Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?
A.”I took Mat Pilates at Happy Hollow for about 6 months and also from another instructor for another 6 months. I started taking Pilates from Christina when she was teaching in her home about 3 years ago.”
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. “I like a variety of exercises on the Reformer. Jumping on the Cardio Tramp is fun and a great aerobic exercise.”
Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?
A. “I like the Reformer, but I would love to try the Cadillac!”
Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?
A. “During the school months, I play tennis 2-3 times a week which I love. We also enjoy snow skiing in Colorado with our girls. In the summer, I play tennis 3 times a week, bike with a bunch of gals one day a week, and kayak on another day with the same bunch of girls in Okoboji. I love summer and living on the lake.”
Q. Tell us about your family.
A. “I have been married for 43 years to my husband, Jerry, who I met at the University of Nebraska. We have two wonderful daughters who live in Denver.”
Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?
A. “I do Pilates to strengthen my core. It has really helped with the arthritis in my lower back.”
Q. How has Pilates made an impact on your life?
A. This past April, Christina pointed out to me when I was doing leg circles on the Reformer that my left leg was, “doing its own thing.” I didn’t realize it until she pointed it out, and when I tried to correct it, I couldn’t. I might not have thought too much about it except that I had noticed I also was lagging behind when walking for exercise with my girlfriends, and I wasn’t moving as quickly on the tennis court. I just seemed to be lacking my usual energy.
To make a long story short . . . after seeing my internist and having an MRI, I was diagnosed with a meningioma which is a tumor in the lining of the brain. The neurologists told me it had probably been growing slowly for 25-30 years and had finally gotten large enough to start pressing on the motor area of my brain and causing symptoms. The doctors were all very impressed that my Pilates teacher (Christina) was the first one to notice the weakness in my left side. On May 6th, I had a benign, racquet ball sized tumor removed during a 7 hour surgery. I totally recovered and was back to all my physical activities in 8 weeks!
I feel very fortunate that Christina was so aware and perceptive of how my body normally performed that when she noticed I had a weakness on my left side, she pointed out to me. Thank you, Christina. I am forever grateful!