Bored Clients? Part 2

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In this observational video, Sandy demonstrates how to give your client a corrective focus to keep them from getting bored with the workout. This technique works because if your mind has a movement goal to achieve, you are fully engaged in what you are doing and when you make changes, there is a feeling of success and partnership with the instructor. Visit Sandy at Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. Lisa Reed 3 years ago

    This was wonderful and really helpful to watch. Thank you!

  2. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Great session Sandy, specially learning to observe in silence and try to follow the movement of Luisa, the way that you guide you give me idea that this a workout for the teacher too; specially the brain training process. I was specially delighted with the Roll Over and Jack Knife how you break down; specially this two. You and Luisa demonstrated the meaning of Contrology. As Joe Pilates Said “after all we learn to breathe” and here we can prove.
    Big thanks both of you. Sending love from my side. Luz

    • Sandy Shimoda Author


      You are right, it is a workout for the teacher! It takes discipline to observe without commenting on everything you see. Instead, the teacher needs to quickly assess what the student needs and communicate it effectively. Good observation!

  3. Always great to watch & learn from you Sandy!
    I can feel your magic finger as I was in LA 😉

  4. joesmat 3 years ago

    Dear Sandy:

    I am most grateful to you for responding to my observations.
    I was very much aware of what you were seeking to accomplish in this video piece, to include, and I quote –
    ” It was the version she needed to keep out of her legs and get her in to her center. It’s an important distinction to make because it is what she needs, not what the instructor needs!”
    My apologies if I did not make myself clear.
    Thank you very much.

  5. Pilatessummer79
    Pilatessummer79 3 years ago

    Oooohhhh so much enjoyment watching this! The encouragement and succinct positive corrections are what I am looking to add to my teaching. Thank you for sharing this. I will be watching this again for sure.????

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Great feedback! It is fun to find ways to be encouraging while making your students work hard and feel good.

  6. klm 3 years ago

    I really learned how to move/breathe/focus on my movement from this video. Thank you for enhancing my practice!

  7. joesmat 3 years ago

    Hardly appropriate for this young Lady – She works very hard indeed, and to my mind, is an excellent Mat Practitioner.
    Doing the JackKnife slowly, and with quite a few repetitions, as she was Instructed to do is very challenging.
    Slowing the practice down to accommodate the Instructor for purposes of this demonstrations, adds another level of challenge.
    As a Home Practitioner, I am full of admiration for the work level, and good spirit this young Lady shared with us here.
    Outstanding effort.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Yes, Luisa is fun to teach and exciting to watch! The version of the jack knife I gave her was by no means just for purposes of demonstrating. It was the version she needed to keep out of her legs and get her in to her center. It’s an important distinction to make because it is what she needs, not what the instructor needs!

      So happy you weren’t bored! Thank you for tuning in and sharing your comments.

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