Freedom of movement

Paula Louw
I love exercise and movement, especially running although I might be a bit over-eager sometimes. MAP Movement is just taking that a few steps and bounces further! 

About 15 years ago I did a few sprint triathlons and loved the diversity of swimming, cycling and running. I dreamed of doing the longer triathlons (half ironman) but never thought at that stage that I would be able to or have the time for it.

In 2012 and 2013 I did the Comrades marathon (also a dream come true) and ended up with a foot and hip injury. Scared that I won’t be able to run or excercise anymore, I did a pilates course. At least I would be able to do some kind of excercise. The pilates was good for me and a few phisio sessions and I could run shorter distances and lived my passion. 
I taught pilates for 8 years. At the beginning of 2020 I again had a really bad foot injury from overtraining. I knew I would have to make peace with not being able to run anymore. No more running, not even with my daughter who wanted to do a 21,1km when she turned 21 years old.

My sister-in-law, Susan Louw Physiotherapy, told me about a new MAP Movement course in Pretoria for Physiotherapists and Pilates instructors. I was totally into it and knew it was time to take my Pilates to the next level. And boy oh boy…It has done so much more than that. 

The MAP Movement course blew my mind. 

I did the course in March 2020, the weekend before the lockdown started. I went online and continued with the MAP classes with Lené van Heerden and Christine Mann, the co-founders and Physiotherapists who present the MAP Movement course. 

After a month of MAP classes I realised that my foot wasn’t sore anymore and I slowly started running again. I was over the moon. My daughter and I started training again and about 3 months later we did a 21,1km while she was 21 years young. 

I switched from Pilates to MAP Movement classes and believed whole heartedly that it was the best and right thing to do. 
MAP Movement enables you to move the way you are supposed to move and puts a bounce back into your step, literally!
My distant thought of completing a half ironman became a reality in December 2021. Praise the Lord! Thanks to my friend, client and triathlete, Sylvia van Tromp, who encouraged me to take it on. I was amazed and in awe of how our wonderful bodies are designed for freedom of movement (FOMO) and how easily they adapt to different excercises. 

A BIG thank you to Lené and Christien for making this MAP journey possible. You are the best teachers ever and are so gifted. I am most thankful that the Lord brought this opportunity on my path!

I also want to thank my clients so much for bearing with me while I was still learning and sticking with me because change is difficult sometimes but never impossible. God will always make a way.
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