The Silver Lining of Injury

The Silver Lining of Injury

At the end of February I picked up my heavy Reformer carriage in a bad, bad way.

Already with a tendency toward tightness, my back seized up and got crazy frickin' tight. Basically all the stuff I cultivate consistently in my Pilates workout disappeared for a bit and all the tight stuff got freakishly tighter.


Of course this incident happened just before I planned to do a nice big Reformer workout. Well, that would have to be on hold for a bit while I sort out if I should apply ice or heat?

That's the first thing I learned.


Miraculous stuff really.

Today, aside from a lingering LUSH obsession created while caring for my back, I am stronger than ever. And despite mixed feelings of annoyance and embarrassment (yeah, I know. Whatever…) there are always Pilates lessons you learn when you must dial back your usual tricks to be good to your body and to speed the healing process.

Did I mention I'm a terrible patient?

Speaking of terrible patients…

One of my clients, Sharon, has a tendency to over-do at her job, lifting things that are too heavy when she should really delegate, and occasionally arrives for her Pilates lesson walking like a little old lady.

This particular client is as vivacious as the day is long, so it's immediately apparent that she is not 100%. She has a great sense of humor and of course wants to do all of her exercises and assures me that she is fine.

Okay…let's hobble to the Cadillac.

She once famously appeared for her session with one arm in a sling and declared herself ready for anything (NO).

No more feetsies

Randomly, for several months Sharon was recovering from a foot injury. We of course did a lot of Mat, some Reformer exercises that did not involve her feet and a bit on the Cadillac that she loves.

As a result of taking her feet and therefore her legs out of the equation, Sharon's center got lots of attention. She learned to get more mileage out of her powerhouse, specifically her upper stomach and buttocks.

She ended up learning a great deal about her body that she could carry through in her workout after recovering (very quickly) from the foot issue.

My weekly lessons

Karen Frischmann is such a great momma. Her “prescription” for my speedy recovery?

  • Epsom salt baths – yes she is to blame for my steady LUSH habit (or is she?)
  • Spine Corrector exercises everyday until the tightness in my thighs and low back subsided.

What a beautiful world it would be if everyone did their daily Spine Corrector exercises. We so need that thing!

It is indeed “The Corrector!”

So what did I learn?

  • My tight-ass back really hit home the importance of length. AGAIN.
  • The exercises in which I could access the muscles of the seat to aid in the elongation of the low back felt fine and well-supported. When I could not find my seat, I would feel my back.

Pretty clear.

  • Only my ego was in pain, the rest of me was just super stiff.
  • I have even greater empathy for clients that have back issues through my own personal experience. Injury is a great teacher.

Everybody now: “Fetch me The Corrector!”

Please note that I am sharing my personal experience with a back issue. I am not suggesting that everyone with a bad back should leap onto the Spine Corrector. There are lots of different kinds of backs out there. Just sayin'.

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  1. Thanks Andrea – just what I needed to read today – been dealing with a back injury for way to long and my head is my biggest hurdle. Thanks for your great point of view – as always. I love your posts!

    • Mo – how are you doing? I am glad I could offer some info on how to be nice to yourself when you are having a body issue. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts and struggles. I totally get it. Hope we can see each other again soon 🙂 xo

  2. Amen, Sistah!
    Injury…the great humbler…is the best teacher 🙂
    Hope you’re feeling much better, and thanks for sharing!

    • Oh yes, all better now 🙂 Thanks for reading – and so true – injury is the great humbler…and the best teacher. Beautifully put, my friend. xo

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