Feedback from a Pilates Instructor
An Important Teaching Tool
I am writing you this email as I have just finished watching your Cadillac video for the umpteenth time. I wanted to thank you, as it has become such an important teaching tool for me. I rely on it for all my Cadillac work and for the group Tower classes that I teach.
At the age of 14 (some 34 years ago), I was diagnosed with scoliosis. There were only two treatments available at the time. One was a spinal fusion. The other was a Milwaukee Brace.
I was fitted for a brace, given a list of exercises to do at home, and told that I would probably be in the brace for 2-3 years, as my skeletal age was that of an 11-year-old. This, needless to say, was not my idea of a great way to spend my teen years.
One of my ballet teachers suggested an exercise regimen which was beginning to gain popularity as a therapeutic tool for dancers with injuries. That regimen was called Pilates. There was a studio on West 57th Street owned by a woman named Carola Trier. And so Carola entered my life. I was able to stop wearing the brace within two years, and I continued my work with her. I always dreamed of one day giving back to the community, and so I am now on my journey for my certification. I am currently teaching as an assistant in Old Brookville under the tutelage of Elizabeth Gillies.
I wanted to thank you for the work you show so beautifully, and to share that every time you mention that the Cadillac once belonged to Carola, I smile and get misty-eyed — for it all started for me on that very Cadillac.
— Robin R.