We recently has a chance to sit down with Hannah and Levin from Studio Lux, a gorgeous space here on Vashon to “help you Illuminate Your Potential.” They offer pilates, massage, martial arts and more. Read our interview to learn more about this really great couple.
VH: From where do you hail?
Studio Lux: Levin is from Vashon- (moved out here when he was 12 years old). Hannah is from Gainesville, FL though she had been living in Seattle for 5 years prior to moving to the island.
Levin moved to Vashon as child to be with his mother though he started coming out here in the summers when he was seven.
He and Hannah met in 2011 in Seattle (Hannah was just traveling up here at the time). Hannah was inspired to move to Seattle to be with Levin, and they got married the following year. After living Seattle for several years, they got sick of the busy feel of the city and started taking steps to get back to Vashon. Inspired by its natural beauty, quietude, and close community, they moved back in 2016 just before the birth of their daughter, Clementine.
VH: Tell us all about Studio Lux – what do you offer, what you do, etc.?
Studio Lux: Our passion and skill set is in healing the body and helping it reach its utmost potential- whether to simply be out of pain and injury and able to move through life with zest and ease, or to reach specific fitness goals. We offer a variety of modalities which can work really beautifully together or stand alone as well.
Levin offers massage- his style combines deep tissue (though he also appreciates lighter touch based on clients preferences), hot stone, cupping, intra-oral, and ortho-bionomy®. Levin also teaches traditional Hung-Gar Kung-Fu Mondays,Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:15-6:30. He taught this same style on the island in the past with his step-father Jim Grazinni, who was an island resident for many years. Levin studied this form of kung fu for 30 years with Sifu John Leong in Chinatown, Seattle.
Hannah is an ortho-bionomy® practitioner- this form of bodywork taps into the human’s ability to heal from within- the practitioner manipulates the joints and tissue in a very gentle but specific way of following tension patterns which helps the nervous-system recognize the patterns and thus release them. Additionally, Hannah teaches pilates and offers private and duet sessions on the equipment and classes on the mat. She draws from her ortho-bionomy and experience working with injuries to inform her style of teaching. Hannah also teachers traditional and contemporary African Dance classes (Levin plays live percussion to accompany). Look out for pop-up classes happening on Friday nights. They hope to get an ongoing class going in the fall.
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
Studio Lux: Hannah co-owns Lux Collective in Seattle with business partner Christine Fosmire. They started their studio in 2012, and it has been a wonderful place for growth and healing. Levin also has his massage practice in Lux in Seattle. They felt strongly about starting something up on the island with a similar feel but its own ability to grow into itself as well. They also wanted to be able to cultivate their creative teachings sides with Kung Fu and African Dance.
VH: What is your superpower?
Studio Lux: For Hannah, she has super-vision! – the ability to watch a person as he/she moves and be able to pinpoint exact areas of tension or inefficient joint function, particularly on subtle and less noticeable levels.
For Levin- he has super-touch! – the ability to start working into a part of the body and feel exactly the right amount of pressure to use to allow the muscle to relax under his fingers.
As a team- they have a laid back attitude with presence, focus, and understanding.
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Studio Lux: Shinglemill trail or the Maury-Island marine park. Or Raab’s Lagoon for paddle boarding and swimming
VH: What’s next for your business?
Studio Lux: Growing into our space as well as being open to new classes– more dance (contemporary and/or meditative) for Hannah and more Kung fu for Levin!
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂
So many good ones, but probably a mini trampoline that Levin gave his mom.
You can check out the Studio Lux schedule and full offerings on their website here.