WE HEAR YOU
There is an epidemic of new moms who are eager to get their pre-baby bodies back...
The liability and fear of hurting mom or baby during Pilates training...
The Pilates teacher culture can be filled with ego and politics...
There is a lack of quality, ongoing support for Pilates teachers post-course...
Make An IMPACT
When you can allow positivity and encouragement consistently into your life, leave behind shame and blame, and practice learning and teaching from a compassionate perspective, life-changing transformation becomes possible.IMPACT Academy
a powerful, timeless method rooted in lifestyle, physical culture, universal happiness, and becoming the best version of yourself––a self that is unique in experience and value––ready to share your extraordinary gifts with the world.
It is this belief that’s at the heart of our brand, its curriculum, its teachers, and the pre and postnatal women who are impacted by this high-spirited change.
We help women courageously live better lives as mothers, wives, and members of their community.
Learning about the needs of Pilates teachers, my vision for pre and postnatal Pilates education grew MUCH deeper than just teaching the common problems, anatomy of pregnancy, and exercises.
Having the experience of social work, and a deep desire to uplift and support the human spirit, I quickly began to apply my skills of encouragement to the world of Pilates, which can sometimes be intimidating to the layman, AND to Pilates teachers!
Teachers actually need more confidence in teaching, in addition to support, and continuous application of how to teach pregnant and postnatal women.
That is why we encourage teachers who are going through our trainings to begin teaching DURING their training, rather than having to wait until they have completed the entire training.
I have also learned that teachers also struggle with helping women to understand the importance of slowing down during pregnancy, and giving themselves time to heal postpartum, in addition to developing a positive relationship with their body.
So we have worked diligently to create curriculum that provides up to date, evidence-based ways to promote healing by understanding the body through a fascial, tensegrity-based perspective, and fascial training techniques that support healing and resilience.
We then take that fascial perspective of the body and educate our pre and postnatal clients on the miraculous changes that take place during pregnancy, and the amazing healing capability of their body in the postpartum period.
It's all about changing the client's experience and perspective from negative to positive during and after pregnancy.
In 2008, my husband and I began our family-building journey - attempting to get pregnant.
I dove into learning all I could about exercise and pregnancy, and applying what I learned to the Pilates method.
In 2012, my certifying mentor, Dolly Kelepecz, asked me to create a continuing education program for her comprehensive teacher training, DK Body Balancing Method.
After teaching the DK Body Pregnancy Pilates program for several years, and adopting 2 children, I was still not pregnant.
I did not want to continue to teach other teachers without having the experience of pregnancy myself.
Well, after 8 years of infertility, and a prayer asking to understand my purpose, I became pregnant. That was the confirmation I needed to commit to training other teachers in how to teach this special population. (That's me and my son in the pic - born in 2015)
Pregnancy Pilates Impact was created, to begin fulfilling the need to not only help Pilates teachers become more confident in their teaching of this population, but to give teachers the ability to offer encouraging, uplifting sessions for pre and postnatal moms; sessions that would leave their clients feeling hopeful and proud of their bodies and lives, rather shame for the result of growing a human.
Hi, I'm Alison!
I am the founder of Pregnancy Pilates Impact, and I want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about what PPI has to offer you as a Pilates teacher.
I am a mom of 5: 2 step-daughters, an adopted daughter and son, and one biological son.
I have been teaching Pilates since 2002, and teaching pre and postnatal Pilates continuing education courses since 2012.
I am a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.
I earned my Bachelor's degrees in Social Work and Dance Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, working in both fields as a professional dancer for Folies Beregre, a social worker for Boys Town Nevada, and intern for the protective custody of abused and neglected children.
With my social work and movement education, I have developed a vision for Pilates teachers and pre and postnatal women that reaches beyond the studio and exercises.
It is through Pregnancy Pilates Impact that I share and fulfill my optimistic vision for pre and postnatal women, Pilates teachers, and the world.
I consider myself an introvert, and putting myself out into the world via video has always been a challenge for me.
But my vision of helping teachers and women keep my perspective in-check, and keeps me focused on what is most important - helping Pilates teachers to help pre and postnatal women.
I love non-fiction books - the physical kind- and am particularly inspired by Katie Bowman, Tom Meyers, and Mary Bond to name a few.
My students and alumni of the Pregnancy Pilates Impact Academy and the Core Connector's Academy are a daily inspiration to me, and I am humbled to be their teacher and mentor.
Other movement teachers I am inspired by: my mentor, Dolly Kelepecz, founder of DK Body Balancing method, Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates, Elizabeth Larkam, author of Fascia in Motion, and Jill Miller, author of The Roll Model Method.
I am also inspired by my friend and classical Pilates teacher, Sunni Almond of Going More Joe, who has infused her knowledge of Classical Pilates into my Contemporary training.
For personal and professional development, I am currently inspired by Brene’ Brown, Amy Cuddy, Seth Godin, Pat Flynn, and James Wedmore.
I am also inspired by all of the Pilates teachers who are doing good in this world, simply through being kind and open to all teachers navigating Pilates as a career.
And I am inspired by you, and your interest in getting to know more about my optimistic vision for this world.
Thank you for your dedication to this special population. I am here to help guide you through the uncertainties of teaching pre and postnatal women, and to help build your overall confidence in teaching.
Come say 'hi' over on Instagram, or drop me an email.
Alison B. Marsh NCPT
Conscious Core Pilates - Livermore, CA
“Alison, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all you are doing to support us instructors in this journey.
It’s been such an amazing resource and honestly has provided me with the confidence that pushed me to actually say out loud that i want to specialize with this amazing population. I have known since I started I wanted to do this but almost strayed from that because of fear and lack of knowledge. So thanks for all of it! 😃”