What are Jen’s Qualifications?

• Licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Arizona
• Polestar Pilates certified rehabilitation practitioner
• PMA Certified Pilates Instructor
• Myofascial Release practitioner (John F. Barnes approach)
• Cancer Exercise Specialist – certified by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute

Can Pilates help my back pain?

Yes! Pilates exercises create strength through the deep stabilizer muscles of the core. Developing a strong core and learning to move the rest of your body from your core will protect your back from excessive or uneven force. Having a stable spine will greatly reduce your back pain.

Is Pilates safe during cancer recovery?

Yes! As long as your doctor has cleared you for exercise, Pilates is a wonderful method to help you with recovery. It is safe and easily modified for your ability. It can help reduce fatigue and pain, regain fitness and strength and improve mobility, range of motion and posture that may have been affected by treatment and surgery. Pilates at Core Connection has the benefit of being provided by a physical therapist with a strong background in rehabilitation. Plus, it’s a fun way to exercise!

How often should I practice Pilates?

Regular practice 2 or 3 times per week is ideal, you will experience remarkable changes in just a few weeks. However, that practice does not always have to be full 1 hour sessions – there are many ways to fit Pilates into a busy schedule.

What should I wear?

For Pilates sessions, please wear comfortable workout clothing that allows you to move freely. Shoes will not be worn during exercise.

For Myofascial Release sessions, please wear loose fitting clothing such as gym shorts. And for ladies, a regular or sports bra is fine – your preference. I will be asking you to remove your shirt during the postural and movement assessments, as well as during any manual therapy treatments. Myofascial Release involves direct skin contact and requires your skin to be free of lotions and oils.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor for Physical Therapy?

In Arizona, you are not required to have a prescription from a physician to receive physical therapy services. However, if you plan to submit a claim to insurance for your visits, please contact your insurance company before your first visit and check on your coverage by asking the following questions:

• Do I have ‘Out of Network’ physical therapy benefits?

• What is my deductible and has it been met?

• How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover? (Most insurance plans allow for a certain number of physical therapy visits per year or have a dollar amount limit)

• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

• Is a referral or prescription required from my primary care physician?

Do you accept my insurance plan?

Core Connection does not participate with insurance providers, including Medicare. This way I am able to provide you with quality care by a therapist for the entire session. Patients pay in full at the time of service and are given a statement to self-submit to their insurance provider upon request. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted forms of payment.