Essential Core Coaching

Get Started Package: $250
Essential Core Tune-Up: $50*

Essential Core Coaching is a radical departure from what you’ve been taught. We start from the ground up, and work with your whole body. (Yes, if you have low back pain, SI joint issues, and more, this is for you!).

Because you are more than a six-pack.

You can engage mindfully, instead of crushing and crunching your body into submission. You can get stronger by slowing down.

This is our work together.

Here's What I Want You To Know:

When we stop working together, you will have a different way of understanding your body.

You will be on the road to function, so that you can do the things you love with ease and joy.

My job is to help you see and understand the forces at play in your body, so that you can apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts. By helping you tune into small shifts in your body, you’ll have insights into how the mechanics of movement affect your healing, and you’ll be equipped to see your body as more than a collection of parts to be crushed into the confines of societal expectations. And—of course—you’ll start to restore your core.

Sessions take place either in my South Durham office, or from the comfort of your home via Zoom.

Cost: The Get Started package ($250, paid in 2 monthly installments) covers the intake process, one 90-minute session, and one 60-minute session. Get Started sessions are either in person or via Zoom.

*30 minute Tune-Ups after the Get Started package are $50 and conducted via Zoom for your convenience. If you’ve taken classes with me, you are also able to sign up for Tune-Ups!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if our tissues adapted so quickly that a single session would solve everything? If you’ve been on this path long enough, you know that it takes regular practice to grow and change. I’ve built this programming so that you get the support you need, over the time it takes to grow.

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I love Larissa! I’ve taken her classes and had one on one sessions. She’s so warm and positive. She clearly knows her stuff and can make modifications and explain the why behind the movements she teaches. The classes aren’t intimidating as a non-athlete, but I really feel like I’ve worked hard by the end! A great balance.
— Maureen B.
I’ve taken both in-person and online sessions with Larissa. She has a thorough understanding of breath, bodies, and movement, and she has a way of pinpointing where (and how) you’re cheating and compensating instead of engaging. That insight is rare and valuable in a teacher. Larissa is also an incredibly encouraging and kind person, and her passion for her work shines through in every interaction I’ve had with her.
— Lainie P.

Got questions about what a package involves? I have answers:

+ How does this work?

  • We meet at regular intervals determined by what we find during intake, so that you have time to integrate and practice what you’ve learned.
  • The regularity of our meetings means that we’ll have time for troubleshooting whatever issues may be particularly nagging: there is time for your SI joint pain, your tight hips, your stuck shoulder. Because of the whole-body approach I take, we’ll leave no stone unturned.
  • If you’re meeting with me in Durham, you’ll receive emailed homework and/or short videos demonstrating specific exercises when necessary, so you can so that you can keep up your work when I’m not right there with you.
  • We work together to decide how much homework is reasonable for YOU. This doesn’t need to be another thing on your to-do list that never gets done. I'll check in with you weekly so that you know you're being supported every step of the way.
  • You’ll get a copy of my Core & Pelvic Floor Basics handout with reminders about the 3 Bs and 5 simple lifestyle shifts, so that you have an easy cheat sheet to get you moving better every day.
  • Zoom clients receive a video recording of all their sessions, so that you can review our meeting. You’ll also get an email reminder about your homework.
  • Unlimited email support—ask me anything—so that you have clarity on your process.

+ Tell me more—what should I expect with each session?

  • Get Started Session 1: Intake & assessment: We start off by getting a picture of you as a mover in the past and present, including injuries, life changes, etc. I’ll look at how you stand, walk, and breathe, and you will leave the very first session with some insights into your body that you may not have had before. Your homework: You’ll have no more than 5 exercises to practice that are directly related to your goals. Usually, I will ask you what's realistic and doable and we'll collaborate on what you should work on between sessions.
  • Get Started Session 2: Basics: We review your homework and layer in more work specifically related to learning how to engage your core effectively and/or your specific goals. We will work with your breath and look at your mobility in several areas.
  • Tune-up sessions: Integrate: We’ll check in on your progress again, and add another layer of load and/or more complex movements to the work you’ve been doing. Now is also a great time to work on particular issues that may be impeding your joy as a mover (e.g., sacroiliac joint pain, tight shoulders, etc.).
  • My goal when you finish working with me is for you to feel like you have the tools to go out and move in whatever way brings you joy. We will spend your last session checking in about what you want to do next and going over any specific movements that might pose a particular challenge in your future endeavors.

+ Do you ever offer discounts or a payment plan?

The Get Started package is automatically broken into two (interest-free) payments. If you need to break it down further, please email me! If a package is out of reach for you financially at this time, please click here to enter your name in the pool for free sessions. I offer one free stand-alone session per month (drawing on the 1st of the month, beginning May 2019). I use a random number generator to pick folks from the list each month.

+ Do you offer refunds?

I do not offer refunds on packages. There is no money-back guarantee—too much of this process is about what you invest mentally and physically, not just what I offer you. We are working as a team. If you're not sure whether we're a great fit, schedule a free call to see if my skills match your needs, or come to one of my workshops or classes.

+ What if I can't use all my sessions in time?

Your Get Started package expires 3 months from the date of purchase. When you purchase your package, you are immediately able to begin scheduling your sessions. If using your package is difficult because of my availability, let's communicate to find a time that works for us both. However, if you know that you are having surgery, going on a six-week vacation, etc., please wait to buy your package. Of course, stuff happens, and in the case of an emergency, we can extend your package.

I can’t say enough good things about working with Larissa. I didn’t understand just how asleep some of my largest, most important muscles were, and how they were affecting my pelvic floor and back health. I had some major back issues prior to having a child (even had surgery) and then pelvic floor issues after giving birth. I knew that when doing other exercises, it seemed like some things just weren’t firing or waking up, but it wasn’t until I worked with Larissa that I understood which muscles needed waking up, what the implications were for them to be “asleep,” and most importantly, how to turn them on!

I can really see how my one-on-one work with Larissa as well attending her class series made an incredible difference in my understanding of my body and how well I’m able to apply the concepts/movements before me now - I wouldn’t be getting as much out of the online movement programs I’m now following were it not for my work with her. And last but certainly not least, in my pelvic floor physical therapy, I am seeing RESULTS that I did not see before working with Larissa. The pelvic floor PT got me to a point, but then I plateaued. The work I’ve done with Larissa has really moved things forward in my PT.

And to top it all off, she’s also just a fabulous person whose company I genuinely enjoy - total bonus!! If you’re considering taking her classes or working with her one-on-one, I highly recommend doing it - it’s pretty special to have someone with her kind of experience and expertise right here in the Triangle! We’re very lucky!
— Kelly M., Durham