provided a missing link in her Pilates work with clients. Education is critical in changing movement patterns and keeping clients out of pain. Posture Alignment therapy offers this in the first session. Presently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Corrective Exercise, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, and Geriatric Exercise Science. She takes pride in relating to her clients in a beneficial way that they can understand, which enables them to recognize that the body works as one functioning unit. Clients motivate her daily, and watching them improve their overall health and live with less pain provides Leah with immense gratification. Leah has experience working with the following conditions and clientele: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, hip replacements, knee replacements, spinal cord damage, sciatica, Parkinson's, atrial fibrillation, COPD, cancer, pregnancy (prenatal & postpartum), multiple spinal disc conditions, nerve damage, Morton's neuroma, plantar fasciitis, drop foot, bunions, and more.
Emmanuel Ramírez is a professional dancer and ballet teacher with more than 15 years of experience. Born and raised in Mexico, he has lived in Chicago for the last 4 years. He began practicing Pilates 15 years ago to strengthen and condition his dance technique. He enjoys helping others learn and feel the benefits of Pilates in their fitness routines and daily activities. Emmanuel completed his Pilates certification with Steven Winterstein of Kinetic Axis and is also certified through the National Pilates Certification Program.