Pilates has been my saving grace in so many ways. After having a 10.5 lb baby boy a couple of years ago, my small framed body and alignment was a wreck! I had hip and lower back pain with walking and I began to worry that it would be a lifelong problem. After a series of visits to the chiropractor with no relief in sight, and after X-rays and MRI, the chiropractor said she could not help me. She strongly recommended pilates because of it’s ability to alleviate my alignment issues and build core strength where I needed it. My first visit to Ishbel for my postural analysis was a very humble one as I was not even stable enough to try the leg stirrups. Each visit was better and better, and I added “homework” prescribed by Isbhel consisting of 3 specific pilates exercises at home -slowly, after about six months, the pain in my lower back and hip subsided. It was a gradual improvement but one that I am forever grateful for. Walking with pain is never something I could imagine having to just live with. Now, about 18 mos. after my first introduction to Pilates, I am enjoying taking reformer classes, jumpboard plus, a mat class here and there, and the occasional pilates seminar. Thank you to all of you at Pilates NW for caring so much and helping me become active and fit again.