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Every Subject is Two Subjects

Note: The exercise links within the text will lead to Youtube. For links directly inside the Encyclopedia, scroll down to the end of the post.

When correcting a misalignment, always consider the two opposing sides of the joint.

A shoulder that’s rounded forward could be due to shortened...

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Variations are Overrated

I’m personally not a huge fan of variations. Although variety is great and it’s fun to do something different every once in a while, I always choose effectiveness over creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually one of those rare people who like change (most humans are...

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The Magic of the Detail

In traditional exercise, the goal is to make movements bigger, perform more repetitions with more weight. Always pushing the edge of what we can do, working at our limit.

Pilates is different, oh so different!

Maybe you’ve had the experience before where one of your teachers encouraged you...

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Watch For What’s Counterbalancing

Counterbalancing means that the opposing sides of an area are moving in opposite directions in order to stay balanced. If you add more weight to one side of a scale, you can keep the balance by adding more weight to the other side as well.

In Butterflies or Bent Knee Opening, watch the knee...

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What I'm Not Teaching

 

Learning never stops with Pilates. There are so many details to consider for each and every exercise, but it doesn’t end there. Those details often need to be applied differently for each and every body practicing them.

What about the exercises we don’t fully understand, yet? Is it...

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Pilates Exercises For Alpine Skiers

If you’re hitting the slopes this year, do your body a favor and include some Pilates exercises that will keep your knees safe and your legs strong so you can tackle that bunny slope black diamond!

In the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia, you’ll...

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Why C-Curve Is Okay Even For Someone With A Round Back

In someone with Hyperkyphosis (an overly rounded thoracic spine) the area that’s too round is the upper thoracic area. In a C-Curve exercise, such as Teaser on the Floor (Chair) the focus of the rounding should be in the middle thoracic area around T7-9 which is opposite the xiphoid process...

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How To Bring Your Student’s Focus Back Without Being Rude?

You as the teacher have the responsibility to keep the lesson focused. Your student might want to chat with you. You might have become friends over the course of many years of working together, but they are still paying you. They won’t say it, but they want you to keep them focused.

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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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Let’s Talk About It Afterwards

I bet you had a student recently who wanted to talk about her schedule in the middle of your lesson. It’s so tempting to just answer their question or start thinking of your own schedule and get into a back and forth about dates and times. I don’t blame her. Once the body starts...

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