My journey started back in 2008 when I started having back problems which got progressively worse over time. Although my orthopedic doctor urged me to find an exercise program that strengthened my core, the stress of my job and long hours did not seem to allow any time for exercise. I ended up getting 4 facet joint injections and, unfortunately, my back was getting worse. The pain in my legs and back was intense and I knew major surgery would be the next step if I didn’t do something.
That is when I found Gina and Centered. I started slowly with private lessons in late 2014 but the damage had already been done. I ended up having 2 lower back joints fused and a laminectomy in another. The recovery was extremely difficult.
When I was able, I reconnected with Gina who worked with me to recover. We started very slowly with private sessions again. Then progressed to group classes. I started with 2 classes per week and, once I retired in 2016, was able to join 3 classes every week. I have not looked back since that time!
I truly do not know where I would be without Pilates. I lost 38 pounds, continue classes 3 times per week and have a much better attitude overall. It is funny how my back pain negatively affected my overall quality of life and how Pilates has made it so much better. I’ve actually had people say I look 10 years younger. I highly recommend Pilates to anyone of any age or physical condition. It has been my salvation and has helped me immensely.
This picture is Mary now! An amazing transformation!