I always assumed that Pilates took a requisite level of fitness to do well. Megan started me on simple exercises that even my out-of-shape body could do and built to more difficult things over time. I saw actual progress! I was able to see how muscle groups strengthened over our time together. I haven't had that kind of success working on my own. Megan paid attention to my physical needs (exercise modifications) as well as form (making sure I did it right), and she pushed me without making me feel like a taskmaster was hanging over me and pushing me toward the hundred. She made Pilates time fun, which is a huge accomplishment when your client hates any kind of exercise. I have scoliosis and a hip injury that made some of the exercises (bridging in particular) difficult or painful for me. Megan was able to modify or find alternate exercises for me so that I could work the same muscle groups without causing myself pain. That's not the kind of individualized assessment you get in a DVD and often not even in a group class!
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I appreciate Megan's approach to Pilates because she asks questions and checks in with both my body and spirit before the class starts. I have a tendency to hold stress in my hips and back - Megan always does a stellar job of making sure that I have good form throughout my practice. It always surprises me how well she remembers all of her clients' body quirks or focuses. Megan stands out as being one of my favorite Pilates instructors because she continues to change up the routine, differentiates the practice depending on who is in the class, all while having a positive attitude. Not only does she make sure that I'm using my best form throughout the workout, she is also warm and inviting!
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Working with Megan is fantastic because of her positive energy; I especially love her focus on alignment for safety and efficiency. I learned more in a few months working with Megan than years taking a group Pilates class, and was able to rapidly see benefits after baby. I knew I loved Pilates before, and after taking Megan's private sessions and classes I feel truly spoiled and have a hard time with just any instructor. But, at the same time, with the knowledge I've gained I can handle most instructors and make all my own modifications with confidence.
Mary Langfield
Health Coach, Yoga Instructor
www.marylangfield.com
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