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  • Writer's pictureMary Stocker

A Thankful Heart

Whenever I need to write a blog post, I text my husband. “Preventing rotator cuff injuries”? “The efficacy of spinal fusion surgery”? He told me that rotator cuff injuries were probably the most compelling. I started writing…and then I decided to go rogue. As sappy as this may sound, I’m going to write about being thankful. Stay with me…

Fourteen years ago, I discovered Pilates. I was already a physical therapist, but Pilates changed my life. I worked in a busy outpatient orthopedic clinic, and I remember one day vividly having 6 patients at one time. I went home feeling like I was a terrible PT, knowing that I did not do any of those patients justice that day. I knew I was better than that. As cheesy as it may sound, I actually REALLY WANT to help people. I know how! If I might toot my own horn, I’m good at it! I decided to change my life.

I now see one person at a time for a whole hour. I believe that I change my clients’ lives and I know they change mine. My heart is happy when they feel better! People often ask me to describe what I do, and I have a hard time making a concise statement. It’s not exactly Pilates, and it’s not exactly physical therapy. I just want to help people figure out how to function in their lives with the least amount of pain possible…whatever that looks like.

Things I am thankful for: My sweet husband who believes in me and has always encouraged me to do what I’m good at; My amazing clients that love me and support our family; My precocious 4 year old that practices “Pilates” on the couch every night; That Pilates class 14 years ago that changed my career path.

Happy Thanksgiving week! I am so thankful for each and every one of you.

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