I’m excited to introduce you to Spiral Spine Pilates Studio’s newest Pilates teacher, Stephanie Harris. After living with low back pain and receiving a spondylolisthesis diagnosis, Stephanie found the key to managing her pain and active lifestyle-Pilates. Stephanie decided to become a Pilates teacher to be able to share the benefits she received from Pilates with others. She has great intuition, a keen eye for alignment, a heart that can empathize with clients who live in chronic pain, and a determination to get clients out of that pain. You can read her full bio on the staff page, and I hope you’ll join her at the Wednesday morning class starting on September 11.
Below are a few words from Stephanie about her Pilates journey and her three favorite Pilates exercises. for low back pain.
I’ve made peace with the fact that living with spondylolisthesis will be a life-long journey, and Pilates will be the key to me moving pain-free. When I take care of my spine with well-thought-out Pilates exercises, I’m pain free. When I ignore my spine, pain returns.
When I decided to become a teacher, I was most attracted to the Balanced Body training program (offered through Erin at Spiral Spine Pilates). It emphasized learning not only anatomy and how to teach Pilates, but also the purpose and benefit of the movement, which I consider to be the most important factor. I learned so much in my training that I am excited to share with clients. Pilates helped me get control of my pain, and I am back to many of the activities that I love. I look forward to helping others achieve the same results.
Like myself, many people deal with lower back pain. Luckily, Pilates has many different exercises that help alleviate this and build up the core muscles to assist in long-term pain control by keeping the body in correct alignment as it moves. Here are some of my favorite Pilates exercises for spondylolisthesis.
Feet in straps
This movement allows me to work with a neutral spine and challenges my core stability.
I’m able to feel a wonderful stretch in my lumbar spine in this flexion oriented exercise with the added benefit of challenging my core.
Mermaid on the Reformer
Ahhhh, who doesn’t love mermaid?! This stretch allows me to mobilize my obliques and lower back. It feels fabulous and is a great way to help increase my lower back mobility.
I am so excited to be joining the Spiral Spine community, and look forward to working with many of you. My goal in teaching Pilates is to create a plan that fits your specific needs so you can learn to move your body and enjoy life. Come see me in class!