Case Study: Parkinson’s, Stenosis, Neuropathy Part 2 - Pilatesology

Case Study: Parkinson’s, Stenosis, Neuropathy Part 2

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Stanley Gottlieb returns! If you’re among the many who was absolutely charmed by Stanley’s first workout, you’re in for a real treat. This time, Stanley (who just turned 90 in this video) shows off his Reformer workout and finishes up his session using the Stall Bars to find his upright posture again. We won’t spoil the ending by telling you what happens, just be sure to watch to see what a difference Pilates makes in Stanley’s day. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.  

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  1. pilatesenthus 6 months ago

    Wow! You made it possible to teach a PD patient with simple but effective exercises. It’s really something ending with a dance. Bravo!

  2. precious74 11 months ago

    WOW! i moved in to tears too!especially the last bit of the dancing!really mooving

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Precious74, Stanley was an inspiration! So happy he was able to remind us how important Pilates is.

  3. loremiller
    loremiller 1 year ago

    I must say I was moved to tears. What a beautiful way you had of working with Stanley! It was mesmerized by your compassionate flowing energy. Bravo Sandy!!!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Lore, I am sorry it took so long for me to respond. Nonetheless, your comment made my day – reminding me of the loving effect Stanley always had on me. He taught me the importance of compassion.

  4. Susanmcarroll 2 years ago

    Sandy so incredibly inspirational!!! This will help me with my aging clientele. What a beautiful ending. Your singing is absolutely beautiful. This video was truly a blessing for all of us who do the work to make a difference in our clients lives.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Thank you Susan! And thank you for your passion for your work. There is so much good to come from it!

  5. Jayne O'Brien 2 years ago

    Wow I have just seen this, such a lovely video, I saw him come to life with the dancing, and I didn’t now you had such a beautiful singing voice Sandy ❤️

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Jayne,

      There is work, and there is play. Pilates affords us both things as we integrate it into our lives. Thank you for watching Stanley teach us that!

  6. pilateszone
    pilateszone 2 years ago

    Sandy…This was one of the most beautiful thing that I saw in the Pilates World. Thank you so much for sharing YOURSELF…as much as your thoughs, feelings towards the Pilates Method and the real meaning behing it. Your knowledge, experience and care, with so much patience, is everything! That´s the “Pilates” I try to share with the world beside me. Thank you again! PS: the “shall we dance” at the end is too lovely. And your voice is stuning! Congratulations…from Brazil! =)

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Pilateszone, thank you for your feedback and heartfelt words. Please do share your love and knowledge of Pilates with others and I hope to see you when I am in Brazil next year!

  7. Helen Haynes 3 years ago

    Sandy, this is beautiful. It was a great Pilates session totally adapted to Stanley’s needs and capabilities on that day. You incarnate kindness, caring, warmth and patience and I was touched by the complicity you had with the wonderful Stanley. Your dancing together (with your lovely voice) brought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful moment. How lucky Stanley was to have had you as his teacher and I’m sure you miss him greatly. Thank you for being so inspiring xxx

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Thank you for your comments. Every lesson of the years we spent together were precious. He was a great student and teacher at the very same time. We had such fun and I never remember him with sadness but instead carry the lessons he taught me with great reverence.

  8. dance1r 3 years ago

    Sandy, This is Pilates at its finest. In the world of social media where Pilates has become an unattainable aesthetic it is so refreshing to see truly beautiful Pilates and how it really works for every body. I’m sorry to hear that Stanley has since passed, but so grateful you documented this. It’s evident how you both enjoyed these sessions. The dance at the end is everything! I’ve learned so much from your videos, you inspire me as a teacher!
    thank you!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      dance1r – I agree with you that Pilates is most beautiful when you can see how it is assisting or challenging a body to move well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  9. Loretta Morrison 3 years ago

    How utterley lovely Sandy. Thank you it was inspiring.

  10. Jolanta_S2018 3 years ago

    Dear Sandy I was just about to ask you how he is doing. What a sad news that he passed away.
    You must be so grateful to be able to teach him.
    I could see the spark in his eyes when he danced with you. What a beautiful work you have done with him. I’m sure the life will treat you well for all your hard effort you’ve put into his and many others bodies.
    You are very inspirational teacher.

  11. Greyhound 3 years ago

    Beautiful. Both of you!!!!! 🙂

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Why thank you! I am so happy that Stanely is still being appreciated for his beight example. He passed away last year and is missed by all who knew him.

  12. Meljude
    Meljude 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. You are so compassionate.. these are the people that could really use our help

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Meljude, you are right…and so many others too! We are fortunate to meet and help those that walk into our studios. It makes our work endlessly gratifying, doesn’t it?

  13. Samantha7 4 years ago

    Sandy, this video is amazing. Stanley is a real star, and your kindness,patience, encouragement and spirit towards him is beautiful to watch. I am just about to start teaching a client with Parkinson’s and I have learned so much from this video. I especially liked how you gave him time to work through his session, getting the pace absolutely perfect for him. It was also wonderful to see how much he has benefitted from Pilates and honestly, the dancing at the end was just pure joy. I can see how much you enjoy teaching him. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Samantha – you are welcome. Yes, pacing can be tricky but can make all the difference in balancing progress with care.

  14. Lucerobarry
    Lucerobarry 5 years ago

    Incredibly lovely. So glad it is on video. Just what the world needs: love, kindness, compassion and fun! Thank you for inspiring.

  15. phoenix 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Sandy and Stanley! That was inspiring and I loved the singing an dancing at the end. Beautiful!

  16. RoxE 5 years ago

    I absolutely loved it!! Sandy I am looking forward for you and other teachers to teaching more and more of special cases! I have quite a few of them (Parkinson, Neuropathy, scoliosis, stenosis, hip/knee replacement ….. and always happy to learn more. You are not only a great teacher but a wonderful singer 🙂
    and Stanley of course is a star.. Enjoyed it very much! Thank You.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      RoxE – the best thing about those “special cases” is that they teach me the most about Pilates. They obligate me to study, to observe how their “case” affects their movement, and use the basics of Pilates to bring them back to health! Thanks for your kind words and hope to hear from you again…

  17. N1727
    N1727 6 years ago

    The whole video is wonderful, but as I watched the end it brought tears to my eyes. This is such a great display of the love in our hearts as we help others and why I love to teach Pilates. Thank you for sharing this blessing, you are both adorable.

  18. Great work Stanley and Sandy. I love to see Stanley dance at the end of his sessions.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Nicole, isn’t he amazing? Sometimes he can hardly walk, but that usually doesn’t stop him from dancing!

  19. smpilates 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing
    I have a client like Stanley. But he doesn’t want to take his shoes off to work out. I think he will benefit tremendously if be take his shoes off for footwork
    Any ideas?

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Mary – You are right. He would certainly benefit from taking his shoes off, but I must say that if he is doing footwork on the reformer, that is a wonderful thing already! I suggest that you move his body as much as you can. Be patient, maybe one day you will get him to take his shoes off to press on a ball, a massage roller, the toe corrector or the foot corrector!

  20. hadrianus

    Amazing Stanley and wonderful Sandy, besides being a great teacher you have a super voice and humor. Thank you very much.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      hadrianus – Somehow I didn’t see this comment until now. So glad you enjoyed this little video.

  21. susannafoustok 6 years ago

    Sandy, this was so lovely to watch. Shows that everyone regardless of their age can benefit from the work. You really put a spring in his step! x

  22. Andrea Maida

    So lovely and inspiring – moving to watch – I too was smiling through tears by the dancing part…thank you for allowing us to be a part of this session Sandy 🙂

  23. liza acheson
    liza acheson 6 years ago

    Stanley is such an inspiration! He is a rock star!!! Sandy you obviously bring so much joy to him. What a gift you both are to all of us who have the honor to watch! Thank you for sharing this precious session!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Liza, I have to say thank you to Alisa and Jack for bringing Stanley to you. He was so excited to be featured on Pilatesology…and yes, he is a rock star!

  24. joesmat 6 years ago

    A truly remarkable Gentleman. Sandy Shimoda can sing don’t you think! A Gem.

  25. GAILE 6 years ago

    Wow who says the authentic work is only for the fit and healthy.To see Stanley light up and smile is an amazing tribute to your hard work and inspirational to us

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Oh dear, who said that? Pilates helps Stanley to get out of bed, to stand up taller, and to be as fit and healthy as he can be! Shouldn’t we all?

  26. Davamadez
    Davamadez 6 years ago

    Speechless! Bravo Sandy and Bravo Stanley!

  27. ladyjane 6 years ago

    Such a joy to watch! What a difference you must make to this wonderful gentleman’s life Sandy! Truly heartwarming! So lovely to see his eyes light up as you danced and sang at the end , beautiful !!!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      I am so glad you enjoyed this class. I can never get enough if the twinkle in Stanley’s eye when we dance!

  28. Kimberly Mills 6 years ago

    That was so heartwarming and lovely! What an inspiration both teacher and student are! Thank you for this, Sandy.

  29. pilatesgal50 6 years ago

    Just lovely. Brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Endearing, inspiring, and filled with love. Both of you are lucky to have each other. Stanley is a rock star, and you are a warm, compassionate, and thoughtful instructor whose patience and guidance allows the movement to unfold.

  30. lghammerle

    Hi Sandy, not only did you address Stanley’s body and engage his mind, but you captured his spirit as well. This was lovely!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      lghammerle – and isn’t it a beautiful spirit to behold? Stanley lights up every room he walks into.

  31. Melanie Petri
    Melanie Petri 6 years ago

    So beautiful, Sandy!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Thanks Melanie. Aren’t we lucky to do what we do?

      • Melanie Petri
        Melanie Petri 6 years ago

        We are so lucky! And when I watch your lesson, I am struck by all the side benefits that we get from Pilates…. (including, but not limited to) mental stimulation, social interaction, and joy.

  32. Sandy Shimoda Author

    Hello Mostah – I start Stanley on his arches for two reasons; safety and to help him access his center more powerfully. Stanley has neuropathy (which makes his feet feel numb), limited mobility in one of his ankles, and a tendency to push with his knees. Therefore, he can push more evenly from his seat when I put him on his ankles. With someone like Stanley it takes a little trial and error to find the adjustments that get him more connected to his center. Good question!

  33. Martin 6 years ago

    This is such a lovely series! Videos like this are invaluable to those who want to share Pilates with every kind of person and do so in a safe (and fun) manner. I hope to see many more like this.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Martin – thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am glad that you enjoyed Stanley and that I could share him with you!

  34. mostah 6 years ago

    Hi, I would like to know why you put him on the arches? Thanks for the workout!!

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