Owner of Core Movement Center
Sheri has been a physical therapist since 1991, when she was introduced to Pilates exercise. She has incorporated Pilates and therapy with incredible success for her clients. Sheri’s training includes craniosacral, myofascial release, acupressure, lymph drainage, visceral manipulation as well as being certified in the Franklin Method of movement training. Sheri has done both Polestar and ITT Pilates education. Sheri combines her work in one on one and small class settings bringing a personalized, dynamic approach to her teaching. Sheri has recently opened her new practice: In Balance Physical Therapy & Acupuncture. She is offers personalized compassionate, traditional and complementary care for all of your rehabilitation needs including: pilates, myofascial release, craniosacral, and lymphatic drainage. The new practice is located at 733 Zion Street in Nevada City. Insurances accepted and billed for you. Call 530-470-0410.
Aimee loves watching people discover the practice of Nia. Aimee began her Nia practice in August 2007 and received her brown belt in August 2013. Nia has allowed her the joy of constant discovery in and outside of the classroom. She admits never smiling through an entire workout until she found Nia. Other joys in her life are her husband and three young children who like to explore the outdoors, create family meals together, and enjoy listening to all kinds of music. She volunteers for the Nevada City School District and is Co-Director of Sierra Harvest, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate, inspire and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Professionally, she consults with businesses and nonprofits to develop and implement strategic business and marketing plans.
Allison Rivers Samson
Allison is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor and has been practicing Nia enthusiastically since 2008. “I started dancing formally at age 5 and stopped at 15, when my mom and I moved across the country, and away from my dance studio. Many years later when I became a mama, it was clear that I needed to return to dancing for a more expressive physical outlet. Before Nia, exercising and sweating felt like something I had to do, rather than something I wanted to do. But now I get a fabulous physical workout and an an opportunity to play, while exploring my emotional, spiritual, and creative realms with joy, ease, and fun. In the dance, I am reminded of who I am, and my entire being is reawakened, which not only benefits me, but also means I have more “me” to give to my family. In addition to teaching Nia, Allison shares her passion for health and wellness as a vegan chef, business owner, and certified health coach.
Kristen moved to Nevada City with her family in 2011 after living in North West Montana for 18 years. She has always been passionate about fitness and movement. Growing up as a gymnast and a swimmer she became the swimming director and head coach of a swim team for many years and then grew into the personal training world. In 2000, while visiting California, she took her first Pilates class. After that class she realized the importance of the precise and intricate movement that Pilates offers and was hooked. She studied under Balanced Body and was certified in 2001. Her personal training clients showed her great support and urged her to open her own studio, which she did, and it is still open and operating today. Another side of Kristen is her love of the outdoors and adventure racing. She has raced all over the world with her teammate and husband, Darin. They have achieved many top finishes and continue racing, even after three kids. Kristen firmly believes that her strength is sustained from the power in Pilates.
As an occupational therapist, Chris works with a wide variety of people, assisting them to maximize their abilities. Chris also has a lifelong commitment to applying the benefits of exercise and athletics to his own life and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.
Denay Joy Woodman
Denay has danced throughout her life in a joyful somatic exploration of over 30 movement forms, including yoga, massage, bellydance, blues, swing, salsa, african, jazz, modern, pilates, kickboxing, tango, ballet, tai chi and more! Music and movement course through her blood, heart, and soul, continuing to offer their magic anew. She discovered Nia in 2008 and dove in to her Nia trainings, White Belt in 2010 and Blue Belt in 2014. These have melded into a clear and deep passion for guiding people back into the joy and pleasure of their body, mind, emotion and spirits! Let us move together into body centered wisdom and juicy fun! Let us Unfold, Awaken Play, and Birth Peace! Come dance the change you want to see in our world!
Bonna has been a native to the area for over 33 years. She has been involved in fitness and health from an early age. Gonna received her Massage Certification in 1999, trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy massage. Having a background in dance and a love for music, Bonna become a certified Zumba instructor in 2007 after taking her first class. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for health and fitness with the community.
Foundation Training – Certified Instructor
Beginning with gymnastics and an active tomboy youth, Shauna enjoys several forms of athletics, including yoga, dance, cycling, strength training, sprint triathlons, skiing, hiking & backpacking. She has bicycled unsupported over 4,300 miles from the coast of Oregon to the coast of Virginia. Shauna understands chronic pain and how it can keep you from living the life you want to live. She has suffered from several sports and non- sport-related injuries resulting in broken bones, overuse injuries, chronic pain, multiple head traumas, as well as a debilitating back injury. Determined to bypass invasive back surgery, injections, and pain medication in 2013-14 after she fell 15’ landing shoulder and head first onto concrete, she used Foundation Training, The MELT Method, and Yoga to control her chronic pain and guide her back to wellness. She believes that movement is medicine when practiced in a proactive, sustainable way and implemented as part of our lifestyle. Shauna is passionate about sharing this work and desires to empower others through proactive, sustainable, self-healing bodywork.