Kirsten Johnson – Hamburg, Germany
I was an avid gymnast during my childhood and loved the mat gymnastic exercises. One day I fell from the uneven bar during the competitions and injured my back. Years of doctors, instructions to rest – which I did not follow – and excruciating back pain followed. Even sitting on a chair for more than 30 minutes was painful. At the age of 13, I discovered yoga and Pilates, and practicing these disciplines helped to soothe the pain tremendously.
During my college years, I met one of Joseph Pilates’ students who taught at the Hamburg Pilates institute, and who helped me through classical Pilates and Pilates-based exercises to alleviate my back pain once and for all. Pilates healed my back, improved my posture and made me a better dancer.