What motivated you to start at AFS?
I’d had back and neck trouble for about 25 years due to whiplash and falling twice on my tailbone. I’d been treated by almost every kind of practitioner in town. Finally, Jay Sandweiss helped me get to a state of physical health where I could think about getting stronger. My muscles had gotten quite weak. He suggested AFS.
How do you define your success?
I define my success as being stronger, pain free and enjoying life again.
What was your biggest fear before you started?
My biggest fear was that my physical/structural problems would prevent me from taking part in the program. I worried I would aggravate the problems that I’d had for so long. But with supervision, this fear eventually subsided, as flare-ups diminished to the point where I don’t have them anymore.
How is your life different now?
Now I am able to do everything I want to do, pain-free. I can enjoy so many things that I couldn’t before without triggering back/neck problems, such as: drawing, walking two miles, lifting a gallon of milk, using scissors for prolonged periods of time and traveling in a car for multiple hours.
What advice would you give others looking to start with AFS?
Don’t wait. It’s fun and progress happens. Each client’s program is individually tailored to their needs, so progress is steady. The practitioners’ interest in your progress is genuine. Having the programs already set up by people who know what your body needs reduces personal pressure. It is enjoyable to go to AFS, to meet new people and to have prescribed exercises. AFS has given me a new life. I’m so grateful.
I'm Susan's Trainer, Sawyer Paull-Baird