What??? Pilates not for you? Think again!! Ahhh, you think you are too old, too stiff, too fat, too thin? That Pilates is for sissies? Think you can’t change? You have to much pain? That you have to be a dancer? No, no, no, no!! Pilates is for everybody, and for every BODY no matter how (un)fit you are, your age, you weight, your gender or whatever. Look for a good studio with Apparatus and (very) small groups! Read the Pilates experience of Homer. He has a tip for you. He says:”Do it!”
Homer Corrodi, nearly 84 years of age, his physical condition is pretty good for the most part. He lives in Temecula, Ca. He had a career in the petroleum industry as an engineer then developed the OSHA guidlines and policies for the company. Homer worked hard until retirement to achieve his goal of traveling the world, which he does insatiably!
I travel via motor home, cruise ships, and by air for extensive periods of time. Once a year I treat my 2 daughters and their families to a week on a houseboat or some other fun destination. My constant companion is his my chocolate lab, Charlie….I walk him each morning and go to the dog park each afternoon. We are true soul mates!! During high school and college I was active in football and other sports which has lead to several neck and back spine surgeries. I have metal bars amd screws down my spine. It is my goal to continue traveling, caring for Charlie, and generally being active in life…pilates is a avenue for me to achieve this goal.
In June/July of 2014 I was on the docket for back surgery and in quite a bit of pain. I met Sunni at the Redhawk Dog Park in Temecula and thru our conversations there she suggested I try Pilates for some pain relief.
I take 2 private lessons weekly at a Private studio doing both mat and apparatus. When I’m in town anyway, otherwise I’m busy traveling to Italy and the Caribbean and around the US.
I like the Trap table and before my back surgery I liked the breathing exercise, but since I’ve got the rod in my low lumbar, bridging doesn’t feel as good. Leg springs are great though, and footwork on the reformer. With Sunni’s guidance it turned out to be a very effective pain reliever almost to the extent that I was thinking about canceling the procedure, but knowing what my back looked like and the surgeons prognosis I knew I had to proceed with the surgery. It is now one year later and after some physical therapy I am now back in Studio S to improve my balance and over all well being under Sunni’s guidance. I am happy to say that after 3 sessions back in the studio I have booked seven more and look forward to better movement, balance and over all better health. I am very interested in continuing to move under my own power.
I think Sunni says it’s Classical, the way Joe intended. I chose her studio because my daughter does Pilates with Sunni and said it’s the place to go, and when I met Sunni at the dog park, she seemed nice, knowledgeable and very caring.
I went from sleeping on my easy chair, to sleeping on the couch, and now I can sleep in my bed, and put my pants and shoes on with more ease. I want to increase my balance and get some movement back into my neck and shoulder after other surgeries in the past left me with a lot of pain and stiffness.
Pilates for me, means movement and less pain. The ability to travel and walk my dog are the gifts it gives me. not to mention being able to put on my socks without help, sleep in my bed not the easy chair, living life is easier. My have tip for the readers: Do it!