Back in November, I was devastated when the doctor said that my foot may be broken, and later relieved to find out it was "just a bad sprain." Still, the idea of doing life on crutches for several weeks was overwhelming. When simply getting up from the couch to use the bathroom was exhausting, how the heck would I be able to get around Los Angeles? How could I continue to teach when I couldn't even walk myself?!
But, I made do. Because life goes on whether you're ready or not.
And when the time came to start putting weight on my foot again, I was grateful for Pilates to help me reintegrate. Using light springs on the reformer, I started moving through my limited range of motion to increase movement... and each day, I was able to get a little bit more out of my foot. It was amazing how quickly my strength and range returned to pretty much normal! My Pilates practice sped up my recovery more than I could have hoped.
So, bottom line, Pilates works. As, Joseph Pilates said, "Change happens through movement, and movement heals."
Pictured: My awesome rehab companion, my studio reformer in El Segundo, CA.