Michelle LeBlanc Sedtal
Michelle LeBlanc Sedtal is a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor thru Polestar Pilates and specializes in restorative movement. An expert in graphic design and website creation, Michelle was inspired to add Pilates to her bag of tools after a serendipitous business meeting with a physician who had Pilates equipment in her office.
Tired of experiencing severe pain in her knee after having her knee scoped in 2007, unable to easily walk up one step – and overwhelmed at the thought of climbing a flight of stairs – she inquired if Pilates could help with her knee pain. Soon Michelle started working with a certified instructor once a week.
Not only did her knee pain subside, she gained strength throughout her body. In 2015, taking a leap of faith she signed up for the certification courses. It was a big leap having no athletic ability that did not extend past her high school and college marching band.
Because she’s never been an athlete and has dealt with severe pain, she understands how hard it is for someone, who is deconditioned, to overcome physical challenges and become stronger in their everyday lives. Clients often tell her they feel taller, breathe better, and have gained a better sense of self. All of these outcomes are possible when working thru the Pilates principles of correct alignment, breathing correctly and elongating thru the spine.
Michelle also has trained college and professional college football players. Many professional athletes understand that they can sustain fewer injuries on the field as a result of Pilates exercise. Tennis, golf, soccer and any other rotational sports athletes experience similar benefits of Pilates with reduced lower back pain or injury.
Recently, she has become certified level two Fascial Stretch Therapist. Fascial Stretching works by moving the joint along with the surrounding tissues to help the fascia and muscles relax at the same time. Plus, stretching the fascia breaks up scar tissue and increases the range of motion in injured areas. Many Professional sports teams have a Fascial Stretch Therapist on their team.