Frequently Asked Questions


What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi.  It is transmitted to people through the bite from an infected tick (the deer tick or black-legged tick) and can affect any part of the body.

What are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

There are dozens of different symptoms associated with Lyme Disease and not every case presents the same way.  Possible early indications of Lyme Disease may include flu-like symptoms and/or the development of an Erythema migrans (EM) rash (commonly resembling a bulls-eye).  Other common symptoms of Lyme Disease include: fatigue, joint Pain and/or swelling, stiffness of the neck, headaches, and muscle pain and/or cramps.

What is Neurological Lyme Disease?

Neurological Lyme Disease is not a separate form of Lyme Disease, but rather a term used if the infection has crossed the blood-brain barrier and infiltrated the Central Nervous System.  If this happens, then an array of neurological symptoms begin to appear ranging from mild to severe.

What Makes Pilates an Ideal Exercise Platform for Lyme Disease?
Pilates is an extremely versatile movement platform that offers and array of exercises, equipment, modifications, and adaptations to fit each person in a unique way. Because Lyme Disease can have so many different symptoms, having an exercise system with so many different tools available makes it ideal for working with Lyme clients.
What Makes Pilates for Lyme Disease Unique?
In order to work with clients that have the disease, it is important to understand the disease. We go deep into pathology, treatment, and recovery strategies to ensure Pilates teachers have the knowledge and confidence to create a program unique to each client. It is important to remember that Lyme Disease can present very differently in each person so program design will vary depending upon the presenting symptoms.
Is Pilates Safe for Lyme Disease Clients?
Yes, as long as a client has medical approval to exercise.
What can I expect from the Pilates for Lyme Disease course?

The course will give you a deeper understanding of Lyme Disease and how to approach working with clients who are struggling with Lyme symptoms.  Pathology of the illness will be covered extensively in addition to common physical and neurological symptoms.  You will learn effective strategies to approach the complex nature of the disease and, ultimately, help your clients on their road to recovery.  Lyme Disease is a multifaceted illness that does not present the same from person to person.  Therefore, establishing a baseline understanding of the disease is crucial to developing a exercise and movement protocols for clients.