At Peace Of Mind Pilates, one of the things our studio focuses on is working with clients who are rehabilitating an injury. We strive to make the Pilates work accessible to help clients recover from numerous injuries including: neck, back , hip, knee and shoulder post surgery recovery. The Pilates work can be incredibly rehabilitative and help you retrain posture imbalances in your body. Christina has been a POM Pilates client since 2019 and has gained so much strength and stability in her body.
Way to go Christina, we love having you in the POM Pilates community! Read her story here...
1. How long have you been practicing Pilates and what made you decide to begin a program?
I started Pilates in the summer of 2019. After recovering from a total disc replacement in my neck 2018, and ongoing rehab on my shoulder and hips, I was SO dismayed with not making much progress in physical therapy, figuring out I'd been exercising wrong all along thanks to hypermobility in all my joints and not having a workout program I could safely engage in without doing it "wrong". I didn't feel comfortable in a gym with a trainer who wouldn't take these things into consideration, and thanks to some Instagram targeted ads, Pilates crossed my view. My docs, PT's, and a few friends who have Rheumatoid Arthritis all agreed "Pilates is PERFECT for you!" A few Google searches for Pilates rehab later, and on the recommendation of a massage therapist, I found Marisa! I knew in our first session she totally understood me, and I was in the right and safe place to get my body well.
2. What benefits have you experienced since beginning your Pilates program?
Pre-pandemic, my whole body felt long, strong, and overall better than it had in a long time from our work on the reformer and Cadillac! I left my first session feeling 2 inches taller. After doing mat work remotely over the last 11 months, my core and abs are super strong. Teaser? No problem! Teaser with my snowboard, hold my wine
3. What is your favorite exercise and why?
Everything on the reformer, even running in place :-) On the mat, I love rollups, spine stretch, teasers, and any move where I get to roll around!
4. What piece of Pilates apparatus do you love the most? Reformer, Chair, Cadillac/Tower, Mat...
Mat and I have become BFFs throughout 2020, but reformer has my heart. It's the perfect exercise equipment, what can't you work on the reformer? Also miss the Cadillac/Tower for those gentle stretching, strengthening moves.