I started Pilates to alleviate pain and stuck with it for so many reasons

Written by: Sara Benson

The other day I had full day of private sessions and classes to teach. As I was talking to everyone and listening to their stories and how Pilates makes them feel I had a major aha moment.

Hardly anyone knows how I got started and why I stuck with it.  When I first started Pilates I couldn't possibly have imagined how it would change my life.
As I sit here writing this it's been about 12 years since my first Pilates Mat class and shortly after that I started taking lessons on the equipment.

When I was in my mid 20's I wasn't in the best shape of my life. I was working a very stressful job with long hours and I hadn't been taking care of myself.  At one point I decided I should start running to loose some weight and I also felt I was missing something in my life and really didn't know what it was.

What happened after I started taking Pilates was just amazing. The injuries I was dealing with from running started to just go away. Then I realized it was a great stress outlet from my job.  I started by attending 1 private session a week during my lunch hour and a few classes at other times during the week.  It wasn't long after I started I was hooked.  I started to notice all sorts of changes. 

My balance, coordination, and stamina all became drastically better.  The bigger change was finally figuring out what I wanted to do with my life.

One of my most memorable moments was during a private session and I saw few other clients at the studio.  These clients stuck out in my head for a few reasons. 

One woman was going through Cancer treatment and this method of exercise was keeping her strong and giving her some determination. She was doing stuff I only hoped I could do some day.

Another man was using Pilates to help with Parkinson's. 

My session that day wasn't the most productive since I kept asking my instructor all sorts of questions on how the training works, how can the method help people.

I'm pretty sure that was the day I decided this is what I wanted to do with my life. I didn't know when or how, but I thought I want to become a Pilates instructor and start to help people.  Little did I know that the journey would lead me to where I am now. 

To sum this all up.  I started thinking it would make me feel better and my journey led me down a path to finding what I truly love in love and that's helping others.

If you find yourself stressed, in pain, or perhaps just a little bit lost why not give Pilates a try you never know where it might lead. 

Sara Benson

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