First-Time Senior Session (with Italian translation)

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Simona Cipriani knows that your first time teaching a senior (especially those with pathologies) can be intimidating—and she's here to lend a helping hand. In this short video, Simona leads her student Lydia through an example of a typical first session for a client with a partially fused thoracic spine. She starts slowly with some seated Pre Pilates, then conducts the rest of the session on the Table/Cadillac. This workout is the perfect introduction to basic Pilates concepts including upper body extension, lengthening of the spine and posture, and bringing awareness to the Powerhouse - all conducted with your client's limitations in mind, with a gentle manner that safely challenges and rejuvenates your senior client. Visit Simona at her studio The Art of Control at SUNY Purchase.

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  1. Tami Nixon 3 years ago

    So helpful and darling!

    • Simona Cipriani Author
      Simona Cipriani 3 years ago

      Thank you Tami:)
      this is a special one for me!!!

      Love this amazing woman….

      Thank you for your comment:)
      Ciao, ciao

  2. Tami Nixon 3 years ago

    so helpful and cute!

  3. Anna Zini 4 years ago

    Mi è piaciuta molto la lezione alla tua mamma! Bellissimo sentire parlare in Italiano perché l’inglese lo capisco pochino. Per la prima volta in 10 anni che insegno ho visto come si usano i ganci al centro del trapezio!!!! Grazie Patrizia! Sei una delle mie insegnanti preferite di pilatesology. Good Job . Anna

    • Simona Cipriani Author
      Simona Cipriani 4 years ago

      Cara Anna,

      mi spiace tantissimo non aver potuto risponderti prima…spero mi perdonerai!
      io sto` perdendo la mia lingua, quindi cerco di praticarla piu` possibile, ma insegnare il Pilates in italiano e poi con la mia Mamma, e` stata una fatica!!!
      grazie per i complimenti…e spero ci sarà` un opportunità` per conoscerti presto:)

  4. tracy 4 years ago

    Love it 🙂
    Gratzi Lydia

    • Simona Cipriani Author
      Simona Cipriani 4 years ago

      Hi Tracy,

      so sorry for the delay here:)

      Thank you for your never ending support!
      Love u,

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