Pilates

I am honored to have a career that spans close to four decades. When I first became part of the holistic environment, I was a bit naive. I had worked at the hospital for 4 years and as much as I admired the medical professionals around me, I could see areas that did not have an effective plan. 

This was before the internet was in everyone’s home and people were already looking to self-help books on how to take care of oneself. There was a huge movement of people interested in preventive health, nutrition, and exercise as ways to help look out for their longevity.  

Eastern philosophy was also emerging in popularity and people were beginning to understand the spiritual component of wellness. They were starting to make the connection between structural health and physical health. 

It was clear to me that in the medical community there was a lack of organized ways to help people deal with chronic pain or issues like migraines. All too often physicians blame the patient when they could not figure out what was wrong with them. If they did prescribe something, it was to help mask the symptoms, not to try and heal the source of the pain. The professionals did not seem to know how to help them. 

I wanted to fill those gaps and help people educate themselves on Wellness. I strived to read everything I could and learn by examining how people moved and how they felt, so that I could help lead them into a healthier place in their structure. 

One of the reasons I decided to begin offering personal training was because I had started to design stretching and exercise programs according to my client’s issues. The more I educated myself on exercise and the more I attempted to get them in touch with their bodies the more I realized this was an area of great need and wonderful opportunity to help people help themselves. 

I feel so joyous when I figure on how to help someone start to feel empowered in their wellness journey. When I help someone feel deep muscles, both my client and I can see they are moving in a more connected body that they feel grounded in. I know they are on the way to a happier experience of being in their body. The connection of the ribs and pelvis via the transverse abdominal muscles lead to better alignment of the spine.

The strengthening of the foot muscles and legs lead to better arch support and stronger leg and trunk connection. We are reorganizing their structure. 

We open the door to better structural efficiency. My clients tell me that their friends and family mention how well they have aged. They feel pleased that others cannot tell their age, because they do not move like a senior lady or gent usually does. I tell them people can sense from a distance whether someone is strong in their structural connections. I call the workout plan I have designed Intrinsiconnections.  In our bodies the intrinsic muscle groups are the ones closest to the bones and are responsible for posture. This muscle group is the base level of the blueprint in our structure. It’s the start of making changed that will influence structural health.

No two plans I develop are exactly the same. Each plan is tailored to the needs of the client.

Val Boonstra