October 25, 2017 11:42
I LOVE this studio. I've been seeing Jed twice a week for personal Pilates for about a year and a half now and it's helped me SO much. Jed is super knowledgable and is the best pilates instructor I've ever had. (I went through two others from different studios before settling on him.) I've been recommending him to all of my friends. My husband is now seeing him, too.
I was pregnant last year and had a lot of pelvic & SI pain. Jed helped me to strengthen and target the specific muscles that would help with alleviating the pain. By the second trimester, most of the pain had gone away and I had gotten back a significant amount of motion and strength back. Since I was pregnant, it was difficult because I was limited in what I could do. (The pregnancy itself was limiting, and my pain was also a limiting factor.) Jed is very good at what he does. He was able to work around my limitations and always offered several different exercises that could target the same muscle/area we were trying to work.
I'm pretty sure the pilates contributed to an easy labor and delivery as well. I labored for about 4.5 hours total and pushed the baby out in less than 10 minutes. I felt VERY strong in my pelvic floor/core. In fact, this funny thing happened after the delivery: the nurse was pressing down hard on my abdomen, trying to ascertain where my uterus was and she initially commented that she was having trouble finding it. She pressed down several times and still could not find it. She was confused for a minute, then said, "ah, it's because you have amazing abs and they are blocking your uterus!" I was floored by this because that's the last thing you expect to hear after just giving birth!
I took 8 weeks off from doing pilates after giving birth and the labor itself gave me a lot of back pain. I was on heavy pain killers for 5 weeks! When I was finally cleared to work out again, I immediately went back to Jed. In just 2-3 short weeks, I felt like I regained most of my strength again and the pain virtually went away. I'm five months post partum now and still seeing Jed twice a week. I feel stronger than ever and have lost most of the baby weight. I attribute bouncing back so quickly to all of the maintenance work we did before the birth and throughout the pregnancy. I'm a firm believer of Pilates doing miracles for your body and I intend on continuing to see Jed indefinitely!