Episode 31: Pilates and MS: Building strength for everyone

Rachel is a highly specialized Neurological Physiotherapist with a Masters Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation. She teaches for the Neuro Academy supporting the development of doctors and allied healthcare professionals into MS as their specialization. Rachel is also an Associate Trainer for the NHS England commissioned Bridges Self-Management Programme.  

She became a Pilates instructor in 2014 and specialized in teaching the method to people living with MS in 2016. For three years, Rachel managed the Pilates Studio at an MS Centre teaching mat and large apparatus Pilates to people living with MS. 

“My love of Pilates comes from the fact that I coach and empower individuals to look within, to experience movement with a sense of introspection – learning to think, feel and understand their bodies. This facilitates an understanding of what is normal, what changes, and how to accept, self-monitor and regulate the condition.”

Questions covered:

  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and your experience working with people with MS?
  • What is Pilates? Can you also touch on differences between Pilates and other Eastern practices such as Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, etc.?
  • Do you need special equipment to do Pilates?
  • What are the benefits of Pilates for people with MS?
  • What are the downsides?
  • How can people with more progressive disability do Pilates and stay motivated? What are its benefits to them?
  • How can you modify Pilates for all levels of ability?
  • How do you choose the right Pilates instructor or class? Can you do it on your own?
  • Can you share a final thought with our audience on what motivates or inspires you as a human being?

Useful links:

Learn more about Rachel Changer

Find out about Rachel’s online Pilates classes for people with MS

Learn more about the Neuro Academy

Learn more about the Bridges Self-Management Programme

Read this blog from OMSer Sarah Johnson about her experience with Pilates

Coming up next:

Coming up next week is the start to what we hope will be a lovely holiday season for you all! From all of us at Living Well with MS, we wish you a joyous holiday season and an auspicious kickoff to 2021. We can’t be prouder to serve our listener community, and the OMS community at large, and we look forward to returning early in 2021 with a brand new third season of Living Well with MS and our Coffee Break series. Till then, stay safe, happy and healthy!

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Sue Harrison (not verified)

This most recent podcast with Rachel Changer was so informative. She explained everything so clearly. Thank you.