Shelby started Massage Therapy in 2007 and is always searching for ways to continue her education of therapeutic massage. She traveled with her practice coast-to-coast and found her roots in Tulsa, OK where she has partnered with several gyms and chiropractors who share her vision for optimal health and wellness.
Shelby takes a therapeutic approach to health and has found that regular massage, diet, exercise, and a well maintained nervous system are the keys to living a healthy life. She enjoys helping people find and maintain a healthy and even athletic lifestyle.
Instructor Thomas Williams began learning martial arts at age 4, and continued progressing through his black belt in karate. After beginning wrestling at 12 years old, Thomas wrestled through high school, then began learning BJJ fundamentals along with Muay Thai, kickboxing, and MMA. Since then, he has competed numerous times in BJJ tournaments and other disciplines with great success.
Thomas is a black belt under Piet Wilhelm (Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Renato Tavares > Piet Wilhelm). He teaches willing learners ages from 3 to 75 despite any physical limitations. Thomas is also available for BJJ seminars, and loves helping out in the community.
Katy initially decided to become certified as a Yoga instructor as a way to complete her increasingly healthy lifestyle; she studied organic farming and herbology and practiced Yoga for years privately. She knew that becoming certified would give her a platform to help others find their best selves as well as begin to listen to their bodies for their own sense health empowerment.
Katy discovered how crucial alignment would be for her Yoga practice and her Yoga students. Katy shows her students that how we move (or don't move) throughout the years causes degenerative diseases, muscle and joint pain, and that making precise changes to movement can drastically improve health. Katy loves teaching new Yoga students how to de-stress and restore the body by using Yogic breathing practices, how to improve their alignment for optimal health, and how these tools can be carried with them throughout their lives.
Casie came to work at Balanced Bodies immediately after graduating from the Massage Therapy program at Community Care College. She specializes in deep tissue and neuromuscular massage therapy, and believes the best part about massage is seeing the results it brings to the clients. Casie feels that Balanced Bodies is the best place in Tulsa for people to improve themselves physically and mentally.
She has also served as an EMT in the Tulsa area, and is still an active duty medic in the Army National Guard.
Since 2012, Casie has been practicing BJJ and has medaled at multiple tournaments. She was promoted to purple belt in 2016, and also enjoys running, weightlifting, and rugby, where she leads a successful women's team.
Jennie Pletsch has been practicing yoga since 2007, and received her 200 hour instructor certification from a Chicago-based school after her immsersion training program in Costa Rica. Jennie's yoga style specializes in individual modifications for injury recovery and genetic conditions, based on her belief that our bodies perform the best with a well-rounded routine. For her, that includes massage recovery and yoga.
Jennie describes herself as grounded, expansive, and empathetic, which fits right in with her favorite part of Balanced Bodies: the community atmosphere. Shortly after joining our team, she jumped right into training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jennie quickly found that BJJ surpassed her expectations, noting that it "helps my reflexes, exercises my analytical skills, and provides excellent cardio." Along with BJJ and yoga, Jennie also enjoys aerial silks, and any outdoor activity involving sweat or water.