A few years ago, I was in a very bad way and on a fast-track route to being permanently immobile. It was at this worst point that I found out I have a Hypermobility condition – and my problems were not going to simply go away as I had hoped.
I was told quite simply, that I needed to ‘accept my limitations of my condition’ and that I would have to adapt to a restricted way of living.
I’m not very good at being told what I can’t do…. :-)
I soon became aware of the complexities of Hypermobility conditions, and the limited knowledge out there amongst the medical profession (although thankfully, this is hugely improving). The details have been difficult for me to get my head around, let alone for my friends/family to understand.
My specialist did however, give me a ‘game-plan’, and that was to manage my condition by finding a ‘good Pilates specialist’. Fab! A way forward!
Boy it’s been a long hard journey! Little did I know how hard it would be. During this long struggle, I knew I needed to stay positive and keep focused on progress made (and not get down-hearted about not how far I had to go). It was due to the close support of the Pilates specialists I had around me, that enabled me to successfully build my strength and move forward in my journey. Without that specialist knowledge (in understanding the issues of my condition and the small rehabilitation steps needed), I would have struggled to ‘keep up with everyone else’, and been in too much pain and highly likely to have given up. Thank goodness for the first class service I received I am here to tell the tale.
Furthermore, so passionate am I, I decided that I would gain enough strength to go on to help others. Onward I followed the path of those who showed me the way…gaining my formal qualification as a Pilates Coach. Since qualifying, I have been helping others either in small classes, or helping individuals in their own rehabilitation journey. And, given my background into finding Pilates, it is no surprise I am sure, to understand that my specialism lies in all forms of rehabilitation, for acute conditions or chronic conditions such as hypermobility.