Dyspraxia and the Pilates Method
Dyspraxia is often referred to as the 'body form' of dyslexia where there is a lack of organisation in motor skills. Like dyslexia, it can be found in varying degrees. Mild dyspraxia can exist almost unnoticed while severe dyspraxia critically impairs ones coordination and balance.
The mind-body emphasis of the Pilates method is extremely effective for improving dyspraxia, wherein motor skill re-patterning can be achieved at a fundamental level.
We often get dyspraxic teenagers in the studio as clients. This is when the condition often reveals itself, although the symptoms can and do continue into adulthood. It is never too late to improve balance and coordination. Proprioception is the body's ability to locate, track, and adjust itself in space.
Much of proprioception is controlled by tiny proprioceptive organs located in our connective tissue (joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia). Presenting challenges to the body where reflexes have to make snap decisions in order to maintain balance will strengthen these proprioceptors.
Machine Pilates for Dyspraxia
With consistent repetition and positive feedback any shortcomings in coordination can be improved. We use the traditional Pilates machine repertoire to do this, in addition we employ wobble boards, swiss balls and other balance aids.