Surrounded by state-of-the-art Pilates equipment in her Greenwich studio, Miriam Klinger works with her clients -- stretching and lengthening and loosening.
Visiting her studio, The Reform School just off the Old Post Road, is everyone from extreme sports enthusiasts with Achilles tendon issues, to teenagers with sports injuries, to those recovering from knee replacement surgery, to skiers and surfers and older clients needing balance training.
On this particular day, Klinger is working with Susan Fisher. She stretches the back of Fisher's hamstrings and her inner thigh. She moves her leg through a range of motion, an exercise designed to lubricate the hip joint.
Fisher has been coming to the studio for more than a year and a half. "She (Klinger) brought me back from a car accident," says Fisher. "When I first came in here, I almost couldn't walk. It took a year to bring me back. It changes your body. She works on the small muscles. She's making long and lean muscles and stronger core muscles."
"We're using the abdominal muscles for the central core strengthening of the body," explains Klinger. "Without the core, there is nothing."
Klinger, herself, embraced Pilates as a last resort before undergoing spine surgery for a herniated disc and curvature of the spine. She says that Pilates enabled her to cancel her surgery and that she has remained pain-free ever since.
Now, she shares her training with others.
"I couldn't find teachers who worked with people with limitations," says Klinger. "So I decided to become a teacher."
For more information about The Reform School, visit www.pilatesreformschool.com or call 203-629-3700.