The NeuroRehab Movement provides advanced education and training programs for Pilates instructors, fitness professionals, physical therapists, and people living with MS, stroke, and other neurological conditions.
When I was diagnosed with MS in 2002, my doctors never gave me guidelines for exercise other than "don't overdo it." At first, I was extremely hesitant to exercise at all. After a couple of years, though, I started listening to my body and what I felt it wanted to do. So I worked out. Pretty hard. Fairly often.
But, I didn't do specific exercises designed to strengthen existing MS problem areas. I didn't focus on areas that would likely become problems with disease progression or inactivity. I had no road map. No game plan. No one showing me how I could make my workouts work for me and my individual illness. So even though I was exercising, I was still developing issues with walking, muscle spasticity, and balance.
Enter The Neurorehab Movement.
Meghann Koppele and I developed this resource as the culmination of my experience as a Pilates instructor and neuro patient for more than 15 years and her 17 years of experience as an expert movement trainer for people with neurological diseases and conditions. We were both frustrated by how few resources are available to people with neurological conditions and wanted to find a way to bring our successful methods to everyone at a fraction of the cost.
We realized that people need more.
People with neurological conditions need smart workouts tailored to their disease or condition, their symptoms, and their lifestyles. They should feel challenged and empowered, not discouraged.
Fitness teachers and caregivers need information and resources – tutorials, workshops, mentorships – that can fit into their budget, their time, and their interest level (whether that’s disease-specific training, symptom-related ideas, a quick consult, or a rich understanding aimed towards creating a practice aimed at serving this population).
- Mariska, Meghann & The NeuroRehab Movement Team