Improving posture, relieving pain
London couple Florian Kulla and Zsofia Pastor are both in their 30s and work in finance. They have been PYM clients for 2 years and 1 year respectively.
Explaining what brought them to PYM, Florian says: “I had a slipped disc and the liquid was pressing on my L4 nerve, hence I wasn’t able to move and the muscles in my leg deteriorated a lot in the beginning. When I started I could only do the easiest exercises. I can remember that I wasn’t even able to do roll-downs.”
Zsofia: “I always had a very sore back, especially lower back. We both sit in an office doing a demanding job, therefore we probably often sit incorrectly. So to be able to focus on our back during Pilates classes and be more aware of our posture during our everyday life is quite essential. Since going to classes at PYM I can feel my posture is getting much better and my back is not as sore as it used to be.”
Currently Florian attends sessions once a week and Zsofia twice. How do they feel afterwards? “Great,” says Florian; “but tired. In general I would say that you can feel the combination of strengthening and stretching exercises. I feel more flexible but sometimes my legs are shaking when walking down the stairs.
“I often had pain in my neck muscles before I started Pilates. It never happens anymore. I can remember that I never knew how to sit on the floor when playing with a child. Now that’s much easier because everything is more flexible.
“All the teachers are highly motivated and enjoy their sessions, says Florian, “eg with Serena you never have the feeling that it is a routine for her and she always has some new exercise which she is excited about. You can feel that this is an important part of her life.”
Zsofia echoes that: “Like Florian I feel great but tired after a session,” she says. “But it also feels like I have had a massage and my back and whole body is much more relaxed and soft with no or hardly any tension left.”
She goes on to say: “I tried a couple of Pilates classes before, however they are not even comparable. The fact that the teachers at PYM know your body, your any aches/pain and asks every time I go to a class how my body feels, creates the scene of that certain class. During the class you are looked after, any tweaks you need to make to be in a better posture, to ensure that you are doing the exercise correctly is amazing. It feels as if you are doing a private session.
“My back and whole body feels more in line, any pain I have disappears after class. PYM has a very knowledgeable team of teachers in a great place, and at the Clerkenwell studio the whole concept of being able to see some other specialists and they can discuss your medical history is very helpful too.”