Using Pilates to Battle My Arthritis

I had severe arthritis in my right hand and arm before joining Club Pilates. I had a trainer for 4-1/2 years (twice a week) to focus on rehabilitating my arthritis. I had tried yoga and Soul Cycle in the past but it all made my arthritis worse. There was too much pressure on my hands.

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Annie at Club Pilates Tribeca

My doctor had given me two options – Surgery or Medication.

I opted for neither. I am currently taking high blood pressure and thyroid medication. I did not want to take any additional medication, and surgery was definitely not something I wanted to go through. I am an active person and did not want surgery to slow me down, or make it worse. I knew Pilates was created as a form of physical therapy and believed that it would help alleviate some pain. I decided to give it a try.

When I first came to Club Pilates, I was impressed with the cool decor, variety of exercises and the many levels of classes that they offered. After joining Club Pilates and attending regularly for the first 4 months, I no longer have any pain! Now having been a member for a year, I feel stronger, fitter and leaner than ever.

Pilates is absolutely the reason I no longer have any arthritis pain.

I have been praising Club Pilates for my cure! My doctor is so pleased with my results. I have much more mobility in my right hand and arm since I started doing Pilates!

My absolute favorite thing about going to the studio is that it feels like visiting friends and getting a daily dose of wellness. Also, I feel really welcomed by the staff and instructors. I am surprised that I have gained confidence and am happy to see my posture improving as well. I believe the form and stretching we do in class has also elongated my body. I have more energy and feel like it’s a total workout after each class. With the Pilates method, I feel more balanced, flexible and stronger.

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