I spent 15 years working for Fortune 500 companies as a corporate communications specialist. My 10-year battle with chronic pain led me to pilates and convinced me to change careers to bring the benefits of pilates to others. Read my story below or click here to watch a short video about my journey to conquering my pain and becoming a pilates instructor.

Marathon training causes debilitating chronic pain

I was training for a half marathon at age 25 when I hurt my hamstring. That led to a series of chronic pain issues in my back, knee and shoulder that escalated over the course of a decade. I saw many of the best physical therapists and sports medicine doctors in the Twin Cities. They gradually cut me off of exercise, aside from walking. This was devastating. I had been an athlete my whole life. At the time of the injury, I was working out six days a week and had aspirations of being a personal trainer. Becoming a couch potato was not an option.

My physical therapists said I needed to improve my core strength and wake up the muscles in my butt and hamstrings. I followed their exercise protocols religiously because I wanted to get better and be active again. But nothing worked. I was in pain all day, every day. I was a shell of my outgoing, athletic self.

Pilates helps me find my core

After nearly 10 years of suffering and frustration, I approached a personal trainer at my gym and asked what I could do to build strength and be active again without causing more pain and injury. The trainer recommended pilates. It was EXACTLY what I needed to help me build core strength and wake up my muscles. It worked because it incorporated the mind-body connection that helped me really tune into and strengthen the muscles that the physical therapists had been targeting.

It took time and baby steps, but after a year of pilates lessons I was able to start working out again without fear. I was strong enough to get back on the Spin bike. I was able to go for a jog. I could go on a long car ride without pain. I could wear high heels again after years of wearing orthotic shoes.

Passion for pilates leads to career change

That suffering led me to make decisions that ultimately changed my life for the better. I wanted to teach others about the benefits of pilates for chronic pain and help them avoid the endless merry-go-round of doctors and physical therapists that I experienced. So, I changed careers six years ago to teach pilates and it was the best decision I ever made. I’ve helped numerous clients defeat their chronic pain thanks to the power of pilates. I always say pilates is magic. It may sound corny, but it's true. 

Chronic pain is a thing of the past

Today, I’m completely pain free. At age 44, I’m in the best shape of my life. I can bike, run, lift weights and salsa dance for hours with no issues. Pilates was the key to helping me get my life back and make positive changes to help others.

Find out how it can help you by setting up a fitness consultation or an introductory pilates session with me!

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DEGREES and certifications

  • B.A. in Mass Communication – University of Evansville
  • M.A. in Strategic Communication – University of Minnesota
  • Peak Pilates Level 1, 2 and 3 pilates instructor certifications
  • Precision Nutrition-certified nutrition coach
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-certified personal trainer
  • Certified TRX instructor