Pilates Case Study: Stephanie's First Lesson

Case Study: Stephanie’s First Lesson

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In this session aimed at teachers, Alisa takes a first timer through her paces. Along the way, Alisa shares how she structures the lesson according to Romana's framework, how she trains her student to change the apparatus and what she chooses to correct (or not) at this early stage in Stephanie's Pilates journey. You can find printable lists of the order of exercises here: Reformer - Romana BasicsMat - Romana Basics. Check out our complete Exercise Lists & Sequences section for more. For Alisa's workshop schedule visit: http://www.alisawyatt.com.

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  1. azaniewski 2 years ago

    Her shoulders went to her ears in Short Box series round and Rolling like a ball. I would add in Chest Expansion with the roll back bar on the Cadillac to teach her how to engage her lats a bit more and be more aware of her shoulders. Maybe even do Breathing on the Cadillac to strengthen the backs of her legs, open her hips, and strengthen the shoulder girdle all at once.

    Thanks for the brain tease. During my training one of my teacher trainers challenged us to watch people walking down the street and mentally choose exercises we would do for them. So fun!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Love your additions azanieski! Both are perfect for Stephanie and what I really like is that you didn’t choose anything too complicated or advanced for a first timer. Keep up the good work!

  2. Helen Haynes 3 years ago

    Lovely and enjoyable session, it’s so nice to see real beginners and you both worked beautifully together. I think you did great choices with the high chair and the wall. Another option would have been leg springs on the Cadillac to strengthen the backs of her legs, hips and open the lower back and hips. The wall was a brilliant ending and it was good to review the sauts that I tend to miss out! Thanks Alisa and Stephanie (and Jack)

  3. hydration2000 3 years ago

    I love the progression for both a newbie with general pelvic…misalignment patterns. I would maintain this program adding on single leg hip balance / strengthening / stability approaches in Chair proceeding to seated Ball and then Standing.

  4. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 3 years ago

    What a great idea! An interactive class! Smarties you are! Can’t wait to read the feedback.

    Perhaps adding some barrel leg work would give her a boost to open her back and hips.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      I give Jack credit for thinking of the interactive idea :). I agree with you Sue, the barrels will be super for her hips. What do you think about adding the Ladder Barrel Leg Stretches to her list for next time?

  5. jbm 3 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful session. I wouldn’t do anything different.Very interesting to see how you addressed the hip issue. The wall work was fab,I was not familiar with that. You could really see the difference in her posture when you had finished the session.Great teaching!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thank you jbm! I’m glad to hear you noticed the Wall, it was the first thing we learned to finish a session with because it returns the body to an upright position and integrates everything you learn in a basic session.

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