Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 22

Having been admitted to hospital with what doctors thought was nothing more than gastric flu, Waterman found himself virtually cut off from his own body. He had contracted a disease so rare that the doctors in Jersey, where he lived, couldn’t even diagnose it. The future looked grim, with doctors expecting him to need the use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Even though he wasn’t paralyzed as such, he had no control over his limbs and so had no chance of being able to walk. However, Waterman’s story is one of courage in the face of adversity and, not the type of person to simply give-in; he started to design his own program of movement practice to reclaim his body. Constantly repeating movement patterns and focusing on trajectories over the space of thirty years - Waterman created a new way of controlling his body. By having constant visual contact with the environment he learned to manipulate objects and today displays little to no signs of his impediments. Every move must be calculated in advance and planned out in a vigorous, mathematical way. However, if he cannot see the 21 position of his limbs then he cannot control them, something that he will never be able to overcome.