I was ready to have my knees replaced in four weeks and figured I would do private Pilates with Stephanie & Brenda in order to really get my knees ready but then I went to throw away some items at the dump and picked up more than I should have or lifted it too high. Regardless, I now have a hernia and am really in a quandary over having it repaired first or doing the knees first.
I got lucky and saw a surgeon who agreed to do the hernia in the next week so I decided to do that first and rely on my prior conditioning to have my knees ready. It was amazing to me how difficult it was to arrange. I guess I always lived in a sheltered world where either my mother or my wife took care of me. I made an appointment with the doctor who did my colonoscopy but she didn’t do hernia surgery. She sent me to another doctor who was on vacation but I got lucky when a second doctor in his office agreed to see me that day. Then I needed a pre-operation physical. Lucky again because that was scheduled for the knees so I was able to use it for both.
In the interim, I went to the pre operative physical therapist recommended by Towson Orthopedics to see what they might recommend for my knees. The therapist was impressed with my physical condition and gave me a number of exercises. He said he would not need to see me again. He told me that was pretty rare since most of his patients were out of shape and overweight. I also went to the St. Josephs hospital joint replacement class and saw for myself that most of the other people there were as he described. The exercises he gave me were all the same muscles that Stephanie & Brenda had worked on with me in Pilates. They involved balance and range of motion and in some cases strength.
I had the hernia surgery August 31st and would have bet (considering how I felt) the next morning that I wouldn’t go through with my knee surgery later this month. Now it is two weeks later and I feel really good about my decision to do this first and I’m ready for tomorrow. I think my core conditioning was the reason this is feeling so much better now. Core conditioning was one of the key components in my preparation for my knees. I have to credit Pilates for that – as I said in my first posting, I never in my entire life made any attempt to improve my core muscles. I don’t think I knew where the oblique muscles were much less what they were. I hope I can maintain what I have while rehabbing my hernia.
I’m still looking forward to having my knees done. I’ll be sending my next edition from the hospital probably after both knees are done but maybe after the first if I’m feeling human.
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
I have been a client of Stephanie’s for several years. What I think makes her stand out from other studios is that she was a doctor & understands each individual clients bodies. The new studio is airy spacious & calming
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”