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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   


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