"I have been participating in Cathy’s private Pilates sessions for almost two years and both she and I have noticed improvements in my strength, balance, and range of motion.At the beginning of my Pilates sessions I was unable to keep my legs in the “table” position without a certain muscle in my lower back/upper hip giving me problems, so for many months in order to alleviate the stress on this muscle, Cathy modified my leg position. Then one day we tried my legs in the proper table position again and I have never felt the pain that I previously had. This is because of the exercises and stretches that I have done under her guidance. Many of the overall Pilates exercises eventually helped to straighten a vertebra in my spine that was out of line which was the real cause of the back and hip pain. This demonstrates the power of Pilates as being a whole body conditioning program that in this case helped with my alignment.
Many years ago I took a small-group Pilates mat class and found myself unable to do some of the exercises. Since I was working at the time, I stopped attending but always knew that if I took a Pilates class again, I would want a Pilates personal trainer because each body is unique with its own needs and limitations. Cathy, (former gymnast, educated in sports medicine, and fully certified in Pilates) knows bodies – inside and out, and knows exactly what a person needs to work on and knows which exercises and stretches would benefit each individual. She also suggests exercises and stretches to do at home to further improve one’s personal fitness." Sylvia A.