I love my sessions at Pilates Northwest! From the moment I walk in I appreciate the welcoming, professional environment in this quiet, smaller space. I have had the privilege of working with four of the instructors at the studio, each of whom is highly trained and effective in addressing my individual needs. I always come away feeling more integrated, open and strong.
I called the studio a year ago seeking help with back pain I was experiencing while learning to play the cello. Louise, the owner, spoke with me for some time, really listening. That first call with Louise opened the door to an amazing year of personal discovery, healing and growth.
I began working with Tonya who is a former ballet dancer and Pilates instructor for over twenty years. With her wealth of experience, knowledge of the body and gentle manner, Tonya has been a perfect fit! I work with her privately six times a month. Between sessions I do exercises at home which complement and reinforce my work in the studio. I learn every week because each lesson builds on the one before. I am becoming more and more conscious of my body alignment and can feel how all the parts work together to make an integrated whole. A year later, I feel more energized, move easier and look better than I have in years!
I have also become aware of patterns that have caused pain in my back and abdomen, affecting my cello playing. Now, when I have pain, I can feel that I have shortened and twisted my torso, right shoulder and upper body. By practicing in the studio, I am now able to untwist myself and experience relief. Over time, my cello playing has become more enjoyable, physically and musically. What a gift!
The people at Pilates Northwest go above and beyond! Last June, a big dog ran into me at the Magnuson Dog Park. I fell and broke my leg. Tonya met with my physical therapist several times and together, they worked out a treatment regimen. I am so grateful and impressed with that level of care. I worked hard at the exercises and recovered so fast. Today, I am stronger and more confident walking than before the accident. I’m even going to the dog park again!
I now feel that Pilates is one of the most important parts of my life. The work is life-giving, empowering and energizing. I will continue to participate in Pilates because the work itself brings me great joy and enables me to be more alive in the world.