Debby L. started practicing Pilates nine years ago and is still finding new ways to sharpen her workouts. She comes to Holly's Pilates Village three times a week, alternating group classes with private sessions.
"The first difference I noticed was that my feet got stronger," says Debby, who is an avid walker and a regular volunteer at Yew Dew Gardens in Oldham County. "I previously had always needed orthotics to support my arches, but now they stand up nicely by themselves thanks to footwork on the reformer. And my when I walk barefoot, I feel so wonderfully in touch with the ground."
Debby starts with a Pilates group class on Monday mornings because she says it helps her remember to engage her muscles properly and release any tensions she may have accumulated from the weekend. Wednesday mornings, she takes a private session with Pilates Teacher Jessica Goldstein. On Fridays, she takes a CoreAlign Cardio group class with Teacher Claire Greenlee.
"I think that having a private session is extremely important," Debby shares. "Yes, expensive too, but totally necessary, I think, to really learn how to focus on what you need to improve. I have really learned and absorbed so much good body awareness and strength from my Pilates practice. I used to feel crumpled in the middle when I walked. No more! Straight up now, thanks to Pilates.
"Now that I have added CoreAlign to my regimen, my walking has become much freer. My hops swing the way they should, and I feel like The Girl from Ipanema. In the car, I used to keep the seat very close to the steering wheel to try to keep my shoulders from rounding forward when I drive. Now they stay back all by themselves. Stronger back muscles and understanding (body awareness) that my shoulder blades belong down my back instead of up in my neck."
Debby's story reinforces the power of progressive practice with Pilates. Rather than become routin