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Joan Franks

Joan Franks

Pilates | Zero Balancing

Joan Franks was introduced to the Pilates method in 2000 by her daughter, Becca. She originally began as a guinea pig, but the work stuck, and she continued her practice. Joan soon found that Pilates was transformative. She felt more invigorated, noticed better posture, strength, and flexibility. She maintained her Pilates routine for 9 years before taking steps to become a Pilates teacher. Joan completed her Pilates training in 2010, and since, has completed over 500 hours of continued education. In 2011, Joan decided to retire from her private practice as a neurologist to work primarily as a Pilates teacher and body worker. Her expertise includes over 15 years of body work and 30 years as a physician, giving her unique approach to teaching. Joan understands where restrictions originate, enabling her to create movement programs to counter those restrictions. Joan has worked with a variety of disorders, restrictions, and ailments. She has successfully seen students safely make progress toward strengthening, flexibility, and overall well-being.

Zero Balancing
Joan earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona. After completing her neurology residency at various Tucson hospitals, she practiced general neurology in northwest Tucson from 1988 to 2011. Recently, she was voted one of Tucson’s “Top Docs” from Best Doctors, Inc. Although retired from her neurological practice, she continues to attend medical conferences, as well as Zero Balancing and Counterstrain workshops. Joan became certified in Zero Balancing in 2006.

For the past ten years, Strain/Counterstrain and Zero Balancing have been a component of Joan’s medical practice in addition to traditional therapies. Strain/Counterstrain treats musculoskeletal problems, while Zero Balancing is a technique that works with the body’s energy system and structure. Over the years, Joan has found these methods to be both effective and popular with her patients in relieving muscle tension and pain.

In treating various neurological conditions including headaches, neck and back pain, (as well as Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.) she became convinced that health is generated to a great degree through exercise, nutrition, lifestyle habits, and mind-body interactions. She found by integrating these complementary modalities into her practice, her clients were better able to heal or manage their pain. As a result, she has decided to focus on these gentle therapies here at Animas Center.

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