RB Education

Body Mechanics, Brain Training and Neuromuscular Re-education | taught by Lee Vallely
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Lee  Vallely
Lee Vallely
Founder, Owner & Co-Director

About the Instructor

Lee Vallely has dedicated her life to movement and wellness. After an eight-year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer in New York and San Francisco, and 20 years as a teacher and consultant in the health and wellness industry, Vallely saw a need for a higher level of education and a commitment to the precision of movement.

In 2007 she moved from teaching Pilates for other clubs, and developing and managing large corporate fitness programs in Austin and around the country, to teaching small-group training programs. RedBird Pilates & Fitness has grown every year since then, necessitating four moves to progressively larger studios.

Lee and her team of teachers—all handpicked from RedBird’s intensive 450-hour teacher training program—provide high-touch, technically oriented classes using a definitive methodology that emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment.

Earlier in her career, Lee was the national director of corporate sales for Gold's Gym International. She designed and built the chain’s first corporate sales division and managed their national sales team. Prior to Gold's Gym, she was an owner of eight Austin-based World Gym locations, where she won Best Corporate Fitness Program for five consecutive years. Lee spent her early years in the fitness industry as senior fitness director for the YMCA of Austin. Lee is a BASI and PMA-certified Pilates teacher, a certified trainer through the American Council on Exercise and an accredited fitness specialist with the national YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a specialization in dance.

It's not what you do but how you do it! Exercise is great - but movement is a science. Research continues to prove that the body can't strengthen a muscle that the brain cannot connect to or overcome a movement pattern that the brain is causing at the unconscious level. No matter what you do (spin class, toning, yoga, cardio, Pilates) or how hard you work, if you aren't firing from the right muscles and moving with correct alignment, you won't get the results you want. That is why at the heart of the RB method is neuromuscular re-education, meticulous movement, brain training drills to improve the nervous system and enhance movement quality and in-depth, but accessible, teaching that makes these concepts applicable and achievable for students.

RedBird's highly-educational methodology and detailed teaching style is what has distinguished our classes in the competitive boutique fitness market. It is what works for hundreds of RB clients to preserve the longevity of their movement abilities, transform their bodies and deliver real results.

Now, we have brought this knowledge and teaching skill to our online program to ensure these same results happen for our online community. We want anyone, anywhere, to be able to learn the latest in exercise science, connect to their bodies and enhance their movement. The RedBird 360 Educational Library is a series of videos that teach proper alignment, foundational movements, anatomical terminology and breath patterns. These videos are tools for neuromuscular re-education -- connecting the brain to important postural and stability muscles that play a huge role in everyday life as well as athletic training. We focus on teaching the brain to innervate underutilized muscles while releasing through over-dominant muscle groups to change body alignment, improve mechanics and enhance movement abilities.

In this series you will:

  • Learn important foundational concepts of Pilates, biomechanics, toning and alignment
  • Learn functional neuroscience drills to improve the nervous system through better proprioception and joint mobilty
  • Learn to innervate important postural and stability muscles of the deep core
  • Learn to neutralize common undesired movement patterns to prevent injury, improve movement quality and reduce pain
  • Become familiar with important anatomical concepts and cues referenced in all RB classes
  • Practice breathing techniques that enhance movement and increase mind-body connection

Course Contents

15 Videos
15.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Pelvic Alignment
Lateral Breath
Neck Alignment and Mobility
Supple Strength - Spine
Supple Strength - Hip Joint
Supple Strength - Shoulder Girdle
Wrist Alignment, Mobility and Stability
Glute Activation and Strength
Foot Mobility, Strength and Alignment
Oblique Innervation and Spine Lateral Mobility
Foam Roller and Myofascial Release