About Laura

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Contact Laura at 269-207-5471 or laura.sprague66@gmail.com

Training Specialties, Experience and Education:  As a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES), I help individuals and organizations learn and implement wellness strategies, alignment techniques, anatomical function, and body love in action.  My job is to help develop a system of taking care of your body so that you can enjoy moving for your whole lifetime.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Psychology and over 15 years of experience in my field. It has been my pleasure in this time to witness all sorts of bodies grow in strength and flexibility for improved physical function and to see growth in auto-communication behaviors that grow more self-esteem and self-worth as well.  One of my professional colleagues consistently refers to me as an “Exercise Therapist,” which I embrace.

Clientele:  My clients include elite athletes, coaches, yoga instructors, teams, physicians,  elders, youth, sufferers of chronic pain and illness, injured folks, and couch potatoes.  I see the potential in every body to feel good and move optimally, and truly every body deserves that.

Corrective Exercise and other Methods:   Corrective Exercise includes  a strategic analysis of joint range of motion, muscle strengths and imbalances, and faulty movement patterns followed by a plan for incremental changes brought about by very particular exercise selection.  Training techniques may involve bodyweight exercises, weight training, postural balancing, Pilates and other core training,  and Trainer – assisted stretching.

Many exercise programs are impeded by imbalanced force-tension relationships in the body;  I study these imbalances and design your flexibility program accordingly to even up your body and have your moving with ease.  Training sessions are each as unique as the individuals they serve, so we will work together to design the combination of services and styles to get you and your body to the place of maximized fitness and health.

Groups:  Get education for your group about anatomical function,  motivation and education toward loving your body every day of your life, or bring me in to lead you in exercise patterns that fit the needs of your group.

Theme:  The relationships that we have with our bodies, individually and collectively, are the places where both damage and healing are done.  It is of utmost importance to me that I create and hold space for people to safely work with their own body relationship to find lasting, supportive change.   These themes were explored in a theater piece called “Woman, No Shame” in February of 2012 which was a wonderful collaborative production of essays, poems, skits, and more all written by local people seeking more positive relationships with their own bodies.

  • Click here to read an MLive article about Laura and the Body Love Project: “Body Love Project Finds Creative Ways to Promote Mind-Body Connection, Health.”.
  • Click here to listen to Laura’s interview with Michigan Radio‘s Kyle Norris:  “Personal Trainer Teaches Clients to Love Their Bodies.”

 

Past Clients and Speaking Engagements

  • Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership.  Guest Workshop Facilitator – Self-Care for Social Change, 2017.
  • Rootead Cultural ArtsGuest Instructor – African Dance and Your Pelvic Floor, 2016.
  • Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice and LeadershipGuest Workshop Facilitator – Self-Care for Social Change, 2016.
  • Jeter’s Leaders/Turn 2 FoundationGuest Workshop Facilitator – Real Health and Body Love, 2015.
  • Boys and Girls ClubKeynote SpeakerYou’re Worth More Than Gold Self-Esteem Conference 2015.
  • “Personal Trainer Teaches Clients to Love Their Bodies.” Interview with Michigan Radio‘s Kyle Norris, 2015.
  • Crescendo Music AcademyGuest Teacher – Bodies in Tune 2013-14
  • “Woman, No Shame – Seamless Body Art.  Multi-media collaborative Body-Love art show, May 2013.
  • The Playgrown Project (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-YW4sCxK6w, https://www.facebook.com/pg/Playgrown/posts/?ref=page_internal). Chief Fitness Consultant.  2013 – ongoing.
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools Physical Education Department.   Guest Instructor – Stretching Strategies for Modern Student Bodies, Educator Inservice, 2010.
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Greater KalamazooGuest Speaker – Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit; Joy of Movement.
  • National Association of Legal SecretariesGuest Speaker – Loving your Job-Taxed Body.
  • Michigan Fretboard Festival.  Guest Speaker – Body Strategies for Longer, Stronger Playing, 2012.
  • Michigan Fretboard Festival.  Guest Speaker – Posture for Pickers, 2011.
  • Girl Scouts – Girl Development Summit Guest SpeakerBuilding a Self-Esteem Toolbox.
  • Western Michigan University Health and Wellness/Honors SessionGuest speaker .
  • Van Buren County Head-Start Guest Speaker – Winter Wellness Toolbox 2011.
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Educational Sorority. Guest Speaker- Laughter for Relaxation & Movement 2010.
  • Loy Norrix Varsity and Junior Varsity Womens’ Soccer. Guest Conditioning Coach -Strength and Alignment 2010.
  • Kalamazoo Leaders in Wellness & Recovery ConferenceKeynote Speaker, 2009.
  • Portage Central Varsity Football 2009. Guest Coach – Core Conditioning.
  • Rubin Chiropractic. Guest Speaker, Stretching for Healthy Posture.
  • Sherman Lake YMCA Health Seeker’s GroupGuest Speaker.
  • FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative. Host – Body Love Poetry Slam 2010.
  • Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsFeatured Instructor “America on the Move 2008”.
  • Van Buren County Childcare Resources Inservice. Guest Lecturer – Health-Wealth for Kids, 2008.
  • ACTA Conference. Seminar Leader – All Roads Lead to Wellness, 2005 (voted by participants as best overall seminar in conference).