I gravitated toward Pilates after years of chronic pain. I’ve suffered from a congenital narrowing of the spine since age 18. There were no promising surgeries then, but my active sports life helped mask my pain intermittently over several years. At 32, the pain worsened, affecting my work and minimizing the recreational activities I’d so enjoyed. In a last-ditch effort, I reached out to a local studio where I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Pilates. And from the time I started, it has informed and guided my every movement: the way I walk, the way I stand, the way I breathe, the way I feel inside my own skin. I’ve practiced it faithfully for more than 20 years, have avoided spine surgery, and most important, I’m able to enjoy movement without pain. Little did I know that teaching Pilates would eventually become my life’s calling.
Working one-on-one with my clients has been one of the great joys in my life. Over the years, I’ve learned that it is in the quiet of each person’s body where change occurs. It’s the focused attention that leads to that change. In the early stages of training, I come to understand my clients, not only their needs and their goals, but how their particular body moves, feels, acts and reacts. I get to know them personally, learn their history and the history of their body. And then, we begin the journey. I guide, I motivate, I reassure. They move tentatively, they stumble, they feel clumsy. But they push through with determination. They begin to feel a change. A real change. They feel stronger, more confident and more graceful in their movements. They are excited and amazed at what their bodies are capable of doing. That’s when they realize the gift of Pilates. And that’s when I smile.
I learned more about my body, my posture, and my movement patterns than I ever anticipated – not just when training, but in everyday life!–Kate Feldman, Psychotherapist
Through careful observation and customized workouts, she has changed my postural habits and skeletal weaknesses. Kimberly provides personalized attention with amazing results.–Anne Stetler, Pediatric Physical Therapist
Kimberly has taught me to unwind years of incorrect movement patterns that have hindered my health and strength and helped make my recovery process far less daunting.–Alan Young, Computer Technology Officer, Cancer Survivor