Story Posted On: May 10, 2007
I am a native New Yorker and my first visit to Tucson’s Canyon Ranch was in 1998. I turned 35 that year and wanted to give myself a well-deserved decadent treat. By 1998, I had worked for a dozen years as a media buyer for a major advertising agency in midtown Manhattan frequently putting in more than 60 hours a week, giving up a weekends, always under pressure to do more with crushing deadlines.
At the time of my visit, Pilates at Canyon Ranch was for demonstration purposes only. It was only a half-hour demo but I was able to get a taste of what Pilates can do for my body. At the end of the half hour I was given a list of reputable Pilates studios in the New York area. After my week’s stay in Tucson, I returned home determined to find time to treat my body right. to find a better balance between work and the rest of my life.
“I loved Pilates from my very first full session. I loved it so much that I eventually applied to and was accepted into a premier Pilates Teacher Certification Program. ”
I finished the program at the end of 2001 and I have been teaching Pilates for a living ever since.
My corporate days are behind me. I teach between 20 to 25 hours a week and although my income is about a third of what it used to be when I was in advertising, my job is just so much more rewarding. I enjoy helping clients get stronger and more flexible and reaping the benefits that Pilates can offer.
Thank you, Canyon Ranch, for being the calm, nurturing and inspiring place that you are. My life is so much better for it and so are the lives of my current and future clients.