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Tammy Shaw-Sykes

Tammy Shaw-Sykes

Certified Clinical Massage Therapist, Certified Elite Personal Trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher, Founder and Owner of SHIFT Fitness, Massage and Yoga

Like many of her clients, Tammy’s devotion to wellness stems from battling a serious personal illness. Thirteen years ago, sleep issues brought on by constant pain lead doctors to diagnosis her with fibromyalgia syndrome. Two years later, an accident caused the onset of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, with loud whispers of amputation if her body did not recover. Add the arthritis found in both of her knees and it’s hard to believe she can today be found hiking, playing wallyball and dancing about the Twin Cities.

Researching as much as possible about her conditions through her own study and advice from the medical field quickly became a quest to find not just fitness, but wellness. Armed with knowledge and the assistance of massage, physical movement and corrective exercises, she now lives pain and medication free.

Her belief in holistic care and caring about the relationships between body, mind and soul is what brought her on this journey. Whether your journey involves the gentle movement of restorative massage, crossing the finish line at your first 5K, or muscle recovery after a marathon, she is here to assist you in your goals.

Tammy chose to build her business in Northeast Minneapolis after she fell in love with the diversity and arts that the area has to offer. But she doesn’t just work here. She lives here, too. She loves living in the heart of the Northeast bicycle route and can often be spotted walking with light weights along the river between Broadway and downtown.



Massage Therapy Certification   Over 760 Hours classroom and clinical hours
Personal Training Diploma
Yoga Instructor Training Certification

        Association of Applied Science Degrees at Saint Paul College

Clinical Sports Massage AAS Degree  Over 1500 Clinical and Classroom Hours
Personal Trainer AAS Degree


     National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Certified Personal Trainer
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Senior Fitness Specialist

Weight Loss Specialist



Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher – RYT 200 hours

Currently enrolled with YogaFit RYT 500 Therapuetic Yoga Program

Adult and Infant CPR – American Red Cross Association certified


American Massage Therapist Association (AMTA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Yoga Alliance – E/RYT 200

Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Northeast Chamber of Commerce

East Minneapolis Exchange Club – Board Member

Holland Neighborhood – Board Member

Meetup member organizer since 2006

Awards and Publishings

2011/2012  Best Personal Trainer Award – Minneapolis Awards Program
2012/2013 Best Personal Trainer Award – Minneapolis Awards Program

2013/2014 Best Personal Trainer Award – Minneapolis Awards

2014  – Best in Business 3 year Award – Minneapolis Awards

May, 2013 Value of Therapeutic Massage article, EDGE Holistic Living

Additional Educational  Class/Workshop Studies

YogaFit Level 1

Yoga Fit – Prenatal

Yoga Lean I YogaFit, CA

Yoga Lean II YogaFit, CA
Functional Movement Systems – Gary Cook
Meditative Movement Certification – Power of Positive Workouts
Metabolic Training Certification – Insider Training
CranioSacral Therapy – Upledger Institute
Raindrop Technique Workshop – Young Living

Currently enrolled with Yoga Fit Therapeutic Yoga Training 500 Hours Program with Yoga Fit

Additional home studies

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain the latest researches on

Iyangar Yoga for Therapeutic Yoga

Stress and the physiological effects on the body

Yoga for Medicine

Therapeutic Yoga and contraindications

Yoga for Weightloss

ALS / PLS – custom designing workouts for those with PLS

Currently designing a 8 week SHIFT Fit yoga for weight loss program  set to start in September

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