Getting older is a challenge, more so feeling older. However, about 2 ½ years ago, in my early 60's, I signed up for Pilates with Betsy (and occasionally some of her colleagues). And THAT has made all the difference!
I have several health issues—a lumpectomy with scar tissue, scoliosis and a partial spinal fusion to boot. With constant attention to all my 'peculiarities', Betsy has worked with and patiently guided me, even after carpal tunnel surgery and broken toes!
Within a few weeks of working with her, I found I could put on my jeans in the middle of the bedroom without leaning on something—new BALANCE! I could turn my head enough to back out the driveway—new FLEXIBILITY. I can now stand in line and sit in planes for hours without aching—new STAMINA! I can walk forward instead of bobbing sideways, like I was on peg-legs and wow—I can dance and wiggle my hips again! Friends who haven't seen me in ages have commented on how tall and youthful I look.
And that's the best part! I feel younger and flexible again as I can scramble down the stairs and off the floor after playing with grandchildren. Years of physical therapy and various weight training and aerobic programs were helpful, but with Pilates, I have finally hit the jackpot and I look forward to many more happy, healthy, and strong years!
- Ellen M., Maplewood, NJ