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What Happens After An Injury

When an area of the body gets injured, the local stabilizing muscles turn off to allow healing. Now that these deep muscles are not doing their job of stabilization, the larger more superficial muscles will take over a job that’s not really theirs. Once the acute injury phase has passed,...

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An Inside Job

Pilates happens on the inside. Videos of advanced Pilates exercises don’t show that work, the detailed work of muscles close to the joint. The magic of Pilates happens through verbal cueing (the teacher saying the right thing at just the right time) or through tactile cueing (supporting or...

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The One That Works

When there is dysfunction in a certain area of the body the number of exercises that successfully trigger the target muscles without triggering compensatory patterns gets smaller.

It’s maybe frustrating to think that there is only a hand full of exercises that work for you, but instead...

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Eccentric Glute Control in Standing Leg Pump

In Standing Leg Pump - Facing The Chair, it’s the glutes’ job to eccentrically control the pedal. Most students press down using their quad concentrically, but forget to control the pedal on the way up.

Further, if the glute on the side of the body with the foot on the pedal is not...

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Pilates Exercises for Runners

Runners, this one’s for you! The most important movement skills for running are ankle mobility and stability, knee stability, and hip stability. Additionally, it is recommended to work on hip dissociation and trunk stability.

The exercises in this list do just that. Practice them regularly...

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An Ode to the Ladder Barrel

When have you last used the Ladder Barrel in your practice? Me? Yesterday. It’s one of my favorite pieces of equipment. (Shh, don’t tell the Reformer.)

If you haven’t played on the High Barrel in a while, let me tell you why you should hop on it in your next practice....

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Book Review: The Art and Science of Cueing by Eric Franklin

Even though it is a small booklet of 65 pages, “The Art and Science of Cueing” by Eric Franklin is jam-packed with concrete examples and explanations about the delicate skill of cueing. Targeting Pilates, yoga and dance teachers, the book offers examples for each of these movement...

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Comparing Ankle Dorsi- and Plantar Flexion Exercises on Reformer, Trapeze Table and Chair

When your goal is to strengthen and correct your (student’s) feet and ankles, you have lots of apparatuses and exercises to choose from. But which would be best? Why should I do Footwork on the Trapeze Table instead of the Reformer? Let’s compare ankle dorsi- and plantar flexion...

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Only One Pilates

In my world of Pilates, the one that I’ve created for myself, first in my body-mind, and as an extension of that in my local studio and my online Pilates Encyclopedia, there is only one Pilates, the one that matches the body who’s doing it. If you need to put a label on it, call me...

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Comparing Supine Leg Springs on the Trapeze Table to Feet in Straps on the Reformer

At first glance these two exercises seem to be very similar and you might be wondering which one to choose. Let’s look at each differing factor:

Getting The Feet Into The Loops

  • T- Getting the feet into the straps is easier, the teacher can expand the springs to help, and table...
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