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Heroes In Motion
Heroes in Motion is
an international initiative founded by the Pilates Method
Alliance, inspired by instructors who are dedicated to
facilitating functional movement with comfort and ease for those
who experience severe impediments to motor control.
The initiative supports the development of an international
network of Pilates teachers who offer movement instruction to
eligible clients in their community. It serves clients with
military and civilian affiliations. Conditions include and
are not limited to polytrauma, vestibular disorders, prosthetic
limb(s) and traumatic brain injury.
The inspiration for Heroes
in Motion can
be traced to PMA®-CPT Elizabeth Larkam's studio experience. Her
project took root in 2008 when Mike Podlenski (Physical Therapy
Assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer, Pilates instructor)
invited Elizabeth to mentor him as he began the Pilates program
within the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive
Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5)
Program. Their collaboration grew to include the work of
instructors Jessie Lee and JoJo Bowman, who founded a Pilates
program for soldiers in Copenhagen, Denmark, under the auspices
of the Royal Danish Ballet Foundation. Larkam mentored Lee and
Bowman, developing Pilates studio movement sequences for
bilateral amputees. Physiotherapist Hadar Schwartz, PMA®-CPT, at
work with patients in the Pilates studio of the Zahal (IDF)
Disabled Veterans Organization - "Beit Halochem", Tel Aviv,
Israel, joined the group.
In 2012 the Pilates
Method Alliance invited
this international collaboration to make a home within the PMA
as pioneers of the Heroes
in Motion initiative.
This first collaboration will serve as a starting point for the
development of this area of work within the profession.
To visit the Heroes In
Motion Website click on the Logo Below