Special #1374

Tribute to Daphne

5 min - Special


Elizabeth Larkam delivers a very moving tribute to her sister, Daphne, through speech and movement. In addition to the wonderful dance she performs on the Cadillac, Elizabeth speaks about the invaluable life lessons she has learned from Daphne. Daphne's courage and open heart are a reminder to us that the body does not define the person as every spirit has a unique vibrational frequency. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing this with us.

This was filmed at Balanced Body's Pilates On Tour in Los Angeles, California. You can find dates and locations of future events by going to the Pilates on Tour page.
What You'll Need: Cadillac

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Mar 05, 2014
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Okay. Daphne is my sister. She is the inspiration and the partner for my life's work. Just after she was born, it became apparent that due to chromosomal abnormalities definitely would not have a normal course of development. She did not develop language nor the motor control required for self care skills.

Her phenomenal sensitivity to music was the only source of comfort to the pain that she could not verbalize. Growing up together, sharing the same bedroom I sang to Daphne, now she is age 55 in the Texas state schools since age 12 and Daphne continues to teach me and valuable life lessons. One, the body does not define the person. Two, it's not possible to heal another three. Every spirit has a unique vibrational frequency and four there are countless ways to communicate. In addition to speech, dream thoughts, presence, gaze, touch and heart song. This dance embodies our relationship [inaudible]. Yeah. [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible]. All my life, I had been told that Daphne had chromosomal abnormalities, that something was wrong with her.

And as a result of making this recording on November 14th, 2013 I had the courage and the interest to ask what was the reason for Daphne's condition? Something I had been afraid to ask before. And what I learned was that she actually had developed quite normally right up until birth, and that it was a medical misdiagnosis. There were some mistakes made at her birth, which contributes to her current condition. Recognizing that now it's a powerful recognition and reframes my entire life and my understanding of it.

It also is a powerful reframing of our partnership and our collaboration, recognizing that Daphne has so much courage to stay present and to stay embodied and to keep her heart open, to teach me.


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and to teach me ...
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Thanks for sharing such a personal and incredibly signifcant influence in your life. So precious, so special.
I've watched this video many times and I am still profoundly moved by Elizabeth's courage. I was there when Elizabeth's JOE talk was originally filmed in November, as well as when we recorded the ending voice over, two months later, in which she shares her discovery of what Daphne's condition actually was. After Elizabeth taught 4 classes (11 hours in the studio) and endured several "false starts and a box of Kleenex (her words)" while recording the voice over, I sat down in front of her and asked her to forget about the voice over and just tell me what she has learned about Daphne since dancing on the Cadillac at POT. Her response to me is the "take" we used and what you hear. It was and is still a very powerful moment for me. Thank you Elizabeth and Daphne.
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This was a memorable experience for me and moved me tremendously. Elizabeth is a unique woman and sharing this took courage and strength that demonstrated how strong her "core" really is. She defines powerhouse
Thank you for being present.
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I am moved to tears!! This segment was so powerful and profound - thank you Elizabeth for sharing what drives you and for sharing Daphne!!
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Beautiful, inspiring and intentional. Thank you for sharing such a deeply personal and beautiful journey.
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Thank you
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Thank you so much for sharing the love and respect you have for each other.
I have a box of kleenex too.
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