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Zeena Dhalla

Eliminate Your Pain and Command Your Posture

I’m a Certified Posture Specialist and self proclaimed Posture Geek! I am also a published author of a best selling book on Pilates and posture. But honestly, the accomplishment that I am most proud of, is that I am a back pain survivor.
It all began when I was sitting at my desk job chronically tired, overweight, and with numbing back pain at the age of 25.  I needed a kick in the butt so when I heard a radio advertisement for a marathon training program, I immediately signed up.  Having never run more than two miles in my life, my friends and family thought I was insane.  Luckily I proved them wrong as six months later I had trained and completed my first marathon and should have felt GREAT, but the impact from the running created even more back pain.
The marathon inspired me to change my career to be a Personal Trainer, but my back pain threatened my new career. I would stand for hours training clients at my first Personal Training gig, and cringe from the soreness in my back.  I wondered, how am I going to train others to be healthy if I can’t even stand for more than an hour at a time?
Over time and through my myriad of certifications, I leaned about the bio mechanics of the body and how it all work together as a kinetic chain.  For example I learned that by stretching my hip flexors, I could get my pelvis into a better position to truly strengthen my core. I started experimenting with clients and became obsessed.  My clients loved it, as some of them would come in to a session with inexplicable knee pain, and leave feeling stretched, strengthened and pain free.
In my years in the fitness industry I have owned a women’s health club in Newport Beach, California (The Athletic Club for Women), served at the Pilates Director for the nationally known yoga studio YogaWorks, and started by own posture based studio called Vertical Pilates.  Through all these amazing management gigs, I have always stayed connected to…

Awards and Affiliations

Body Arts and Sciences- Comprehensive Pilates Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer

National Posture Institute- Certified Posture Specialist

Balanced Body University- CoreAlign Instructor

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