Like many of us, I have done sports my whole life. I was a gymnast from a very young age, then as a teenager and adult, a runner and skier. After the birth of my second son in 2003 I went back to running with the expectation that I would slip quickly back into shape the way I had after my first son was born. I was sorely mistaken. I felt tight and weak in my low back and hips, my hamstrings were too long and most important to me at the time (I now know better), I couldn’t get that baby weight off! It was in an effort to feel better and lose weight that I found Pilates. At first I was very unsure of what it was doing for me, intellectually I couldn’t figure it out. Physically though, was another story. I could literally feel my low back and hip flexors releasing, and my hamstrings and abdominals strengthening. Over time I felt calmer (that is the mind- body connection you hear so much about), more grounded, and more centered. As I worked on strengthening my weak parts and stretching my tight ones, the extra pounds started to slip away (an unexpected and added bonus).
By 2005 I had entered my first Pilates certification program through The Physicalmind Institute, where I got my mat certification. In 2008 I started my second Pilates certification through Balanced Body University. Through the BBU courses and many hours of training I became fully certified. I am a firm believer in continuing education so attend multiple workshops each year to constantly expand my knowledge base. This way I am continually expanding on the exercises and knowledge I can pass along to my clients.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have found Pilates. The way it makes you feel is unparalleled and it's benefits are unlimited. Pilates is for everyone; from young to old, inflexible to flexible, injured to elite athlete. I am so pleased that I am able to pass the virtues of the excellent modality on to my clients. If you are at all curious I urge you to give it a try. You will not be sorry!
I look forward to working with you soon,