Original Hands-On Pushes and Pulls

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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.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Costanzin94 5 months ago

    So interesting and unique! Thank you very much for sharing it!

  2. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks Mr. Jay and James for this great Classical Mat Work with Push and Pull, and watching the video made me feel that Joe still with us. thanks for rock my life!

  3. joesmat 6 years ago

    Observed this video again to-day, it is significant, how Jay let James get on with the practice, and only intervened once. Minimum of words to permit the Chap to practice.
    More from Jay Grimes on the MATWORK!

  4. Andrea Maida
    Andrea Maida 7 years ago

    Thanks for this one James and Jay! A pleasure to watch and learn 🙂

  5. joesmat 7 years ago

    It really is unique, and very special, to get the opportunity to learn from this Gentleman. Few words.
    It is only in recent years that those of us from far away places, would have the opportunity to learn the hands techniques demonstrated here, thanks to PILATESOLOGY and Mr Grimes.
    Thanking you very much.

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