Fitness and Wellness
Strength & Conditioning Classes
Strengthening and conditioning are a crucial part of injury prevention and overall fitness and wellness. Dr. Shaw has a unique approach to core strengthening and retraining based on her expertise in the core muscles (abdominal muscles, deep back muscles, diaphragm, and pelvic floor). Exercise strategy based on an understanding of the links between form, biomechanics, strength, and technique help boost an athlete’s performance and potential while minimizing risk of injury.
So many injuries are preventable, and across the lifespan, Dr. Shaw can help with movement analysis and provide an exercise program to effectively build the strength, coordination, and motor control necessary for sport or regular fitness programs. Virtual and in person S&C classes are available for individuals or groups. Classes are an hour long. Team consultation for S&C programs is also available for local programs and schools in East Cobb, Marietta, and surrounding areas.
Performance Assessments include:
- Core strength
- Postural control
- Sport specific technique
Individual performance assessments are available virtually or in person.
Using Pilates based exercise, clinical Pilates taught by a Physical Therapist can help with core strengthening, flexibility, posture, coordination, and balance. Individual or group sessions are available. This approach is often a good start before attempting formal Pilates classes. Rather than follow a classical Pilates order, your movement and strength will be assessed and the exercises will be tailored to your strengths and weaknesses to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals. Pilates can be a great support tool during or after rehabbing an injury, during pregnancy or postpartum, or to improve your core strength and flexibility for improved athletic performance. It can also be a valuable form of exercise throughout the lifespan, both for kids and for senior adults.
Individual or group classes designed to help parents promote normal motor development through age appropriate exercises and play. Topics covered include motor milestones and how to reach them, tips and tricks for tummy time, encouraging a normal sensory system, and appropriate use of baby equipment and carriers. Topics can be tailored to the participants and may also include managing reflux, comfortable baby wearing, advice for soothing fussy babies, and promoting healthy sleep patterns, etc. Many conditions such as torticollis, plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), some types of developmental delay, orthopedic issues, and toe walking, among others, can be prevented through simple changes in how we care for our infants. Virtual and in person workshops available.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy
Understanding the unique physical changes that occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period can help a mother to maintain the best health possible. The core and pelvic floor are significantly impacted by pregnancy, as are the back, pelvis, hips, and even knees and feet. As a physical therapist certified in pelvic health, Lisa provides education on these physical changes and empowers women to understand key issues that are “common” but not “normal”, in order to better address them and seek help when necessary.
Individual and group classes are available for women in East Cobb, Marietta, and surrounding areas. Emphasis is on the following:
- Introduction to the pelvic floor and why we need to know how it works
- Common musculoskeletal ailments that occur during pregnancy along with stretches or positions that alleviate symptoms
- How to prepare the perineum and pelvic floor for delivery
- Birthing positions and strategies to help the pelvic floor during labor and delivery
- Key ways to maximize physical recovery in the early postpartum weeks
- Common issues postpartum, including diastasis and scars, and how to deal with them
- Optimal body mechanics for lifting and caring for baby
- Optimal posture for feeding
- Guidance for return to intimacy
- Initial exercises for recovery that are easy to do
- Guidance for return to fitness