5 Things to Fuss About When Teaching

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In this teaching tips video, Clare shares 5 priorities that she looks for in a student’s movement patterns before advancing them out of the basic system. Learn how to easily identify issues such as 1) finding length in the spine; 2) collapse in C-Curve; 3) seated 2 way stretch; 4) Lifting the hips & legs overhead; 5) proper knee alignment, and get Clare’s simple teaching strategies to correct and improve your clients’ movement patterns. Visit Clare at Progressive Bodyworks and explore her new program for studio owners: Pilates Avatar.

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26 Comments

  1. Jennifer Allen
    Fitmom01 4 years ago

    Really enjoyed these great reminders! Thank you!!

  2. pjennings 5 years ago

    These are VERY helpful “Fussing” Tips for me, a current Pilates apprentice!This also reinforces the reason for “the order”…corkscrew before short spine so that client can first correctly move from the hips.

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Pilates is really quite simple in structure, it’s just not that “easy”. Funny how simple things can be quite a challenge, isn’t it? Glad to hear from you and I wish you all the best in your Pilates career!

  3. hojnikova
    hojnikova 5 years ago

    Thank you Clare. The way you speak is so clear, simple and pure. Love it.
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.
    So much to learn.
    Best, tina

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Hi Tina,
      I appreciate your feedback, it so helpful to know what is working and helpful to viewers like you! Warms my heart to know this.

  4. Tulsa King 5 years ago

    Clare, thank you so much for this. As a teacher in training and a student, this is so incredibly useful and informative. I will definitely be watching for these movement patterns and trying to put these corrections into practice.

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Hello Tulsa,
      It’s so difficult during your teacher training period to keep things simple and let the work blossom; but trust me when I say that it will save you hours of angst.
      Best of luck to you in your education! I hope our paths cross in the future:)

  5. Jon Hawkins

    Great workshop. Thank you Clare. Especially helpful to see the change in movement. Lovely studio too!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Hi Jon,
      It’s so nice to hear from people who really get how important movement quality is. I mean, isn’t that what drew us into the work to begin with? I hope to meet you at a workshop sometime, but in the meantime you have this wonderful website:)

  6. wendyludlum 5 years ago

    Dear Clare,
    I adore you. Hearing you reiterate the quality of the movement in each exercise is always inspiring. Love the way you teach. You are the best. Great teacher. Kind heart. Talented mind and body and beautiful spirit.
    It’s Wendy from Washington Square Brookline way back 1996-1997.
    Remember you encouraged me to go to NYC and study with Romana.
    Love and Hugs,

    Wendy Ludlum
    Blue Heaven Pilates
    Princeton, NJ

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Helllooo Wendy!!!!
      It’s been quite awhile since we were together and I am still on fire about movement quality. Thanks for sending in a note, I am amazed how we all get to re connect or first time connect through PIlatesology. I am so glad you followed through and had the chance to study with Romana….gives me goosebumps. The work she shared lives through us for sure.
      Well, keep checking back, we filmed a whole lot more!
      Love and hugs to you Wendy!

  7. Carolyne_Ergin

    You are really teaching the work in such a pure fantasitc way
    this makes the difference!
    Thank you for sharing,…and….. I loved to see my friends again. 🙂

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Thanks Carolyne! I appreciate your unwavering support and your dedication to the simple, clean work!

  8. tanyapaty 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this type of content. THIS is why I come to Pilatesology! 🙂

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Thanks goes out to Ailsa and Jack of Pilatesology for creating this great platform for me and the other wonderful teachers to share The Work. Check back, we filmed a ton of stuff!

  9. Carolillsley 5 years ago

    Clare, I am always so excited to see a new video from you! What a fantastic refresher.
    You are such an incredible teacher <3

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Carol,
      Thanks for watching! Steer the course strong and steady since the more of us out there who believe in the power of the work, the cleaner the work will remain. XO

      • Carolillsley 5 years ago

        Yes, Amen!
        This is one that I will return to over and over again, it is that important.
        I hope to see many more videos from you, with more great teaching reminders.
        Thank you Clare!
        XO

  10. Jogo149 5 years ago

    Great workshop! Thank you for reminding me that you can back clients up a few steps, if they have gotten into bad habits, and doing that will allow them to relearn the exercise correctly and move with more strength and efficiency. I also loved when you said if you have client that sits a lot, then you want to teach them to sit correctly. So simple but so sensible. Thank you
    and Happy 2015!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Back to the basics, nice and clean takes us farther in the long run for sure. It’s amazing how easy it is to get sloppy. Romana once scolded after a morning mat class saying “don’t rely on muscle memory alone, that lead to sloppiness. Give 150% each and every time you come to the mat.” I’ll never forget that day or those words.
      Thanks for your comment!!

  11. MindyTaylor
    MindyTaylor 5 years ago

    Love the fuss points. So great for teachers to have this as a resource.
    Thank you!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Hi Mindy,
      Thank you for your comment about the “fuss points”. I hope it is a reminder that Pilates is about helping people become better movers and not just about adding choreography. Happy New Year!

  12. pilatesangel 5 years ago

    Great holiday treat! Thanks Clare for designing this in the format you did. A quick reinforcement list is a great tool to keep some simple principles constantly in place. Love the simplicity but functionality!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Simplicity and clarity are the best gifts we can give our students!
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment!
      2015 is the year to get back to keeping it simple:)

  13. presspaws

    Really informative – thank you so much!

    • Clare Dunphy Hemani Author
      Clare Dunphy Hemani 5 years ago

      Thank YOU for leaving a comment! It’s always nice to hear from the viewers. Happy New Year!

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