“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, health bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability”. – Joseph Pilates.
Pilates brings a variety of benefits to one’s health, including increased body awareness, control, balance and circulation. Exercises include core exercises for stabilization, back and spine strengthening that improves posture, and dynamic flexibility that relieves muscle spasticity. This all is helpful for fighting the problems associated with MS and various other health conditions. Many Pilates exercises are done sitting or lying down with no or low impact movement, making the workout accessible for any age and fitness level, and serves as a great introduction to make changes to one’s body.
This system was developed by Mariska Breland after she was herself diagnosed with MS in 2002 and is the culmination of her experience with MS symptoms and how she addressed them with Pilates and physical therapy, the stories and experiences of other MS patients, interviews with leading neurologists, physical therapists and other pilates teachers. This system is endorsed by the MS Society in the UK
I, myself, was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and have found that the Pilates system has been invaluable in maintaining an independent and active lifestyle.
Many of the exercises are also helpful to people suffering from other neurological conditions including Parkinsons’ Disease and Stroke.
Potential clients should download and complete the ParQ form prior to attending their first class or 1to1 session.