Jay demonstrates the hands on pushes and pulls that Joe Pilates gave when teaching the mat. In the original Pilates studio, a teacher roamed the room, giving pushes and pulls when needed. These hands on assists are invaluable for helping a person get deeper into the exercise and they were also the way that Joe communicated with his clients and taught his teachers to understand the body. Seeing these pushes taught is a precious gift that can be watched over and over to see the hand positions and ways Jay uses his own body to assist his student—try them with a partner and discover for yourself how good they feel. These assists are something a teacher learns over a lifetime of experience working with all different kinds of bodies and you can see that experience here as Jay teaches a student he has never met before. Find out more about working with Jay Grimes at www.VintagePilates.com where this class was filmed.