Hi, I’m Sharon.
I’m a Kiwi that’s travelled across Australia and have found myself most at home in beautiful Albury Wodonga.
Around 2010, I found myself stuck in a loop. I worked gruelling hours as a nurse in a neurosurgery ward, I was working in Pastoral care, as well as being a mum and a wife. I had been diagnosed with burnout, and to top it all, a back injury left me in excruciating pain and popping pills just to get through the day.
Sure, I loved what I did, it was gratifying, soul-warming work, but I was juggling more hats than the Mad Hatter, and the long hours took a huge physical and emotional toll! It just left me feeling old and worn out.
My body ached, my brain felt foggy, and finding the motivation to get out of bed in the morning? Don’t even get me started.
My days blended into one big fat caffeinated blur.
I was a nurse, a pastor, a wife, and a mum.
If you stripped those labels away, I didn’t know who I was underneath.
The ongoing pain and the inability to put my shoes on without my husbands help helped me to reach a decision. I didn’t want to be like this at 70. I had heard that Pilates was good for back pain so I went online and looked for someone that did classes. I was prepared to pay whatever it took to feel well again.
So… I walked into my first lesson.
Over the course of 18 months, as I attended Pilates classes 2-3 times a week, I was able to reduce my pain meds until I no longer needed them. I haven’t looked back since.
As a neurosurgical nurse, I knew the enormous impact that exercise can have on the brain, and how the brain in turn creates new pathways to teach your body to recover from things like chronic pain, strokes, and other neurological issues.
But as a human being? I felt like I’d witnessed my own personal miracle. Pilates gave me the space to heal my mind and body.
That feeling, that I’d been given a second chance at life and the hope I felt, I wanted to share that with others in the same place that I had found myself in!
I want to create a space that you can claim as your own. Where you walk in and are immediately enveloped in a sweeping wave of calm that takes away the stress, insecurities, and everything else that distracts you from yourself in that moment.
Reach isn’t just a pilates studio. It’s where you reclaim your life!