Kristin is a certified Pilates Teacher, Specialist Biomechanic Coach, Remedial and Clinical Massage Therapist and NLP Practitioner. Recognising cause and effect between body and mind, Kristin has merged all her therapies into one empowering Movement Therapy, that reconnects you with your body practically, mentally and emotionally, allowing you to move forward with your life, healthily, confident and content with who you are.
Soon after Kristin qualified as a pilates teacher and personal trainer in 2010, she realised that people and their bodies are all uniquely different, and their limitations and injuries intriguingly complex. Wanting to understand more, she gained further qualifications in clinical massage and biomechanics coaching. Following this she began working as a tutor for anatomy and advanced repertoire on Intelligent Fitness' pilates teacher training course in Scotland.
In 2014 Kristin signed up for more in-depth training with Polestar Pilates UK and anatomy and movement specialist Gary Carter in London. Here she studied pilates and movement in a more somatic and experimental way, based on biomechanics and neuro-science. The intense two year training process helped eliminate her chronic shoulder impingement, rehabilitated a back injury, and it allowed her to discover effortlessness in advanced exercises she previously found challenging. She became more aware of her relationship with her own body and her movement habits. As a result she learned a lot about herself as a person and issues that had been holding her back in life.
Having experienced what role neuro-science and emotional states play in our physiology Kristin decided to study neuro-linguistic programming. She qualified as an NLP Practitioner in order to help her clients address physical issues on a mental level and vice versa. Out of this Kristin's Movement Therapy & Coaching was born.
In September 2017 Kristin was invited to enter the Polestar Pilates mentorship training program in order to become part of the Polestar Pilates Education Team. Having taken the opportunity Kristin recently moved to Southend. Here she continues to teach pilates in the form of mat classes and 1-1 sessions, using the pilates apparatus. She further offers Massage and NLP separately, or as part of her all incorporating Movement Therapy.
Q&A with Kristin Loeer
What are your qualifications?
I hold an internationally recognised Comprehensive Studio Polestar Pilates Practitioner Diploma, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner and Coaching Diploma, accredited by the ANLP, a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Remedial & Clinical Sports Massage, a Diploma in Biomechanics Coaching, including Low Back Pain Specialist and REPS Level 3 Certificates in teaching Mat Pilates and Personal Training.
I have many further cpd certificates, as for example in kineso-taping and hot stone massage.
I also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management and a BA(Hons) in Visual Communication from my previous life in the Arts and Cultural Sector.
Why do people come to you?
I would say that all my clients seek an improvement of their lives in one way or another and understand that the change has to start within themselves. Most of the time this means they want to eliminate chronic pain, resolve a behavioural issue they have identified, or they simply want to take a time out for themselves to do something that makes them feel better and healthier. Below are some of the typical problems people seek my help for:
- Post Injury Rehab
- Improvement of Sporting Performance (in particular running and equestrian sports)
- Anxiety/Depression/Stress Relief
- Low Confidence
- Body Image Issues
- Dysfunctional Relationships with Food
- Chronic Pain
- Digestive Problems
- Management of Physical Conditions & Disability
Do you have any specialisms?
I specialise in working with problems that have both an emotional or behavioural and physical component, as for example trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, stress and with those who struggle accepting their body for any reason.
Due to my studies with fascial movement expert Gary Carter I also would say that I work with a particular focus on fascia (connective tissue). A large percentage of our nervous system is embedded in our connective tissue and therefore affects it considerably. Fascia behaves very different to muscle and needs to be treated quite differently. Besides my pilates classes I run movement classes that specifically are designed to improve connective tissue health and teaches clients how to utilise their fascia to give them more range of motion, stability and buoyancy. My facial mobilisation class has given many of my clients amazing results in reducing aches and tension in their body.
What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?
To be honest I always strive to not make assumptions about people. Therefore I do not like to assume what people may find surprising or not.
Having said that, it makes sense that often people come to me to help them alleviate physical pain. However chronic pain often comes with other symptoms such as sleeping and digestive problems and anxiety or stress.
It can be surprising for people to learn that the most powerful way to help their back pain may be for us to address all the symptoms, and that that is something I can offer them.
Can you tell us a surprising fact about Pilates?
It may surprise some people who are of the opinion that Pilates is “only for women”, that Pilates was developed by a male body builder and fitness fanatic who first used his method to rehabilitate injured soldiers in prison after the 1st World War.