Laura has helped me with several different pain issues and always has fun and creative “regular” exercises for me to try. I feel so lucky to have met her!
I first met Laura in 2002 when we joined Clubsport (a gym in Tigard, OR) and she was randomly assigned to give me two free introductory training sessions. I had injured my lower back the year before, had sciatica problems, and things just were not getting much better, even after physical therapy. I was 29 years old and was starting to decide that my back issues were just going to be an ongoing problem for me. She gave me several exercises that made my back feel better right away. It was amazing. Several of the exercises were similar to the ones I had been shown in physical therapy, but several were completely different. It was fantastic to have some techniques for making my back feel better immediately whenever it started feeling sore. I’ve been able to avoid any significant lower back problems since 2002. I only run into trouble when I stop doing the exercises she gave me!
Several years later I started having hip pain while exercising and again she had some exercises that had me back to working out the next day.
Last year I started throwing out my middle back while doing just everyday activities like easy yard work, dishes, walking across the room…..It was so frustrating and moderately painful for about 5 days each time it happened! Laura gave me some new exercises that helped me right away. I haven’t thrown out my back since then. The trick is to keep doing the exercises, though! Laura’s exercises really seem unusual the first time you meet with her. They all have worked so well, though, so it is hard to argue with success!! Give whatever crazy thing that she suggests a chance. She does a great job of explaining why she wants you to try something and what it will help do for you.
I’ve also met with Laura to learn new “regular” exercises and to change my routines. She always has something new and fun to teach me. She’s able to give me both exercises that I can do at home with very little equipment or new things to try with special equipment at the gym. She’s given me exercises to do with a new baby and very little time, and exercises to do at my desk at work. She has a good, practical idea to help with any kind of obstacle that you can think of.
Laura just has a great personality and will keep you laughing (or at least smiling!) the entire time she is giving your muscles something to do that you swear they shouldn’t be doing! I can’t say enough good things about her. Without her help I would probably be taking way more Advil than is good for a person.