It is hard for me to recognize myself as the same person who now takes two to three dance classes a week and the person I was when I walked into Karen’s studio over ten years ago.
I came to Karen as a last resort after many years of chronic back pain from a curved spine and a herniated spinal disk. There were times when I could barely shuffle down the street due to the pain and restricted movement.
I thought Pilates could help me develop my body’s resources to prevent the recurring back problems, and to shorten their duration, if they did occur. Karen developed a program which progressively increased my physical strength and flexibility. The back pain attacks were occurring less frequently.
As I developed more confidence in my expanded physical abilities, I added the goal of enrolling in a ballet class. After working with Karen for four years, I felt ready to try a ballet class. Since that day seven years ago, I have added more dance classes, and best of all, my back pain is history.