If you’re smart about fitness, you can get better at what you love with age, not worse. Just like wine.

about-nikki-naablevy

Hey, I’m Nikki. I’m a Pilates teacher, fitness educator and massage therapist in Tacoma, WA.

I’ve got 10+ years experience in the fitness industry and I show people who struggle with injury how to move better, so they can get fit with less pain (and if you’d like to avoid injury in the first place I can help you do that too!)

You know when your mind says yes but your body says hell no? It’s frustrating! I’ve been there too, I totally get it and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this hard!

Certifications + Education

B.S. Exercise Science | B.S. Journalism | Certified Pilates Teacher | Licensed Massage Practitioner (license #MA6040661)| Balanced Body Bodhi Teacher Trainer | ACE Group Fitness Instructor

How seeking fitness got me in (and out of) chronic pain.

I spent the first half of my career teaching hard core fitness classes. I didn’t in believe foundational work or recovery, which I thought mostly involved using a rock hard foam roller to iron out knots.

But then came the injuries.

It started with my left hand going numb during the biceps track of a BodyPump class, which I ignored until it was joined by an aching hip, a “zinging pain” up my ankle and a clicking, sore shoulder.

At this point, I’d practically crawl off the stage after teaching, because everything hurt so much. I began to wonder why my body was failing me. I realized I had two choices. I could continue down the path of dysfunction and increasingly worse injuries or change my approach to fitness.

I chose the latter.

I refused to believe that being fit required being in pain or a life sentence of physical therapy, which helped me come back from acute injuries, but didn’t necessarily stop me from re-injuring things.

I began to obsessively study the science of how to move smarter, reduce pain and prevent injury. I went to massage school and pursued continuing education from experts in Pilates and functional fitness.

Today, I’m able to do more than I could in my twenties and none of it hurts.

Now, I share what I’ve learned.

My fitness wisdom has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, and Men’s Fitness and I’ve helped everyone from professional athletes to 90 year olds expand their physical abilities.

I also offer continuing education for fitness professionals through Balanced Body, an industry leader in movement education and one of the biggest Pilates equipment manufacturers in the world.

I adore an oversized cup of coffee coupled with a good book or Netflix binge, everything fall (plaid, pumpkin lattes, pie, scarves) and I sometimes wonder if I started teaching fitness, because it gave me an excuse to live in yoga pants.

And if you’re dying to know more, here are three things most people don’t know about me:

  1. I can deadpan like Daria, but I’m a closeted cheerleader. I was even squad captain my freshman year of high school.
  2. I never learned how to ride a bike, but yes, I can swim.
  3. I’m a professional body nerd, but human anatomy is only class I ever had to retake in college. The cadaver pictures freaked me out, so I skipped class and didn’t study. Fortunately, I fell in love with it the second time around.

Want to learn more about how we can work together?

Here’s what you can expect when working with me…

I view one-on-one training as an opportunity to offer personalized feedback and create a program specific to your goals, needs and activities. The more specific you are about what you want, the better I’m able to serve you.

This also means that you choose how we spend our time together.

“Yelly Screamy” fitness ain’t my bag, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in hard work. If you want a challenge, just let me know. I have a talent for devising “mean” workouts 😉

Likewise, if you desire a totally chill experience that feels more like a massage and less like a workout, we can do that too. I love teaching restorative work like stretching, breathing techniques and foam rolling.

Other things I can help with include:

  • Adjusting your desk, chair or car set up, if your workstation or driving has become a literal pain in the neck.
  • Updating and giving feedback on a exercise program that feels overwhelming, tired, boring or like it’s no longer serving you.
  • Postural analysis (Pilates teachers are really good at helping people stand up straight!)
  • Troubleshooting exercises like planks, push-ups or squats that are causing pain or discomfort when you do them (e.g. wrist pain during push ups or knee pain during lunges).

Also, if you want something to do outside of our sessions, I’m happy to provide handouts, but please don’t stress. “Homework” isn’t mandatory and you certainly won’t be graded.

And here’s what you won’t get…

Many people have experienced less pain, more function, improved strength and better performance after working with me, but I’m not a physical therapist and I can’t “fix” you.

If you suspect you have an injury that requires clinical rehabilitation or you haven’t been cleared for exercise or massage by your doc, I’m not your gal…yet.

Once you’ve been given the stamp of approval, I’d love to work with you (in fact several of my clients have seen great results from doing fitness training alongside physical therapy).

So if all that sounds good and you’re ready to reduce discomfort, build stability + strength, increase flexibility or stand on one leg without toppling like a Jenga tower, then let’s do this!

Here’s your next move:

Schedule yourself for a free consultation in Tacoma if you’re local or remotely via Skype if you live elsewhere.