photo credit: Bill Furlong.com

photo credit: Bill Furlong.com

Penny's Story

Penny Shure is the founder of Healing with Movement Pilates in Albany, NY where she teaches group and private sessions daily to people of all ages and fitness levels. Her specialty is working with dancers as well as clients who have osteoporosis, scoliosis, back pain, fibromyalgia and older adults although she welcomes all ages (children too!) and levels of fitness. Through keen observation and an emphasis on each person’s unique individual needs she creates an environment that allows everyone to develop a strong foundational understanding of their personal individual alignment. “Most of us think we are standing up straight when we are not. First we re-align by addressing the patterns of habitual movement that create our many everyday aches and pains. We then are able to gently stretch, strengthen and learn new and safer ways to move. Everyday activities that can be painful like sitting, bending and reaching don’t have to be. I teach you how to move safely in order to prevent injury.  It is a process that works every time! It’s important to not strengthen crooked and you learn that here.”

As a writer for the holistic health blog of the Albany Times Union Penny hopes to empower readers with information that will help guide them along their wellness journey. You can read her “Skeletoning for Better Bone Health” column every other Saturday on line. (blog.timesunion.com/holistichealth) She is a graduate of Syracuse University, BS 1983, a Meeks Method osteoporosis exercise specialist and a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor (PMA_CPT), receiving her classical Pilates training in 2003 through Power Pilates, NY. She is a specialist in integrating foot health & strengthening into her workouts along with scoliosis management and performing arts through her training with dance medicine expert Dr. Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT. Additionally she is a member of the Pilates Therapeutics Professional Development Group which is dedicated to the growth and expansion of Pilates Therapeutic Specialists. She was honored to be part of the National Osteoporosis Foundation advocacy group “Strong Voices for Strong Bones on Capitol Hill” to raise awareness for osteoporosis and bone health in Congress on October 20, 2009. She was a consumer reviewer in the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program sponsored by the United States Department of Defense in both 2009 & 2010. She served on Eli Lilly and Company’s Mobility Advisory Board in 2009 & 2010. She is a former National Osteoporosis Foundation support group leader and created the first Teen NOF support group in the country in November of 2011. Her teen osteoporosis education and prevention program called “Million Dollar Bones" debuted nationally in May 2012 to stellar reviews at the 2nd annual conference on the Meeks Method in Baltimore, Md. It is part of her ongoing mission as an advocate for education and personal empowerment wellness issues. Penny is offering a teacher training program for her IAA program (Internal Alignment Awareness) which is a simple, safe and effective way to lay the foundation for personal strength and empowerment in movement. She travels and teaches nation-wide and developed the Dynamic Movement Solutions Workshop with Sara Meeks & Bhavani Lorraine Nelson. 

Penny's goal is to help you find your foundation for movement at whatever level you desire and to integrate that foundation into whatever activity you are passionate about. She uses the Pilates and IAA workouts to improve her daily ballet and jazz classes and to allow her to make the most of her love of fashion. As a former fashion designer she is easily able to see the plumb lines of the body when teaching her clients how to find their internal sense of balance and alignment. Her ongoing ballet training brings a keen understanding of how Pilates can be a necessary and valuable foundation for dancers giving them a toolkit for injury prevention and strength. She invites you to come learn first hand how this powerful body work can become part of your daily routine.