Alvin left his loyal protegees to carry on his legacy of ensuring the continuity of
pilates at the highest standards and integrity
As a pathologist, I spent long hours of my working time looking into the microscope. As you can imagine, this sitting position had led to me suffering from chronic upper back and neck pain followed by leg and heel pain over the years. My problem aggravated to such an extent that even walking became difficult and painful. I resigned from my job. I tried various treatments such as osteopathy, ayurvedic massage, yoga, sessions with a chiropractitioner, TCM massage but none of them provided me with relief. Finally, based on the professional recommendation of an orthopaedic surgeon, I joined Pilates Bodyworks.
I am a 68-year-old retiree. In October 2009, I was diagnosed as suffering from Spinal Stenosis (a medical condition that commonly occurs with the aging process where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves). And so I started taking private lessons with Alvin Giam, the Founding Director of Pilates Bodyworks, from December 2009. Since then, I have experienced progressive improvement not only in my spinal condition but in my overall health.
Because of the increased activities that I had taken up, I had more and more lower back pains.This showed up BIG problems in my spine, namely scoliosis, spondylosis and some spondylolisthesis, evil-sounding conditions huge enough to give me lots of pain but fortunately… or not… not enough to warrant any definitive surgical procedure which I had hoped could fix my problems quickly!! Instead, my orthopaedic surgeon friend recommended for me to do PILATES!!
Before I met Alvin and joined Pilates Bodyworks, I used to experience dreadful nights where I will be awaken by the excruciating pain that made me unable to sleep at all. So I went online in search for pain management information and found Pilates Bodyworks.Over the 2 years that I have been with Pilates Bodyworks, they have helped me increase my body awareness and confidence as well as improved my body movement and stability.