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Pilates for Chronic Pain, with Nick Hannah

Episode 50:

Pilates for Chronic Pain, with Nick Hannah

On this episode of the Pilates Elephants show, we talk with Nick Hannah, a genuinely innovative physical therapist in London, Ontario, Canada. We discuss why communication is the next frontier in physical rehabilitation and how this could be utilised in a Pilates class for chronic pain sufferers. Nick shares why he sees his role as an architect for change, helping clients clarify what they are physically capable of and where their new direction for movement might lie.

What You Will Learn:

  • How Pilates can help clients with chronic pain
  • Why rehabilitation is a collaborative process
  • How movement professionals can work with clients to better understand their goals for rehabilitation
  • Why emotional and cognitive empathy are essential skills for physical therapists
  • How the relationship-centered model of care involves clients in their rehabilitative process

Communication and Rehabilitation

Nick discusses why the core of his rehabilitative process is focusing on the ‘how’ of rehabilitation, not just the physical exercises. Rehabilitation should be with people, not to people, and that shift in perspective is what led him into a coaching role, helping people find insights for change. Our conversation centers around how movement professionals can help people understand what it actually takes to change and line that up with their expectations and needs for rehabilitation.

Flexibility and Collaboration

The relationship-centered model of care is all about involving clients in their rehabilitative process. Nick explains why he prefers to be co-creative and collaborative with clients in his efforts to design a program that fits with their lifestyle. We also pool our thoughts on why having more fluidity to the way you approach a clients’ care and meeting the person where they’re at allows you to respond to that person’s needs more effectively.

Empathy is an Essential Skill

Both emotional and cognitive empathy are vital in any physical or movement therapy. Cognitive empathy is very much a deliberate skill that you need to practice in order to put yourself in another person’s shoes. Nick shares why he feels that cognitive empathy is the gateway to genuine compassion and how he harnesses it to better help his clients on their journey to rehabilitation.

Pilates for Chronic Pain

About Nick Hannah:

Nick is a physical therapist in London, Ontario, Canada, who is deeply passionate about practicing skills that don’t often get much attention. Skills like: genuine relationship building, communication, motivational coaching, and deep listening, to name a few. Without a doubt, these are the true clinical superpowers that form the basis of successful client care. Name a more important skill…

You may know Nick from his online healthcare platform @hannahmoves (yes, he is a Canadian celebrity). Here he regularly publishes content about clinical practice, health, pain, and life in general. Nick is no stranger to ruffling feathers online and will happily defend what he values and views as most important to clinical life.

Most recently, he launched an 8-week clinical mentorship called Communic8 to explore his passions for education in the service of his profession.

Outside the clinic, Nick loves cooking, fishing, and training. He increasingly concerns himself more with activities of being rather than doing. He knows life is super short: so laugh loud, love hard and stop taking everything so damn seriously.

How to Connect with Nick Hannah:

  • Find Hannah Moves online here
  • Find Nick on Instagram here
  • Check out Nick’s Communic8 Mentoring Program here

About Raphael and Cloe:

Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education

With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.

She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast, with Raphael Bender, has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths whilst creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.

Cloe is fascinated by movement in general, and its ability to enhance our lives, at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. She has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.

How to Connect with Raphael and Cloe:

3 Myths About Posture in Pilates eBook:

  • You can find the eBook here

Stop Faking It & Really Know Your Stuff Pilates Q&A:

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Please join us for our Stop Faking It & Really Know Your Stuff Pilates Q&A weekly open-mic Q&A all about helping Pilates instructors become masters at their craft.

We will kick it off with 5-10 minutes of debunking a myth within Pilates or teaching a slice of Breathe Education’s latest insights that you can take and apply with your clients today.

Then we’ll go open-mic to answer all of your questions around tricky questions like disc herniation, arthritis, stenosis, joint replacement, abdominal separation, shoulder impingement, and many more. Click here to register.

Pilates Instructor Training Resources:

  • Find out more about Nick Hannah here

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