​Movement Theory Mini-Lesson: Proprioception with Weight Effort and Weight Sensing - Why is it important?

Weight effort and weight sensing are part of the larger umbrella of the Effort category that includes flow, time, and space. These concepts come from a somatic perspective from Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, the quotes are from Peggy Hackney’s “Making Connections, Total...

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Understanding Rotational Patterns and Compensations in Your Pilates Students

The body gets stuck in rotational patterns. The rotational pattern becomes dominant in a preferred side. Every movement reinforces that pattern unless we understand the compensations, and can begin the process of re-mapping the pattern. I learned about the rotational patterns by doing my own...

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When a student says, "I don't feel this..."

Teachers….When new students/clients come into the studio and they begin to learn the Pilates method, often times they say…. I don’t feel this… And let’s be honest, this can be frustrating at times. Why? Because, we feel the work, know that the body responds, and we really want them to feel it...

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Compensation Patterns and Micromovements

Can we find balance in the body? Yes, by understanding the compensation patterns. Fascia Exercises focusing on micro movements can completely re-map the brain to change the entire connection of mind body integration. More mobility in these commonly stuck areas can lead to amazing changes in...

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Why I broke up with my foam roller...

I broke up with “rolling on my roller”; it wasn’t helping me. I had to dig deeper and ask myself: “Why are you foam rolling?” & “What do you hope to gain?” I have tight quads — I also have an anterior tilted pelvis… limited lumbar flexion….I stand in supination of the feet (on the pinkie...

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Teaching Intermediate Clients: The Concepts of Effort and Phrasing

Once the basic exercises are identified and shape ideas are understood, the client can start to enter into a more embodied practice with Effort and Phrasing which is an intermediate concept. What is Effort? Effort has to do with QUALITY and working efficiency in the body. This involves the...

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Being OPEN to Change

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 time we come to our own...

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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...

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