In 2008, I was involved in an MVA which resulted in me breaking my lower back, fracturing my neck and re-injuring my right knee. At the time, I was told that I probably would never walk again.
After 3 lots of major spinal surgery, numerous falls (one of which resulted in me breaking my right ankle in 3 places), months in hospital and Rehab etc. I was finally sent home in a complete body brace, leg brace and neck brace. My legs didn’t work all that well, my right foot had foot drop and I suffered from severe neuropathy in both feet. Initially, I was given some gentle physiotherapy, massage and hydro pool therapy which helped with the pain but really did nothing to strengthen me or help me regain my independence. I was, however, walking again but with great difficulty. I bounced off the walls of the hallway in my home and walked around like a duck. This had become the norm for me and I thought I was going to be this way for the rest of my life.
In 2010, after being repeatedly prompted by my daughter (an Osteopath and Pilates Instructor in Melbourne), I started looking into Pilates. My Neurosurgeon’s secretary suggested I give 3 Degrees Pilates Studio a try which was then based in Sandy Bay.
And so began a six year relationship with Peta Titter – my Pilates instructor with a wealth of knowledge about trauma impacted bodies from her years of training and working as an Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing Sister. Peta made it her business to give me back my independence, my self confidence and some normality of life.
The first day was hard as I wobbled like a drunk into the studio and was thoroughly assessed by Peta. I had lost so much muscle tone and had practically no core strength. An exercise program was planned for me and we slowly started working on core issues. I saw Peta twice weekly and as time passed we both saw healthy progress with my damaged body.
All the braces were now gone, I was walking with the assistance of a walking cane, I was driving, even doing a few household chores. Slowly, my core strength improved, my muscles regained some definition and I began to feel like the woman I had once been.
Peta and her team adjusted my program as required. All the girls were caring and patient as sometimes there were setbacks which required a rethink regarding my exercises. I was also given back up exercises I could do at home.
It is now 2016. I walk really well, feel confident again, I’m independent and life is pretty good. I continue to do my Pilates religiously and have recently moved to the mainland requiring me to say an emotional goodbye to all the special team at 3 Degrees Pilates.
Every day I give thanks for the day I met Peta and her dedicated team and became part of the 3 Degrees family. Would I recommend Pilates and Peta to others with trauma impacted bodies? In a heartbeat! Even those that don’t have medical problems can only benefit from this mind and body strengthening modality we call Pilates”