Bodysense Pilates Studio, Bethlehem, Tauranga

Paula Thompson

I have always loved my sport… from riding horses, playing squash and hockey to touch rugby… it didn’t really matter what sport it was I would give it a go. I started experiencing severe back pain… I struggled through my sport for a few more months until the pain overcame the enjoyment.  I sort medical advice to be told I had a ruptured disk in my lower back… an MRI scan confirmed the worst and I was told I would need surgery to fuse the joint. I decided I wanted to give every alternative to surgery a go (the success rate was only 75% for the surgery). 

I started Pilates and after about 6 weeks I started to notice an improvement… after 3 months there was a huge improvement and I was back to a full range of movement.  I have since had a baby and I had no back issues throughout my entire pregnancy (I was so impressed with the results from Pilates I continued Pilates through my pregnancy).  I am still doing Pilates now at Bodysense Pilates Studio and I would strongly recommend it to anyone.  It was particularly useful for the rehab and strengthening of my back injury but you don’t have to have an injury to benefit from Pilates… give it a go and see for yourself.