When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?
I began Pilates after injuring my shoulder. I believed Pilates would help me regain full range of motion.
How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing?
I started out doing private lessons once a week on the Tower. Then at some point I moved to a Reformer class once a week. My practice primarily involves class once a week when I am in Iowa. In everyday life I incorporate breathing and remembering to engage core and other muscles as well as to keep my shoulders down. This is one of the reasons that I was able to shovel snow for three hours last winter without injury.
What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates?
I have full range of motion in my shoulders. I can do almost anything I want to do with proper engagement.
Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?
I love the Tower and the pelvic stability and core engagement work with the leg springs.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing Pilates?
Go for it! You will be glad you did. Listen to your instructor. Listen to your body. Modify exercise as needed until you reach your goal. Be patient with yourself. And remember to breathe! I am so grateful for Carey’s caring instruction. Thank you Shelley for your welcomes and scheduling support.