Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 12): All about the Spine

The movement of the spine is a complex process. One goal of Pilates is to achieve precise and sequential movement of one vertebra to the next vertebra, which we called the spinal articulation. To enforce that idea, I had my students do a standing roll down while facing the wall, with a Roller standing near

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 10): planning ahead

This week, for the class I’m teaching, I decided to focus on mobilizing the Hip in all directions. I included variations of lunges, upwards and sideways pulses of the Hip in my warmup. We did Hip-related pieces such as One Leg Circle and Tick Tock. As I would like the class to do Rolling like

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Pilates Matwork teacher training (week 9): the benefit of hindsight

This week, we challenged Swan Dive! As Swan Dive engages multiple muscles in the lower body such as the glutes, hamstrings and quads, I had the students in all fours and did some kicks with a flat back for a start. After the legs are warmed up, the students had to balance with alternate legs

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