Pinching Pennies with Pilates
From the desk of Kristen M. Reynolds, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT
- Are any joints feeling stiff?
- Do you experience pain in your neck, shoulders, back, hips, or knees?
- Have you been diagnosed with a condition, such as arthritis, bursitis, or osteoporosis?
- Did you have a surgery or medical procedure that left you with residual muscle pain or limited range of motion?
- Talk to your healthcare provider and ask he or she to write an “exercise prescription” that recommends Pilates training for a specific condition. Similar to a pharmaceutical prescription, the exercise prescription will read “Pilates training for the treatment of <diagnosis>, # times per week for # months.” Hold onto this document! If you have a flexible spending (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), then you may be eligible to use your funds to pay for your Pilates lessons with pre-tax dollars. Don’t have an FSA or HSA? The IRS does not offer deductions for gym memberships, workout DVDs, or exercise equipment, however it will accept Pilates to treat chronic arthritis with a physical therapist as medical expense. (NOTE: Physical therapy with a doctor’s prescription is tax deductible for all conditions and OMBE offers Pilates-based physical therapy!)
- Check with your insurance company to see if a fitness reimbursement benefit is offered. For instance, Fallon Community Health Plan reimburses individuals ($200) and families ($400) for Pilates through the It Fits! program, while Health New England will reimburse families up to $150 per calendar year towards Pilates classes or personal sessions with a certified teacher (Kristen is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plan members can also get up to $150 toward fees paid for Pilates classes each calendar year.
- Schedule a private session or Pilates Mat class by clicking here or by calling 617.447.2222. I'm also offering any private Pilates sessions booked on a Tuesday or Thursday at 4pm for just $79 now through November!
Always interested in dance, sports and fitness, Kristen Reynolds is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive training and professional certification from the Pilates Method Alliance to compliment her clinical interests. Dr. Reynolds is one of the few instructors in Massachusetts to have earned the distinction of PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups, and Authentic Pilates Union.
Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire with her manual therapy skills has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Dr. Reynolds utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury.