Not strength, not muscle mass or tone; to regain control of my movement, it is my brain that must be instructed to find the pathways for sending signals to my muscles…in some way.
I’ve written before about how Pilates exercises have been the best and perhaps only way I’ve found to re-establish a voluntary connection to my muscular system. How exactly this happens isn’t clear – our guess is that the connective tissue, which surrounds and envelops all muscle, bone, and viscera, and contains many nerves itself, has some ability to carry those signals in an organized way.
Simply the fact that it is happening is remarkable. It’s why I rise every morning. No doctor in her sober mind, given the present research and [severely-limited] understanding of how the nervous system works, would say that this is possible. And yet...
In May I posted about being invited to present on my experience with Pilates, and I’m happy to share part of that speech with you now! After some editing, a hard-drive crash which destroyed some of the multi-cam edits, then much more editing, it’s here.
If you know anyone who might benefit from a brief primer on some benefits of Pilates, feel free to forward along. Cheers!