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"Before starting Pilates, I experienced a variety of musculoskeletal problems for many years. These included recurrent neck pain (cervical osteoarthritis and muscle tension/spasm), upper back pain between my shoulder blades (chronic levator scapulae/rhomboid strain), recurrent low back pain an a prolonged episode of left leg/buttock pain that made walking difficult (degenerative disc at L5-S1 with compression of the S1 nerve root). I also had shoulder pain intermittently and recurrent pain/instability involving my right knee. These symptoms have disappeared due primarily to Pilates. I have learned to realign my muscles and use them properly. My posture has improved as has breathing and core strength. Correct head and neck position is especially important for me. Of course, the changes due to osteoarthritis in my cervical and lumbar areas that can be seen on x-rays are still present but the symptoms are gone due to Pilates reeducation."
John Gay, M.D., retired radiologist
"I've been teaching yoga for several years, and after taking Pilates, I feel an even deeper connection to my body. With the help of the Allegro Reformer, I've improved my alignment in yoga poses, and this helps me be a better teacher. Pilates is a great complement to my yoga practice, and I highly recommend it."
Local Yoga Instructor
"Pilates helps dancers with proper alignment, injury-prevention and rehabilitation while creating a greater ease of movement for a seamless performance."
Director, Dance and Movement Center
"I started Pilates because I missed dancing and I missed my dance-shaped body! I had no true injuries, but I was out of shape, having had my first child not too long before. Things in my body were just not right. I was having trouble with my inner thighs, as they were pulled in the delivery of my sweet baby I have scoliosis and would get painful muscle spasms. I looked Pilates up in the phone book. I began practicing and have been enjoying it for almost 7 years now. Pilates has returned my body to more closely resemble my "dancer body" with length and strength.
"It's extremely rare that I get a muscle spasm now. I've made it through 2 more pregnancies and births beautifully. Pilates helps me get my pelvis and abdomen back to a stable and properly functioning area after babies. The breath also helped me so much in labor and delivery (who knew!) I practice now, as I did in the beginning, because I love the marriage of science and movement that I find in Pilates, specifically Polestar Pilates. It is actually enjoyable instead of feeling like a chore. I get to move and release my body and breath to work in a rhythm that inspires both relaxation and power in me."