I love Pilates and I love you! I would love to help you realize better health through movement and enjoy a life free from pain with increased strength, balance and flexibility.
I am committed to listening to your goals, understanding your struggles, providing quality instruction and being trusted to always work in your best interests.
Working With Me
I have an older client who is very motivated to remain active and is very dedicated to Pilates. I have helped her develop a regular practice that is safe as well as challenging. Her strength and ability has gradually increased to the point where she has felt confident to do group classes on Pilates equipment.
Her husband also began seeing me. He confided that his goal was to be able to get down on the floor and play with his grandchildren. After working with him for a while he was able to do just that. I was touched when he shared some pictures his wife had taken of him with his grandchildren down on the floor playing with them.
A younger client, would often mention shoulder stiffness and tightness in her upper back. Continued Focus on Pilates exercises for these areas did not seem to have a lasting effect. I had assumed from our conversations that she was just feeling stressed but I was sensing there might be something more going on, perhaps a past traumatic experience that she was holding in her neck and shoulders. I asked her, without getting into details, if she had ever experienced trauma. She said she had. Rather than just doing exercises I sensed I needed to create a space where she could feel safe and hopefully release some of the tension she was holding. Since I sometimes utilize hands-on cuing , I was careful to ask her if she was comfortable with that. I felt reassured when she said yes, that she trusted me and felt safe.
I have an older client who is very competitive. He did rock climbing in his younger days and was still out to prove himself. He became frustrated whenever he could not do an exercise he thought he should be able to do. Because we are close in age I was able to relate and form a good relationship as well as empathize with his “getting older”. He still has a way to go but by focusing on what he can do and celebrating his accomplishments he’s coming to peace with what we refer to as “the new normal”.
I have a client who loves Pilates. Unfortunately they only do it when they have a session with me about twice a week. They have become frustrated that they are not progressing as fast as they would like. Acknowledging their goals and empathizing with their frustration I’ve been encouraging them to develop a self practice so that they can do Pilates outside of the studio and increase their frequency to three times per week. In addition to progressing their skills we have also been working on creating “at home” routines that they can do on their own.
A woman came to me in a wheelchair. She needed special shoes to compensate for deformities in her feet. She had partial paralysis in one hand. She had pronounced scoliosis and Parkinson's. She desperately wanted to do Pilates. I took a deep breath and decided I’d focus on what she could do.
We started with breathing. Fully inhaling and exhaling was a challenge for her. As her breathing improved we added some resistance. Then we added arm springs, seated on the Cadillac. She liked the steadying effect the spring tension had, countering her Parkinson’s tremors.
One day we added a configuration springs that supported her legs in the air. Able to move freely she began to move her legs, slowly at first but then faster. A wonderful smile appeared on her face as she was able to move her legs without the confinement of the shoes or wheelchair. This became one of her favorite exercises.
By sticking with a consistent program, giving her my full attention and not judging her ability I was able to give her a positive movement experience.
Turning 50 was a wakeup call for me. I found myself out of shape and concerned about my long term health and well-being. After trying a number of different fitness methods, I discovered Pilates. I soon began an incredible transformation. Everything began to unfold in a way necessary to bring me to where I am today. From making better health and fitness choices, to joining the fitness center, taking my first Pilates class and finally teacher training. At age 60, I became a Pilates instructor! I’m now helping others just like you achieve their own transformation through Pilates.
They say that 50 is the new 40, but this wasn’t the case for me! When I turned 50, I began to notice signs of aging; stiffness, less flexibility, more aches and pains, not being able to do things I did when I was younger. I figured that if I felt this way at 50, what would life would be like at 70 or 80? My excuses for not exercising disappeared when a new fitness center opened where I worked. One day a personal trainer encouraged me to try a Pilates class. I entered the class reluctantly but left it feeling like I’d come home. I had discovered a way of exercising that just felt right. I felt stronger, breathed deeper and stood taller. I had more energy and my flexibility improved. The stiffness I’d attributed to “getting older” had gone and I was more confident about maintaining a great quality of life. I knew I had to find out more about Pilates.
I found a local Pilates studio and delved even deeper into the method. The more Pilates classes I attended, the more I wanted to attend! I started thinking about teaching Pilates but wasn't sure how I would be able to work full time and still do the training. Sometimes, fate works in strange ways.
When outsourcing eliminated my corporate job I decided to take the plunge and join the teacher training program. It consisted of 750 hours of instruction on all the apparatus, workshops, observations, and student teaching. The instruction helped me better understand the exercises and get them in my body. Observations exposed me to different instructors and their styles. Workshops deepened my understanding of the method and taught me proper cuing. Student teaching helped me practice my skills. Tests on Pilates principles, anatomy, and exercise order ensured comprehension. Practice classes provided feedback and the final exam, performing the entire advanced reformer series, was like a rite of passage.
At age 60, I became a graduate instructor. Quite an amazing transformation! Now, I enjoy helping others realize their own transformation. Working primarily with “Baby Boomers” like myself, I think I'm better able to relate to their particular needs and concerns. It has been an incredible journey.
This year I will celebrate my 8 year teaching anniversary and have never been happier. Joseph Pilates taught until he died at age 86. Many of Joe’s original students, collectively known as the Pilates elders, taught into their 80’s and even 90’s. I hope to follow their path, teaching as long as I'm able.