Over 20 years ago, when I went through training for my pilates certificate, the woman I studied with (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romana_Kryzanowska told the story of when she first meet Joe Pilates. She had an ankle injury from dance. Joe looked at her ankle when she first came to him and then never mentioned it again. As she was leaving, she recalled thinking what a waste of time. Joe never addressed her injury during her lesson. The next morning she woke up and her ankle felt better, so she went back to see him again. Each day she got better. This was and still is a basic strategy of how I was trained. Do not focus on the injury and move what does not hurt.
Years later, it is still good practice, as this article demonstrates:
The above Lancet study also “teaches clinicians the crucial value of placebo effect—and its ugly cousin, the nocebo effect,” said Mandrola, referring to the concept wherein a belief that something will bring about a negative effect results in an actual negative effect. “When we frighten people about their disease or possible side effects of a drug, this, too, has immense negative effects.”
I know mine and my clients success with healing is contributed to our “state of mind”. Joe called this the “mental conditioning” part of his work. Yes movement heals, but it does it along with the mind.
As he states in his book, Return to Life ,
“Be certain that you have your entire body under complete mental control”, Pg. 21
Looks like everything “old” is “new” again!