1. How does Pilates help you as a mom?
It keeps my body strong enough to be able to keep up with busy and growing toddler. It also keeps me strong enough to enjoy recreational activities that keep me smiling.
2. How does Pilates help you as a physical therapist?
I use pilates methods every day in my PT practice. I started using it right out of PT school. I also feel like doing Pilates in my own body because it helps me have enough awareness and strength to teach my patients how to move their own bodies. Also being a manual-based orthopedic PT can be labor intensive, and Pilates keeps me strong enough to do my job without getting hurt.
3. What is your favorite Pilates apparatus or exercise and why?
I don’t really have a favorite because it depends on what I am going after, but probably the exercise series I use the most in several variation of spinal articulation and bridging. I find this basic foundational exercise a spring board for teaching motor control of the spine and applicable in so many ways and positions.