Charles Stringfellow, 87, Santa Fe, NMWhen I started Pilates with you about 9 months ago, I was still recovering from the very serious fall that I had in June 2014. It, resulted in a broken right shoulder, broken left wrist and broken left kneecap. The right shoulder required a complete replacement and a much longer recovery period.This is a report on what I can do today, that I could not do, when I started the Pilates exercise with you:1. I can shift gears and exercise control of the steering wheel with the right arm when driving much better.2. I am eating more with my right hand rather than left hand since the fall, but not 100% yet.3. When dressing, I can tuck my shirt into my pants over the right hip with my right hand. and can use both hands to turn my shirt collar down and tie a tie.4. My walking gait is significantly improved.5. I can place a handkerchief in my right rear pocket now which is great milestone.6. I can lift my right arm higher in a controlled manner and lift more weight with the right arm to place an object on a shelf or hang a coat or shirt on a bar above my head.Thank you for all the special effort you have made to get me back to the point where I can accomplish most use of my limbs in daily living, small things in many cases that we don’t realize how important they are until we lost the ability for some reason.
I have always been an active person. Lots of exercise, gym workouts, spinning and most of all riding my horse. About a year ago I had a riding accident and spent eight months in physical therapy. The good news – I recovered, however, I was going down the slippery slope with my overall body strength. I was afraid to use the gym equipment or go to any type of group exercise class, knowing I had particular issues and was afraid of doing more harm than good. Then one day a friend introduced to me Chantall – the best thing that could have happened to me! After one session I signed up to work with her three times a week and will do this forever! Chantall and Pilates are synonymous and her dedication to her clients is beyond explanation. She is an amazing person; a more dedicated Pilates instructor would be hard to find. She has an impressive, in-depth knowledge of the body and understanding of what each exercise is meant to do and consequently, she is able to tailor the practice to everyone’s special needs. The other amazing thing – the majority of her clients, myself included – are senior citizens – active, but still seniors. She is passionate about working with this age group and keeping us fit, strong and active into our golden years. Because of Chantall, I am aging backwards! Not only does she move me on a deep, personal level, but she literally keeps me moving!
-Jeannie B. Santa Fe, NM
Dr. Emily Franklin, Santa Fe, NM
I have suffered from back and neck tension and pain (from multiple car accidents) for many years. That limited my physical ability. I love to hike and bike and garden, but it was hard for me to do these things.
Over the years, I have done all manner of bodywork, physical therapy, etc, and while everything helped some, none of it made a huge difference.
Until I met Chantall.
When I began Pilates with Chantall, I could barely do any of the beginner exercises. But her skill as a teacher and guide is amazing. She pays such close attention to the body’s mechanics as you work. Her knowledge of how the body should work and what that looks like is really remarkable.
After months of appropriately challenging weekly sessions – where Chantall meets my level of ability and then pushes me to do a little more, in a gentle and skillful way – I can do all of those initial exercises easily, plus so many more! I am now completely pain free most of the time and able to do all the things I love.
I have also found that doing Pilates regularly has brought other, unexpected benefits. Because the exercises require careful focus, my mind is sharper overall; and the discipline of it has strengthened my ability to be more disciplined in the rest of my life.
Doing Pilates with Chantall has vastly improved my body and my mind, and, consequently, my spirit.
Praise from Jeff
Chantall combines impressive domain expertise with an engaging personality, and in the process, delivers an exceptional Pilates experience. I like to be challenged and I want my workouts to push, and subsequently reward me. In a most pleasant way, Chantall is doing just that.
Jeff McCreary, Santa Fe, NM
I spend a 3 week vacation in Santa Fe and worked with Chantall almost every day of my stay here. I’ve had persisting pain in my left leg and hip for months before but after the first Pilates session with Chantall, the pain almost disappeared. The following day I could walk free of pain. After 3 sessions I was climbing up Monte Sol. Taking a class every other day, I did my “homework” on the off-days, and the results were just overwhelming. I was pain free and seem to have lost 10 pounds. Eating more than usual, my figure changed and I gained a waist back that I thought long lost, I am 72 years old, and a waist is just not in the cards at that age… I am completely amazed, my whole outlook on life changed. I am excited to keep my personalized routine as part of my daily activities. Now being back in Germany, my friends can’t stop telling me how great I look. Thank you, Chantall!!!
Marie B., Germany
Thanks Mom, I love you!!!
#tbt alert, this picture is about 1o years old but it’s my favorite pic with her.
I began working with Chantall in 2011 as a last-ditch effort to save my hip from pain associated with a labral tear that developed after years of running. Within minutes of our first session, I learned three times the information about my injury, hip joint, and whole body health/fitness than I had in years of physical therapy. Chantall is not only a master of explaining Pilates as it relates to human anatomy and physiology, but she is also a gifted motivator who genuinely cares about the well-being of each student, no matter whether they’re recovering from injury or just looking to improve their physical health. We should all be so lucky as to learn from her expert instruction and infectious enthusiasm!
Elisabeth M., Brooklyn, NY
Chantall is an absolutely fabulous Pilates trainer. She is incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about the ability of Pilates to make you look and feel better and a terrific teacher. She works within your individual limitations to adapt moves to accommodate injuries or weaknesses but also to still challenge you. She is very cognizant of your needs and tailors her private and group instruction accordingly. She rarely follows a set routine so every session is different, fun and challenging. In a city with lots of great Pilates studios and many, many terrific Pilates teachers, Chantall stands out. She is also an incredibly caring, giving and thoughtful person. Brooklyn’s loss is clearly Santa Fe’s gain!
I should also mention that even if you don’t think you like Pilates you should give her studio a try. I had done Pilates before I started working with Chantall and it was a completely different and unhappy experience. I couldn’t believe how much I liked and how much it helped me when I started training with Chantall. So give it a try!
Stephanie H., Brooklyn, NY
“Chantall has a remarkable gift for teaching. She gives the most perfect explanations for even the trickiest of moves and does it all with charm, unfailing good humor and a true passion for her craft. She also has a profound understanding of the human body and addresses each of her clients’ unique needs. She was not just my instructor, but also my husband’s and my mother’s. We all have our own challenges (including chronic pain and major past injuries due to a car accident) and Chantall managed to address all of them and instill an appreciation and love for Pilates in us all. I am deeply jealous of the people of Santa Fe because they will now experience Chantall’s gifts.”
Lola G., Brooklyn, NY