View Full Version : Pilates is great!

01-29-2007, 02:47 PM
Hey all -- I just wanted to give a plug to working out with a Pilates instructor -- I've been doing it for three weeks and can't believe the difference in my endurance and pain levels. As my stomach muscles get stronger and stronger, it takes more and more pressure off the muscles that are trying to hold up my lopsided spine.

Thank you Karen Ocker for talking about this so much on the Forum; it inspired me to give it a try.

01-29-2007, 03:12 PM
I agree with you - I also love how I feel from doing pilates. I am still having back pain now that I'm working out those muscles so much. I'm not sure if that really has to do with my spine, or maybe I'm just out of shape. :)

01-29-2007, 06:00 PM
Pilates is wonderful! I did private sessions for about 2 years prior to my back surgery and I swear it really helped strengthen muscles and prepare for the surgery. It also helped with some pain that I had before the surgery, because it strengthed my abs, which support the back. Since the surgery, I resumed some private sessions during the first two trimesters of my pregnancy last year. Now I really cannot afford the private sessions (all money is going for diapers, baby food, babies are expensive!), so I tried the mat classes, but I found that there was not as much that I could do. One day, I will take privates again.

01-30-2007, 10:33 PM
I have been doing standing pilates. I have 2 workout dvd's and they are good. I cannot do the mat portion. I have to modify some of the movements. I feel that it has helped my flexibility tremendously.

01-30-2007, 11:16 PM
That's great that you find Pilates to be helpful. :)

01-31-2007, 09:45 AM
This is a stupid question but if you have a long fusion like I do (T-2 to sacrum) is it OK to do pilates? I'm not that familiar with it. I know I have trouble getting on the floor and am not flexible at all--can't do any bending or twisting at the waist. My abdominal muscles are so lax now a year after surgery that I look 6 months pregnant.

01-31-2007, 03:03 PM
JudyK....you did not ask a stupid question...no one can ever ask a dumb question here. :-) I'm glad that you asked because I, too, am not flexible and cannot do any bending and twisting and don't know a clue about Pilates.


Karen Ocker
01-31-2007, 03:21 PM
I work with an instructor 1:1 and we work around my limitations. For example
I can do the leg work on the reformer, long pull straps, magic circle, knee stretches etc. A lot of Pilates is isometric.

Naturally, I cannot "roll like a ball". :cool:

01-31-2007, 03:49 PM
Hi...I can't do it right now, but before my surgery I had a great time with yoga as well. With fusion I obviously couldn't do some of the inverted postures, but found the stretching, muscle toning, and deep breathing really helped with the pain. The breathing in yoga also helped with stetching my rib cage, and seemed to make breathing generally that much easier. I went to classes and worked with an instructor who modified the "sun salutation" for me. Karen, how long did you wait after your revision before you tried pilates again? It sounds like something I would look at doing...some time down the road of course.