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    Meet Missy! Missy is one of our favorite clients (we do love them all equally). She brings an incredibly kind energy into the studio and we’ve enjoyed watching her progress. Missy shared with us the benefits she’s seen since starting Pilates a year ago- specifically how they’ve helped her in her paddling and yoga practice.

    What do you do in Jackson and how long have you lived in the valley?

    I’m the Executive Director of the  Teton County Library Foundation and have lived full time in Jackson since 1994.

    How long have you been doing Pilates?

    I’ve been doing Pilates for about one year

    What other activities do you participate in?

    I road bike, ski, fish, hike and practice lots of yoga

    Describe your first Grand Canyon trip.

    In 2011, a group of friends and I paddled the lower section of the Grand Canyon. It was a wonderful and active trip and required the use of muscles that I haven’t used in a long time. A friend of mine and I both got small tears in our intercostal muscles . It required us to sit out at least one day of paddling which didn’t make us happy. It took several weeks to rehab the injury once we got home.

    Describe your recent trip and the changes you noticed.

    We’ve just returned from paddling the upper section this week. The good news is that we were completely injury free. We used our core to assist us in all the paddling and were especially strong in the big rapids.

    Biggest impact Pilates has had on your life.

    I feel that Pilates has helped me to become a more integrated athlete. I especially see its benefits in my yoga practice where I have observed more strength, fluidity and prana.

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