Following another “Epic” Winter and a prolonged wet Spring, we are finally heading into a glorious Summer which officially begins this weekend. Our transition seasons are not without their challenges and while many of you keep your skis tuned and ready for an early morning run down Glory, others have bikes, kayaks and hiking gear ready for outings on mountain trails and rivers. Whatever your preferences, our team of skilled Instructors can help make your forays into mountain sports more productive and enjoyable this summer. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share with everyone some thoughts about how Pilates can dovetail with Physical Therapy in rehabilitating from injury. In addition we have plenty of other exciting news and updates about the studio and our Team of fabulous Teachers. Read on and know that as always, we are here to help you progress and grow and breath better and enjoy life more!
My Reflections on ACL Recovery
I took a tumble skiing this past winter and heard that dreaded popping sound in my right knee.
Diagnosis: torn ACL that would require a surgical fix.
The news of the injury was met with looks of sympathy by those who have gone before me and and nonchalant looks in the eyes by those who are part of the process of diagnosing and treating such injuries. I was told that “living in Jackson this was bound to happen, and welcome to the club”. Not the club I was looking to be a part of. I had made it 45 years skiing with not so much as a scratch and I was less than overjoyed to be looking at reconstruction of my right ACL so that I could carry on and do the active things I love to do.
Surgery was had and the phase of rehabbing had begun. Gain back the lost mobility, get the inflammation down, and get the muscles that had neurologically turned off to protect the injured joint back “on line” were the initial goals. PT is great, it is necessary and there is no replacement for it and I got after it. Being a person who studies and teaches movement, I also incorporated my own Pilates and Franklin Method® knowledge and had some instruction from other teachers. This is where I think movement education, being different from just plain exercising is invaluable and a missing part of the pie in rehabbing from an injury. Where in PT the focus for me was strength building by doing lots of reps of certain exercises; in the environment of Pilates, Franklin Method®, and Gyrotonic®, the focus can also be about alignment, discovering the places where the injured is compensating which can be different for each person. A Pilates, Frankin® and Gyro teacher has their eye on your whole body as you perform certain movements/exercises and can point out where things might be a little off. There is the world of busting out lots of reps of exercises/movements for the purpose of building strength and regaining power (necessary and valuable); and there is the world of slowing things down, doing full body exercises and focusing on the HOW exercises/movements are being done to catch misalignments and compensation patterns. This experience has shed light on the value of incorporating both worlds when rehabbing from an injury/surgery and how both perspectives compliment each other to achieve the goal of full recovery of the injured part and balance and health in the body as a whole.
Like many I always believed once in Physical Therapy, I did not have the freedom to explore outside the confines of working with a Physical Therapist. I knew I did need the PT for specific areas, but I felt like the rest of me was asking for something else. This is when I gave myself the freedom to include Pilates, Yoga, Franklin Method® (Balls), Melt® (roller), pool work and meditation. I needed to break out of the PT only mode. Once I started on the road to self-discovery I found that my body had a need for each discipline at different times.
A short synopsis of what I learned:
PT: I was going to need patience and we were focusing on one area.
Yoga: what was I not using as I physically tried balancing on one leg.
Pilates: where was I compensating? I would have Michele watch me just walk back and forth in the studio and then using the Pilates Apparatus would work on balance and alignment.
Franklin Method® Balls: Subtle movement, gentle rather than a huge action that was creating tension.
Melt® Roller: Harder is not better.
Pool: Building strength using the water while holding onto the side of the pool, using the kick board, and just floating to release it all.
Meditation: to keep myself from losing my mind!
-Trish Truitt, Yoga Instructor and Pilates Practitioner
This summer you will see the friendly face of Tammy Tepper behind the front desk at the Pilates Place. Tammy lives in Ormond Beach, FL, with her husband, two sons and two dogs. Tammy discovered Pilates about 12 years ago while trying to find something that would help her back pain. She was immediately hooked by the Pilates method and eventually undertook the full Stott Pilates Training Program.
Tammy has now been teaching out of her own fully equipped home Pilates Studio for 10 years. In addition to her Stott Training, Tammy is PMA Certified, Balanced Body Certified, has completed the "Passing the Torch" program with Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, is trained in Yamuna Body Rolling and Healing Touch Training, and has studied Pilates for Neurological Conditions. Fortunately for us, Tammy discovered our studio during a ski trip to Jackson in January, and having recently enrolled in the Pilates Center Bridge program, she elected to spend part of this summer in Jackson, completing some of her Apprentice hours required by the TPC Certification program. We know you will enjoy having Tammy in the studio as much as we will!
If your Pilates Journey has you yearning to delve deeper into the magic and mystery of the inner workings of Pilates, you might be a candidate for The Teacher Certification of the prestigious training program of The Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado. Our exciting announcement is that potential teachers now have the opportunity to train with The Pilates Center at The Pilates Place in Jackson, WY, rather than moving to Boulder, Co., which used to be the only path to a TPC diploma. Observation and lesson hours may be completed with TPC Host Advisor, Tiffaney Mylott and TPC graduates Michele Dorsey and Jill Reich (Master's Program Grad and former Licensed Teacher Trainer). As a Host Advisor, Tiffaney is certified to assist with trainee orientation, internship hours, Case Study Reports, Observed Teaching hours, and administer exams within the programs. Trainees travel to Boulder for their final performance and practical teaching exams. The Pilates Place is the only TPC Host Studio in Wyoming and the Northern Rockies.
If you read our last newsletter you recall that Kristin Painter's daughter Acacia was chosen, along with her project partner Rye Hansen, as finalists (representing Wyoming) in the National History Day Competition in Washington DC. Acacia and Rye successfully presented their project: The Space Shuttle Challenger (1986)" under this year's theme; "Tragedy to Triumph".
National History Day is non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland that operates an annual project-based contest for students in grades 6-12. It has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, South Korea, China, South Asia, and Central America. Acacia and Rye participated with students from all of these countries and from all 50 US states. They had an amazing experience in our Nation's Capitol and returned to Jackson with a greater appreciation for the study of U.S. and World History.