Kim Kraushar teaches how to be aware of your body and the world.
Bonita has good posture but no musculature. “She” is a plastic skeleton that Kim Kraushar uses for teaching purposes. Kim has good posture and lots of strength, and a good mind as well. She is all about the mind-body connection.
Kim is showing me around the Interlude Spa, where she is director, in downtown Dartmouth, NS: the many sections and siderooms for aesthetics, hair, massage, body treatments.
Bonita is in Kim’s domain—the fitness studio outfitted with the latest Stott Pilates gear. Soon the space will be adorned with the special hammocks for doing AntiGravity Yoga: stretching, decompressing joints and spine, learning and holding new postures.
Kim is telling me about the core of the body. There is a lot of dubious information out there on that subject, she says. The key is that the inner core is an elaborate system of muscles where everything needs to be in alignment to work properly.
She explains the role of the diaphragm in breathing. In our world we are often stressed and breathe shallowly. People have to be taught how to breathe deeply. Then their thinking becomes more expansive, they become calmer and their mood improves. Working the diaphragm also compresses the organs in the abdomen, which has benefits too.
She shows me photographs of her vaulting on a table, spinning in the air—frozen in time. Her posture seems perfect, no matter what position she is in. She is flexible and in balance. She is tuned into her body and the world too. This is a rare quality in our culture.
When Kim was young she wanted to be a dancer, then she segued into kinesthesiology, where she kept a focus on dance. After graduation she and her boyfriend Brent travelled for two years in Asia, mountain biking and learning meditation, yoga, and Thai massage. “We had wanderlust and had no intention to return,” she says. But return they did. They married and took their new skills to the Interlude, which was owned by Brent’s mother, a pioneer in the field in Atlantic Canada.
Kim became a personal trainer, and studied Stott Pilates in Toronto; she is certified to teach. “Pilates has a scientific basis,” she says. “That is important to me. I am a practical person. It needs to be authentic.”
She also teaches Yamuna Body Rolling, a massage technique using various size balls. She has studied with Eric Franklin, whose work is based on how evolution has shaped the body. He teaches how to imagine healthy movement. “There is so much wonderful work out there,” she says. “I wanted to do it all.”
She took enough of a break to raise two boys, now 10 and 12. She presents for Stott Pilates, and also on behalf of herself. Sometimes she takes Bonita the teaching aid on her travels. This raises eyebrows at airport security, but it is easily explained. Bonita is a good traveler too.