“At the age of 41, my life was significantly limited by frequent, painful back spasms. Seeking a non-surgical solution I discovered CJ’s rehabilitative approach to Pilates. After 1 month I had noticeable improvement and after 3 months I was almost pain free. Now I am 50+, leading a full, active life, attending Pilates classes and doing things that many 30 year olds struggle to do. If you have recurring back pain, try Pilates." Brian
"I was ... dealing with some major migraine headaches caused by tension, and 15 years of muscle aches due to a car accident.
I needed something that would not frustrate me and feel like work – something I would enjoy and keep doing so I could recuperate. Stott Pilates became the answer.
After a year of working with CJ, she and Stott Pilates has given me a new, incredibly optimistic outlook on life! I lost the 10 lbs I wanted to shed, I no longer have migraine headaches, and my muscles are getting stronger and less troublesome. I have a new toned, firm body and more importantly, confidence in how I look and feel.
I must give CJ most of the credit. She is an awesome motivator! Every class session is different so there is absolutely no monotony, she never pushes you beyond your limits, and the times we get together are always enjoyable! She has such a positive attitude that you can’t help but catch it and use it to maximize your workout. The exercises she modifies for you are specific to your needs; hence the relief you so desire from your pain is attainable.
Your transformation will not happen overnight, but it will happen; of that there is no doubt. I have CJ Thomas and Stott Pilates to thank for making the healing process a pain free and pleasant experience. I can not wait for our next session!" Dawn
"When I first started Pilates I was told to hold in my Transversus, and thanks to CJ, I finally found it! No two classes are ever the same so your muscles and your strength are always challenged, and no body part is missed. I take other strength classes at the gym and find that Pilates complements those as well. Your body will thank you!"
Working with CJ Thomas at Body by Pilates has been such an exhilarating experience. When I first started, I was feeling old--with hip problems, low energy, and stiffness. Having been to orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and chiropractors, my physical problems were becoming debilitating. Now, with Body by Pilates, I am more flexible, stronger--have greater energy and feel more physically energized that I have in my life...and that's no exaggeration. …. I have been encouraged by a superb teacher that has made all the difference in my continuing with my program. If you have existing physical problems, or simply want to give your body the gift of strength, flexibility, and quiet focus for your mind, then Body by Pilates is definitely the answer. Irene
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"I have been very pleased with my training at Body by Pilates. I have lost weight gradually and toned up. But the two things most important to me are:
I have strengthened the weakness in my knees and now when traveling and carrying heavy suitcases I am not hobbled for days. (Also) I used to have stiff shoulders and neck all the time coupled with an inability to completely turn my head. Now my head and neck are more flexible.
Since I wrote this testimonial I had cancer and surgery for it which prevented me from doing my Pilates for a time. Due to the medication and lack of working out my muscles atrophied and it became a point of concern for my rheumatologist. Four months later I went back to the doctor and she went on and on about how I had gained my muscle tone and strength back. I owe it all to CJ Thomas and her Stott Pilates instruction." Max
I see CJ twice a week and we work on flexibility, strengthening my core and she helps to alleviate joint pain. CJ is also great with rehabbing injuries. I had a shoulder injury and it is back to normal. The one hour class goes by very quickly. CJ is very kind and thoughtful. Need I say more! Debbie
I worked out religiously for three years doing bodybuilding and found myself injured regularly and my core was still weak. I started with CJ about eight years ago and within the first few months, I had a better core than I had in my life along with surprisingly improved strength as each month and year went on. Considering I’m an orthopedic nightmare with a tri-level fusion of the three lowest levels of my back and have a form of rheumatoid arthritis, CJ aptly modifies routines and specific exercises for me in our group workouts to fit my unique issues. With all the PT (physical therapy) I have had in my life, I find most of it to have been a waste compared to what CJ and Pilates has done for me in a short eight years and I haven't had any injuries. John
CJ Thomas is the quintessential Pilates instructor. I’ve been going to her for over five years. She knows the muscle and bone structure of the body and applies her insights to each client’s needs and capabilities. She actively participates in continuous education and brings new techniques and exercises to her classes regularly. Home-bound with an injury? No worries. CJ will even work you into her schedule and come to you! She’s the best Pilates instructor in St Louis. Hands down! Christi
CJ is an incredible teacher on every level. No two classes are the same, staving off boredom and complacency. But what makes her GREAT is that no 2 students have the exact same class, because she is aware of each person’s goals and unique challenges (bad shoulder, knee surgery, etc) and tailors the exercises on the spot to accommodate the individual situation. All while keeping the atmosphere calm and relaxing. I started 3 years ago with no core strength at all due to several abdominal surgeries. My strength, stamina and balance have all improved 10 fold and I look forward to every class. She’s so knowledgeable about the body and these exercises it’s mind blowing to me. I cannot recommend her highly enough! Betsy
The end of traditional therapy shouldn't mean the end of recovery and improvement. CJ's vision is to continue that recovery related to each individual's efforts by integrating Pilates, Neurokinetic Therapy, MELT hand and foot treatments and more including experts in other areas as resources. My daughter Lindsey had a horrific fall from over 6 stories to a marble floor. Miraculously surviving the fall and 2 month coma that followed her physical injuries were extensive including a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). After intense "Traditional" physical, occupational and speech therapy for 2 years we knew we needed to reach out to integrate NON Traditional Resources to further her recovery. In our search we found CJ.
CJ Thomas has proven to be a consistent source of support and provider of innovative training/treatment sessions which has challenged Lindsey head on to meet her goals. Improving balance, spacial awareness, core strength, specific area weaknesses, and gait normality are just a few things they have worked on over the last 2 years. Lindsey's still working to continue her recovery but she is now able to drive, walk at a more normal speed, has improved spacial awareness as well as improved strength and balance. They are quite a TEAM! Being positive and fun while still getting down to business CJ is part of the team that has and continues to help Lindsey on her recovery journey. Lindsey and mom Carol
For most of my life, I have described myself as a klutz. Through the years, I have had a number of broken bones and serious sprains. A few years ago, my daughters suggested that I try an introductory class with C.J.. Both of them have taken group and private lessons from her. Thanks to her instruction, my balance and strength have greatly improved. I have arthritis, bursitis and connective tissue disorder. With the Melt hands and feet taught by C.J., I feel that my pain has significantly decreased and is much more tolerable. In the past, I have become bored with fitness classes and routines. C.J. keeps my interest by varying the exercises. Each week is different. Lastly, C.J.’s enthusiasm coupled with her kindness and compassion have made Mondays(my class day) great days! Cheryl