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A Little Bit More with Amy Hershey, Pilates For Lyme Workshop Presenter

We’re excited to host Amy on Saturday, October 19 as she brings Pilates for Lyme Disease workshop to Springboard Pilates. Her expertise will give attendees not only movement specific take-aways, but we’ll all learn more about the intricate pathology of the disease. Even if none of your clients (or your circle of family/friends) has Lyme, the symptoms parallel many other conditions including: joint pain, muscle stiffness, fatigue, chronic pain/inflammation, and neck pain.

As residents of Maine, most of us are well aware of the prevalence of ticks and have been scared into furious tick-checks after a walk in the woods, but how many of us know how to support the mobility needs of those who have been affected? Be a litter wiser to the relief that Pilates can bring to those with both Lyme Disease and Post-Lyme recovery. Register now for the in-person workshop.

Amy is a wealth of knowledge and a pioneer in the field. Her training at The Pilates Center Boulder gives her an even deeper connection to Springboard Pilates and she was gracious enough to answer a few of our lingering questions about her path to Pilates for Lyme.

What fueled your career in movement? (And if you had a different career path before this, what was it?)
I actually fell into Pilates by happenstance. I was in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder and on a whim, decided to try Pilates because some fellow rock climbers said it helped improve their climbing. Of course, my first lesson was at The Pilates Center and from the beginning they encouraged me to do the training program. It took a few years but I eventually caved and am very grateful to how found such a rewarding career.

What has been the biggest challenge to your movement journey with Lyme Disease? 
My biggest challenge has been getting others to realize how widespread Lyme Disease is and how complex it is. There are so many symptoms possible, including neurological, and every person is going to present differently. You have to be creative in how you approach and open to trying to strategies to help these people.

As you work with more and more clients with Lyme Disease (arthritis, etc.) what have you noticed as consistencies or things that always seem to help despite differences in bodies? 
As cliche as it may sound, moving always helps. I find that opening up the body and incorporating more extension movements seems to be a key.  It goes beyond physical and taps into a psychological component of living with chronic pain.   

What do you do for self care besides Pilates? (Snuggle puppies, drink delicious coffee, etc.)  I try and spend as much time as I can with my animals (I have 16!) and my baby boys (ages 4 years and 6 months). Animals and kids truly give you much needed perspective on what really matters in life.  

How do you think you training with The Pilates Center helped you with your current approach? Training with TPC gave me a solid foundation and the building blocks to understand movement and the human body. They instilled in me the notion that Pilates heals and I have taken that philosophy with me as I work with special populations and people living in chronic pain.