Katie began practicing Pilates as a physical therapist because she wanted to incorporate more core exercises into her workouts, and she learned from a colleague that Pilates was a great way to do that. From as early as her first class, she learned that Pilates not only focuses on trunk strength and stability, but also coordination, endurance and function. With her new-found strength and stability, she could climb mountains, go on multiday backpack trips, and run a marathon, all without any serious injury. Katie doesn’t believe she could have accomplished all her goals injury free or with as much ease as she did without the core strength she attained from Pilates. She is currently training hard in STOTT Pilates, a branch of Pilates that focuses on rehabilitation exercise, to bring her love of Pilates into the therapy setting. Katie hopes to help those who have already had serious injury find their core without fear of exacerbating existing injuries, or creating new ones.
Salmon Bay Physical Therapy implemented their Pilates program to provide patients who are done with Physical Therapy, but are nervous about returning to their normal exercise routines, a safe alternative to transitioning back to independent exercise. These sessions are designed to build the strength, stability, and confidence to successfully return patients to their favorite activities, whether that be a marathon or simply gardening.
Salmon Bay’s Pilates sessions are not processed through insurance, which allows patients to receive one full hour of need specific exercises without the hassle of extra paperwork (A win-win for everyone involved). Additionally, all sessions are provided by STOTT Pilates trained physical therapist, Katie Chen (PT, DPT, OCS, COMT).