and determined, one of a kind individual.
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Ann Taboada is a fellow Pilates instructor and friend who owns Perfect Form Studio in Lake Norman, a few hours from my home. She has a Pilates success story that has touched my heart and will be with me for the rest of my life.
September 21, 2015, Ann brought one of her clients, Jeff, to my studio for a private session. Ann requested the session for her client out of concern for her client’s well-being. Jeff has multiple health issues and Ann is dedicated to helping him achieve a higher quality of life. Ann’s goal was to have another Pilates instructor’s opinion on how to best use The Pilates Method when addressing Jeff’s physical issues. Early in the session I recognized that Ann had done amazing work with Jeff and honestly didn’t need my advice. But, another set of hands and eyes are always helpful. Jeff’s willingness to try new things and his passion for the method lead us to a three hour session of working and sharing. Both Ann and Jeff were open and receptive to new ideas in his treatment.
After our time together, I recommended that each session follow the classical order during the warm up and most of the session. Following the flow allows Jeff’s body to experience the work, become familiar with the work, progress through the work, and allows the body to develop muscle memory. In doing so, the body better connects with each movement on both a deeper physical and neurological level.
"Thank you Laura! The classical Pilates techniques that you shared with Ann are working spectacular with me! These symmetrical movements not only assist in my neuromuscular development, but they equally assist with improving cross-lateral communications between both hemispheres of my brain as I try to recover fluidity in motion while improving efficiencies with breathing technique at the same time! Thank you immensely for your guidance on this journey!" Jeffery Morse (October 8, 2015)
I will never forget the evening I spent with Ann and Jeff. The interaction was amazing and the openness and sharing so rewarding.
So, Jeff’s Pilates Journey continues and I know the method and determination will make a definite difference in his quality of life.
What did I learn from this experience?
I loved the fact that Ann was willing to share and learn from another instructor. I learned from Jeff that no matter the obstacles placed in our life path, determination and hard work can overcome the challenges. But, most of all, I recognized the importance of sticking to the classical sequence and allowing the body to find its way. Each aspect of The Pilates Method has a purpose.
So, together let’s share this Pilates journey. I invite you to be inspired by the story of Ann and Jeff as much as I was on that beautiful evening of Pilates.