Glute-focused Foam Roller Pilates Class Plan

About a month ago, a pesky SI joint problem crept up in my body. Knowing I have weaker glutes, I committed to paying extra attention to them in all my classes this month. Today, I’ve got an intermediate level Dynamic Core Pilates class that uses the foam roller I thought I’d share with you. […]

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Three Great SI Joint Mobilization Exercises

SI joint pain is one major cause of back pain that can be caused from sports, impact, postural imbalances and even hormones from pregnancy. Most people only begin to pay attention to it when it starts to hurt.

There are many resources available online that explain the ins and outs of SI joints, their structure […]

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    Teaching Pilates and movement to older adults – where to start

Teaching Pilates and movement to older adults – where to start

Have you ever trained a senior client? Do you work with older adults on a regular basis? Are you curious to learn more before you delve into this market?

Working with older adults can be one of the most rewarding experiences to a Pilates instructor or any teacher of movement.

As adults age, they are highly […]

Cracking the Code with Private Pilates Clients

Private clients. Who are they? How do you get them? How do you keep them?! As a new instructor, I am in awe of the unique relationships instructors develop with long term private clients, and can’t wait to explore this aspect of teaching. In the private room, I see the bond between the two. […]

Dealing with depression? Here’s how Pilates can help

Depression and anxiety affects nearly 19 million adults each year, yet this common disease is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. You’ve probably heard about some emotional symptoms of depression, but did you know that people with depression live with chronic pain and other physical symptoms?

15 years ago I was diagnosed with depression and I noticed that […]

How to greet a new client in your Pilates class

When new clients come to our classes, it’s our job to make them feel welcome, comfortable and ready to get the most out of the experience.
There are a few key things we can do to help a new person, feeling some trepidation and discomfort, become a raving fan, wanting to come back again and […]

Get your glutes on!

Gluteals, our buttock muscles are known for helping us maintain upright posture. They also help us sit down, stand up, walk around and add curves to our figure.

Today, we will work the different gluteals actions to increase hip mobility, the integration and congruity of the hip joint. We’re also working in the quadruped position, […]

10-Minute Pilates Warm up for Cross Country Skiers

With the recent deluge of snow here in the Blue Mountains I was excited to don my cross-country skis and enjoy the best that winter has to offer.

Before I hit the trail I did a warm up with key Pilates mat exercises that you can use for both classic cross country skiing or skate […]

Exercises to restore optimal gait mechanics

Last week I shared the key elements to look at in a gait analysis and a few key areas that often need more attention and training. Today, I’ll share my favourite exercises to help restore optimal gait mechanics in most people.

 

Step 1: Start with restoration of t-spine rotation

It is a good idea to re-assess gait after […]

Gait Analysis – what to watch for

What is gait and the gait cycle

Gait literally means human walking. The gait cycle refers to taking a step with your right foot and then with your left. There are two phases of gait: the stance phase and the swing phase. When you assess gait it is most informative if you focus on the […]