Imbalances of the Skeleton

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In this workshop, Sean Gallagher helps us understand what we can and cannot do to modify imbalances in the skeleton. Not all imbalances can be fixed, but, as Sean explains, you can work with them by adjusting your Pilates practice in a way that still promotes overall symmetry and removes strain. Most accommodation for imbalances occurs in the feet and hips, therefore placing much of the strain on the knees. By analyzing the anatomy of the lower extremities in relation to the skeleton, Sean explains how proper Footwork can set the entire body back into alignment and strengthen it symmetrically without the need for any accommodation that would further increase muscular imbalances.  He shares tricks for determining the exact anatomy of your imbalance and what adjustments need to be made accordingly. You'll find a new level of appreciation and respect for the Footwork series and understand why we know it as "the foundation of Pilates". Visit Sean at Performing Arts Physical Therapy.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Helen Haynes 2 years ago

    Thank you so much Sean Gallagher for this brilliant workshop.

  2. tanyapaty 4 years ago

    Wonderful! I will be watching this video over and over. Hope there will be many more like this from Sean 🙂

  3. kikemarin
    kikemarin 4 years ago

    Please subtitles in English at least ,for no English people and for hard of hearing
    thank you
    all the best

    • Pilatesology Pilatesology
      Pilatesology Pilatesology 2 years ago

      Well- I know this is a bit late- but- I just added english subtitles to this class!!
      : )


  4. kikemarin
    kikemarin 4 years ago

    Please subtitles in English at least ,for no English people and for hard of hearing
    thank you

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Hi kikemarin,
      We are working on adding subtitles but have not yet found the a solution. It’s a complicated and time-consuming process. We will let you know as soon as we find a way to make this happen.

  5. ccproject 4 years ago

    Great presentation and information. Love the team work between Sean and Elaine. Thank you.

    • Elaine Ewing
      Elaine Ewing 4 years ago

      Thanks and I’m so glad you liked the video!

  6. jbm 4 years ago

    Fantastic information. Thanks Sean for sharing this information. So helpful in understanding the connections with the chains in the body. I hope there are more videos coming. Would love to see your approach to the barrels and well everything!

  7. Reb 4 years ago

    Very informative. This is a video to be watched several times!

  8. yinyangalt
    yinyangalt 4 years ago

    My 73 year old client who is a runner, swimmer, yogi, pole dancer and fitness fanatic. She broke her foot in when she was 40’s and said she also suffered a foot drop back then. She has pins /rods in her foot causing her foot to evert and wing out. It’s been this way since the accident and didn’t bother to remove the hardware. Do you have any suggestions on how to work with her moving forward. She is strong and committed to the work.

  9. joesmat 4 years ago

    This is one of the most informative lectures I personally have come across in Pilates about the relationship of the Powerhouse – To the Hips/Knees and Feet.
    Thank you Mr Gallagher.

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