Case Study: Pilates for Foot & Hand Pain

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Lori’s student Julie, began Pilates with pain in her feet and hands that made working on the reformer difficult—the pain was so extreme, Julie was afraid to remove her shoes or lean on her hands. Using Pilates exercises done with a gentle range of motion, Lori was able to teach Julie to move without overstressing the joints that troubled her, and then to begin to lengthen out the areas of pain and finally, strengthen the parts that needed it. Lori begins the session by going through the exercises and finishes by detailing the foot and hand positions on the Reformer that Julie is now able to do pain free. The good news is that Julie is now able to practice her Reformer workout barefoot, lean on her arms, and walk as far as she likes without fear of being crippled with pain later. PROPS: Lori uses a Gratz Toe Corrector (if you don’t have one, substitute a rubberband from the grocery store produce section—the thick ones that hold broccoli together), a hair band that would hold a ponytail, and a squishy ball. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, Washington where this class was filmed.
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  1. CAVaccaro
    CAVaccaro 2 years ago

    Hi Lori,
    I noticed that you had removed the standard Gratz padding on the footbar. I have worked on reformers that changed that out for handlebar tape and I was happy with the change but I am hesitant to change out the padding on my footbars out of concerned for all of my 70+ clients with delicate hands and feet. What are your thoughts as to the pros and cons to this change?
    I have been binge watching all of your video and enjoying them all!
    Many Thanks,
    Cathy

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 2 years ago

      Hi Cathy. I did Pilates with Romana for years without a padded footbar and don’t remember exactly when they became standard. I use a pad or 2 on the bar when and if my client needs the extra padding. People lift out of their joints better without the cushioned bar. They just have to get used to it.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying my videos. They are snapshots in time 🙂 I hope to meet you in person some day.
      Best,
      Lori

      • CAVaccaro
        CAVaccaro 2 years ago

        Hi Lori,
        Thank you for your reply & point taken! We have met when you came to Evanston a couple of times but I especially enjoy the last workshop you did there at Pilates Connection. I missed out on getting a session with you but I think that you did work with my daughter, Ali Vaccaro (also a RP instructor) in a private. Hope you make it back to Chicago!
        Regards,
        Cathy

        • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
          Lori Coleman-Brown 2 years ago

          Oops, sorry about that. Without seeing people, it’s hard to know who I’ve met already.
          I don’t currently have plans to come to Chicago. If you want to know where I’m teaching, look at my little website loricolemanbrown.com or the more professional website, atlaspilates.com, which is my home studio. Cheers!

          • CAVaccaro
            CAVaccaro 2 years ago

            No worries, you must meet so many new people in your travels!
            I took the padding off one of the footbars for my workout yesterday and it felt great!

  2. Femke 3 years ago

    Hi Lori, can you reverse bonions with the correct training of the feet in your opinion, or only slow down further development? Very informative session, thank you!!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 3 years ago

      Exercise and attention likely slows further development of bunions. The sooner the better. I recently worked with 2 of my clients teenagers who had the beginnings of bunions, and was shocked at how well and quickly they responded.

  3. Ynowak 5 years ago

    That was wonderful, thank you.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

      I’m glad you liked it.
      cheers!

  4. Thanks for the very applicable exercises that are so commonly needed for many clients. Lori is a gem…

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

      Thank you. I’m glad you found this class useful.
      xo

  5. lghammerle

    Hi Lori! Can you recommend a good way to stretch hands that are prone to cramping? or is there an exercise that can be done to prevent the cramping?
    Thanks, Lauren

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

      Hi Lauren,
      I’m so sorry for the delay in my answer. It just occurred to me that I could interact with people on this site. lol. Can you explain more about the hand cramps? What are people doing when the hand cramps?

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