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Our Approach

The Tummy Team is a group of highly trained
Core Rehabilitation Specialists™ who use a
unique approach of neuromuscular re-education
and functional integration to help you heal.

Retrain your brain, retrain your core

The Tummy Team Approach

The Tummy Team has a unique approach to core rehabilitation. It is based both on founder Kelly Dean’s professional background, as well as her own personal need to restore her core. This approach is founded on medical expertise and years of practical application based on five key areas.

1) Neuromuscular Re-education

Kelly’s professional background is grounded in NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment), an approach that was initially developed for brain injury patients who develop a functional muscle neglect due to disconnection between the brain and specific muscles throughout the body. During 13 years as a stroke and brain injury specialist, Kelly has used these techniques to help severely injured people regain the ability to walk, lift and return to the most important areas of their lives. She now has shifted this focus to core rehabilitation and has found the same approach is incredibly effective when working with a weak and inactive internal core muscle. Read more

2) Functional Integration

The muscles of the core are primarily postural muscles that are intended to be strong and active all day in every activity. The most effective way to retrain the body and the brain is to reinforce every exercise with functional activities that the client engages in on a consistent basis. We have found it has to be functional to be meaningful, and ultimately effective for the client. Read more

3) We Partner With You

Everything we do with you – weather in our clinic or through our online programs – is ultimately for you to be able to do independently. We focus on educating you on how your body was designed and creating an understanding of why your body may be failing to function. We take your education seriously, providing informative video instruction as well as comprehensive education materials. Our passion is to help you rehabilitate your core, while we equip you with the awareness and tools you will need to identify and improve ongoing alignment challenges. Our goal is to give you strength and tools for life.

4) Our Story is Your Story

Every member of The Tummy Team has personally experienced the life-changing benefits of core rehabilitation. This firsthand knowledge gives us an incredible passion for what we do, and a serious drive to help you recover. We have personally healed our own severe diastasis, traumatic pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic pelvic instability, low back pain, constipation and more by living what we teach. We constantly refine and improve our approach to make it realistic, doable and effective for you. While The Tummy Team is a group of trained core rehabilitation specialists, we’re also real parents, athletes and professionals just like you.

5) Outreach

The number one thing we have realized when doing this work is there is a huge need throughout the entire world for what we teach. It is disheartening to consistently hear from clients and professionals that they have never even heard of diastasis rehab or had any understanding of how core weakness could be contributing to issues they have suffered from for years. It is for this reason we developed our online programs to further reach people in need with practical and effective core rehabilitation and functional core training. Read more

The Tummy Team Story