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Stopping the Cycle of Pain

  I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS hypermobility type). I had an automotive accident many years ago that set off a chain of issues that left me nearly unable to walk, sit, or sleep for years. After a long rehabilitation process to help me walk better, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic recommended I work with a Pilates instructor as my next step.   He felt I was ready for more strengthening and stability for my hip and pelvic problems after many years of prolotherapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, nerve blocks, cortisone injections and failed pain management. Meanwhile, I began to have more serious problems affecting my upper body. I began to get cluster migraine headaches so severe that I was hospitalized after days of vomiting from pain. I could barely function at work and feared I would eventually be unable to continue working. I began to see more specialists who just kept trying different meds, but no one could explain how to stop the headaches. I knew I needed help, but I had spent thousands on traditional and alternative medicine methods that didn’t really address the whole body and my hypermobility. I decided to see a chiropractor and a massage therapist who specialized in neuromuscular therapy to stop my headache cycle. I did a few chiro sessions, and I began to work with Keith Marks. Keith is the best neuromuscular massage therapist I have ever worked with. After several weekly sessions focused on my neck, head, and shoulders, Keith has helped reduce my cluster migraines from daily cycles to less than one day per month. I still see Keith at...

After the accident…

“Twenty years ago, I was in a car accident that shattered my left leg and dislocated and broke my ankle in several places  The attending physician did not really want to save my foot as there was nothing to connect it to. Plates, long screws. three years in a cast,  learning to walk again without a limp (10 long years).  To look at me you would have never known what I had gone through, and you would not know the pain I felt with every step I took, every time I sat down or stood up.  Some days were better than others. I refused to take pain medication as all it did was mask the pain. After the accident, I could no longer jog or dance which are two things I used to do for exercise. So I tried going to the gym and a yoga class. After explaining what I had gone through, the instructors would say if I couldn’t keep up just tweak the exercise or pose until it does not hurt. The problem was I did not know how to tweak it correctly, so I was always hurting myself. I also sing which requires a lot of standing, which is hard to do when you’re in constant pain. About two years ago, I was getting to the point where it hurt to roll over in bed. The pain in my hip and leg made it almost impossible to roll on my side and standing was getting more difficult. A friend at work suggested that I try Pilates. I explained my issues and the problems I had with...

Why Pilates Works For Me

I am an Architect in my early 60’s. I am the classic weekend warrior who works hard and plays hard.  During the work week, I spend a great deal of time at my desk on the computer, and my back feels it. Even though I have learned to self-correct, it is never enough. In addition, I have a pretty serious knee injury from my teenage football years that I have learned to live with but it requires a large sports brace that makes me look like a cyborg. My routine is to play tennis once or twice a week, bicycle in the city on weekends between ten and fifteen miles, and find some heavy yard work or other sport to do. I always intend to work out more, but life has a way of intercepting my plans, so when I do play sports or bike I am never really in great shape. Although I should mention that in my mind, I am still 25 years old. I live in some form of pain all the time. It moves around from my knee to my lower back to my shoulder or all three depending on how intense my activities are that week. I live for my routine with Tehila because she always addresses the issue of the moment and brings my body back into alignment. In addition, she has taught me how to prepare for my favorite sports correctly so I reduce the likelihood of causing any further damage. My back and my joints in particular are grateful. When I started Pilates with Tehila I thought it was a little...

Scoliosis & Pilates

“I’ve had scoliosis for my entire life, but for 10 years, I’ve suffered from it, causing me incredible back pain. I was worried if I would ever feel relief from the pain in my back. I went to chiropractors, physical therapists, and pain management clinics seeking relief. Nothing ever seemed to work for very long, if at all. It was by chance that I was introduced to Pilates. My cousin’s college roommate and friend is Keith Marks. After he did some neuromuscular therapy on my back to bring me out of acute pain, he recommended his wife, Tehila, as a Pilates instructor. I had never heard of Pilates; it was never really popular in Jacksonville. Looking for any hope of relief, I began my journey with Tehila over 4 years ago. It’s no exaggeration to say Pilates is changing my life. After months of learning the technique, my X-rays show improvements in my spine. My chiropractor asked me what I was doing differently. I was glowing when I replied, “Pilates.” Doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and the entire medical establishment needs to understand that Pilates isn’t an exercise fad in a gym – it has the power to correct, to heal, to restore proper alignment, and make people feel whole again. In short, it’s a philosophical movement about movement! It informs my work as a landscape designer. I am free of chronic pain, I ache less, my body moves more efficiently, I understand my body more (and because of it, I feel more connected to it). I am grateful for the method, grateful for my commitment to it, and I am grateful for Tehila....

One Spirit, One Body – Appreciate it Before it’s too Late

People take their cars in for oil changes, changing filters, and making sure tires are rotated regularly. They do the same with their house, their lawns, and their stuff – they know that if they want it to last, they need to treat it with respect. But when you ask people to carve out an hour out of their month for themselves, blank stares. Massage therapy is more than fixing a shoulder, relieving stress from the neck, or opening up a tight hamstring. Massage sessions might just be the only hour in a person’s waking day where devices are shut off (or at least put away) and someone is able to focus in on breath and body for an uninterrupted amount of time. Massage maintenance allows for toxins to be released (instead of building up in soft tissue), future pains to be neutralized, and for the body to enter into the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system as opposed to the “Fight or Flight” sympathetic (read: stress). Regular massage maintenance benefits more than the soft tissues. The nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, and a host of other systems in the body get to rest. Riverside, Avondale, Murray HIll, and Ortega are home to a number of busy, working professionals. The intensity that people put into their day, staring into a computer, dealing with stress, and general poor physical conditions in their job needs balance. It needs regular massage. Bodywork is healthy, it’s necessary, and it feels good. People, take care of yourselves. The body houses your spirit. You only get one body. Appreciate it.   Keith   —————————————————————————————————————————————————–      ...

Pilates Documentary Screening at Sun-Ray Cinema

  We are deeply thankful to have had over 70 people in attendance for the screening of Mark Pedri’s film “A Movement of Movement.” This film is one of the most in-depth examinations into the movement of Pilates. We were tickled to have the opportunity to screen it at our favorite place to see a movie, Sun-Ray Cinema.  ...

Tehila in First Coast Magazine

First Coast Magazine picked up on Tehila’s new studio and her return to Northeast Florida’s Pilates and wellness movement: Click on the image for the article. Article 1:   Article...