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Kristie Walker

Creator and Founder of Just Breathing, LLC

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristiewalkermph

As a movement specialist and certified corrective exercise specialist, my passion is instructing movement with a focus on alignment via restorative/corrective exercises based on a whole-body movement practice based on biomechanics. The body is assessed to identify movement patterns that may be causing aches and pains, followed by exercise selection to re-establish alignment, balance, strength and freedom of movement. Whether you're looking for pain relief, to move and feel better, to improve performance, or to maintain healthy movement patterns, this practice has something for you!

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I have been a lifelong exerciser and my career has been spent working in the health and fitness industry. However, in 2018 I found myself with a debilitating back injury, created from non-optimal movement patterns, that required surgery and recovery. This was proof that typical exercise and fitness is not the answer for lifelong health free of injuries. I now understand how alignment and HOW I was moving created my injury - as well as had caused my chronic low back pain I had experienced since college and my hip pain that began in my 40's. Now I incorporate movement into my daily life so I move more often in unique ways, I move BETTER, and my body moves the way it did when I was younger. Simple techniques and a change in sub-optimal habits have relieved me from 20+ years of back pain that standard physical therapy and mainstream exercises could not. Join me (and others!) to discover YOUR path to improved health.

Education

B.S. in Kinesiology - Fitness/Wellness

Graduated with honors

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Masters of Public Health - Health Promotion

San Diego State University

Professional Experience

Corrective Exercise Trainer

HealthFitness - Minneapolis, MN

Director of Education and Training

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

Corporate Fitness Center Program Manager

Hewlett-Packard - San Diego, CA

Employee Wellness Coordinator

Culligan Water

Fitness Center Operations Manager

(serving: Allianz, Cummins, IDS Fitness Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School and SPS Fitness Tower)

Senior Health Fitness Specialist

(serving: ATK, Cargill, Ceridian, Ecolab, Medtronic)

Presentation Experience

National Presenter for Certification Training

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association  Annual conference presenter for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists to earn continuing education credits

Illinois Park and Recreation Association

Annual conference presenter for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists to earn continuing education credits

Minnesota Healthcare Consortium

State-wide wellness conference presenter

For more work experience details, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristiewalkermph

Certifications

Core Exercise Solutions with Sarah Duvall, DPT

Pregnancy & Post-Partum Corrective Exercise Specialist 

Pelvis Pro Certificate

Shoulder Solutions Certificate

The Biomechanics Method

Corrective Exercise Specialist 

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Personal Trainer 

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Personal Trainer

Group Exercise Instructor

Behavior Change Specialty Certification 

500-hour Certified Yoga Instructor

200-hour Yogafit Certified 

300-hour My Vinyasa Practice Certified 

40-hour Restorative Yoga Training 

Functional Aging Institute

Certified Functional Aging Specialist

Integrative Movement Institute

Integrative Movement System Foundations Certificate

Balanced Body

102-hour Mat Pilates Certified Instructor

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) 

Intrinsic Solutions International

Certified Intrinsic Coach®

Tai Chi for Health Institute

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Instructor

Silver Sneakers

Certified Fitness, Yoga and Splash Instructor

Certified Enerchi Instructor

Silver and Fit

Certified Fitness Instructor

Barre Above

Certified Barre Instructor

Schwinn Cycling

Certified Indoor Cycle Instructor

FiTOUR

Primary Suspension Training Certified Instructor

Myofascial Release Foam Roller Certified Instructor

Primary Aqua Certified Instructor

Advanced Suspension Training Certified Instructor

National Arthritis Foundation

Certified Walk With Ease Instructor 

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