Six months of Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG have so radically improved my physical well being in balance, movement, body alignment and resulting confidence that I marvel at the change. Others in the class have referred to Celeste as their “Goddess”- I enthusiastically join their rants. To be specific: I no longer must clutch subway stair bannisters moving up and down, and can climb, reach and move with much greater ease. Of course, as a 74 year old diagnosed with arthritis and severe osteoporosis I am still cautious – But so much happier since participating in Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG.
I cannot tell you how much of an imprint you made upon my psyche in only an hour. I am in Florida and was out for a walk this morning early. I think about you almost every step I take! I stand up straighter. For some reason my balance seems so much better and I am trying to look out a little more than I did without becoming stoop shouldered. So all in all I am so happy to report to you all this. I know that is what you like to hear and makes it all worth it from your end. I am playing golf, shooting, and feel better about going to Costa Rica with my family which was making me apprehensive. I hope that you are well and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes it just clicks!!!!!
Just a note to thank you for giving me back my life!
This may sound dramatic, but after many falls because of poor balance, I had really done a job when I broke my elbow about 1-1/2 years ago. A year before that, I broke my foot in a fall. I was sent to physical therapy for balance, which was good, but not enough. I was also gaining weight from doing very little except elbow exercises. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. Then I heard about Fall Stop…Move Strong at the Manhattan JCC. My daughter encouraged me to try it and I started in the beginner’s group. “This was hard,” I thought, but your encouragement, and cheerful, caring attitude kept me going. I am happy to say I “graduated” to the intermediate group and love it. More importantly, I love the results. I do the elliptical machine outside of class, but it is you who keeps me in shape. I love you for it.
My goal was to lose 20 pounds and be in shape to dance at a very meaningful wedding that was this past Saturday. I am ecstatic to say I danced for 5 hours with very little sitting down. As I danced, I kept thinking of how we step over imaginary suitcases and do all the leg and thigh exercises. It all worked and I am beginning to feel even better than my old self – Thank God! see my balance getting better and better.