September Client Spotlight


Michelle Stigge

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A. I have been practicing Pilates for over 17 years – 1999 – 5 years of Mat Pilates and over 12 years of Reformer Pilates.  I began at 49 years old to get ready for grand children.

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. I enjoy standing leg exercises on the Reformer.  I also like the Jump Board.

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. The Reformer is my most favorite.  I also like the Cadillac.

Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. I walk, use the elliptical, and enjoy water aerobics as well.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have 3 children 47 to 28.  I adopted 2 children after my eldest graduated from high school.  I have 4 grandchildren 13, 8, 4, and 6 weeks.  Three girls and one grandson.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite food hands down is Mexican.  Coming from San Diego, I started eating it at an early age.  My very favorites are taquitos, spicy salsa, and guacamole.

Q. How do you find time for Pilates?

A. Pilates is a priority in my weekly schedule and has been for over 17 years.  My feeling of well being depends on it.  I am in class 3x per week.

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A. A few years ago, I suffered 2 stroked which resulted in a heart valve replacement and an aneurysm repair.  I was very fortunate to have recovered with no lasting effects.  I was asymptomatic prior to this event, however, I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve unbeknownst to me.

Having a strong core as well as Pilates breathing being second nature to me made a vast difference in my recovery success.  My doctors verified it and I can’t imagine what recovery would have been like without the core and breathing working hand in hand.

It is more difficult to remain lean and strong and healthy as a senior.  I do, however, believe that these healthy habits go a long way in extending my active lifestyle as I age.  I plan to be doing Pilates into my 80’s and beyond.

I believe the adage that, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” in the aging process.  I so enjoy Christina’s expertise in the area of Pilates.  She is talented, informed, studied and I enjoy her class very much.