How it works
Pilates is a gentle yet powerful method of exercise that is designed to give your back a break while strengthening the core muscle groups that stabilize your spine. If you are experiencing back pain you may find lasting relief and experience the benefits of Pilates with a regular practice of Mat classes and private lessons from a comprehensively trained classical instructor. Please be in touch if you need help finding and instructor in your local area or to book an at-home Mat Class with me on Skype.
What you'll need
When I was 17 I suffered a back injury that left me in chronic pain. Doctors where baffled when I was left with chronic pain months after the healing window had closed. They told me that I was young and would be fine as long as I completed Physical Therapy. After 3 months of regular Physical Therapy I was still in pain every day. That is when I decided to take matters into my own hands and began seeking relief in other alternative ways. I went to every class at the gym looking for something that made me feel better and I stumbled upon Pilates almost by accident. Quickly I began to feel better and see results so I became devoted to taking mat classes and even started taking personal training lessons at the gym. Soon, I approached my Pilates teacher to seek out teacher training for myself. She took me to New York City to meet her teachers with the intention of preparing me to start a Pilates apprenticeship that would last a year. Under the tutelage of master teachers, I learned more about dynamic movement and injury prevention than I ever had in my whole life. I was certified to teach professionally in 2008. Every year I take continuing education and personal training sessions for myself to keep my teaching practice fresh and my back feeling great. And although I still occasionally have days where my back is achy and sore I know how to give my body what it needs to remain strong and active for the days ahead.
Today I have been teaching Pilates for just over a decade and I will depend on it to remain pain free for the rest of my life. I have taught in boutique fitness studios and large gyms all over Manhattan and I have helped people with all kinds of injuries and physical limitations to feel strong and confident in their bodies. It never ceases to amaze me how every time I practice Pilates it makes me feel better about my body and my life.