The exercises that I teach are my way of staying as close to the integrity of the classical Pilates repertoire with the addition of safety modifications necessary when teaching special populations. In my case, special populations begin with people who have been diagnosed with low bone density and are at risk for fracture when doing exercises, or performing activities of daily living, that would not normally cause damage. In Pilates, this is a concern because many of the exercises are in flexion that is loaded with the addition of equipment. My goal is always to teach a fun class or private session where the client leaves feeling terrific, empowered and, above all, safe.
Constructive Rest Position
Pelvic micro-tilts in & out of NP (20X)
Shoulder Press (3-5X)
Head Press (3-5X)
Leg Lengtheners (3-5X)
Leg Press (3-5X)
Arm Lengtheners (3-5X)
Arm & Leg Lengtheners (3-5X)
Isometric Hundreds in Table Top
Rib-cage arms with magic circle
Rib-cage arms with MC / Bridge Combination
Stretch out strap foot & leg work into Single Leg Circle with end stretch
Single Leg Stretch
Double Leg Stretch
Lower and Lift in Table Top
Side Kick Series (gentle version)
Prone – pelvic press, head lift
Supine, relaxation & nose circles
Center of Gravity breath, love & gratitude awareness
I teach this to beginners to help them understand and fine tune their Pilates technique. I use it as a foundation for helping people recover from injuries and support alignment in their bodies. I love it as a sequence for people who have osteoporosis. It is very meditative and surprisingly challenging since the exercises do not look like much.
Pilates has never let me down and has often been the only thing in my life I could count on to find personal alignment awareness. When something is wrong in your body, mind, or spirit, go do some Pilates! Seriously, it always helps. It is the fountain of youth that Mr. Pilates said it was and so much more. My hope is that everyone can maintain a personal practice, especially when modifications are necessary, because that will bring the greatest empowerment and ability to transform. Thank you so much!