As we grow older, our bodies can really benefit from a daily dose of healthy movement with emphasis on proper alignment. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement, not quantity of repetitions, many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy. Pilates is perfect for older adults because it does not have the impact on the body that other forms of exercise do, and is not nearly as severe on the joints as other workouts. I have been teaching and doing Pilates 2-3 times a week for eight years and it is only recently how much I have come to realize the enormous payoff of this incredible exercise method. Joseph Pilates believed that if we maintain a strong core and flexible spine that we enhance our lives as we age and continue to have a youthful and healthy appearance. I have worked with clients who started their Pilates Journey with all kinds of physical limitations, such as hip replacements, scoliosis, injuries from high impact exercise regimens and pregnancy. It has been extremely gratifying for me to see their transformations after a couple of series of 10 Pilates sessions.
I decided to become a certified Pilates instructor after I retired from a career in Corporate Marketing. I really had no clue what I was getting myself into but I thought since I had done Yoga for about 10 years, how hard could it be. I did not expect Pilates to be as challenging as it was. Not only did I have to learn a whole new language of Anatomy and how the body moves in space but I also had to master the exercise regimen. There are over 400 different exercises in the Pilates repertoire both on equipment and on the Mat. We had to know how to do each exercise properly, the name of each exercise, the breathing pattern and the muscles that each exercise works. It
wasn’t until I started teaching that I learned how to transfer that knowledge in helping my clients transform and heal their bodies. I learned how good cuing really helped clients understand each exercise, the muscles they are working & why we focus on proper alignment and breathing when doing each exercise rather than repetitions.
After working at a studio near my home for about 3 years, I decided to open my own studio and give private and semi-private lessons.
I don’t work as a Pilates instructor as much as I would like because my husband & I are still traveling quite a bit but I have enough clients to keep me in the game and still work on my own Pilates journey. It is an exercise that I plan on doing for the rest of my life.