Managing Diverse Client Needs

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There are days when all of your teaching plans go out the window because one or both of your clients arrive with diverse needs. Dorothee gives a brilliant example of how to manage this type of session as she guides her 2 students, Lauren, who is recovering from vertigo and Rodrigo whose former career as a gymnast left him with his own issues. Watch and become an apprentice again as you gain insight on how Dorothee chooses exercises that fit both students, keeps them moving with her encouraging cues and gives them challenges appropriate for each. For information on Continued Education Workshops and complete Teacher Training with Dorothee Vandewalle visit Metropolitan Authentic Training.

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  1. jernestops
    jernestops 4 years ago

    I love Dorothee. She is brilliant. she knows give to both really what you need. All video is funny and interesting but she called my attention when she said: “No chest expansion to you, too tight today… Want to do snake..” She made me reflecting and I love it 🙂 I hope meet her soon. Congrats to Rodrigo also, It’s beautiful I can see his passion and his dedication to Classical Pilates. Parabens 🙂

    Thanks Alisa and Jack for sharing this video. It’s wonderful!

  2. joesmat 4 years ago


    This was a very interesting session observing Dorothee Vandewalle Instructing a Gymnast. The Gymnast is a wonderful example of concentration and focus I thought.
    The contrast between the two participants made it all the more interesting, and seeing what this brilliant Instructor was looking for in both people.

    When Rodrigo was in the forward lunge position the positioning of the hands was in front of the sternum, and then Dorothee had him punch alternate arm in sequence with the opposite leg in a deep stance.
    This deep stance is a Martial Arts position that Dorothee asked him to do. We know that Joe Pilates practiced the Martial Arts.
    Why do we choose to punch from the chest and what is the reasoning?
    In Shotokan Karate (The original Martial Arts) the fist is at the side just above the hip, with elbow at 90 degrees and in line with the body.
    You can’t punch effectively from the sternum?
    Thank you very much.

  3. Ynowak 4 years ago

    Lovely discussion at the end! Nice to hear her thoughts on the lesson, which was great.

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