I started Pilates about 15 years ago. I was never into high impact activity and was looking for a type of conditioning to help strengthen and balance my back and abdomen muscles. Overuse injuries due to repetitive motion in awkward positions for long periods of time tend to give musicians a lot of trouble. I started with just mat classes because I loved the effect gravity had on my back.
I had just finished chemo and radiation treatments for Hodgkins Lymphoma. My body was a mess and I was weak but I had just been given the all clear to go into public places. I’m used to associating Pilates with doing something good for both my body and my emotional well-being and I felt I needed both. I am very picky about Pilates classes because I have done it for a long time and my favorite teacher at my old studio had just left. So I did a search online and REV came up as being the closest one to my house.
Though I have recently had a temporary setback, I am really grateful to REV for bringing me back to a state of good health. It’s been a long road of recovery and I sometimes feel that I am regaining the use of my muscles one at a time. I have gained both strength and mobility so that I am now back to playing the violin without pain and fatigue. I simply feel better about myself when exercise is a regular part of my life.
I really love the instructors at REV. They are all such great teachers and they each tend to have a particular area of focus. My schedule is really limiting so it helps me when I know every class is going to be good, no matter who the teacher is and what apparatus I’m using. I also appreciate the way they push me just one step beyond what I think I can do and how they are so receptive to each participant’s special needs. I strongly encourage my students to do Pilates and was thankful to host Brittany as a guest lecturer in my pedagogy class at Mason!