I started going to Pilates with Monica because of a complication from a surgical procedure and my doctor thought Pilates would help. From my first session with Monica I knew she had special gifts as an instructor that others rarely possess. She has a keen sense of how to positively deal with the roller coaster of emotional and physical highs and lows of clients who live daily with debilitating complications. Her knowledge of Pilates is so astute that she can tell whether a client is working correctly or not while at the same time gently suggesting ways to improve the exercise or position to maximize one’s efforts. And since Monica herself has a disability there are no excuses for not staying focused on one’s health and Pilates practice as a way of staying healthy, strong and emotionally grounded. Monica has a God given talent and I’m very fortunate to be a client.
When I met Monica five years ago I mentioned to her I heard Pilates was wonderful but I could not do it because of a bad knee. She encouraged me to try Pilates and told me about her knee challenges. It took a debilitating vertigo attack 6 months later to convince me I needed to do something to increase my balance and strength. Monica was the answer.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Monica in her state of the art studio and have seen a transformation of my body. Her expertise on Pilates and career as a Life Coach are a wonderful combination in encouraging one to work to their full potential. Thank you Monica.
“For me, Monica Blake’s Pilates has been the answer to fifteen years of intermittent back issues. I never required surgery but my history of visits to various orthopedic and neurologic doctors was long and frequent. The treatment prescribed included back braces, cortisone shots, epidurals, physical therapy and pills for pain. My last back episode was over three years ago. At the conclusion of the prescribed physical therapy, I started Pilates with Monica. She appreciated and understood my condition and we worked progressively to strengthen my core. Within a few months, I added bicycling to my regimen and gained the strength and conditioning to ride my bike across Iowa on a seven day, 450 mile ride. Pilates as taught by Monica has been kind to my back and I have not seen a doctor since! It has been over three years!”
She really knows her stuff! I was really impressed with the class.