Ask the expert: Piriformis Syndrome

Q: I am a Pilates instructor in Australia and seem to be suffering from Piriformis Syndrome. I taught 6 classes last week, 2 more than usual and am wondering if too much side leg series work, bridges etc could cause this? I’ve been doing the usual stretches and rolling to relieve it but wondering […]

Why Can’t I Do a Pilates Teaser?

Teaser is a tease! Apparently Joseph Pilates chose the name on purpose—perhaps because it is one of the more challenging exercises in the Classical Pilates repertoire. It certainly takes a lot of strength, flexibility, control and balance to execute successfully.

For many people, however, Teaser is elusive. To understand why, let’s start by deconstructing Teaser […]

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    What sold me on ELDOA and some unexpected surprises along the way

What sold me on ELDOA and some unexpected surprises along the way

My first introduction to ELDOA

A couple years ago I saw a flyer about ELDOA pass by the studio and didn’t think much of it. Soon after, I heard more and more about this special technique that apparently had amazing results. These days there are so many fads out there. I still wasn’t sold.

I decided […]

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    How you as a Pilates teacher should introduce yourself to a class

How you as a Pilates teacher should introduce yourself to a class

The start of the class sets the tone for your participants. This is one of the most important parts of a good class and unfortunately most people suck at it! When you deliver a great introduction, participants get a sense of who you are and what to expect from the class.

How do you introduce […]

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    7 signs you’re suffering from neck & shoulder tension and what to do about it

7 signs you’re suffering from neck & shoulder tension and what to do about it

The Rotator Cuff: It’s Good Stuff! Exercises Have you ever seen someone grimacing, rubbing their neck and talking about how they need to get in for a massage? Neck and shoulder tension is everywhere. Below is an executive summary of what causes neck tension and a couple of simple strategies to work your way out […]

Postural analysis – what to watch for

As movement experts, our job is to help our clients to move better, live longer and be healthier. Therefore, we are always concerned with investigating the quality of movement and understanding how our client’s body moves.

But what about when the body is not moving? Isn’t the static posture as important as the dynamic movement […]

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. […]

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    Q & A: Imagery cues to build core awareness and hip dissassociation

Q & A: Imagery cues to build core awareness and hip dissassociation

QUESTION: from Katie, Pilates student in Australia

I loved your blog post on imagery cues. I would like to know what cue’s you’d use for helping a client understand core awareness, disassociation of hips and lower extremities organization for both leg circles and side to side. Can you help?

ANSWER: from Penny Kennedy, Body Harmonics Trained instructor from […]

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    Why an ELDOA Certification is a Great Investment for Pilates Instructors

Why an ELDOA Certification is a Great Investment for Pilates Instructors

Let’s be honest, the wellness industry is booming and there are a lot of ways to spend your money these days. It is easy to feel inundated and overwhelmed. You need to make sure you are investing your time and your money wisely.

As a Pilates teacher, studio owner, ELDOA teacher trainer, lover of mindfulness […]

Multipurpose psoas exercise

 

Psoas is part of the Pilates powerhouse. But ironically, but instead of making it powerful, people spend time releasing it, softening it and stripping it of its powerful roles as a spine and hip stabilizer in the body.

Psoas is a long muscle that runs the length of the lumbar spine, running through the pelvis […]