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As a working esthetician, Lori Barolo suffered from back pain due to poor posture and incorrect body mechanics. Over a period of four or five years, her pain increased, and she visited a series of chiropractors and doctors without results. So, in January, when Kristina Jetton recommended taking Pilates with Archer, Lori gave Archer a call. (Ironically, Lori had met Archer at a previous spa where she worked and had originally referred Kristina Jetton to her.) After a complimentary assessment, Lori started private Pilates lessons and added mat classes soon after. She and Kristina then teamed up to create a duo Pilates session to save money while still receiving personal attention.
“Archer is amazing,” Lori says. “She gears the class toward each individual’s problems. She’s perceptive, intuitive, and aware. My pain has gone down by 70%, and the pain in the rest of my body has gone away completely. Pilates has ‘fixed’ me enough so that the pain I do have is isolated.”
Now semi-retired, Lori works part-time at Innovations and part-time at Wintun Pre-School working with autistic children. The work is rewarding, she says, and a balance to her other work.
“Take Pilates from Archer! I’ve tried the gym—when you take a class with too many people, you don’t know if you’re doing it right. Archer makes sure your form is correct so you get the most benefit from the exercise. You need one-on-one attention until you have [Pilates] down. Archer always says, ‘I’d rather have one perfect repetition that ten sloppy ones.'”
Kristina Jetton has been practicing Pilates at Archer’s since last fall, after Lori referred her. Like Lori, Kristina also suffered from chronic back pain. As the Vice President of Human Resources for the PlumpJack Group, Kristina spends a lot of time in her car, which, as she puts it, “causes a lot of back problems.” In a family of body workers (her mother does Feldenkrais and her grandfather was a physical and massage therapist), Pilates seems a natural fit for Kristina.
“Archer is definitely an incredible healer,” she says. “I have no more back problems!” She’s benefitted from her practice in other ways, too. “I can tell the difference in terms of general well being. This class is truly the only exercise class I’ve looked forward to and never skip if I can help it.”
Kristina’s advice for those considering Pilates?
“You need to find a Pilates studio or class that is small, where the teacher can pay attention to the movements and how your body works. If you’re lost in a class of thirty people, you won’t get the intricacies of what Pilates is all about.”
Do you have questions about Archer’s Pilates Studio and/or Pilates in general? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.