As you know, Pilates has certainly made a difference to me.
A masseuse told me several years ago about one of her clients saying that Pilates had transformed her body. I went to that Pilates studio because I had been having trouble sleeping from pain in my shoulders, hips and legs and when gardening I would end up with hobbling lower back and hip pain. I was also having pain from yoga postures even though I had practiced for years. The Pilates studio helped me understand how my posture and walking were causing me problems. My sleep improved and I no longer had pain when gardening. But they were unable to answer many of my questions, I still had many physical issues, and I felt more was possible.
A chiropractor referred me to the Pacific Northwest Pilates studio and I found my answers. Now I am stronger, feel better, and understand more about my overall body structure, alignment and posture, and how those affect how I feel. I also know what exercises will help my particular problems and what to avoid. At first I had great difficulty even comprehending how certain body movements could be made and Leslie would not only have to demonstrate them to me, but also she would have to move my body as apparently my mind and body had lost all awareness of how to do it. Fortunately, it would usually take only a few weeks of practice for my body to remember.
I came to realize that the root of my problems were the results of major surgery in 2000-2001, along with chemotherapy, radiation, and a PIC line in the right arm for 6 months, and probably also from birth trauma, childhood habits, and major surgery in 1976. My body had found ways to compensate but I had never realized exactly what was happening and what were the lingering effects. Pilates is giving me that awareness and the means to work on changing how my body functions. I have a long way to go, I still have some pains, and some of my structural restrictions limit how much strength I can gain yet, but I now have the tools and the help I need to improve. I am more able to feel how my body should move and I get results when I do my home exercises. I take a reformer class that helps me practice using my body correctly. The class also brings to my attention any restrictions I have not yet dealt with and when that happens, I have found that a private session focused on that issue always provides me with the answers for the problem. I no longer feel at the mercy of the unknown, I have some control over how my body feels. To me, it’s a miracle. One that would not be possible without the guidance of the Pacific Northwest Pilates studio.