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ALLISON OSWALD

 

A true visionary in the realm of women’s health, Allison Oswald, PT, DPT, WCS, CPT had the foresight to focus on an area of wellness, which until recently was not as widely known among our culture, and often underappreciated. While attending school to become a board certified physical therapist, Allison discovered a passion for working with women by focusing on the core as a pivotal point for well-being. Through her studies, she recognized a major gap in treatment existed, specifically related to women and women’s health issues.

In 2011 she set up her private clinic, Plumb Line Studios in Santa Monica, CA. From her studio, she works with clients on an individual basis and sets up the proper treatment plan for them, which can also utilize other aspects of her clinic such as Pilates, lymphatic treatments, massage and more. By addressing the connection to the pelvic floor, she is able to profoundly improve her clients’ health and well-being. An area of the body that is often overlooked, the pelvis is the central anatomy from which virtually all other facets of our health operate. Not only is this area the center of proper body mechanics, it acts as the literal core of many women's health related issues. The maintenance of core strength and mobility impacts issues including anorgasmia, loss of bladder control, prenatal and postpartum preparation, and elements of emotional stability. She also works to condition clients to return to intimacy without discomfort.

As a mother herself, Allison finds her passion in working with women who are in their childbearing years and postnatally, as she knows first hand, this area of health can be challenging without the proper support. The physicality of conception and fertility is only one factor. A successful pregnancy and ultimately a healthy postpartum recovery, comes partially from a good connection to the pelvic core. Pregnancy is its own physical feat, but becoming a mother introduces another level of strength for which most women are not conditioned.

For many clients verbal education is all that is needed to establish an initial connection to this part of the body, as awareness is key to pelvic floor connection. In her studio she employs manual manipulation, myofascial release, breath work, visceral manipulation, DNS, light therapy and kinesio taping techniques to name a few. The continued refinement of her work through study and practice achieves profound results. Allison helps women heal, feel inspired and embrace their bodies and the process.

Allison lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two sons. She is available for speaking engagements and events nationwide. 



How did you get into Pilates?

I was fortunate enough to be exposed to Pilates during my doctorate program in Physical Therapy and was immediately drawn to it as an adjunct to rehab, health and wellness.  Pilates is such a mind body experience focused on form and breath, so I knew it was something I would always incorporate as part of my wellness approach. 

Why did you become a Pilates Teacher? 

To first connect with my body and movement, and then be able to share that with my patients as a tool in their recovery and wellness journey.  And though I am a teacher, I will also always be a student...learning more everyday to deepen my knowledge and challenge my clients. 

Describe a Pilates session with you in three words.

Breath.  Alignment. Process.

Fill in the sentence: When I'm not teaching...

I am with my boys and my husband, being with them is my happy place.

What can people expect from a Pilates session with you?

They can expect to move with thought and awareness of their mind and body.  I want my clients to connect deeper with themselves, and leave feeling grounded and centered.