I have been attending Infinity Pilates on a weekly basis for almost 9 years now. The support and guidance I have received from Kerrie and the Infinity team has been extremely beneficial, particularly during my previous two pregnancies and now currently in my third. I have no doubt that the individual tailored program constructed for me during each pregnancy has assisted in avoiding common pregnancy ailments such back aches, problems with circulation etc..
Kerrie's focus has not only been on the pregnancies themselves, but she has ensured my program includes movements that assist in correcting my body from the day to day stresses of being a Mum such as feeding, picking up and carrying kids.
My recovery post pregnancy was also fast tracked because of the conditioning I had done leading up to the birth. When I returned to Pilates, with careful guidance from Kerrie each time we worked on returning my core strength and I found I gradually returned to my pre-pregnancy body. At Infinity Pilates I always feel that I am in the most capable and expert hands.
Menopause and the changing body
I started Pilates in 1999 when a very forward thinking physiotherapist suggested that this form of exercise may help the lower back problems I was having due to a late, unplanned third pregnancy. Pilates was a fledgling industry in those days and there were only a handful of studios in Melbourne. It was with equal amounts of fear and interest, and a little bit of skepticism, that I stared training with Kerrie thus beginning my now nearly 15 year journey.
During this journey I have learnt that Pilates is more than an exercise regime.
Through very carefully tailored and monitored exercises my back has improved dramatically and is now almost not an issue. However, as I have aged and gone through the various stages of my life – currently the dreaded menopause – I find Pilates has been invaluable. Fluctuating weight gain, wild mood swings, a body that threatens to lose its strength and flexibility are some of the issues I am dealing with at the moment.
Regular Pilates sessions at my age provide physically challenging exercises that are tailored to the needs of my body but are not too difficult for a body not quite in its prime. The exercises keep me flexible, are load bearing for strength and to ward off osteoporosis, help calm the extreme effects of the change in hormones associated with menopause and also give me the chance to unashamedly focus on the needs of my body – something which I don’t think women are very good at.
Knowing that as you age “use it or lose it” becomes only too true I think I will be doing weekly Pilates sessions with Kerrie for many years to come.
I have been attending Pilates classes for 14 years. Pilates was recommended to me by a Physiotherapist because of a lower back problem I developed as a result flying long distances on business for about 20 years. I was flying about 250,000 kilometers a year and because of my deteriorating back was reduced to sitting for no longer than 3 hours. That made International flights out of the question so something had to be done.
After attending personal classes for a Month and then commencing group classes 3 times a week for 6 months I was able to manage my back problem and commenced long haul Flights again. I continued to have intermittent back problems from time to time for about 4 or 5 years. For the last 8 or 9 years I have not had a problem with my back that has restricted me from any activity including long haul flying or driving long distances. I attribute this recovery entirely to Pilates.
Attending classes at Infinity twice a week which now seems adequate to manage my back and maintain a level of flexibility that suits my quite active lifestyle.
I highly recommend Pilates in general to anyone that wishes to maintain an active lifestyle into their 60’s and 70’s. In particular, the team at Infinity are highly qualified and very dedicated and sensitive to the individual needs of their clients.
My name is Deborah Bernstein and I have been coming to Infinity Pilates for almost four years. I started coming on the recommendation of my sister Melissa who has been coming since Infinity Pilates started. I am an Emergency Physician and work long in a highly stressful environment. I also have been an avid runner for many years. From this you can tell I am a “high impact” person so was ambivalent to start off with, as Pilates seemed too slow paced for my personality. How wrong was I.
From day one I have witnessed Kerrie Murphy’s dedication to her craft. Kerrie and her staff display a strong work ethic and professionalism. Kerrie shows amazing attention to detail and has personalised my programme, constantly changing to my needs. She is able to pick up when I need more attention to a particular area and is very sensitive to any injuries I may have.
She has a passion for what she does and we are the beneficiaries of this.
Pilates with Kerrie has improved my strength, endurance and performance in my work and my running and has assisted in the rehabilitation of a multi level cervical disc problem. I have gained more flexibility, tone and an awareness of posture.
I am thankful to Kerrie and all the other staff for what they do and continue to do and hope to come for many more years.
An athlete involved in a range of different sports I have found Pilates very helpful when improving my flexibility and strengthening certain muscles to prevent injury and improve performance.
I can come into class with a sore muscle or injury and Kerrie is able to tailor my usual routine to my soreness or injury to ensure I get the best out of the session.
I love coming to Pilates each week as I find it calming and a good time away from study to clear my head. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone whether you are active or not, young or old.