‘My name is May, and I’ve been a career nurse before retiring several years ago. Being a nurse is really very hard on your body, so I’ve had many aches and pains and injuries because of it. About 5 years ago, I’d had a shoulder surgery, and then 3 years ago I had a major back surgery – I was in excruciating pain from the waist down, in a wheelchair and had to learn to walk again.
I had the horrible realisation of what it felt like to be immobile and unable to move around normally.
I attended some Pilates one-on-one lessons since my back operation with a different studio, but was looking for someone more knowledgable, as the instructor I had at the time didn’t know the answers when I asked questions about my body. I wanted someone who could give me more varied instruction and incentive to continue exercising.
When I came to Leap Health and Wellbeing a couple of years ago, I had no core and no core awareness.
My knee had started playing up too, and I was on track for a knee replacement. I wanted to avoid the surgeon’s table for as long as possible, especially considering how long it took to recover from my other surgeries.
I wanted to stay strong and improve my balance, especially as I was growing older.
I started doing Pilates one-on-one with the Leap instructors, who gave me a variety of different exercises on the Reformer machine. I was challenged and not bored, or feeling stagnant in my workout.
When I asked questions about the exercises, or about my body, the explanations that the Leap instructors gave were much more enlightening. I’m more of a theory type of person in that I want to understand exactly what I’m doing and why, and my teachers at Leap really help with that.
I do two one-on-one sessions a week plus DIY sessions, which works best for my style of learning, and now have an awareness and understanding of what my core is. Not to mention that it’s also a lot stronger!
My knee has improved a lot! I don’t avoid the stairs in my apartment anymore, and I can even walk and jog down the ramps at the carpark in the shopping centre.
My balance is much better than before, and I don’t have to worry as much about injuring myself doing daily activities.
I can even do planks and push ups on the Pilates Reformer, which is something I never thought I’d be able to do before.’