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Posture Versus Core

There is a huge focus on abdominal strength in Pilates. Old news, I know. But Pilates is also known for its positive effect on posture.

“Draw your ribs down and together” or “keep your suspenders on” are two of the most used cues for core connection.

“Spread your...

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How to Cue Neutral Spine in Reformer Footwork

In previous posts, I discussed the breathing pattern in Footwork, and I explained how your breath moves the spine.

Today we’ll discuss the best way to get you(r student) to maintain a neutral lumbar curve and stable lumbo-pelvic region during the bending and straightening of the legs.

First...

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How Layering Works to Progress Students Safely

Pilates has so much to offer. If you’re ready to go deeper and explore each exercise in more and more depth, you can keep an exercise interesting for years.

I’ll explain how I layer one detail onto another, to progressively challenge my students while keeping them safe. I’ll use...

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Why Navel To Spine is a Bad Cue (When Working in a Neutral Spine Position)

Pulling your navel in will encourage your lumbar spine to flex and your pelvis to tilt posteriorly (tuck). This means if you want to challenge the transversus abdominis, which works in a neutral spine position, but not a flexed spine, then “navel to spine” is not an appropriate cue.

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Which Way Are You Breathing In Footwork On The Reformer?

"I breathe in when I push out and I exhale on the way in."

Great. This breathing pattern will help you control the carriage on the way in, and by cueing to inhale into the back ribs you can melt your rib cage onto the carriage, hence helping keep the front ribs together and the abdominals engaged...

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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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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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Self Correction in Quadruped Exercises

 

Here is a quick video in which I show an easy and effective way to correct yourself in Quadruped exercises, such as:

  • M - Opposite Arm and Leg Reach
  • M - Quadruped with Leg Abduction
  • T - Hip Extension
  • R - Reverse Abdominals: single leg variation

Summary:

  • Keep your body perfectly still while...
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Correcting the Supine Spine Twist

Q: I have a question about the Supine Spine Twist. When the student has rotated her hips to one side and the opposite shoulder is lifting off the mat, should I correct the shoulder? Is it better to use a verbal or tactile cue?

A: Excellent question! Before I give you the answer, I’m going...

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Hip-width apart or fist-width apart

Q: I noticed that some teachers are now cueing to keep the feet “one fist-width apart” instead of “hip-width apart”. Why is that?

A: Great observation!

Have you noticed what happens when you tell your students to “place their feet hip-width apart”? I encourage...

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