my story

 

 
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Hi. I'm Tess. I was the nerdy kid who quit ballet because my feet hurt and took marching band because I was afraid of gym class. For much of my life, I related to my intellect and creativity far more than my physicality. In my mid-20s, I finally discovered that I had a body, created a relationship with it and tapped into my dormant badassery. 

I think for so many of us, we just need a little help finding that part of ourselves. I feel like somehow I've learned how to read a treasure map or secret coded message. Now I am so lucky to help people navigate their own mysterious body landscape.

What the heck is a movement coach?

Sometimes what I do looks like personal training, sometimes it looks like yoga, and sometimes it looks like rolling around on the floor. I like to think of this work as a combination of experimenting, problem-solving and creating art. I don't teach calorie counting. I don't put you through "drills." I don't prescribe exercises. I help you discover how your body was meant to move and what it is capable of. 

In addition to my own classes and 1-on-1 work, I teach a several other studios/gyms around Seattle, WA. Here's a schedule.

 

 

I've had the best teachers!

Gil Hedley Somanautics

This 6 day human dissection workshop was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I got to explore under the skin at my own pace, moving through each layer of the body. Nothing compares to letting your curiosity take over and diving into pure magic.

Yoga Tune Up®

December 2013 I completed the Level 1 Yoga Tune Up® training. It completely changed my personal practice and teaching style. It inspired me to dig into anatomy and soak up all of the information I could about how bodies work. 

RYT-500

I took my 200hr & 300hr vinyasa trainings through Three Sisters. I love that they bring specialized teachers in to cover topics like Pranayama, Ayurveda, anatomy, meditation, assists, etc. I feel like I got the most well-rounded, exciting 200hr possible.

RKC Kettlebell Instructor

I've been training with kettlebells for a while and have found no simpler, more effective way to improve strength and stamina than this. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the RKC / Dragon Door family.

Progressive Calisthenics

I freaking love bodyweight movement. Pushups, pistols and levers...I get so excited for all of it. It's incredibly empowering to own every shape your body could possibly make. It's an endless chase, and I'm so game.

National Academy of Sports Medicine

I'm proud to be a certified personal trainer and share my love of movement in more than just the yoga studio.