Pilates as a rehab method and for people with health issues

Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt, Pilates Master Teachers from the USA, have worked for many years teaching the Pilates method around the world. They have collaborated with a wide range of physiotherapists to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based programmes. They have developed several programmes of modified Pilates exercises for clients with health issues such as Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia or joint replacements.

I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to experience trainings and workshops with Michael and Ton and to learn from them.

This enables me to offer clients suffering from Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, post knee or hip replacements, and with other health issues, professional and safe training.

At the outset of training, the individual's needs are discussed, existing injuries or pain identified, and specific targets established. I will then individually tailor a programme of appropriate training.

The careful strengthening of the entire musculature and the improvement of flexibility are the main targets. But to me the motivation of my clients to move and enjoy exercising, despite their health issues, and developing self confidence and trust in their own body is as important as the physical side of the training.

The psychological side of illnesses like Osteoporosis and Fibromylgia or after a big operation replacing a knee- or hip joint, should not be underestimated. Since I had a knee replacement a couple of years ago I am familiar with the effect of such a big operation on the whole person and about the sometimes difficult phases during rehab.

I am dedicated to helping my clients get the maximum benefit out of Pilates and to helping them regain the best possible joy in life.

"Physical fitness is the way to happiness." J.H. Pilates