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This is a very special studio with gifted teachers and a wonderful environment for practicing Pilates. I’ve been lucky enough to take classes at many studios around the country, and this one is at the top of my list.
I moved to Grand Rapids three years ago and started working with Carolina and her teachers. I’veI had hip pain, which is now gone, and I feel stronger, taller, and more balanced than ever. For me, BodyMind Pilates is a part of my life.
I have been a client of BodyMind Pilates since May 2011. I have experienced multiple health benefits and feel so much better since I started. I lost the 20 extra pounds I didn’t need and my body mass index dropped several points to within the normal range.
My flexibility, balance and focus are all greatly improved. Best yet, it is the first workout I enjoy doing, so I actually do it at least three times each week, which is my goal.
When I started at Body Mind Pilates, I knew nothing about pilates. I found the instructors to be very knowledgeable, caring, and to be great teachers. I would strongly recommend Body Mind Pilates to anyone who wants to look and feel better.
I decided to seek help strengthening my core in preparation for recovery from hip replacement surgery. I wanted to try Pilates based on the good results that my wife, Dana, was seeing from working with Carolina.
All total, I figure I have about 45 years of wear and tear from sport and athletics as I am an avid cyclist, paddler, and skier. I have remained a regular client of BodyMind Pilates for over 6 years. As is typical for a red-blooded American male, I aggressively pursued all form of exercise: running, yoga, Pilates, weights, cardio, spinning, body pump, etc. under the false premise that more is better, and no pain equals no gain. This has inevitably resulted in burnout or injury, often both.
The good people at BodyMind pay attention to each client they are helping. Although they encourage clients to advance to the next level, they will not allow them to push an exercise or movement to the point of negative results or injury. I dare say this is one of the biggest challenges for the staff at BodyMind Pilates; not only in my case, but I have observed the tendency in other clients as well to push beyond a healthy point because we falsely believe “no pain, no gain.”
I am very grateful for the staff at BodyMind Pilates. They have enabled me to enjoy a long-term practice of exercise that strengthens without injury. I trust them as partners in an effort to optimize my health objectives. They have demonstrated to me that they are highly capable and most importantly care.
From my first consultation, the staff [at BodyMind Pilates & Physical Therapy] proved to be very knoweldgable and encouraging. In fact, I have become stronger because of the way I am exercising now. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am working out intelligently and with specific intent. The exercises are not excruciating to complete, yet I have been seeing results. It is enjoyable to work out, and I look forward to each and every one of my classes.
Besides the physical exercise element of the studio, Reiki, massage, and reflexology services are also offered, all of which I have been fortunate enough to participate in. Through these other services with the Pilates, I have started feeling better!
I can not say enough positive things about my experience at BodyMind Pilates and Physical Therapy. Thank you for offering a unique service that I so desperately need!
Pilates has changed my body; making me stronger, no longer taking ten to fifteen steps to stand up straight after getting out of a chair or getting up in the morning.
No matter how tired I am after working all day, I know that I’ll feel better after a class. I also realize now how much it means to stretch every day.
Before I discovered Body Mind Pilates I had recently turned 40 and was being pretty lazy and irregular with my workouts. I knew I needed to do something different and I was determined to get back on track. I heard about Carolina from a friend, joined the studio and started taking matwork classes twice a week. Within 6 months I was starting to feel like my old self again and within a year I had lost 15 pounds. Body Mind Pilates didn’t just get me back in shape, it actually “re-shaped” my body. My clothes not only fit better, they fit differently. My body is now longer and leaner and I am getting more flexible all the time.
I look forward to my classes, especially on days when I am tired or stressed from work. I walk out of there feeling relaxed and strong! You get lots of personal attention in class and they really focus on proper form. I can honestly say Body Mind Pilates was a life saver for me! It was the type of studio I was searching for, and it has changed me for the better!
I’m so happy that I found BodyMind Pilates. Since working with
Carolina, I have gained greater core strength, hip stability, and an awareness of my body alignment.
All of this has helped to reduce my lower back pain that was the impetus for becoming involved with Pilates. I have found the instructors to be very knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging.
BodyMind Pilates is amazing! Their passion for teaching and helping individuals like myself have greatly enhanced the quality of our lives, especially mine. Fearful to commit initially to the extra expense at my first introduction, I am now truly grateful. Every penny spent has been worth trying to “find my core.”
Meeting Barb Constant in 2005 after two knee surgeries the year prior is a true blessing for which I am indebted everyday. My first Pilates appointment saved me from having potentially two more procedures to repair a large hole in the medial cartilage of my left knee. Learning to use a stronger core has also postponed a partial knee replacement indefinitely.
Before moving to Grand Rapids, in the late nineties, I was a paid athlete, teaching skiing and working on the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Alpine Demonstration Team. Performing at a high level was critical to both my profession, and taxing on my knees. Being in good physical condition was mandatory. So keeping my legs strong for the lateral wear and tear of skiing meant a lot of trail running, hiking, biking and weight lifting during the off-season. In 2004, a meniscus repair and ACL reconstruction halted my active involvement in the ski industry, as well as some of my cardio activities.
With life’s ageing process, I also needed to make some changes in my approach to exercise. Pilates has contributed to virtually pain free workouts, and more importantly, has reunited my love for skiing and teaching it. Even though, the time spent on the slopes has decreased (mostly because Colorado is preferred over Michigan), my skiing is as strong in my fifties as it has been in my twenties and thirties, which makes very happy.
Like the name Carolina has cleverly chosen for her studio, what I love most about Pilates is the “mind and body” connection. There is challenge to the workouts, requiring a strict focus in order to feel the micro movements of the muscles, so when I am doing it right, the feedback is both good and immediate. Achieving these distinct sensations is what makes me strive to learn more and try to attain some of grace involved with Pilates.
So, thank you Barb for this wonderful journey that has reunited me with my love for sports, especially skiing. Thank you Carolina and the staff at BodyMind Pilates for the joyful community that brings the great challenges of Pilates.