Correcting Kyphosis Workshop

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In this workshop aimed at teachers, Sonjé Mayo presents how to work with clients who exhibit an increased kyphosis or hunchback. She begins by detailing the causes behind this condition and then presents a simple postural assessment that you can easily do with your clients. You’ll learn exactly what apparatus, props and positions are best for improving this issue. She then demonstrates the exercises that you want to use as well as why you should skip some. Watch and you’ll feel confident teaching your overly kyphotic clients! For lessons, workshop requests and Schroth work, visit Sonjé Mayo at http://Sonjé Filmed at Pilatesology Studio.

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  1. BrandonCS 2 months ago

    This is really wonderful material! I’d love to see how you address women with kypholordosis (particularly due to heavy chests).

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 2 months ago

      Thank you Brandon! Kypholordosis will need one roll to ‘iron out’ the spine. In supine, one roll longtitudinally under the thoracic spine will lengthen the lumbar spine and open the chest.
      In the prone position, one roll under the groin will correct the kyphosis to a degree.
      However with heavy chests, you may have to place a low barrel under the sternum to provide some space and elevation. When they lift into extension, the curves will be flattened and the chest broad. If that is too uncomfortable, you may have to do extension in 4pt and 2pt kneeling.
      Hope that helps.

      • BrandonCS 2 months ago

        That is very helpful, thank you, Sonjé! The workshop is wonderful in how you identify specific issues and address them individually, whilst being mindful not to include movement that’s counter to what the goal is.

        • Sonjé Mayo Author
          Sonjé Mayo 2 months ago

          I appreciate your positive feedback. Keeping the solutions to the specific issues simple and then applying them within the scope of the method, usually helps clients most.

  2. Hesti 5 months ago

    Thank you Sonje, this is fabulous information, so grateful for it! One question, my husband got extremely nauseous when I put him over the mini barrel for the lower body exercises, after a few exercises it was so bad that he ended up in bed all day because of nausea. He is a fit guy. That feeling started the moment he rolled back over the barrel. What could the reason be?

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

      Hi Hesti,
      I assume you are talking about your husband lying backwards over the barrel in the supine position?
      I will be guessing as to the cause of his nausea but the vertigo and consequent nausea usually happens if one has inner ear disorders. I suffer from it occasionally.
      Some of the most common causes include:

      BPPV. These initials stand for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. It helps you keep your balance.

      BPPV can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.

      Meniere’s disease. This is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.
      Symptoms include:
      Feeling nauseated
      Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
      Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
      Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.

      You can google the Epley maneuvre which helps a lot.

      I hope this is of help.

      • Hesti 5 months ago

        Thank you Sonje, we will look it up. He is only 41 years old.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

      I suggest you teach your husband upper back extension just like I am doing for Chris in the picture, starting from lying forwards over the barrel (the prone position )
      That makes one less nauseous. You can do this on the mini barrel as well. Move slowly and hold the extension position for longer so that you do less repetitions.
      If he feels better and lies backwards over the mini barrel, make sure that his head is supported with a pillow. Just lying on the Yoga blocks would be best for him because his head will be level.

      • Hesti 5 months ago

        Thank you Sonje, I will do that 🙂 I really appreciate your help.

  3. Giorgia84 11 months ago

    Thank you Sonjé! I am new on Pilatesology and as a young teacher I am really happy to find your classes. I love your way and approach. I have a new client with a very strong khyphosis and this work will help me to help him stay better with is neck and posture!THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 11 months ago

      Wonderful that you have joined Pilatesology! I am delighted that this has helped.
      I have a lot more to share with you, so stay tuned.

  4. Digidesigns175 1 year ago

    Thank you so much Sonje, I love your workshops. I have a group of equestrians that will benefit from these exercises.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Great that you can use this for your elegant equestrians! Thanks for your feedback.

  5. Julie Winters
    Julie Winters 1 year ago

    So very helpful, Sonje! My golfers will be working on this for sure. Thanks!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Great! Your golfers will love you even more!!

  6. precious74 1 year ago

    Amazing! Thank you so much!Marta

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      That makes me very happy! The more you learn, the more you grow……

  7. loremiller
    loremiller 1 year ago

    Very very helpful Sonje. I used it today in a mat class I taught. Thank you so much!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Wonderful! Thanks for your feedback.

  8. excellent, informative and useful workshop. Thank you!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      I am so happy that you learned from this!

  9. ekwok
    ekwok 1 year ago

    Thanks Sonjé, I really enjoy watching your “observe & learn sessions”. They are so informative and I always learn so much. Would love to see more like this. Best, Elaine

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thank you Elaine! I am delighted that you have found this informative.

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