The first time I was on a reformer was life changing...
I was 9 years old and I had sprained my ankle in ballet class. I began receiving physical therapy for my injury. The physical therapy clinic had a Pilates instructor working alongside them and they thought I would benefit from it. I will never forget the first time I experienced the incredible use of my deep abdominal muscles. I began strengthening my leg muscles without the ankle pain. That experience clearly changed my life.
I graduated from PT school in 2002. I began working in a traditional outpatient physical therapy clinic. After I had been working for about 6 years, I clearly noticed I was continually seeing “repeat customers" Year after year, these poor patients would return with the same or similar issues or symptoms. I started to wonder how could we keep these patients out of pain for longer? Or even for good?
It seems that the traditional system doesn't allow for patients to fully heal, recover, and learn preventative care before being discharged. It felt clear to me that clients or patients needed a place to go where they could have continued healing, even when their symptoms were no longer present...and hence the birth of Pilates Santé!