“Five years ago I developed a bulging disk in my low lumbar spine. The pain was excruciating and progressed to the point that it became difficult to perform the most basic activities. From my first session at PFC, I could tell this was going be effective! After several months of private sessions, I was out of pain completely and I had returned to performing all daily activities….and more. I am an advocate of the therapeutic approach to Pilates at PFC for every body at any age. Every one of my patients could benefit from the practice….especially my pregnant patients who will experience postural changes that often result in back pain The stretching and strengthening benefits them throughout pregnancy and can make delivery and postpartum recovery much easier. I have no intention of giving up my Pilates practice and I will continue to make referrals to PFC because of the tremendous confidence I have in their approach.
“I added Pilates to my fitness regimen several years ago to improve my flexibility and to build core strength. In the process I’ve come to believe that Pilates at Pilates Fitness Center is truly for EVERY BODY in every stage of life. The physically fit person who already has a fitness regimen doing weights and cardio will benefit from the stretching and fascia release that are the cornerstone of the Pilates method. And for those new to exercise, the core strength and flexibility gained through their work at PFC will help prevent future injuries. I’ve watched patients I’ve referred to PFC with chronic back pain experience almost immediate relief with the expertise of their team! On a personal note, I recently had a shoulder injury and through PT and Pilates Fitness Center, I have avoided a surgery that would have impacted my ability to work and enjoy my favorite activities.” Tom Merrill, MD
“I started my Pilates journey at PFC in March 2014 after experiencing back pain. I tried Pilates to see if it could help me get back to my regular routine of work, family life and recreation. It did! I am back to all my previous activities and my overall physial health has improved. n I highly recommend Pilates at PFC to my patients. They offer a calm, therapeutic environment and all the instructors are well-trained to work with a variety of clients no matter where they are physcially or what they do professionally.” Dr. Tom Connally
“I’m coming up on the 10th anniversary of my first Pilates lesson with Kim. What do I have to show for it? The first year I grew half an inch – not some mid-life growth spurt, just better spinal support and strength. Since then, Pilates has given my body the resilience to continue a really active lifestyle through my 50s. And when age and fate interfere? The smart, funny, talented folks at PFC helped me prep for and rehab from two intensive shoulder surgeries. By now, I can’t imagine my life without them or without Pilates and Im eager to see how my practice develops for the next 10 years!” Cathy Kelly
Approximately 4 years ago, I was referred by my rheumatologist for physical therapy for chronic back pain related to Degenerative Disc Disease. The pain greatly limited my ability to engage in active life and would routinely wake me up in the middle of the night, requiring me to get up and sit in a chair for an extended period prior to returning to bed. An uninterrupted night’s sleep was a rare occurrence. When I completed physical therapy, my therapist recommended that I consider Pilates to build on the progress I had made. He specifically recommended the Pilates Fitness Center (PFC) and Linda Roberts. She is a physical therapist, and he was confident that she could be helpful to me. Helpful doesn’t capture it! Over the past 4 years, I have gained significant core strength which, in turn, has greatly helped my back. I am now pain free and can engage fully in physical activities. I have come to appreciate a sound night’s sleep as a precious gift from God. My balance and posture have also greatly improved, and I feel strong and well.
I must also share another experience I had at PFC. I was enrolled for a time in a Barre class. At the time, I was struggling with persistent bursitis in my hip that was very painful. One day Kim Jackson, the instructor, led a class designed to “open up our hips.” The next day I noticed that the pain from my bursitis was gone from my hip for the first time in months. I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t say anything to anyone for several days for fear the bursitis would return, but it hasn’t! On occasion, I get a hint that the bursitis is threatening to return, but I engage in the same exercises that we did in Barre class and the pain relents. I don’t have words to say how grateful I am for the health benefits I have gained through Pilates. I had forgotten what life was like when I didn’t hurt. In many ways, Pilates gave me my life back. The instructors at PFC are incredible – I can’t say enough! Too grateful for words.
Over three years ago I had a total hip replacement and I was very nervous about falling.
After starting my Pilates over two years ago, I’m no longer afraid of falling! I absolutely
feel better and I can do things like lean over and pick up a newspaper in my driveway
with ease. That may not sound like a bid deal to most people, unless you can’t do it!
Pilates will be a part of my life from now on!