Scoliosis Spine

ABOUT ME

I was diagnosed with Scoliosis at age 11 and suffered a shoulder and massive spine injury in my early twenties. I went from being an active 23-year old to having frozen shoulder and limited mobility on the right side of my body. I was told I needed surgery to “fix” my spine or I would be facing a life of pain and limitations. While surgery can be beneficial and necessary in many cases, at 23 I was not ready for that solution.  Instead, I spent the next few years rehabbing my body through Pilates, yoga, and physical therapy while researching and attending any injury specialization or anatomy course I could find. Although I soon learned that just physically “fixing” my body was not going to return me to the life I had previously enjoyed. I discovered that it was equally important for me to understand the emotional impact of my injuries and the anger and frustrations with my body’s limitations.

I believe in balancing my body – mentally and physically. Through my research into injury rehabilitation and psychology, I realized my passion for studying human anatomy and my continuing desire to deepen my understanding of the emotional trauma that stems from life-changing injuries. For me, it is using the pain and anger from an injury and transforming it into a deeper understanding of the wonders and limitations of the body. I believe life is meant to be simple. To look for joy in everyday moments, celebrate the small victories, and to never take things too seriously.

I've been taking private lessons from Erica for many years. As someone who's had chronic back pain for 15+ years, Pilates (and especially my workouts with Erica) has truly helped me gain core strength and decrease my pain. Erica provided safe, individualized workouts for me when I was pregnant and after I gave birth. The time I spend working out with Erica is one of the best things that I do for my physical and mental health. It's the best kind of self-care. Erica is a kind, organized, reliable person who truly cares about her clients. She's both a teacher and a friend. I would highly recommend Erica for anyone interested in experiencing the benefits of Pilates.

JEN