A story of how Trigger Point Pilates developed written by it’s creator: Lydia Campbell
“How was Trigger Point Pilates started it’s a long story? It evolved from my own continued rehab journey of 9 knee ops including a total knee replacement and living with chronic pain, damaged by scar tissue. I was once the super fit fitness presenter, before that a dancer classical trained and before that a very active athletic child.
Over 55 years of intense moves from impact, leaping, fast, strong and agile. I’ve often worked through injury. At 30 my cruciate snapped my first knee op. Even when pregnant I did not stop. 4 massive babies 9 -10.5 lbs. I taught late and returned to teach too soon. Hours of teaching, presenting and training. I was super mum and running two businesses, quietly wreaking my body from within. One day driving on a motorway my right knee swelled it locked, as a sports therapist I knew it was my meniscus. My leg was huge five days later in with a surgeon – this was the start of a series of knee operations as he discovered I had no cartilage. Both knees wore down, bone on bone the silent condition of Osteoarititus had got me!
2003 first cartilage transplant non-weight bearing for 5 months! Then again on another leg… my world collapsed… but Trigger Point Pilates evolved created from my own rehab as I was stuck at home, mixing my functional pilates with my Trigger Point myofascial knowledge for myself! Soon I started teaching classes on crutches. 12 years later in 2015 after teaching 100’s, training was launched to the fitness industry to fill the gap. Nothing existed like TPP, the industry had no idea about myofascial release, not even the Pilates world. As a myofascia therapist, I was working in a clinic with chronic pain clients.
Fascia cannot be changed just by movement. The industry is making some mad claims and new, so-called fascia release courses, popping up from non-experts created with most by theory and no hands-on clinic experience. A physio is not an expert unless they have years of myofascia training and hands-on experience. A fascia treatment takes about one-hour minimum, not a 20-minute massage. Myofascia work is not a sports massage. It is not possible by a book or online videos. Real knowledge is experienced not theory. This is the difference with Trigger Point Pilates it works, it’s my clinic work brought into the studio ….now over 450 Instructors trained in 3 years.