A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS…

Our 2022 Local Gift Guide is here! We’re feeling so much gratitude for our local community—our MOVE community and beyond. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a “Curated Community Gift Guide” to make it easy for you to shop locally this season. We are HUGE fans of all the products below.

Please share and shop!
Elaine & Robin xo


SWEET HEATHER ANNE

Signature Cakes and Desserts — with a focus on local and high-quality ingredients. Check out the Holiday Mixed Cookie Boxes and Citrus Olive Oil Holiday Cakes — both make amazing gifts! Shop a wonderful selection of signature cakes, cookies and desserts — the lucky recipients of your gift giving will thoroughly enjoy and be grateful for your great taste.


THISTLE & BESS

Shop an unusual and eclectic collection of handmade and local goods at Thistle & Bess. From quirky ornaments to stunning fine jewelry Thistle & Bess has a truly special curated collection of gifts. The perfect place to find something for that person on your list that seems to have everything. Stop in their Kerrytown shop or shop online as well.


MINDO CHOCOLATE MAKERS

Handcraft bean-to-bar chocolate in small batches, using only the purest and best-tasting ethically-sourced ingredients. Shop in store or via their online catalog of products, including gift boxes and bundles, cooking and baking products, Ecuadorian Drinking Chocolate, unique flavored chocolate bars and of course, their classic award-winning chocolate.


JESSICA’S APOTHECARY & SPA — NURTURING BEAUTY

Gift hunting for the tree hugger in your life isn’t as easy as one might think. You’re searching for something beautiful, useful, and made from natural materials. Jessica’s Warming Massage Oil with juniper berry & ginger is the perfect gift! Shop customized facials, massage therapy, herbal soaks, body treatments, waxing, skin consultations, and plant-based products online or at Jessica’s Spa.


UNIVERSITY FLOWER SHOP

At University Flower Shop we believe in the power of locally sourced flowers, seasonal ingredients and a commitment to our environment. Our designs are inspired by the cycles of nature and we strive to design with the most fresh and unique flowers and foliage throughout the year. Consider the gift of fresh flowers or plants this holiday season — shop online or come see us at Nickels Arcade!


BYOC (BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER)

BYOC Co. is a zero waste and refill shop in downtown Ann Arbor started by a 2020 UM alum focused on helping you gift sustainably and practically with locally made, low waste soaps, candles, and reusable household and personal care goods! Shop some of their best-sellers and bundles like this “GIVE LOCAL BUNDLE“.


NANCY MELET HAND CRAFTED JEWELRY

Nancy’s designs are from the heart — jewelry for the everyday woman! It all goes together and it’s easy to wear. Jewelry that becomes a part of you. “Melet Stacks” is a wonderful, fun & incredibly hip gift for anyone in your life who enjoys the beauty of hand crafted original design – check it out online or at one of the upcoming shows.


CAYMAN SPORTS

Ann Arbor’s local retailer for all racquet sports! Have you or someone in your life wanted to try pickleball? Do you have an avid tennis or badminton enthusiast and need the perfect stocking stuffers? Cayman is your one stop shop for shoes, racquets, socks, strings and accessories. Shop online or come into the shop! Gift cards available.


THE LITTLE SEEDLING

The Little Seedling is committed to providing families with the products they need. With a full range of products from baby gear to toys, clothing and children’s shoes, The Little Seedling is a one-stop local shop. Mom owned, parent run, and a focus on customer service make The Little Seedling Ann Arbor’s destination for kids and families. Shop online or in-store.


MAST SHOES

An Ann Arbor shopping destination for favorite shoes for over 80 years, our team of shoe and fit experts are devoted to helping people feel great, starting with their feet! Give the much appreciated gift of foot comfort this holiday season! Favorites include Haflinger house shoes, soft wool socks, and gift certificates (they always fit perfectly). Shop online or in the store.


MOVE WELLNESS PILATES AND GYROTONIC®

Expertly trained Pilates instructors at MOVE Wellness are the perfect way for you or someone you love to start a Pilates or GYROTONIC® program. Our gift card for a $49 1-hour Intro Session is a perfect gift for a beginner or consider the $99 Intro Package gift card which includes a 50 min (1:1) Introductory Session AND two small group training sessions. Call, text, email or purchase online. Come visit soon!


This week is the official start of the holiday season. We hope our curated community gift guide with suggestions to shop local helps you find just the right thing for the right people in your life.

Be fit. Be well. Be inspired. Be done shopping. ❤️❤️

MOVE is thrilled to be partnering with Melissa Trauger to provide on-site physical therapy services at the studio to pelvic health and orthopedic populations. 

“We know that a continuum of care is important to our clients as they work to get stronger and care for their unique bodies. Partnering with Melissa means that it will be easy for clients to have collaborative care right in the building. Working with a PT who understands the impact and scope of Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise is the best service possible for our clients. Not only is Melissa a highly skilled orthopedic and pelvic floor specialist Physical Therapist, she shares our values and commitment to care for our clients. We could not be more excited to welcome her to the studio.”

—Elaine Economou, MOVE Wellness Co-Founder 

“I am extremely excited to partner with MOVE Wellness to provide on-site physical therapy services to the pelvic health and orthopedic populations of Southeast Michigan. My mission is to improve and maintain your quality of life when it comes to your specific goals, as well as, to bring awareness to an aspect of life (ahem, pelvic health) that should be talked and taught about, early and often.”

—Melissa Trauger, Rhapsody of Motion Concierge Physical Therapy

Benefits of physical therapy at MOVE

Collaborating with area physicians and physical therapists is important to providing our clients an excellent continuum of care. Quite often, when clients are working through a particular issue in their body, it is helpful to work in partnership with their physical therapist (or another medical professional like a DO or Physiatrist) to provide manual therapy, assess injuries and collaborate on movement goals. Post surgical clients can benefit in particular. Our scope of practice is movement and working with healthcare professionals for diagnosis and care plans for post-surgery, neurological issues or pain is the best service possible for our clients. 

Long time clients may recall our previous partnership with Julie Simpson of Mend PT so we know how well this kind of partnership can work. We are now so happy to be partnering with Melissa Trauger and Rhapsody of Motion to again offer PT services within MOVE. Melissa works independently inside MOVE Wellness studios, but is knowledgeable about the systems we teach. She is also an eager student of Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise herself, which is key for us. 

Melissa works with orthopedic issues and has a special focus on pelvic floor dysfunction. We know that this affects both women and men and can play a role in low back pain, and hip issues. Pelvic floor PT can also be part of the solution for imbalances throughout the body. At MOVE we work a lot to help people have a healthy functioning pelvic floor. So much of what we teach focuses on coordinating breath with movement and the pelvic floor is part of the musculature involved in breathing. Working with Melissa can help clients identify pelvic floor imbalances and learn to release the muscles and regain coordination. She will be a wonderful resource for our clients to help resolve a number of issues.

Meet Melissa Trauger

Melissa Trauger is a physical therapist who treats patients with the mindset that everything is connected in the chaos of the body. This view, along with her love of music, led her to finding the rhapsody within the human body. Both require many moving parts working in concert creating harmonious movement.

Melissa received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Dayton in 2016, and continues her education to diversify her skills when treating pelvic health and orthopedic populations. Her undergraduate was spent at the University of Michigan where she earned a B.S. in Movement Science. She followed that up with several years spent in Chicago working as a massage therapist and personal trainer.

When Melissa isn’t helping her clients relieve their physical pain, she spends her time with her husband, Ryan, and their dog, Coco. She enjoys writing and playing music, running, and providing comedic relief among friends and family.

Start Now

By partnering with MOVE, Melissa can promote early access to physical therapy through individualized care that includes manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercise, and more. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa directly via the contact information below to schedule a call and learn more!

Rhapsody of Motion Concierge Physical Therapy
Phone: 734-519-0020
Email: info@rhapsodyofmotion.com
Website: www.rhapsodyofmotion.com
Instagram/Facebook: @rhapsodyofmotion

Book your appointment directly with Melissa online, by email, or by calling 734-519-0020.

by MOVE instructor Davy Darnton

Pregnant bodies are forever at the mercy of public discussion, whether we want them to be or not. And women experiencing the physical, psychological and emotional weight of pregnancy need strong supportive communities available to them before, during and beyond childbirth. As I reflect on the arrival of my second and third children, I can feel the weight of the social expectations surrounding my body nearly everywhere I go.

Public expectations of the pregnant body

I remember once, at 29 weeks pregnant, I was asked by a complete stranger if I was having twins, while another person casually commented that I “looked like I was about to pop.” I explained to them that I did in fact have only one baby in my belly and that I wasn’t due for another couple of months.

As a Pilates instructor and mother, I wanted to shout from the rooftops, “This is what a healthy woman who is five feet tall and seven months pregnant looks like!”

The goal during pregnancy is simple: Keep yourself healthy, keep your baby healthy. And a healthy you and a healthy baby mean weight gain and a big belly. And I’ll never understand why people expect pregnant women to look small. Sure, the weight gain bothered me a bit during my first pregnancy. But now looking back on my third pregnancy, I know exactly what my body is doing: it’s transitioning into “milk truck” mode. And if becoming rounder and fuller means I birth a healthy baby and am able to feed that baby, great. Bring on the soft, supple body.

 

The myth of the postpartum body “bouncing back”

Recently, a male friend of mine whose sister is pregnant asked me, “So, you bounce back pretty quickly right?” I looked him right in the eyes and said, “There’s no bouncing back. Your body is never the same after pregnancy and birth.” It wasn’t the answer he was expecting.

The whole idea of bodies bouncing back is pretty silly. Our bodies aren’t basketballs, and that’s a good thing. Life moves forward, not backward. We should be encouraging women to celebrate the new bodies they have, not stigmatizing the changes that accompany them. This shouldn’t be a revolutionary concept, and yet somehow it still is.

I can’t tell you how many clients I work with who are experiencing multiple pelvic organ prolapses and incontinence because of the counterproductive expectations and narratives surrounding the pregnant and postpartum body. During pregnancy, our bodies are preparing for birth. That means opening and loosening, not restricting and tightening. After pregnancy, our bodies work and move in new ways, and we should embrace that. There’s no going back to “maidenhood” after motherhood. And why would you want to?

Pregnancy, celebrities and the media

If there were every two ideas perfectly at odds with one another, they would be a healthy pregnant body and the media’s representation of pregnancy. We see celebrities on television and in magazines (with a full arsenal of personal trainers and nutritionists behind the curtain) basking in the glow of their pregnancies until about six or seven months in, and then they disappear until they’ve magically “bounced back” to their prenatal bodies. Or so the media would have us believe.

Pilates is for every body

One of the most troubling aspects of social expectations surrounding body image, of the pregnant body or any body, is that they fail to acknowledge that we are all individuals with unique body shapes and sizes.

A pregnant woman who is six feet tall with wide hips is going to carry a baby differently than one who is five feet tall with narrow hips. Similarly, someone who’s just given birth is going to look and move differently than someone recovering from a stroke or spinal surgery. Which is why focusing on the health and function of your body from the inside out (rather than what it looks like on the outside) is the key to feeling better and stronger, and living longer.

My favorite thing about teaching Pilates as a movement practice is that it helps you feel better and more balanced, whether your motivation for doing it comes from wanting to fix lower back pain from years of sitting at a desk or just a basic desire to look better in a swimsuit.

A fit pregnancy and the GYROTONIC® method

One of the fundamental problems with the word “fit” is that, for most people, that means tight and toned, or more accurately, constricted. Pregnant women need their bodies to open and release, not tighten up.

We need mobility and stability. We need our spines and sacrums to glide through their full range of motion. We need our femurs to articulate properly in our hip sockets and we need our tailbones to wag.

A “fit pregnancy” isn’t about weight lifting and more traditional exercises methods, although it can certainly include those things when done safely and thoughtfully. Prenatal exercise should include a harmonious blend of fascial stretching and muscle strengthening.

In July 2017, I started learning the GYROTONIC® method to get out of my comfort zone a bit and learn a more dynamic way of moving my body. At first I was overwhelmed, and moving that way felt foreign to my body. But then I fell in love with it.

I started working toward certification as a GYROTONIC® instructor later that year completed my final certification course at 28 weeks pregnant in April 2019. It was a joyful and empowering physical experience. I left feeling energized, strong and ready to enter and embrace my third and fourth trimesters.

After the birth of my first child, I grew tremendously as a Pilates instructor because I was able to apply that knowledge base and movement practice to my own body as it healed. And now, I’m geeking out on movement in anticipation of the healing process again, this time with GYROTONIC® also in my toolbox. And beyond my own postpartum healing, I look forward to bringing this deeper knowledge to my work with clients when I return from maternity leave.

I feel nourished and supported through the movement work I’m doing now, and like I’m working with my body and my baby, rather than against them.

Community support and movement practices for pregnant women

If you really want to be supportive of and say the right thing to women who are expecting, here’s my advice: stop commenting on their bodies. Instead, try saying one of the following:

  • You look so healthy and wonderful.
  • When are you due? (with a tone of genuine curiosity, not judgment)
  • I really hope everything continues to go smoothly and that you have a joyful birth.
  • What are you most looking forward to?
  • After the baby is born, can I help by bringing you dinner or anything else?

Along those same lines, it’s also important to know what not to say. Pregnant women do not want to hear about your cousin’s traumatic high-risk birth story, or about their pregnancy “waddle,” or anything else that might compound the natural amount of anxiety and uncertainty we experience while pregnant.

Pregnant women need access to the wisdom and resources of other women who have already given birth and/or movement instructors who understand how prenatal and postpartum bodies work, move and heal. We need to understand what physical challenges are normal, common and treatable after we give birth.

We need a supportive team of experts including physicians, midwives, pelvic health physical therapists, pre/postnatal fitness instructors, friends and family who will collectively help us feel empowered rather than helpless. We need nourishing foods that help our babies grow, and that help us heal mentally and physically.

It often feels to me like our culture has lost so many of the communal support structures for women before and after pregnancy. Women aren’t supposed to do this alone. We can’t heal from childbirth if we’re not resting enough. We can’t just jump back into the daily grind without risking pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and a range of mental health challenges.

Investing in smart, safe prenatal movement practices and a postpartum period that celebrates the new body you have, rather than clinging to the old body you left behind, is an investment in the health of your whole family, whatever that family may look like.

Want to learn more about the benefits of Pilates and GYROTONIC® for before and after pregnancy? Looking for a supportive and knowledgeable community to help you support and celebrate the body you have? Visit movewellness.com or call 734-224-2560.

Davy Darnton is a STOTT Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor at MOVE Wellness in Ann Arbor and can be found on Instagram at @davydarnton.movement.

Your Workout. Your Choice.

We’re here for you—however you want to move with us. We recognize that some of you are eager to join us in-studio while others would prefer to wait for now. We respect whatever decision is best for you—your workout, your choice. Safety protocols are in place in the physical studio and MOVE Wellness is currently scheduling private sessions and small group classes. Our livestream classes continue to be available, and virtual private and small-group training sessions are also an option to meet a wide-range of client needs. We invite you to choose the mix of in-studio or at-home training that’s right for you.

Your Safety in Our Studio

When you’re ready to visit MOVE in-person, we want you to feel safe. So we’re taking important steps to make sure you’re comfortable. Here are the primary COVID-19 protocols we have in place.

  • The studio layout has been redesigned to allow for physical distancing and a streamlined flow of clients. 
  • The number of people allowed in-studio at any given time will be limited.
  • New windows and ceiling fans have been installed to allow fresh airflow.
  • We have added UVC light filtering to our HVAC system to kill any airborne virus particles that pass through.
  • Cotton gloves will be made available to clients who wish to use them.
  • Masks are optional for clients. Staff will be mask-optional when Washtenaw County is in the CDC low or medium community level. Masks will be required for staff when Washtenaw County is in the CDC high community level. Clients are welcome to ask their trainer to wear a mask for any individual session. Please reach out to us with any specific questions or concerns.
  • Stringent cleaning protocols with approved cleaning solutions are in place for all equipment and touched surfaces.
  • We have a UVC light wand for extra sanitizing of props and equipment.
  • Reusable items (fabric straps, gloves, etc) will be sanitized according to the CDC approved guidelines. 
  • We ask all clients and staff to stay home if experiencing 2 or more of the following symptoms:  fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, cough, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste and/or smell. 

We will continue to monitor local, federal, state, and international guidelines for any changes in recommendations, cleaning strategies and best practices. We continuously update our policies as needed and you can trust that we will always keep the lines of communication open. 

You CAN Start Now

Ready to get started with an in-studio training session? Fill out this brief form and we will get the scheduling process going for you. Not ready to come in? Don’t worry, we’re happy to continue to see you online for private sessions, or livestream classes. We look forward to designing a safe and comfortable plan for each and every member of our community. Your workout—your choice.

Please feel free to reach out to us at office@movewellness.com with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Be Fit. Be Well. Be Inspired.

Elaine, Robin, Rachel and Staff

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

To help you visualize the changes at MOVE, we want to share some photos of our new equipment arrangement in both studios to allow for physical distancing, as well as our new windows that open and ceiling fans to enhance airflow. We’re so excited about these changes to safely welcome you back into our space.

This week is the official start of the holiday season. We’re kicking things off by sharing our curated community gift guide with suggestions to shop local. We’re excited to spread the word about these great community members. You just might recognize some of them from Elaine’s Lifted segments on Facebook!

On small business Saturday (and all year long) we hope you’ll check out some of our favorite things, places, and people. 

Be fit. Be well. Be inspired. Be done shopping.


BYOC, Co. Logo

BYOC Co. (Bring Your Own Container) aims to reduce single-use plastic consumption by allowing you to refill your own containers from home with eco-friendly, ethically-produced household cleaning and personal care products. Owner Emma Hess, started BYOC Co. at age 22 and fresh off graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sociology. Her low waste journey started while in college when she swapped a bottle of liquid shampoo for a solid shampoo bar. 

BYOC, Co.
255 E Liberty St
Ste 215
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
hello@byocco.com

Connect with BYOC, Co. on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Emma’s conversation on Lifted.

Great gift idea:

Zero Waste Dishwashing Set

Zero Waste Dishwashing Set

This set includes:

Solid Dish Soap from Tiani Body Care (local Ann Arbor business), Bamboo Hand Brush, and a Bamboo Soap Dish for $20.68. 


NeuroFitness Wellness Center Logo

NeuroFitness Center offers wellness services to help bring balance to the lives of the seriously stressed, chronically in pain and under rested among us. They offer flotation therapy, cryotherapy, a salt room, and neurofeedback sessions to reduce stress and help you relax.

NeuroFitness Wellness Center
6360 Jackson Road, Suite A
(Across from Menards)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
info@neurofitcenter.com
734-206-2012

Connect with NeuroFitness Wellness Center on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Peg’s conversation on Lifted.

Great gift ideas:


Tantre Farm Logo

Tantré Farm started its very first crops of potatoes, winter squash, and garlic in 1993 on a 40-acre parcel. Since then the farm has grown to include about 80 to 100 varieties of vegetables, mushrooms, and a small variety of herbs and flowers. Their fruit crops include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pears, melons, and more depending on the fruit weather. Their farmland has now grown to about 115 acres of wetland, woods, and sand-loam fields in the area. Tantre Farm sells their produce through CSA shares, at various local stores, restaurants, and also at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea Farmers Markets. MOVE Wellness loves serving as a summer CSA pick-up location!

Tantre Farm
2510 Hayes Rd
Chelsea, MI 48118
734-475-4323

Connect with Tantre Farm on Instagram or Facebook

Watch Elaine and Deb’s conversation on Lifted.

Great idea for your holiday table:

Check out the Tantre Farm Immune Booster weekly share.


Arbor Teas Logo

Arbor Teas is a family-owned organic tea company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their daily mission is to find the world’s most fantastic organic teas and deliver them to you as sustainably as possible. 

Arbor Teas
1342 North Main Street, Suite 1
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
info@ArborTeas.com
(734) 994-7698

Connect with Arbor Teas on Instagram or Facebook

Great gift idea: 

Kombucha Homebrew Kit

Kombucha Homebrew Kit 

The Kombucha Homebrew Kit ($45.00) comes complete with all your homebrewing essentials, including: step-by-step instructions, organic kombucha culture (SCOBY), Arbor Teas organic loose leaf black tea, organic sugar, USA-made 1 gallon glass jar, and more!


Jessica's Apothecary & Spa Logo

Owned and operated by Jessica Goniea, Jessica’s Apothecary offers the luxury of a day spa paired with the expertise of a botanical skin care specialist. You’ll find customized facials, waxes, skin consultations, and an online shop that all feature plant-based products combining ancient herbal knowledge with modern skin care science. Everything used and sold  is cruelty-free and free of synthetic fragrance, artificial colorants, SLS, parabens, and other unnecessary chemicals. Jessica is honored to have been voted “Best Skin Care” 8 years in a row and “Best Esthetician 2020” by Current Magazine!

Jessica’s Apothecary
415 N. Main Street, Suite 3
Ann Arbor, MI
734-604-5971
contact@jessicasapothecary.com

Connect with Jessica on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Jessica’s conversation on Lifted.


Serendipity Books Logo

Serendipity Books is a brick-and-mortar indie bookstore celebrating literacy and building community in Chelsea, Michigan. Owner Michelle Tuplin is the mastermind behind our awesome MOVE Book Club reading choices. ​​We think it’s a pretty special place. Stop by and let Michelle help you choose just the right book for anyone on your list.

Click here for a variety of ways to shop Serendipity Books.

Serendipity Books
113 West Middle Street
Chelsea, Michigan 48118
(734) 475-7148

Connect with Serendipity on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Michelle’s conversation on Lifted.


Mast Shoes Logo

Mast Shoes is the best of modern and old-school. Their stylish, relaxed, clean store sets the stage for you to experience the fitting process and see how we use tools like shoe horns, fitting stools and Brannock devices (the metal foot measuring tool) that have been in use since they opened in 1942. Mast Shoes has made it their mission to stop feet and shoes from ruining your day. They believe there are no “bad feet,” just bad matches between feet and shoes. 

Mast Shoes
2519 Jackson Ave 
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-662-8118

Connect with Mast Shoes on Instagram or Facebook.

Watch Elaine and Molly’s conversation on Lifted.


Aberdeen Bike Logo

Aberdeen Bike is a family owned bike shop located in Chelsea, Michigan just west of Ann Arbor. Aberdeen has a full service repair shop and offers a wide range of adult and youth bikes to tackle any terrain. They offer a full complement of accessories to outfit you for everything from commuting to racing.  

Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors
1101 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
734-475-8203

Connect with Aberdeen Bike on Instagram or Facebook


Massage oil drops on hands

Trish Newman Massage

Missing your massage at MOVE? MOVE Livestream class members with a keen eye may have noticed that our massage room has become a teaching space. If you’re missing your massage at MOVE with Trish (we miss her too!), you can find her at two locations in Ann Arbor. 

K-West Skin Body Spirit
415 N. Main Street
Mon., Tues., Fri. 8:30–2:30
Every other Thurs. 4:00–8:00
Some Saturdays 9:00–2:00

Eastern Integrative Services
2300 Washtenaw Ave.
Suite 101
Wed. 12:00–8:00
Thurs. 8:30–2:30

Schedule by calling Trish directly at 810-923-8936.


Ian and Nick took their running to the next level in 2014 and officially opened up Ann Arbor Running Company. Both have been part of the Michigan running community since the mid-90s and love giving back to the sport. They know what it feels like to run your best, to run your worst, and everything in between. Their staff will support you through thick and thin. Ann Arbor Running Company uses their experience to select only the best products available and the ones that they truly believe in.

Ann Arbor Running Company

901 W Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734.662.2400

209 S Ashley Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.997.5223

2621 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734.623.9640

Connect with AARC on Instagram or Facebook


MOVE Wellness Logo

Movement heals. We know that to be true. Share the gift of movement with your family and friends this holiday season. 

MOVE Wellness Studios
3780 Jackson Road, Suite K
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-224-2560
office@movewellness.com

Connect with MOVE on Instagram or Facebook

Great gift ideas:

MOVE trainer Lauren MIller working with a senior client

Three private sessions for $150.00

This special introductory offer is available for new clients. Stop by the desk, email us, or call 734-224-2560 for details. A value of up to $277.00!

Elaine Economou Movement Essentials

Save $20.00 on your purchase of Movement Essentials: Getting Started with Pilates.

This new 28-day program developed by MOVE Co-Founder Elaine Economou will get your loved one started building a healthy fitness routine with gentle Pilates for your everyday life. Head on over to MOVE On Demand and use code HOLIDAY20 to purchase.


Thank you for supporting local businesses

Additional no cost ways to support local

Here are three simple, no-cost ways that you can offer support for these small businesses through this holiday season.

Write a review on Google or Facebook.

Small businesses like ours can really benefit from reviews by those who use our services and know us best. Your opinion matters.

Like and follow on social media.

With the click of a button you can stay connected and be the first to know. We’ve linked to Instagram and Facebook pages for each business listed above. 

Share this gift guide with a friend.

Spread the word and shop local this holiday season. Our community is strongest when we lift each other up.

Reimagining my fitness routine for post-pandemic life

With two doses of vaccine in my arm, I find myself pondering what my new ‘post-pandemic’ fitness routine will look like. Here’s one thing I know, it will not look like it did before COVID-19 and in many ways I’m grateful for that. Gyms, small fitness studios, local YMCA’s and other recreation centers are all open again. In addition to Pilates, I love to play tennis and am thrilled to be back on the courts! While I’ve been lucky to keep up my Pilates at home during the pandemic, it’s time for me to return to in-person workouts. Do I need to give up my ‘at home’ workouts? I don’t want to!

I see an opportunity to evolve my fitness routine — hopefully to include both virtual and ‘in studio’ training. As a result, I hope to build a more robust and more flexible fitness routine into my post-pandemic life.

A duet Pilates session at MOVE Wellness

My pre-pandemic fitness routine

Like many people who have had a regular fitness regime for years, my pre-pandemic fitness routine included a combination of memberships, class fees, court time, outdoor activities and even a splurge on some semi-private Pilates training with fellow tennis enthusiasts. When the pandemic hit, it was March in the Midwest. Things shut down quickly, leaving many of us who use fitness as a wellness and mental health tool floundering. Tennis in the snow, anyone?

My (current) pandemic fitness routine

Things evolved quickly with COVID-19 and thankfully, so did my Ann Arbor Pilates studio — MOVE Wellness. As a team, they managed to go completely virtual within days and offer a fantastic array of livestream fitness classes. Kudos to all the Pilates, GYROTONIC, yoga and barre teachers for turning their homes into online studios and their laptops into lifelines. As grateful as I was to still be ‘moving’, I joined in online with a bit of skepticism and an attitude that I ‘would just get through this’ until we could get back to normal classes at the studio.

Nancy Kelley doing an online fitness class with MOVE Wellness

Nancy Kelley doing a duet Pilates session online with MOVE Wellness

Nancy Kelley doing a duet Pilates session with MOVE trainer Natalie Krienke

One month, two months, three months. I lost count. But I also lost count of how many classes I have taken online with live instruction. It’s become a new norm for both me and my husband, and in some ways I’ve grown to love it. 

What is it that I love? Here’s a short list.

  • Weirdly, I love seeing who shows up for class (a little like happy hour). I do feel like part of the community. Sometimes we chat, sometimes we don’t and both are ok.
  • I love the flexibility of changing my clothes (or not) 5 minutes before logging on for class.
  • I enjoy the ease of adding extra classes to my schedule when my schedule allows it—no pressure of an early commitment to do something I’m not sure I will be able to do. 
  • Occasionally (but not often), I enjoy doing class in my pajamas with the camera off.
  • I spend a lot of time in northern Michigan and I love that I can take my new routine with me.
  • As a contract employee paid hourly, I value the time I save by not traveling to any studio (I’m in and out of class in 50 min!).
  • I love the overall value of my classes – I am getting LIVE, professional instruction at an affordable price.

Nancy Kelley doing an online Pilates class with MOVE Wellness

Nancy Kelley doing an online Pilates class with MOVE Wellness

Nancy Kelley doing an online Pilates class with MOVE Wellness

What do I miss? (A much shorter list…)

  • In the group classes I miss the 1:1 in person connection with my trainer and their ability to correct my form with more nuance or encourage me to push a bit harder. 
  • The equipment—love my weekly Reformer class.
  • In person interactions with friends and instructors.
  • Occasionally leaving my house to immerse myself in the small studio environment.

Over time, I started making some adjustments to take things to the next level with livestream classes. I eventually took the money saved from membership fees and tennis court time and bought myself a home Reformer. Having my own equipment at home allowed me to participate in a livestream small group training class with MOVE. My instructor is up close and personal managing only a few clients on the screen and I don’t miss a thing. Honestly, she sees everything and gives me fantastic feedback.

Nancy Kelley updating her fitness routine with a home Pilates Reformer

Nancy Kelley updating her fitness routine with a home Pilates Reformer

Nancy Kelley on her home Pilates Reformer after her workout

What’s next? A hybrid fitness routine?

I have learned so much by being forced out of my normal fitness routine and experimenting with live online classes. It’s something I would never have tried had it not been for COVID-19 shutting down all the gyms, tennis clubs and small fitness studios in Ann Arbor. It’s easy to point to these online classes as a silver lining in a very difficult time.

I have often heard MOVE Wellness owner Elaine Economou say that “the consistency and frequency of your routine builds positive outcomes” and I have to say, she is right. I was able to increase my workout frequency while still receiving quality instruction — all from the comfort of my own home. And, I am definitely seeing the benefits. At a time when most people were moving less, I was actually moving more and both my physical and mental self benefited.  

Nancy Kelley playing tennis as part of her new fitness routine

Truth: If I could only choose ONE form of exercise — I would likely not choose online fitness (I’d choose tennis). I’m grateful to be back on the courts and ready to return to some in-person fitness classes. Even with my Reformer at home, I miss the face to face interaction. But, I also have NO intention of giving up this newfound form of online fitness instruction. It’s extremely clear that these online classes have a very important place in my routine adding significant value, flexibility and very real positive outcomes. I also know how much Pilates improves my tennis game and keeps me injury free. Since I don’t have to choose, I plan to keep a mix of virtual and in-person training. 

I might not be ready to jump into a big gym environment again, but I am ready for a small fitness studio where I feel safe. In addition, I am committed and excited to continue my online instruction. I’ll find my new balance between in person and online instruction as I go forward. I’m confident in one thing, that my new fitness routine will be just that—new.


You Can Start Now

We know the more you move the better you feel. There’s no better time than now to reimagine your own fitness routine. Here are five ways you can start now and join the MOVE Wellness community:

Thanks to the entire MOVE staff and membership for your continued patience and support. Keeping your movement practice going is an important part of staying healthy and we hope that we can continue to find ways to connect and support each other during this difficult time. We’re planning to use this page as a place where we can keep updated information as we move through this uncharted territory together.

Reopening MOVE: Phase One

Ready to get started with an in-studio private session? We plan to begin our phased approach to reopening by scheduling private sessions. We look forward to designing a safe and comfortable plan for each and every member of our community. Your workout—your choice.


Unlimited monthly memberships are available:

  • Adjusted MOVE Membership: $99/month
  • Standard MOVE Membership: $149/month
  • Sustaining MOVE Membership: $199/month
    (This level gives additional support to help MOVE staff)

As things change quickly, here are ways to stay up to date:


Designing a training plan just for you.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Adjusting Reformer Springs

Everyone at MOVE has been working hard to prepare for reopening the studio, with the hope we will be allowed to do so soon. We plan to begin our phased approach to reopening by scheduling private sessions, hopefully starting in mid-July, and will follow with a modified small-group training schedule in Phase 2. Our virtual options will remain in place so each client should feel empowered to choose their own mix of in-studio and online training. Following guidelines from the State of Michigan, here are some of the new protocols we have in place.

  • The studio layout has been redesigned to allow for physically distant private sessions, small-group training, and a streamlined flow of clients in and out of the studio. 
  • The number of people allowed in-studio at any given time will be limited.
  • New windows will be installed to allow fresh airflow.
  • Cotton gloves will be made available to clients who wish to use them.
  • Bring your own mask, or we’ll provide you with a disposable for use.
  • Stringent cleaning protocols with approved cleaning solutions are in place for all equipment and touched surfaces.
  • MOVE staff will be following strict guidelines prior to arrival and while in-studio, such as temperature taking, face coverings, and hand washing.

Ready to get started with an in-studio private session? Fill out this brief form and we will get the scheduling process going for you. We look forward to designing a safe and comfortable plan for each and every member of our community. Your workout—your choice. If you are a current private session member, we will reach out to you soon to discuss your in-studio private session schedule, but feel free to fill out the form to get started.

Don’t Miss Our Summer Special

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sarah Cohen Livestream

Purchase any private training membership, and receive unlimited livestream classes free during July and August. Reasons you won’t want to miss this opportunity:

  • Got your mat? Take your livestream workout wherever your summer takes you.
  • Choose your own mix of online or in-studio (soon) sessions depending on your schedule and comfort level.
  • Be assured in-studio workouts will be in a well-maintained, clean space with fresh air and limited contact with others.
  • Take any of our 50+ classes to see what you love—a great time to try something new.

Choose the workout that works for you.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Trainer with 2 clients on Pilates Cadillac

As we prepare for a return to in-person training (the timing is still unclear), clients and trainers alike will be empowered to make comfort-level decisions on an individual basis. When allowed, re-opening MOVE will be a thoughtful process taking each member’s preference into account: bit-by-bit, client-by-client, and relationship-by-relationship.

We know that many of you will feel most comfortable continuing with our virtual options for the time being and we remain committed to keeping those options in place. If you’re ready to join us for in-person training, we will be ready to welcome you as safely as possible. Soon we’ll be sharing a video tour of the new studio layout designed for physical distancing and also a detailed guide of our new in-studio protocols so you’ll know what to expect. We invite you to choose the mix of in-studio or at-home training that’s right for you.

As soon as we have specific information, clients can expect to hear from us by phone or email to discuss individual preferences. In the meantime, please keep moving and reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Raising the Bar on Livestream Fitness

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pilates Instructor on Mat seen on iPad screen

Dear MOVE Community,

Last week we shared our commitment to online classes for the foreseeable future. Today, we reaffirm that commitment and share our latest thinking on what comes next.

We envision a new hybrid MOVE reality, featuring a mix of in-person and virtual training. When and how we arrive there will continue to evolve as information becomes available. As our livestream schedule is in place and operating smoothly, we now turn our attention to raising the bar and improving your online experience.

Soon we will be asking for your feedback to help us chart the way forward with a focus on your needs. Watch for simple post-class surveys to start coming soon to your inbox. Please share your thoughts so we can flex our muscles and get better and stronger for all of you. Additionally, we invite you to email us with any and all feedback you may have from technical details (sound, lighting, technology) to class programming.

We are in this together as a community and grateful for our connection with you all.

Elaine & Robin

Committed to Online Fitness Classes

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Pilates Online

While our Stay Home Stay Safe order in Michigan has been extended through May 15, there continues to be a lot of buzz about how and when businesses will reopen. Rest assured we are committed to keeping our online classes in place well into the foreseeable future. With so many unknowns, even when granted permission to reopen, we will evaluate how that looks for MOVE to ensure the health of our members and staff. If you have already purchased a monthly membership, it will automatically renew to keep you moving at home. 

Just over one month into our virtual studio, our livestream schedule is serving our community safely and effectively. Our latest blog post will walk you through our online fitness classes, the effectiveness of Pilates workouts at home, and how to take your daily Movement Vitamins“. For those new to Pilates, we have added free and weekly introductory classes to the schedule to get you started. If you haven’t joined us yet, we encourage you to reach out and let us help you schedule the livestream classes that are your best fit. 

Read Pilates at Home: Online Fitness Classes.

What We’re Listening To

Sunday, April 12, 2020

MOVE Staff Inspiration Picks

Likely you’ve heard that Governor Whitmer officially extended our stay home order through April 30th. We assure you that we have everything in place to continue serving you remotely for as long as necessary. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. You can continue to find all our latest updates on this page.

The MOVE Team has compiled a playlist of music that inspires them. We wanted to share it with all of you in hopes that you might find inspiration it it, too. While we cannot be together, this playlist is a way to deepen our connection. Tell us here, what music is giving YOU inspiration right now? 

Read about our songs and listen to our Spotify or Apple Music playlist.

What Do I Need For Class?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Blue Hand Weights on a Shelf

While we do have a page of frequently asked questions on our website, the question we’ve heard most lately is, what do I need for class? The short answer is an electronic device to stream on and a Zoom link. 
That said, sometimes props or music can enhance your class experience. We’ve posted a new blog page for you that will dive deeper into options for props and music in our livestream classes. Keep in mind that props are optional depending on what you have available. Instructors will always offer a modification or suggest a substitution if needed. This page will share:

  • Optional props for our various classes
  • Suggestions for household “prop swaps”
  • Recommendations for places to purchase props
  • Curated music playlists for certain classes on Spotify

Read Livestream at MOVE: What Do I Need for Class?

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Sunday, April 12, 2020

MOVE YouTube Channel

We’ve been hard at work refreshing our YouTube Channel with all new content. We have video workouts ranging from 10 to 30 minutes with a variety of Pilates, barre, cardio, and stretching options. Check them out and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already. We’ll have more new content coming soon to enhance your home movement practice. Email and let us know if there are specific things you’d like to see us add!

Visit our YouTube Channel.

State of the Streaming Studio

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Livestream Fitness Class shown on a laptop screen

At the end of our third week at home, we are settling into a groove. We have over 50 classes on the weekly livestream schedule and continue working hard to use technology and teach effectively through it. Our instructors are stepping up in amazing ways and collectively we are improving every week. Supporting our studio community online for as long as needed for everyone’s health and safety is our top priority. While we miss visiting with you all at the front desk, we want to make sure you know you can always reach out by email or phone. We will get back to you promptly.  

There are two special FREE Pop-Up Pilates classes this week. We hope you’ll attend one or both and encourage your friends and family to join in. Don’t worry if you don’t have a theraband at home, grab an old pair of leggings or nylons.

This is a time to nourish and care for your body and your health. Self-compassion, kindness and mindful movement will help calm your nervous system and keep you strong. Always reach out to us with questions and please, do what you can to be well. 

Commitment to Our Virtual Community

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear MOVE Community,

As we look into April, we want to assure you that we are still committed to keeping you all moving in our virtual community.  Staying connected to our MOVE family during this time is giving all of us a sense of purpose and determination. Our staff motto has been “all hands on deck” to get this online infrastructure built and running. And we are so genuinely happy that it is working. 

As many of you know, we are now offering unlimited livestream class memberships to bridge the time until we can re-open. We have more than 50 classes on our schedule this week to choose from, including some exciting new formats. Please read on for details about these new membership options and let us know if you have any questions. We invite you to share the details with family and friends, near or far. Everyone is welcome! Trial livestream classes are available.  Email us or click the links below to purchase a membership. Your continued enthusiasm and participation will ensure that we all stay healthy in every way in April and beyond. 

Elaine and Robin

MOVE Unlimited Livestream Memberships

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Livestream Fitness

In the last two weeks, we have seen our in-studio community quickly and successfully transition to an online community. We now have over 50 classes on our weekly schedule to choose from and are able to offer a new monthly membership format for unlimited livestream classes. We have three pricing options available. The benefits remain the same at any level you choose. 

These options are meant to provide some flexibility for our members in the face of all this uncertainty. Please choose to pay at the level which you feel most comfortable. 

  • Adjusted MOVE Membership: $99/month
  • Standard MOVE Membership: $149/month
  • Sustaining MOVE Membership: $199/month
    (This level gives additional support to help MOVE staff)

Click the price links above to purchase and start joining us for unlimited livestream classes. Single class purchases will remain an option by registering through our Schedule and Book page. Get your questions answered with our Livestream FAQs  and Zoom Start-Up Guide. We can even set up a practice session for you beforehand. Keeping our community connected and moving together remains our priority. 

Please call us at 734-224-2560 or email us with any questions.

Zooming Right Along

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Robin Krienke and Elaine Economou

Dear MOVE Family,

Over the past two weeks, it is clear that the connections we have made in the studio can extend into an online community and we are heartened to see how many of you are joining us. Breathing and moving together online with familiar faces has helped us all have a sense of routine and connection. Our infrastructure is in place to livestream from the studio and from trainers’ homes. We are looking ahead to find more ways to connect with you virtually so that you can continue to move mindfully with us as often as possible. If you haven’t yet participated in a livestream class or private session, please call or email us and we will provide technical support and set you up to join us online in the way that works best for you.

Here are the latest updates:

  • Each day the class schedule will be in your inbox by 6:00 a.m. Register on our website or you can respond via email or call us to let us know which class(es) you would like to take.
  • MOVE Members are welcome to take as many livestream classes as you wish. We love seeing members try new classes and formats.
  • We have increased the number and variety of classes this week. View the full schedule here
  • Instructors are ramping up their private session schedules. With their increased online flexibility, we are able to more easily meet the needs of everyone’s new routines — please call or email to schedule your private sessions
  • As we continue to add new livestream classes and develop content for our YouTube Channel, Facebook Live and Instagram Live, we want to hear your thoughts. Please let us know what would be most helpful for you. 
  • Client feedback has been very positive for the livestream classes. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts or reach out if you need support.
  • Friends and family can join us for our Gentle Stretch class on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. free of charge.

Please be in touch with questions or for help scheduling your online session. 

Staying healthy is our top priority for our community. Staying connected virtually during this difficult time is a gift.  

Elaine and Robin

MOVE Livestream is Up and Running

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Livestream Fitness

We now have a full schedule of classes operating this week as well as availability for private sessions. Register online or email us with advance notice to register and you’ll receive a link to join your class or session. MOVE Members are invited to try out as many classes as you wish. Not a MOVE Member? We’d love to have you join in. Register on our website by creating an online account, or email us for details.

Never participated in an online class before? Don’t worry, we are here to walk you through the process. It’s easier than you think! Share any concerns when you register and we’ll make sure you’re ready to go. We have livestream FAQs and a Zoom start-up guide on our website. We can even set up a practice session for you beforehand. 

We hope you’ll enjoy these tools to keep moving and maybe even try out some new classes.

Free Livestream Gentle Stretching

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Detail of Pilates Mats

Everyone is invited to join us on Monday mornings for 30 minutes of gentle stretching from 10:30-11:00 a.m., free to the community. Grab a mat and find a quiet space in your home. Spread the word with your friends and family!

This class is for you if:

  • You’re hesitant about livestream fitness and want to try it out
  • You’re feeling like a pretzel after a week working from home
  • Stress has your muscles in lockdown
  • You just want to supplement your workouts with some extra stretching

Register online or via email with advance notice.

Livestream Classes Are Up and Running

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Join us for a livestream class! We have a schedule of classes operating this week, and plan to add more next week. Please email office@movewellness.com with advance notice to register. Your patience is appreciated as we continue to get all of our easy registration infrastructure in place. We hope you’ll enjoy this tool to keep moving and maybe even try out some new kinds of classes. Follow this page, or MOVE Wellness on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest offerings. Fresh content will also be posted soon on our YouTube page, so subscribe for updates if you haven’t already.

Class Schedule for Wednesday, March 18

  • Barre with Jane, 9:00 a.m.
  • Yoga Flow with Sammy, 10:00 a.m.
  • Pilates: Level 2 with Angela, 11:00 a.m.
  • Men’s Class with Laura, 5:30 p.m.

Class Schedule for Thursday, March 19

  • Fascial Movement with Suzanne, 9:00 a.m.
  • Gentle Yoga with Suzanne, 10:00 a.m.
  • Strengthen with Pilates: Level 1 with Lauren, 1:30 p.m.
  • Pilates: Level 1 with Jane, 5:30 p.m.

Class Schedule for Friday, March 20

  • Transition Class with Angela, 8:00 a.m.
  • Barre with Jane, 9:00 a.m.
  • Pilates: Gentle with Jane, 11:00 a.m.
  • Osteoporosis Class with Lauren, 2:30 p.m.

Class Schedule for Saturday, March 21

  • Pilates: Level 1 with Natalie, 8:00 a.m.
  • Pilates: Level 2 with Natalie, 10:00 a.m.
  • Transition Class with Sara, 11:00 a.m.

Class Schedule for Sunday, March 22

  • Hatha Yoga with Shannon, 9:15 a.m.

Let’s MOVE Online

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear MOVE Family,

In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, safety is our top priority.  With that in mind, we are moving to an all online format effective immediately.  

We are quickly setting up online resources for you including live streaming with your trainer for classes and private sessions and free YouTube content that you can access anytime.  It is so important to keep moving and we are committed to helping you continue to move mindfully every day for your health and wellbeing.  

We are emailing our MOVE members individually to help you set up your classes and sessions. We will be offering practice appointments to help you set up your technology before your scheduled session so that you can just enjoy moving when the time comes. And we are taking this opportunity to create some classes for an expanded audience so that maybe we can invite friends and family who are farther away to join us.  We will post updates to this page as well as communicate through email and social media, so check back frequently.

Who knew that shortly after our 6th Anniversary of MOVE Wellness that we would be faced with such an incredible challenge.  It is clear, however, that how we connect and support each other now, will impact our lives into the future and so far with the love and continued support we have received from our members, we are so hopeful.  

Please be in touch with questions and email us anytime at office@movewellness.com.  

Elaine and Robin

Ways to Keep Moving

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Last week we pledged to share updates as we all put our communities first in fighting the spread of Coronavirus. The situation is evolving quickly and for now, we remain open and operating our regular schedule with all the recommended “social distancing” and increased cleaning protocols in place. We are also working on moving many of our services to an online platform in the coming days and weeks.  

Starting Monday, March 16 we will have the following options in place.

Private Training Members:

  • We are here for your regularly scheduled sessions in studio with all appropriate safety protocols in place. For any members uncomfortable coming into the studio, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate each client individually.

Small-Group Training and Fitness Class Members: 

  • If you are comfortable attending classes in studio, we are here and ready to teach with all appropriate safety protocols in place. We will limit all classes to 4 clients to maintain the recommended 6 foot distance between people. 
  • For those who would prefer to workout at home during this time, we will be offering a schedule of classes available by live stream including Mat Pilates, Barre, GYROKINESIS®, Facial Movement, and Yoga. Please contact us for schedule details and to register.

Coming Soon:

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Our number one priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy. Keeping your movement practice going is an important part of staying healthy and we hope that we can continue to find ways to connect and support each other during this difficult time.

Updated: Next Level Healthy Studio Hygiene

Sunday, March 15, 2020

As we shared last week, the Coronavirus situation is changing daily and we are watching it closely and continuing to adapt. Our comprehensive day to day cleaning procedures have been increased, and increased even more. We’d like to reiterate our approach and added measures so you can be assured we are staying up to date with best practices and recommendations.

  • All trainers are asked to wash their hands before and after every client session or class.
  • All clients are also encouraged to wash their hands before and after every session or class.
  • Clients should feel free to ask for a “hands free” session with verbal cueing only.
  • Clients should feel welcome to bring and use their own mat.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in both studios and at the desk.
  • Staff has increased the frequency of sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, props, and equipment to multiple times a day.
  • In addition to wiping down props after use, please feel free to also clean them before your class.
  • Fabric straps are being laundered frequently.
  • Above all, we ask that all staff and clients refrain from coming into the studio when ill.

Additionally:

  • Classes have been reduced to a maximum of 4 participants in studio to maintain 6 foot distance throughout class.
  • All clients and staff are asked to wear socks in the studio.
  • Deep cleaning with an EPA approved cleaning agent has been increased.

We welcome you to contact us with any questions and concerns. Trust that we will stay current with this evolving situation and make any and all necessary changes to our process.

Next Level Healthy Studio Hygiene

Sunday, March 8, 2020

As many of you know, the Coronavirus is making its way around the world. Though Coronavirus has not been identified in Washtenaw County, the situation is changing daily and we are watching it closely so we can be prepared. Our day to day cleaning procedures are already very comprehensive, but we have increased our existing processes to keep our clients feeling safe and our studio welcoming for all. Along those lines, we’d like to share our approach so you can be assured we are staying vigilant.

  • All trainers are asked to wash their hands before and after every client session or class.
  • All clients are also encouraged to wash their hands before and after every session or class.
  • Clients should feel free to ask for a “hands free” session with verbal cueing only.
  • Clients should feel welcome to bring and use their own mat.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in both studios and at the desk.
  • Staff has increased the frequency of sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, props, and equipment to multiple times a day.
  • In addition to wiping down props after use, please feel free to also clean them before your class.
  • Fabric straps are being laundered frequently.
  • Above all, we ask that all staff and clients refrain from coming into the studio when ill.

We should all trust our best judgment and common sense to work together to stay healthy. While the CDC and related government agencies have said that we can continue with our daily routines at this time, we will closely monitor any change in those recommendations. Transparency is important as this situation evolves so please trust that we will communicate updates as needed. We are deeply appreciative of your understanding and help in keeping everyone in the MOVE community safe and healthy.

Resources for Social Justice

As we work to become an active force for change in our community and industry, we have compiled this list as a resource for ourselves and for you. We know that an important part of any social justice work is to work on ourselves, so that we can build inclusivity and diversity from a place of knowledge. We hope this list can provide a starting point for education and conversation within our MOVE community and beyond.

National Organizations

  • Black Lives Matter
    • Working to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
  • National Bail Fund Network
    • Made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.
    • List of Bail Funds by state
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • Legal organization fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education
  • Black Mental Health Alliance
    • Developing, promoting and sponsoring trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.
  • Embrace Race
    • Raising kids who are informed, brave and thoughtful about race
  • GirlTrek
    • In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking.
  • Therapy for Black Girls
    • So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
  • Black Mamas Matter Alliance
    • We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

Local Organizations

Articles

Things to Watch on Netflix

Local/State Actions

  • Keep an eye on Michigan Senate Bill 945, which would require Michigan police officers to complete training in implicit bias, de-escalation, and mental health. It was just introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to committee. Call your senators and say you support it.

Places to Explore/Visit

  • List of Ann Arbor/Ypsi Black-owned Businesses
  • GoFundMe for Black Stone Bookstore, a black-owned bookstore in Ypsilanti
  • Map of Black Historical Sites in Ann Arbor
    • Walking/Biking Tour including info about each site
  • Living Oral History Digital Collection
    • Presented in partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library. The Digital Collection, an extension of the Living Oral History Project Exhibit, includes historical materials from AADL’s Community Collections about six major topics important to African American communities in Washtenaw County: Community Centers; Education; Housing; Employment; Entrepreneurship; and Faith.

Instagram Friends to Follow

  • Alyssa Klein @dj_diabeatic
  • Sarah Sophie Flicker @sarahsophief
  • Erika Hart @ihartericka – check out her booklist (under Instagram Highlights) and social justice trainings
  • Chrissy King @iamchrissyking
  • Sonja R. Price Herbert @commandofitnesscollective
  • Ijeoma Oluo @ijeomaoluo
  • Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle
  • Layla Saad @laylafsaad

Other

A Mother’s Day Like No Other

Whether you are a mom in any sense of the word or have a mom, this year will be a Mother’s Day like no other. We are all familiar with the ways kids can throw a curveball, and that’s exactly what life has thrown our way this year. We may not be able to plan this day in the manner we would choose and celebrate exactly the way we want to, but we do deserve to stop for a minute and recognize all the things that motherhood means and give due notice to all the feelings that go with that. 

We are living through history in different stages of motherhood. Our daily realities may vary significantly with the ages of our children. You may be expecting a child and wondering how to welcome him or her as safely as possible while simultaneously grieving the loss of all the usual joyous social activities. You may be nesting in place at home with young children or managing the energy and educational needs of sidelined school-age children. You may have teens mourning their social connections and milestones or young-adult children back in the nest after some time away. Or, you may have grown children and maybe grandchildren that you are kept separated from during this very difficult time.

Forsythia with Snow

Caring for a family in the face of uncertainty

As moms, we naturally prioritize going above and beyond for our families. Sometimes this means being asked to show up in ways that are new and uncomfortable with so much uncertainty in the world. All this while trying to sleep, care for our families, run a household — with the added challenge of getting groceries, managing your work and maybe your children’s work. Let’s face it. The activities of daily life are just plain hard right now and on top of it all we’re doing our best to answer hard questions and help our children navigate this experience. We all see and can’t help absorbing the outside cultural pressure to learn more, workout more, clean out more, improve more. While meanwhile noticing that our emotions and moods may be changing daily like the spring Michigan weather. And it’s not just our own emotions, but those of our families. This era is not for the faint of heart!

MOVE Marketers Kacey Beach and Nancy Kelly were kind enough to share these anecdotes with us. Kacey reflected on how her first Mother’s Day bears resemblance to what’s happening in today’s world…

“I delivered my twins prematurely on the heels of the H1N1 pandemic in December 2009 and for various reasons, we were advised to stay home through April. My first Mother’s Day felt like liberation. I was bound and determined to load the babies in the double stroller and have brunch outdoors in the sunshine. The thing is, it wasn’t really that warm, it took forever to get them loaded and out of the house, and the babies made it clear that they were NOT on board with my plan. While I was quite disappointed in the moment, I learned that motherhood doesn’t put on the brakes and conform to any preconceived plan or notion of a holiday. It didn’t then and it won’t this year either, and that’s ok.”

Nancy shared this recent interaction with her son…

“My 17 year old son asked ME, yes me, to play basketball today. That was today’s magic moment — something that would never have happened if we weren’t 2 plus months into quarantine. As much as I really didn’t want to brave the cold sunshine, I got dressed and met him outside on the court. We laughed, I lost (badly) and then we walked the dogs.”

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Seeking out the moments that matter

So, we do what we do best. We carry on and make it work. Perfection is an illusion on a good day so we will seek out the moments that matter. When your 17-year old asks you to play basketball, you will of course say yes and laugh your way through it. When your twins fuss (ok, scream) through your al fresco brunch, you’ll shrug it off and push the buggy home to get them to sleep. When you can’t go have dinner with your grandkids, you’ll schedule a Zoom party to play a game with them. 

These days may feel extremely long and full of uncertainty and your kitchen might feel permanently messy, but there will be moments every day that remind you how unique this time is that we are living through. It won’t last forever. We will all come through it stronger than ever. Capture the moments in your soul and with your camera when you can. Seek out the simple gifts of breathing and take time to get outside and connect with nature. Let go of things that add stress like expectations and screens and try to make time for what builds strength like exercise, meditation, and nourishing food. Know that you are enough. Ask for help when you need it. Be a haven of comfort for your children, but also let their bright minds be a comfort to you. Be assured that your love lives inside them and radiates out into the world.

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Nourish yourself for the road ahead

Motherhood and living through a pandemic have this basic fact in common: we’re not really in control. Moms have instincts like no other so listen to your gut and practice sharing what you need with your family. Do something that nourishes you for the longer road ahead, whatever that may be. For some it may be some quiet alone time and extra rest. Others may crave family time. And for some this year virtual time or physically distant time might have to be enough. Find ways to connect and fill the day with the moments that matter, relishing the joy they bring to your heart. 

So, to all the moms and nurturers of our MOVE Community, take care to be well and accept our sincere wishes for a peaceful Mother’s Day. 

A few weeks ago, Elaine Economou found an inspiring playlist shared by the staff of the University Musical Society they called “Quarantunes”. Each UMS staff member contributed a track to the list that was helping them through this period of social distancing. At a time when we’ve lost simple daily contact with each other, this seemed like a lovely way to connect and share something of ourselves. 

Music can be incredibly therapeutic. Certain songs evoke memories of significant times in our lives. Music has the power to motivate and energize us or calm us down. Music can shift our mood or mold our focus. It can even complement how we are feeling and provide escape or comfort as needed. What a powerful tool to share how we’re all feeling right now and connect as a group. So, we give to you this list of what we’re listening to during this challenging time. We hope you find inspiration and connection of your own in our picks. While we cannot be together, this playlist is a way to deepen our connection.

Tell us here, what music is giving YOU inspiration right now? 

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MOVE Wellness Staff Inspiration Picks

“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest

Submitted by Marybeth Housner, Trainer

This song reminds me of simpler more carefree times, like summer vacations up North on Lake Michigan.

“Eyes” by Rogue Wave

Submitted by Rachel Cook, Studio Manager

Reminds me of sunny days and simple happiness, like wandering through my childhood neighborhood.

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

Submitted by Tony Brutz, Trainer

It is my favorite song. It reminds me of all the simple things in this world that we tend to overlook. The song is a complete positive. Nothing negative.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Submitted by Lauren Miller, Senior Trainer

This song makes me smile, then cry with some kind of nostalgic joy, then start dancing. The best adjective I can think of to describe it is ”delicious.”

“Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat” by Franz Schubert

Submitted by Sarah Cohen, Trainer

What I am appreciating about this piece right now is how beautifully the three instruments compliment each other. Each has their own important piece of the melody but then the other instruments come in for support. It is analogous to how I would like the members of my family to work together in this time of so much togetherness.  

“Little Red Corvette” by Prince

Submitted by Nancy Kelly, Marketing Team

It’s fun and makes me want to dance.  

“Ocean and A Rock” by Lisa Hannigan

Submitted by Aimee McDonald, Master Trainer

Since we can’t travel to see them, but those far away are still with us in our hearts and minds.

“Stand Up (From Harriet)” by Cynthia Erivo

Submitted by Tricia Wise, Trainer

She was an inspiring leader in freedom for slaves. She endured personal heartache for the sake of others. Great movie. Even greater woman!

“Can You Get to That” by Funkadelic

Submitted by Sammy Hart, Yoga Instructor & Trainer

Honestly just loving this song. 

“Take Five” by Dave Brubeck

Submitted by Robin Krienke, MOVE Co-Founder

It’s chill but funky. Just what I need.  

“Remedy” by Zac Brown Band

Submitted by Kacey Beach, Marketing Team

It’s mellow but still has enough of a beat to move you through whatever you’re doing. There’s so much unknown right now but we can’t go wrong putting more love into the world. 

“The Sound of Sunshine” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

Submitted by Suzanne Willets Brooks, Senior Trainer

This song was playing a lot on the radio during a very difficult time in my life… it really spoke to me. That this was just a storm and it would pass me by. The idea that sunshine has sound and sound heals. That this song was part of the sunshine coming down and keeping me going and at the end of my very long day I would be with my loved ones. Keeping my family in my heart knowing at the end of the day everything I did helped them.

“Concierto de Aranjuez” by Miles Davis

Submitted by Laura Mason, Desk Team

Relaxing and gorgeous but also has the quality of yearning and nostalgia.

“Flame Turns Blue” by David Gray

Submitted by Laura Tyson, Trainer

I chose the David Gray song simply because I love the song and it came out during a time in my life I was particularly content and happy!   

“Shower the People” by James Taylor

Submitted by Elaine Economou, MOVE Co-Founder

Memories of carefree times at JT concerts and later, warm weekend mornings, making breakfast for my boys with his classics in the background seem so far away now but the songs still resonate more than ever. Hard to choose one but love wins.  

“Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves

Submitted by Angela Sutcliffe, Senior Trainer

Kacey Musgraves is one of my favorite female artists and the theme of this song is about looking on the brighter side of things and that no matter what the circumstances we all have our own rainbows.

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Submitted by Davy Darnton, Trainer

Because it is about hope and making your world better.

“River Jordan” by Rochelle Clark

Submitted by Elaine Economou, MOVE Co-Founder

I am so glad to include one of Rochelle’s songs. She was invaluable as we created MOVE and is missed!