Terri Josephson - I have loved movement all my adult life. I developed a bad lower back due to teaching aerobic exercise for 15 plus years. In addition, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1997. I started Pilates training in 1996, not because of my back, but because in my fitness trainings and readings I kept hearing about it. Pilates seemed to be the next 'big thing' to come down the fitness pike and I wanted to be part of it. To my surprise my back stopped hurting me about 6 months into my training. That's not the 'miracle'. Movement is hard with RA. There are days its hard to get out of bed never mind teach exercise. The miracle is, there's always a few Pilates movements that I can do that don't hurt, so I do them. That loosens my joints, so I hurt less, then I can do more. Will I ever be able to do the full repertoire of Pilates movements? Probably not, too much damage has been done to my joints from the RA. I do what I can. Pilates has given me my body back, actually, Pilates has given me my life back.
Debra K.- After throwing my back out 3 times in the last year just doing simple chores, I decided to try Pilates to strengthen my core and balance my body. I am very happy with the results I have achieved working with Sonya at the Pilates Sanctuary in Englewood. I can get thru my housework and onto the fun activities without stopping to rest my back. Another big plus is that I have noticed an improvement in my acid reflux symptoms since practicing Pilates and have been able to reduce my medication. Yeah Pilates!
Margaret S age 62- When I started Pilates I had trouble walking, I had to use a cane and was very discouraged that my life was just going to get worse. I have been working with Sonya for only 4 months and people are noticing the difference in my body and I can walk with much more ease. I still need the cane but maybe not for long!