Being OPEN to Change

Spending time with breath and the felt sense of introception I have been working with numerous teachers in person and on-line and I have noticed fascia imbalance patterns and mechanics that are dysfunctional.  Why?  I believe that we are so busy serving others through the work of Pilates that we are literally exhausted by the …

How to help your client with PAIN – what is pain, how emotions and mindset influence pain, and how to start help.

Teachers, do you have clients that struggle with pain, after the injury should be healed and wonder Why? It’s a signal from the brain. It’s connected to our emotions and the stress mechanisms in our body. As Pilates teachers we know movement can heal the body; however, sometimes, movements aren’t enough and we need to …

Understanding embodiment and how to encourage your students towards a body positive attitude in their Pilates practice.

Mermaid & Side Plank Variation It happens nearly every class. I like to take the temperature of the room…. I ask questions when the students start to arrive and my favorite one is:How is your BODY feeling today? I know this is a loaded question. The answers I usually get range from:TiredOKFineFat That last one …

Parallel Leg Position: Tibial Torsion and understanding it in Pilates

Light weighted Rotational Disks – Tibial Torsion and Hip Q-angle.  I am bow legged and my parallel is internal rotation with a straight leg.   These disks are very helpful for me because they give me feedback.  They are weighted with a light spring and I have to maintain even pressure as I move through the …

Somatic Practices in Pilates: Spotlight Feldenkrais Method- Awareness, Range and Differentiation

Diaphragm awareness and fascia release The teaching of Pilates falls under somatic practices, because we teach movement that is focused on the patterns, posture, bodily awareness,  strength, mobility, flexibility, releasing energetic tension, and connection of lines of energy.   Today I sharing the Feldenkrais principles, an extract adapted from: The brain’s way of healing: Stories of …

Compensation and Re-patterning

Tactile cues for lateral line and arm lines re-patterning Tension in the body is stress.  As Pilates teachers, you can see the tension of the tissue in the body in front of you.  Sometimes it manifests in rotational patterns, swelling, or one side dominating, held breath, unequal use of the body, disconnect to the core, …

Cleansing your energy before and after a Pilates Session

What does it mean to cleanse your energy? Our bodies carry energy which can project onto our clients. If we are in a place of stress, fear, or irritability, this will taint the session. Life happens and challenges arise, I get it, It happens to me as well. I use many different techniques to clear …

Breath and Ribs relationship function, dysfunction, and exercises to help

Seated on Box Hands on Energetic Cuing of Breath, photo by Girl Squad I am working with a teacher apprentice, who is ready to take her Pilates certification exam. She was doing her practice teaching hours with me, the exercise she was practice teaching was the Lean on the short box on the Reformer. It …

Movement Theory: Weight Sensing understanding gravity in Pilates

Running on the Merrithew Arc Barrel with Fascia Tactile Cuing Do you teach “weight sensing” in your Pilates sessions? ( a movement theory term from Bartenieff and Laban) Some of my favorite cues for Pilates are about WHERE the body meets gravity:* in your feet when standing * in your spine as you are in …

Using Prone Body Position to strengthen the Back Fascia Lines

Prone position, Breast Stroke Prep Do you teach prone position exercises? Do your clients like them? Most of my clients moan when I ask them to flip onto their bellies and work the back extension and back lines of fascia (functional & superficial) My guess is your clients are probably the same. The question is …