Teaching Imbalances Workshop

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Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk into your studio will have imbalances, due to injury, disorders, sports (tennis players and golfers - this is for you!) or any other repetitive activity. In this workshop, held at the Classical Pilates Conference UK in 2013, Jay focuses on how to address the more common imbalances teachers encounter on a daily basis, including scoliosis or knee surgery. Some will require constant, long-term attention while others simply fix themselves through proper movement. Whichever the case, the first and most important thing is to simply get the body moving and observe. Keeping this in mind, Jay has tips for straightening things right up—his primary instruments of choice being the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and, of course, the Neck Tensometer. Join Jay in this long, but rewarding journey to mastering what the Pilates method is all about - returning balance to the body. Find out more about working with Jay Grimes at www.VintagePilates.com. For information on attending the next event planned by Amy Kellow of Everybody Pilates, please visit Classical Pilates Convention UK.    

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  1. Jay Grimes Author
    Jay Grimes 4 years ago

    Hi Tanyapaty,

    You are almost making my case for me! Most of the things you mention are issues we find in people just starting Pilates. They need to find the springs and get a feel for the apparatus. Let them move, give them a chance. You might be surprised how some of these things will just disappear on their own as they become more comfortable. If they have been doing Pilates for some time and are still having these issues, footwork is still not the place to correct them. If you are addressing them on the spine corrector or some other apparatus you can reference that while they are doing footwork to illustrate how it is the same body and the same rules apply. You have to trust the work. Joe is hiding in there, and if you just get them moving, Joe will help you out. Hope this helps.

  2. tanyapaty 4 years ago

    Hello Jay, Im stopping the video early on to ask a question that has confused me for a long time. I’ve heard you say many times not to correct during Footwork and you say, “because you cannot correct them in the Footwork”. Can you please explain more deeply? It seems there are so many things, for example tailbone curling up when they bring the carriage in, flaring the ribs and not maintaining a long spine, locking the knees rather than lengthening, pushing from the quads rather than using the seat and inner thighs, bracing the abdominals instead of pulling in and up (read that you said you hate the term “scoop/ing”), tension in the shoulders, neck arched rather than long, ankles dropped and not energized through the feet… Are you saying to just let all of this be during Footwork and address it in later exercises? Is Footwork only meant to be to get the body moving and blood pumping and is not an exercise that requires precision? You say to use this time to observe and see what is needed but do not correct here as “Footwork can’t address the issues”.
    I look forward to your response as I have long been confused by this 🙂

  3. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    What a beautiful gift I got from you guys that encourage my Path to reach my goal no matter when I will do. Amazing to be able to moving again and moving now with more energies and facing beautiful opportunity to share my own experience of life. Thanks to Pilatesology, thanks to Mr. Jay Grimes, Thanks To Vintage, Thanks to my dearest Amy Kellow.

    I will try again for sure and you will surprise of the strength that I can achieved every day. Thanks to all my heart is smiling.

    Beautiful gift! feeling my entire body and I keep moving!

    Thanks Mr. Jay for be there for me.

  4. Helena Birecki
    Helena Birecki 4 years ago

    Thank you Jay! So much knowledge expressed so clearly.
    As an short-legged person, I just want to say don’t feel too sorry for those long, willowy people… any deviation from the “ideal” makes some exercises hard.
    I actually simulate having longer legs by using ankle weights, or putting a weighted ball between my feet in many exercises (swan on the chair, and rollup and neck pull on a mat without a strap are the ones where it makes the biggest difference) and the exercise not only becomes easier, but it becomes easier to feel the “two way stretch”/use the right muscle balance.

  5. joesmat 4 years ago

    Don’t have Apparatus, but, I would have thought you have to say, that the young Lady doing the TWIST on the Wunda Chair, and then the SNAKE & THE TWIST on the Reformer seemed to me to do these exercises so well, and with great control. Wonderful Practitioner.
    For those of us unable to afford Apparatus, I always look to see how to take the exercise to my Mat!
    Although, many might disapprove!

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