WHEN YOU WERE SPEAKING YOU WERE VERY PASSIONATE AND ENERGIZED ABOUT YOUR WORK. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO AND ARE WORKING ON?
I am always working on something, I have a hard time sitting still. I have a short time here and want to do so much.
I am currently a Pilates instructor, working mostly with privates and a few occasional group classes at Purely Pilates in Reno, NV. I am also a faculty member for Balanced Body where I teach their Pilates teacher training program at Purely Pilates and as an on-site trainer- traveling to studios and gyms around the west coast.
Working with clients with spinal cord injuries has now become a new passion for me and I am a newbie in the game but have the fire to help as much as I can. I am currently working at Purely Pilates and at the High Fives Foundation with my clients who have spinal cord injuries. I hope to transition to working with this demographic more and possibly exclusively. Time will tell.
I have seen some amazing things happen in the short time I have been working with SCI clients. I know that Pilates is helping people reconnect neuropathways.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH?
A lot. I would first like more education in how I can use Pilates to be the modality onto which I help my clients with SCI. We can always be learning more. There is so much to learn, even just about spinal cod injuries but feeling a little "stuck" with my educational options at the moment.
I am also wanting to join forces with a some amazing individuals I have met who can help provide personal experience. To help develop better programs people need shortly after injury and on. And one day I hope a program to educate Pilates instructors on how to work with this demographic will be developed. We need to be working on a larger scale with more people who want to help.
I would like to see hospitals utilize other modalities, such as Pilates, to help the rehab process while patients are still in the hospital system. I have seen so many amazing things continue to develop after insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and traditional forms of rehab have given up on patients. They say time is of the essence, so think of what we can reconnect if we get moving sooner.
I would also like to make Pilates a viable form of therapy that insurance companies will recognize for coverage. I know, I have enough to start with right there.
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AND HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP?
The foreseen challenges I face will be with medical/ insurance world. In trying to provide therapy for all and for insurance companies to consider Pilates as a covered form of therapy we will have to do a clinical study to show data backing Pilates as progressive work in their pursuits of more mobility/ less pain. I don't feel I have the knowledge of how to run a study, so teaming up with someone, or a team of people, who is willing to take on the study is what I need to become apart of. I have some thoughts and ideas towards this. We just have to connect the "people dots" and get the right people in place.
In the meantime, I have been looking into grant opportunities for all because funding for an individuals therapy is an on going issue. High Fives Foundation is amazing but can only provide help for a limited amount of people. So, for those who do not qualify to receive a grant we have to look elsewhere. I am continuing to do my research of organizations that can help us but I haven't come upon much.
Also, I have been researching other workshops and educational programs I can attend to help my knowledge of spinal cord injuries, neurological issues, and therapies to help both. Education is going to really help me become a critical thinking teacher and a quicker problem solver, as no one injury or body is the same as the next.
How one can help is to donate to the Fives Foundation to help them continue on with the amazing work they are doing for so many deserving people.
If someone is wanting to help on a personal level, I do work with two clients who are paying out of pocket for their therapy sessions with me and do need financial assistance. To help fund them, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.