Working in fitness for 25 years, Debbie Richter became intrigued by Pilates as a mind-body exercise that brings awareness and control for all ages. She opened Southern Oregon Pilates & Personal Training at 3132 State St., Suite 100 in Medford six years ago.
"Pilates is a functional exercise that can be effective for people anywhere from the 95-year-old who is bedridden to elite athletes," Richter says. "What is rewarding is really helping people make changes in their lives. I feel like my clients become healthier and more aware with a Pilates element in their lives."
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Richter teaches a contemporary style of Pilates that has a strong blend of physical therapy in it, she describes. "Practicing Pilates can improve compensations and injuries and bring people back to a place of balance," she says.
Her studio has a full-range of Pilates equipment and additional fitness tools, including a new Surfset, a surfboard-inspired balance training piece. "We incorporate a lot of balance and function work, keeping it fresh with variety because we have a lot of tools," Richter says. "I also push myself to stay current with continuing education and by staying connected with the medical industry."
As an instructor, she is proud of her clients' achievements. "We have a very caring studio," she says. "We love our clients. We want them to succeed and I think people feel that from us," she says.