Hi there! I'm Vanessa.

I'm a movement coach. A mom of 2. A life-long learner of all things body, movement and exercise.

I may also be someone who has gotten the occasional second take in restaurants for talking perhaps a little TOO enthusiastically about pelvic floor health.

I specialize in a whole body approach to pelvic floor and core health, and bring my own unique mix of warmth, perceptiveness, and fun to my collaborative work with clients. I also work with clients who may be dealing with recurring aches and pains or injuries and who want to explore a functional approach to movement and exercise that combines body awareness, mobility, and strength. 

I teach in-person private sessions, group workshops, and class series in Central and Northern VT, as well as one-on-one Skype sessions for those not local to Vermont. Online, you can find my Move Well Mama prenatal movement program as part of Liz Wolfe’s Babymaking and Beyond!

I love walks, hiking, reading, oceans and lakes, practicing my squat, and listening to and sharing stories. I live in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with my husband, sculptor Torin Porter, and our two kids.

Move well,

Vanessa

Education Highlights:

Restore Your Core (RYC™) Teacher-in-Training, Lauren Ohayon, Miami, FL, 2018 (final practice hours will be complete by January 2019)

Hypopressives Level 1 Instructor, Trista Zinn/Low Pressure Fitness, Ottawa, ON, November 2018

Feldenkrais 2-Day Workshop with Alfons Grabher, Portland, ME, May 2017

Pelvic Floor Piston Science (online course), Julie Wiebe, January 2017

Restorative Exercise Specialist Training Week (RES Week - as a returning student), Katy Bowman, Sequim, WA, October 2016

The Science of Stretching (online course), Jules Mitchell, December 2015

Roll Model Method - Science of Rolling (Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls teacher training), Kripalu, August 2015

Restorative Exercise Specialist Certification, Katy Bowman, Ventura, CA, January 2015

Heartsaver® CPR AED Training, Calex Ambulance, St Johnsbury, VT, September 2018

Other teachers and influences who have inspired me include (but aren’t limited to!): Jenni Rawlings, MovNat, Susan McLaughlin, Tim Harris, Julie Fitzgerald, Shayne Henderson, Kristine Rudolph, and, ALWAYS, each and every one of my clients!

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