Kate Catlow is certified as a Level V Master Ki-Hara Resistance trainer. She is also a certified Pilates trainer through the Pilates Center of Austin and runs her own comprehensive Pilates certification trainer program as well as conducts internships for Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching.
Growing up in Minnesota, Kate discovered the world of competitive swimming at an early age and continued to swim through college. After years of competitive swimming, with the typical athlete’s mentality of ‘no pain, no gain’ driving her workouts, Kate found her body was pushed beyond its limits. Chronic pain along with neck and shoulder injuries led Kate to search for relief through chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapy, and other modalities – all of which provided only minor, short term relief. Eventually, Kate discovered Pilates. Through her Pilates practice, she learned that her unconscious repetitive movement patterns, the majority of which had become ‘natural’ to her body during her years of swimming, were the source of her pain.
With a regular Pilates practice, Kate was able to retrain the overworked muscles in her neck and shoulders and strengthened her underworked scapular stabilizer muscles. Pilates taught Kate that the balance between muscle strength and flexibility is paramount to proper skeletal alignment. Through Pilates, Kate gained a new awareness of her body and her own movement patterns.
Though her chronic pain diminished, Kate continued to struggle with flexibility and experimented with numerous stretching techniques. Finally, she found Bob Cooley’s book on Meridian Flexibility, a method of self-resistance stretching. After working through the stretches, Kate had immediate results. For the first time in years, Kate could get her shoulders flat on the floor. A month after trying the self stretches, she was on a plane to New York to begin her studies with Steve Sierra and Anne Tierney, the creators of Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching and the trainers for Olympian swimmer, Dara Torres. Ki-Hara Resistance stretching took Kate’s healing and her Pilates practice to the next level. Kate is more flexible now in her 50’s than she ever was in her 20’s, and she totally agrees with Dara’s book – “Age is Just a Number”.
Over the 18 years that Kate has been involved with Pilates and sports, she has discovered that Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching is an excellent technique to facilitate improved athletic and physical performance. Kate has shared her knowledge with clients who range from Olympic athletes, new moms, and young athletes to stroke recovery patients and grandparents striving to keep up with the grandkids. She is passionate about helping people move through life with joy and ease in their bodies.
Kate currently lives in Fulton TX on “O Be Joyful” a Tayana 37’ sailboat with her husband. She loves to travel and is available to conduct workshops, internships and certification programs. She travels to Austin, TX once a month to conduct workshops, classes and private sessions.
You can contact her via email Katewcatlow@gmail.com or by phone 512-809-5782
“Over the years of being an athlete, I have tried numerous stretching techniques, but none are as effective and lasting as Ki-Hara – period!”