Maria had a bunion on one foot. She opted to go for surgery to remove the bunion about one year ago. She is a professional and likes to wear high heels. She has a pair for every outfit. Most foot problems stem from improper fitting shoes or high heels. When barefoot, her toes are still very close together, almost as if they were squished in a pair of tight shoes without the shoes. She still had discomfort in her foot when walking or wearing heels even though it had been almost one year post surgery. She was in extreme pain when trying to perform any exercise with her toes in a flexed position (such as a lunge) and absolutely could not sit seza with toes flexed while practicing her yoga. She could not perform a simple task like reaching the top shelf at the supermarket on her tippy toes to get her favorite box of cereal. Her ROM was little if any in her big toe and she absolutely could not wear any high heels. Maria started to experience immediate relief and increased ROM in her big toe after she did the Yoga Tune Up® exercises in the Quick Fix for Feet and Ankles video. Now she can stand on her tippy toes and sit seza for at least 1 minute without a break! As for the heels, she compromised with a much lower heel and pays more attention to a proper fitting shoe.
Susan has been in the business of fitness since 1990 as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, program manager and leading the NY BFIT University Instructor Training program for one of the nation's largest largest health club chains, Bally Total Fitness for 17 years.
Susan was introduced to the Pilates principle of exercise on the reformer in 1999 by Elizabeth Larkam, director of Pilates and Beyond, and who is internationally recognized as an innovator in mind body movement. She holds certificates from BASI, Balanced Body Pilates, American Council on Exercise (ACE) for group and personal training, and licensed to teach Yoga Tune Up® with specialty certificates in Yoga Tune Up® Ball Therapy.
Susan is well versed in Pilates Mat work with ring, roller, bands and ball as well as using unique props in Yoga Tune Up® to design programs based on individual needs, challenges and goals. Susan states, "Pilates and Yoga Tune Up® has deeply connected my mind to work synergistically with my body and helping me and many others live better in their body everyday."