“Sometimes in life you feel God leads you to the place you need to be. He did just that one day when, in desperation, after having a massage next door to Pilates of West County, I walked in to inquire about Pilates.”
Two years ago Laurie Roethlisberger was ready to schedule surgery. She suffered from two herniated discs due to working in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units for 18 years, having three children in 26 months, and a ski accident. Her continuous pain kept her from fully enjoying time with her family. From skiing in Colorado to dress shopping for a Father Daughter Dance with her daughters, Laurie’s pain was holding her back. Not even physical therapy and back injections could completely dissolve her pain and she felt surgery was her only hope – until she found Pilates.
She walked in to Pilates of West County and after learning all about it from Ginger, she scheduled an appointment. She says that because of her back pain it was very difficult to get off the equipment at first. She persevered though and says that each week it became easier as her back and core became stronger, and until all of her pain was eventually gone.
“How grateful I am to Ginger that I met her before I scheduled back surgery!”
She is reminded during her sessions to release the tension in her shoulders in order to focus more on her core. Laurie says it is most challenging for her to stay focused on performing each exercise correctly, but that Ginger is supportive and nonjudgemental in every session.
Even though it can be difficult at times, the benefits that Pilates has had on Laurie’s health and body over the past two years have been significant. In addition to being joyful knowing she can be proactive in taking care of her body, her back, posture, and strength have all improved as well during her time at Pilates of West County. “Taking walks on the beach with my husband, being able to sit pain free on the bleachers as I watch one daughter swim and another compete in an equestrian sport, and cheering on my son in basketball,” Laurie says, are all now more enjoyable as she is pain-free.
Understanding and improving on the numerous Pilates exercises excites Laurie and she says that because of this, her favorite exercise changes all the time. She enjoys the benefits of more difficult exercises as Ginger leads her to focus and work deeper each week. As for Laurie’s current favorite she says:
“Today it was the ‘Elephant’ because, like a ray of warm sunlight being shone in a dark corner, I was able to feel a stretch in my lower back I have never felt before!”
Laurie says she looks forward to her improvement in Pilates and reaping its rewards. When she is not at the studio, though, she enjoys supporting her children in their sports and traveling to Michigan and Colorado to spend time outdoors.