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Thank you everyone.

I am finding the whole 'slowing down ' very hard. My passion is hiking and over the past 1-2 years I am being robbed, despite looking fit and healthy.
Everything I do seems to have a comeback. Even walking my dog for an hour sometimes makes me ache.
Its so frustrating.

Even the meds I get given to make life easier are scary.

Its scary to think that is it for me now, aches,pains,lack of sleep, lack of hiking. I read everyone being so optimistic but when your life is changing little by little its hard.
Not too worried about the lack of pilates though !
I find and found changes tough but they aren't going anywhere so I focus on what I can do and what I am doing to minimise/ counteract change.

I am a Pilates teacher based near Toulouse in France. I too have MS and last year I did Mariska Brelands specialised training "Pilates for MS" in London. I'm hoping to work with fellow MSers in the future.
I believe Pilates is excellent for MS, both from my own experience and from what I learnt on the Specialist training course. I hope you continue with Pilates, just take it easy to begin with and try shorter but more frequent sessions.

Good luck
Yes I have found that pilates has been a huge help to me.

I am very lucky to work as a receptionist in a good physio clinic that has quality pilates as well. I have seen many people benefit from pilates but for someone with MS I think it is gold.

Aim for a good physio/pilates combo rather than a class situation so you can focus on your needs.
Dx 1992 OMS 25-2-09
Hi there,

I have taken up a Clinical Pilates course run specifically for MS and other neurological issues. I did a normal 1 hour pilates course and that left me unable to move much the next day and also the same pain in my thighs that stopped me sleeping and I also reached out to baclofen to ease the stiffness.

Clinical Pilates was great - it lasted an hour with 8 different excercises that didn't result in me being in pain or unable to move, I just had a feeling of done excercise that had done my some good.

Maybe worth a try?

Mike H
You are right clinical pilates is the best option. It usually has a physio doing it or a very good pilates instructor.

Like all things that look the same they are not always equal. There are substandard versions everywhere and pilates is the same. Glad you have found a good one to carry on with.
Dx 1992 OMS 25-2-09
CdeGrasse wrote: I found a phyiotherapist who incorporates Pilates in her practice. I would highly recommend this approach. The instructor needs to be aware of some of the challenges you are facing with exercises so that you do not hurt yourself....

A 1 hour assessment session was the starting point for me; it turned out that my core muscles were very weak (not a total shock to me since my last episode/flre up left me with numbness from my ribcage down to the top of my thigh on my left side). She recommended a series of Pilates exercises based on my requirements and also gave me some "home Pilates" exercises to do when I cannot come into her studio. (they take about 1/2 an hour - I suspect your 2 hour session is too long.) My plan is to have a once a month session with the therapist to make sure I am doing things properly and a "tune up"of my program based on progress.

Hope this advice helps!


Can you please share her contact or website address if it is feasible for you to share here! Thanks in advance.
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