I first came to Pippa by way of the Stretch to Win website. I was looking for someone to do passive stretch. I have a neurologic disease called hereditary spastic paraplegia. It causes stiffness in my legs that makes movement and walking difficult. I have done lots of Physical therapy over the years. They all told me to stretch, but I found that because of the spasticity it was all but impossible to effectively stretch myself. I found fascial stretch to be incredibly helpful! Most of all, it felt good!
After awhile, she suggested that I should try Pilates. I had done that before, as a duo, and found it not to be helpful. When I told my Physiatrist this, she became frustrated, saying that I needed it to be adapted to my specific issues. I told Pippa this and we proceeded to try it. She watched every movement, and adapted them to prevent me from compensating, forcing me to do the movements correctly. Gradually, I started notice that I could do movements that I could not do before. I felt some hope that exercise could improve my movement. Mostly, my posture improved dramatically!
I have good days and bad days, but Pippa is always encouraging. She tries many different ways to get the movement she is looking for. I am learning to be more aware of my body and how to improve how it moves. I have had lots of PT, but I realized how often I compensated to do the exercises, making things worse. I am trying now to work in conjunction with my therapy to improve my functioning.
Pippa has a good knowledge of how the body moves, and has encouraged me to keep trying.