Contraindications Workshop

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In this workshop for teachers, Kara covers ways to approach common contraindications due to injury or disease. Following the PMA Study Guide for the organization's certification exam, you'll get an overview of many contraindications, what you might want to avoid and exercises that can improve the issue without harm. While Kara emphasizes an individual approach aimed at healthy and complete movement in her own teaching, she acknowledges the usefulness of having depth of knowledge about issues you might run into in your clients. Visit Kara at: Kara Wily Pilates. * PMA CECs available for this class! Click HERE to go to CEC page.

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  1. jmlaplac 1 month ago

    Kara is easy to understand and hear, but I had a very tough time understanding the students when they spoke (Kara had a microphone, but they did not have microphones) – it would have been helpful if she had repeated what they said before replying. And where is the test? Haven’t found it yet…

  2. PegPilates 3 years ago

    Loved this workshop, Kara! I only have 2 comments which is sometimes I couldn’t hear your students comments and questions, which would have been nice to and also, I was taught to never do flexion with anyone that has Osteoporosis or Osteopenia because it could cause compression fractures. What are your thoughts on that? And thanks again for a wonderful workshop!!!

    • Kara Wily Author
      Kara Wily 3 years ago


      Sorry regarding the questions and answers, it is always good to get the feedback for improving presentation skills in the future. Regarding the flexion with Osteoporosis, Osteopenia–I know those are the guidelines and I would stick to them unless you absolutely knew the client well enough to take them to a different level. I do think that the C-curve in Pilates needs to be viewed like the arch of the Capitol building–it is a strong structure because of the equal curve in all parts of the arch–so just like any client, it is our goal to teach this. The one thing I do know we have smaller room for error when someone already has a condition, but I always use the work to help me know that is appropriate for the client. It is hard without a body in front of me, but yes be careful, and yes let the technique guide you , is thoughts. You are welcome. Thank you for reaching out.

  3. Lori Carbone 5 years ago

    This is great. As a new instructor I was always worries about the client that had an acute or chronic medical condition. (Doctor Google was used many a time) This is a wonderful introduction to many contraindications that we will all come across in our Pilates practice. Wonderful!
    Thank you

    • Kara Wily
      Kara Wily 5 years ago

      Lori- I am glad you were found it helpful. It can be very intimidating to work with various people, and yet that is what they come to do with us. I like to encourage teachers that movement is healthy and the right movements will always make people feel better and get the body to start its natural healing with circulation. Anything we can do to improve circulation and avoid discomfort gets two thumbs up!

  4. I hope to see more workshops like this. great work. we need more specificity.

    • Kara Wily
      Kara Wily 5 years ago

      I am planning to put some more up soon. Thanks for your feedback and let me know if there are any specific needs you need covered. Thanks!

  5. Julie Winters
    Wintersjuju 5 years ago

    Thanks for this! I’m taking the PMA exam in 2 weeks, so this was very helpful!

    • Kara Wily
      Kara Wily 5 years ago

      How did it go? I hope you passed! Let me know the update 🙂

  6. Kara Wily
    Kara Wily 5 years ago

    Thanks both of you! I am hoping to add more of these types of videos in 2016. Let me know if it is important to you guys that you can receive PMA CEC’s, etc. so I can focus on some of those offerings too. Otherwise, just let me know what you are keen to see and learn about.

  7. Ynowak 5 years ago

    Great overview of many conditions. Thank you!

  8. lghammerle

    Thank you Kara! You included a lot of practical information in this workshop.

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