I was honored in the fall to be asked to contribute a short piece to Balanced Body’s annual publication – they’re the world's premier manufacturer of Pilates equipment, based right here in Sacramento – on how my practice in Pilates has influenced my recovery.
We, my therapists and their spinal-cord-injured clients, are using Pilates in a somewhat novel way for neuromuscular reconnecting, and sharing our discoveries with the broader community is important for contributing to the knowledge base.
It was hard for me to decide, of all the revolutionary aspects I could write about, what to fit on a page, so I zoomed out: Pilates was, and has been, a new paradigm for working with my nervous system, as opposed to simply with my body.
Most of my exercises are designed for neural re-education, in the brain, rather than exercise for the body. The connection must be present before any somatic ‘exercising’ can take place.
Anyway, the piece is at the bottom. It’s a quick read.
This comes at a good time, too, because Absolute Center, the Pilates studio in Lafayette where I spend many hours a week, is having its annual open house next Thursday, May 12th. There will be presentations on the programs offered, including the SCI program, and I will be speaking about how Pilates has helped me on my journey. Anyone is welcome! It will be a fun and casual time. Feel free to leave a comment or get in touch if you have questions or are interested in attending.