Health Success Story: Amie Ross

If you’re looking for an inspirational weight loss and health success story, keep reading…

Below are all the reasons why Amie Ross, Owner of Studio 54 Pilates & More is so passionate about paying it forward and helping others improve their health, and quality of life.  Pilates put Amie back together again after a devastating car wreck left her body broken and in chronic pain for 10 years.  She likes to say she was humpty dumpty and Pilates put her back together again.  

Pilates has amazing health benefits, that are sometimes difficult to explain, we get questions all the time, from prospective new clients who are sometimes quite afraid of exercise due to past injuries, accidents, or health issues, but if you’re willing to do the work, the rewards are there.

With patience, and practice, by  learning to listen to your body, and treat it with care, and ensuring you have safe and appropriate exercises in your weekly workouts, you can  build confidence, strength, flexibility, and fitness.  Amie’s amazing results speak for themselves, she is truly an inspiration for weight loss, lifestyle change, and better health.  When you put your mind and body into action, just look at what can be achieved.

Whether you are healthy, or health-challenged, we hope you enjoy learning more about Amie’s health success story. Let her be an inspiration to you to do whatever it takes to achieve health and vitality – mind, body, and spirit.

Amie Ross – My Health Success Story:
People have asked, why the name Studio 54 Pilates & More?  It reflects and respects our journey, the road we travel.  I was born in Greensburg, Kansas, graduated moved to Hutchinson, KS.  Became a Hotel General Manager and lived and Managed properties all over.  Hutchinson, KS, Dodge City, Garden City, Columbia, MO; Storm Lake, IA, Wichita, KS, Sherman, TX.  My parents home was and is one mile north of highway 54 and many years and journeys later, I opened my Studio just one mile north of highway 54.

My husband and I were living in Sherman, TX when the Greensburg Tornado of 2007 happened, and I was helping to open a resort property in Storm Lake Iowa at the time.  It was this “tragedy” that brought us back to Kansas, Wichita specifically.  I accepted the position of General Manager and Opened a new property here in Wichita.  Out of such a travesty a HUGE blessing came.  When we moved to Wichita it was the first time we lived somewhere that had a Pilates studio, my life changed forever thanks to that.  I now get to live pain free and help others live pain free.  I have also gone back to school and become a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor and Pilates Sports Center Master Trainer.  Pay it forward is the motto I now get to live and it is amazing!

For fun, this photo is a side by side comparison of my “before” and “after.”

For those questions, can Pilates help with …? The answer is always yes.

Here is a little list of  all the issues that Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® has helped me with:

  • Frontal Lobe brain damage – degenerative and mimics early on-set Alzheimer’s with ADHD
  • Osteoarthritis throughout my entire spine
  • Disc Degeneration throughout my entire spine – I went from 5’8″ down to 5’6″ (I am now 5’7″)
  • Sheared the spinous processes of my neck and broke C4 & C5 Severe Nerve and Neurological damage to the muscles
  • Several Pinched nerves and slipped discs
  • Tore & Stretched the tendons and ligaments on the front of my neck
  • Tore my upper trap
  • Tore my rotator cuff
  • Partially tore my labrum
  • Dislocated my left shoulder
  • Dislocated my right hip
  • Scoliosis throughout my lumbar spine
  • Hyper – Lordosis
  • Rotated and tilted pelvis
  • Rotated ribcage
  • Torn Hamstring
  • SI joint issues from a broken tail bone and scolosis
  • Knocked Knees
  • Osteoarthritis in my left shoulder and both hips
  • Thoracic spine fused itself to try and stabilize the lumbar and neck “issues”
  • Atrophy of the Lumbar muscles
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Type II Diabetis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Endometriosis
  • Depression

Here’s the good news – four years ago I could (granted not well, but COULD) hit a tennis ball with a racket. I’ve regained one inch back in my height, am now 5’7″. Approximately 6 years ago I could read an entire book. My brain damage appears to be getting better not worse, I do not expect to ever be where I was, but I have learned to be grateful for where I am. I have earned this place.

Oh yea, and look at the healthy me, I’ve lost 100 pounds and kept it off for 8 years!! Feeling great AND it shows!!  Don’t put your health on hold, everyone can do Pilates and YOU can enjoy health success too!

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