A lot can change in just over a decade — and it did for Erin Baker.
In 2009, the first True Movement studio opened in Red Deer. By 2014, there was a second one, based in Edmonton. Since then, True Movement has worked with over 400 clients, and now has over 40 private and semi-private classes and individual training.
For 10 years, she’s been Canada’s only Master Trainer in The Garuda Method (a method based in yoga, Pilates and dance), before creating her own True Movement Method. This has allowed her to incorporate principles that help everyday people as well as high-level athletes.
“The three principles of True Movement are performance, posture and mobility,” she says. “How do we enhance performance? How do we restore posture and how do we increase mobility?”
Hockey players — including Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Trey Fix-Wolansky, a few members of the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart have been among Baker’s clients. Baker also helps goaltenders increase their hip mobility and focus on pelvic and spine stability, as well as injury prevention.
“What we need to teach them is how to engage their lower abdominals and have their glutes and inner thighs work together. So all of those muscles stabilize your pelvis to help it stay in place.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned with goalies is that when they come in, they learn a new sense of awareness about their bodies, that they haven’t learned before. I love working with them.”
Baker has also expanded with the True Movement Platform machine to allow home training year round, especially to work with people who don’t live in Edmonton.
Alberta’s move back to Step 1 did not include the closure of schools.
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