Hello, my name is Pamela and 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. My doctor recommended massage therapy to aid in my challenges with MS. During one of my massage appointments my massage therapist suggested that I try Pilates to help strengthen my body. MS can be a debilitating disease and it requires a lot of strength to just get through an average day.
I never thought of myself as a "Pilate's type" person. Two years ago I started taking classes with Joan Buna. Once I started, I realized anyone can do it no matter what your skill level is. Overtime I have started to feel better balanced, a stronger core, and increased flexibility. In my daily routine, I find that I am more aware of how my body is moving. I believe Pilates has improved my quality of life.
~ Pamela Youell, Victoria BC
After 2 major surgeries within 3 months, personal training and weekly pilates classes with Joan assisted me to rehabilitate wasted muscles and gain strength and flexibility in a short period of time. Left to my own devices, my recovery would have been much longer and it wouldn't have been half as much fun. Now I am continuing to reap the benefits as pain is reduced, stress is managed and my degree of fitness increases beyond pre-surgery levels. Joan's coaching has given me a new body awareness that is helping me to minimize bone loss (I'm over 50), avoid injury and improve posture. Joan's unique combination of meditative focus, stretching and strength exercise really works well for body, mind and spirit!
~ Catherine Mustafa, Victoria BC
For the past two years I have been attending Joan Buna's strength training/back care classes. Joan was recommended to me by my doctor. It has been a tremendous help to me to strengthen my body core and to learn how to breathe properly. It has helped me a great deal in my walking/hiking group. I want to be active as long as I possibly can, and Joan's expertise is helping me to do that.
~Marilyn Peel. Victoria BC
A year and a half ago I began a project to lose weight, gain health and increase my lung capacity. I have a condition called Restrictive Lung (which means the body has to work harder) and was functioning at a 60% loss of lung function.
At the same time I began coming to the weight room at Commonwealth and used the simple machines; treadmill, bikes and rowing machines. These, along with walking outdoors, I started my own cardio program but I didn't have a clue what to do next. I watched what other people did and eventually went to a few drop-in classes. After awhile I felt I needed to challenge myself a little more and required more direction, so last fall I registered in Joan Buna's class "7 Weeks to a Healthier Life." During that class, Joan introduced me to interval training, weight machines, and assisted in building a strength training program. Throughout this process, Joan emphasized the need to breathe effectively. She also provided me with tools to understand how effective breathing feels. Once I began to apply my new knowledge with exercise, I began to notice things happening. My focus changed from the physical movement to what I was feeling internally during my workout.
It seemed like the natural movement for me was to include Joan's Pilate's Blend class into my workout routine and that's where I'm at now.
Last month I went to my annual pulmonary function test. For the first time I've has a lung function increase of 14%. That's huge!! That makes everything worthwhile. Thanks Joan, for providing me with the tools and techniques that have assisted me to my current state of excellent health.
~ Debby Montgomenry, Victoria BC