How To Deal with Back Issues

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Back pain can be confusing and scary to deal with, both for Pilates students and their teachers. In this incredibly informative session, Lori details in a simple, straightforward way, what happens with different back problems, how to see and understand what is going wrong, and how to move a body safely towards a return to health with Pilates. It's helpful to know that in addition to being a classical Pilates Teacher Trainer with 20 years experience, Lori also holds a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates in Seattle, Washington where this class was filmed.

What Others Are Saying


  1. phoenix 3 years ago

    Thank you so much. This is such straightforward and sensible information.

  2. Gemshaw1 3 years ago

    A very enjoyable video. Would love to have actually had your guy with the back issue as the client. Would be awesome to get more stiff bodies. This lady moves nicely!

  3. deneeSdole 4 years ago

    I learned a lot from this class. Thank you so much. I know it takes time to have such a good eye, as you have. I can see what you’re talking about when I’m observing,
    but it’s more difficult to me in the moment with a client I’m teaching.

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

      Hi there. I’m glad you liked the class. It’s sometimes hard for me to see things in the moment with my clients too.I’ve developed strategies. I will watch them move over and over before I make a request or suggestion. Or I say “wait” or “stop” here and there when I feel it will help me to help them. Or I say “pull in your stomach” then “don’t pull in your stomach” so I can see the difference. Once I get what they are about, then I can see through the baggiest of T shirts… for that client. If you are ever in Seattle, or a city where I’m teaching, I’d love to meet you and share in person.

  4. N1727
    N1727 5 years ago

    This is a big help to refresh, I have a person today who has back injury. Thank you!

  5. Amazing class as always Lori ! I hope there could be new class every week here from you! 😉 so useful! xx

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Hi. I’m so glad you liked the class. There’s so much to say and do, and each person is different! That’s what’s so exciting to me about teaching.

  6. kirstieanderson 7 years ago

    Would love to see more for bad backs – especially mat work variations for specific issues! So useful as a reminder! This was great

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Hi Kirstie, We plan on having more from Lori as well as other teachers on this important topic!

  7. arlene
    arlene 7 years ago

    wow, I learned a lot of great information in this session. Thank you Lori!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      thank you for watching 🙂 there’s always more to learn!

  8. pilatesangel 7 years ago

    Unfortunately, most clients today have a bad back or atleast several bad back days a year. Great reminders of using the system of exercises that minimize pain. I really enjoyed the emphasis on transitions that are functional movements in daily life….the most important lesson for every client! Thanks for sharing Lori!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Functional transitions are so important and we can really help people make better choices. Sit, stand, roll over, reach, push, pull, lift, carry etc, all during their normal workouts.

  9. Elvy Perez Zorich

    I so much appreciate your work Lori! And I never forget the lessons I had with you in NY. One line of yours I love is, “you don’t have to scoop a all cost” or something along the lines. You’re truly knowledgeable and I hope there is more of you to come!

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      That’s funny, I still say that 🙂 I’ll be teaching on the east coast this September. It would be nice to catch up 🙂

  10. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Thank you Lori, that was so, so helpful and so informative.
    Hope to see a lot more of you on Pilatesology.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Hi. I’m glad you found the class helpful. I enjoy sharing on Pilatesology a lot. It’s a fabulous resource! Thank you Alisa and Jack!

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