Pilates & Disk Issues w/ Kathi Ross Nash

Working with Disk Injuries

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Learn how Kathryn Ross Nash uses Pilates to restore a body to health after a disk injury to the spine. Working with her student Tony on the Cadillac and Reformer she details a full set of exercises to restore length in the spine, provide relief from pain and allow the injured disk to heal. Thanks to Dana Santi and Colleen Naughton Strong at The Pilates Core in LaGrange, IL where this class was filmed. For info on training with Kathi visit: KathiRossNash.com.

What Others Are Saying


  1. precious74 2 years ago

    Thank you Kathy, amazing tutorial, love and light from London!!

  2. Tracy Sue Du Plessis 3 years ago

    A big thank you Kathi for this video. Just what i need for one of my clients but of course it makes me want to take all my other classes / clients back to basics!!!
    I love your teaching / cues / abundance of energy. Thank you!!!!

  3. Nikos.Psychas
    Nikos.Psychas 3 years ago

    Thank you so much Kathryn

  4. jlyon18 4 years ago

    Kathi*** ( :

  5. jlyon18 4 years ago

    Thank you Kathy for sharing! I learned some new wonderful tactile cues. Very helpful! -Jaime

  6. jernestops
    jernestops 4 years ago

    Thank you Kathi! You gave me the key for working out with a new client. Today you helped me. Best wishes for you!

  7. mademoisellemia11 5 years ago

    How lucky are you Tony Balongo ??? Kathy, i have used what you taught in this video so many times now. Genius. I just keep falling in love with the method over and over. Thank You

  8. Fabulous workshop! Love your workshops and classes! Thank you!

  9. janie jennings 5 years ago

    Thank you for the information. Always enjoy and gain from your work.

  10. Jennifer Allen
    Fitmom01 5 years ago

    So fantastic! You never stop giving, Kathi! Thank you so much!
    Jenn Allen

  11. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks very much Kathi, I watch the video twice to be sure all the goodness here. Specially when we work as a Pilates teacher with clients with that conditions also I am trying after surgery With some clients is conjunction with the Reabilitation Doctors here in Qatar and yes all your advice perfect! And of course all we are unique bodies. Thanks love your look and yes love your shoes as well. Kisses from Doha, Qatar

    P.D. Going to try your advice ❤️❤️

  12. deneeSdole 6 years ago

    I loved this, and found it helpful not only for injured clients, but also as reminder for the fundamentals & things we tend to stop focusing on. I’d love to see more like this!

  13. Luiza Galvão

    OMG!!! Thank you Kathi!

  14. Helen Haynes 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed it, thanks Kathi for explaining it all so well and generously 🙂

  15. mlmllm68 6 years ago

    Buongiorno Ma Nash
    Why don’t use the spring on cadillac for the very first part of this lesson ?

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      because I want to create space. a spring is used to create strength and could add compression if not used correctly. the student needs to know how to move correctly (when injured) before adding a spring. I am of the mind set that as a Pilates Teacher, I am not a therapist, and my job, my only job, is to create a safe and effective work out for the student before me.
      hope this helps!

  16. Lynn Pringle 6 years ago

    Love this Kathy. More along these lines would be great. What would be really interesting though is to see a real first time client and the struggles they have neurologically with many concepts. Ie tucking, having no length in their hamstrings, seriously forward heads. Think cyclist to the max. No that’s a challenge.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      those are fun!! lol but honestly- the method is the method and each body has its joys and challenges… those hyper-mobile dancers… oy vey!

  17. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    Oh, How I would have loved you working on me last year when I had my herniated disk! This is so perfect as an example of using the system to perform the same movement with a different relationship to gravity! Such a wonderful tool! Thank you for sharing….too bad all “new” clients are not as easy to teach as Tony! lol

  18. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    Thank you! It is a gift to have a working method that is so complete it can fulfill the needs of all types of clients

    • Martin 6 years ago

      Amen! Even though I’m uninjured, I think I may do this workout on one of my “back to basics” days to challenge myself on the fundamentals.

  19. Martin 6 years ago

    So great to see such a detailed approach to working with injuries! Would love to see more in this vein. Fantastic as always Kathi!

    • Patrizia Maerki 6 years ago

      Yes, as always you are fantastic and I am learning so much out of your way of teaching and explaining :-))) I love Pilates … and the way you teach it! Joe was definitly a genius of the body…and you too!
      Have you ever been to Zurich, Switzerland? It would be nice to have you over here for a workshop, do you thing that would be possible?
      Thanks for all your “gifts”:-)

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