Teaching Tools: Spine Shapes - Pilatesology

Teaching Tools: Spine Shapes

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In this mini-workshop, Sandy demonstrates how to use spine shapes as a teaching tool. Based on the work of Jay Grimes, the spine shapes (Round, Tall, Tall into Side Bend, Tall into Arch, Tall into Twist) give you a way to asses your client's bodies as well as clear, concise cues for corrections. Sandy has students show each shape and then details her own verbal and tactile cues to improve the shape. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.

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  1. Miquel Banket 6 years ago

    This was extremely helpful thank you so much! I see these common problem areas a lot while teaching.

  2. kathy taylor 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this class. You made it so clear visually and verbally. Watching you teach is always wonderful and special!

  3. Sandy Shimoda Author

    Pilatesangel – Thanks for your feedback on the short mini workshops. I am planning to post more of these online, and am so grateful to have such intelligent bodies around to demonstate the brilliance of Joe Pilates’ work.

  4. ladyjane 6 years ago

    great workshop! Great students! Thank You Sandy! just goes to show how important it is to have sessions and a pair of eyes on you as we all need corrections and how just a little tweak makes all the difference.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Ladyjane – I love your name! Thanks for your thoughts. I know I depend on my private lessons with Jay and teachers from my staff to keep me moving well!

  5. This was so helpful and sooo valuable! Beautiful students and brilliant teaching. Pilates training at its best. Thank you Sandy and Pilatesology.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      You are welcome Classicalpilatesoakpark – hello to you and one of the most beautiful cities in America. Thanks for tuning in with me. It means so much that the work of the wonderful teachers that come to Vintage Pilates can be viewed from your home.

  6. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    I love these short mini workshops about seeing the body. I think everyone benefits from such wonderful bodies as examples and Sandy’s perfect example of when to assist and when to provide knowledge and awareness! Thank you so much for this gem!

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