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Side Bends for Better Twists

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Do you have trouble getting your body to twist evenly on both sides? Join Sandy and her student Andrea as they go through the Side Bending exercises that have dramatically improved Andrea's own ability to move evenly. If you too, have some asymmetry in your body that makes twisting in one direction different than twisting in the other direction this class just might be your ticket. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.

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  1. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    That is a great Andrea and Sandy!
    Working with our body issues made a big difference as a teachers. When we know for real. Andrea is working very hard I can see; and the guidance of Sandy, perfecto! I can’t wait to meet both of you!

    Personally I am working with myself and I am recovering movements that was not there for a while after of bicycle accident in my cervical spine. Now watching both of you give me more inspiration to keep teaching and doing good with my self.

    Thanks for share.

    My respect both do you!


    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Luz – I wish you continued recovery from you bicycle accident through Pilates. There is so much available to us through the body of work that Joe created. Yes, do good with yourself – that always translates beautifully into your teaching!

  2. Sandy Shimoda Author

    Ynowak – wasn’t it gorgeous? What a great finale to the class!

  3. Andrea Maida

    Thanks everyone for your comments – I learned so much from the viewing of this class as well when we filmed it. It’s helpful to see the changes from the outside – to go with Sandy’s descriptions of how my body side bends. I must confess I rather enjoy twisting exercises now – yesterday in my Mat workout I actually chose to do extra reps of the Saw – outrageous! The side bends are growing on me…LOL. Romana and Joe you were so right: “What you don’t like, you do twice!”

    • LKVB 7 years ago

      In every studio I’ve worked at my coworkers are always wondering why I sidebend so much. ‘It’s because my ribs are tight people!’ I always cried. I also have some scoliosis so have always been unraveling patterns in Pilates. It was great to heat your feedback Andrea and kudos to Sandys guidance. great work and I was right there with you in each move! xo, liesbeth

      • Andrea Maida

        Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the side bends – I think I had best follow your lead and challenge myself to try to get coworkers to ask me that question someday – LOL.
        I need to come to your studio so we can side bend together 🙂

      • Sandy Shimoda Author

        Liesbeth – I feel you. Being a scoliosis girl myself, I can hardly hold myself back when I give my students side bending exercises. Inside I want to push them aside and do the exercises myself. I have settled with a less invasive option of mirroring their side bends from wherever I am standing! Thanks for your input.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Andrea – I wish they could see your twists now! You never cease to amaze me. Your constant hard work and sincerity is limitless.

  4. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Very interesting and good to see the differences in Andrea’s side bends and how it got better throughout the session and in different places. The twist on the chair was beautiful Andrea and Sandy nice tactile corrections. Thank you for that last twist with the trapeze…….I had forgotten about that one! Lovely!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Ladyjane – Andrea is a star. I am grateful that she was willing to not only demonstrate the changes in her body, but to talk about the sensations she was feeling. Glad you learned from her!

  5. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Her final twist looked so long! Nice job!

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