When I tell people that I created a website in addition to teaching Pilates and yoga and being a part-time stay at home mom, they ask me why. The reason is simple. Back a few years ago when I was struggling and in pain, I really needed a site like this. When I turned to my trusty pal, Google, I often came up blank. My goal is for this website, what it's really all about, is providing the answers that I was looking for a few years ago.
At the time, I was in pain. I'd had another C-section, and this recovery was not as smooth as the first one. I was in so much pain that I had to hire someone to clean my house because I physically was unable to do it myself.
In fact, after about half an hour of vacuuming, I'd have to rest for the rest of the day. Seriously. I used to vacuum after I was finished working with my clients because I knew I wouldn't be able to sit or stand for the rest of the day.
Even when we went on vacation, I could only sit in the truck for a few hours before I needed a break. We would have to stop, and I'd go stretch out on the bed in our camper. Slowly, we plodded and crept toward our destination. I'd take about a half an hour of rest for every three hours of driving.
Then, when we'd find a path to hike, I could only go so far before I had to take a break. I felt like I was always right on the edge of horrible pain. If I didn't time things just right or meter my energy appropriately, I'd be in a world of pain. That's no way to live.
I wanted answers. Night after night, I took to the web to figure out what the heck I needed to do to get out of this horrible situation. Each night, I went to bed unsatisfied, unable to find answers or ideas of what I could do to feel better.
It was then that I decided that I needed to create a website to offer up answers for people living with pain. Even if I hadn't exactly figured out what I needed to do to be pain-free myself, I could still share the information that I had used to help numerous clients through the years.
Then, I Broke My Neck
About half a year into my journey to share information to help people live pain-free, I broke my neck. As I searched for new information about how to live with a broken neck, I struggled to find anything helpful. I was shocked.
Fine, then. I'll write it.
Each day of my recovery, I took notes. Along the way, I wrote helpful articles for my website. I even was lucky enough to have someone with a broken neck reach out to me and tell me how helpful my articles were.
Amazing. A total stranger found my information, read it, and thought it was helpful.
That is exactly why I created this website. No matter what causes you pain--even if it's mental and not physical--my goal is to provide information that can help you feel better.
Check It Out
If you're new to this website, there's a ton of information out here. Check out the Pilates Exercises and Yoga Poses under the Free Resources tab. Each yoga pose and Pilates exercise have their own written instructions and video to demonstrate. Additionally, I have a series of videos called Weekend Workout! that offer free 20-30 minute workouts. While you're browsing the Free Resources, you can also register for my newsletter and my new 30 day video series, Learn Yoga and Pilates--FREE!
Basically, if I have a question about anything related to health or fitness, I research it and provide you with the answers. Some of the other health topics I've covered are:
- the importance of water,
- what time of day you should practice cardio,
- the danger of multi-vitamins,
- myofascial release, and
More About Me
My name is Sarah Stockett, and I'm STOTT certified in Matwork; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels; Injuries & Special Populations; and CORE. I also am a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, and I have studied Active Isolated Stretching.
Although my educational background is important, I think my injuries and the challenges I've faced are what set me apart as an instructor. I have:
- had two c-sections,
- progressed in fixing diastasis rectus abdominis,
- lived with pubis symphysis dysfunction (while pregnant),
- stabilized an unstable pubis (after pregnancy),
- lived with an umbilical hernia,
- rehabilitated an umbilical hernia repair,
- fixed my plantar fasciitis,
- healed and rehabilitated a broken neck, and
- fixed my sciatica.
Since 2002, I have worked as a Pilates instructor, personal trainer, and yoga instructor. I have worked with clients who have had issues including:
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- diastasis rectus abdominis,
- knee replacement,
- spinal fusion,
- cervical vertebrae surgery,
- low back pain,
- bulging discs,
- wrist surgeries,
- foot surgeries,
- fused toes,
- neck tension,
- hernia repair,
- psoas dysfunction, and
- piriformis dysfunction.
If you're interested in reading more about me and my experiences, check out this page.
I'm glad you're spending this time with me. Please let me know how can I help you. Are there any specific questions or issues you have?