Working with Imbalances Workshop

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In this workshop, Jay addresses the issue of how to deal with imbalances such as scoliosis or a body that is stronger on one side versus the other. Having been trained to teach firsthand by Joe Pilates, Jay begins by making the point that Joe’s real genius was that he built balance into each exercise, and if a teacher simply makes sure a body is working evenly, most imbalances will fix themselves without any special tricks. To illustrate this in action, Jay takes his student Sandy through a standard Reformer session that reveals his method for evaluating his client’s needs (in this case, Sandy’s scoliosis); bringing awareness to those needs; assisting and correcting with hands on help; and finally deciding where what he sees on the Reformer should take the rest of the session. Jay further addresses Sandy’s imbalances with standard Pilates repertoire on the Wunda Chair; utilizes a Magic Circle on the Cadillac; and finishes the session on the Guillotine. Through simple exercises done correctly, Jay is able to bring Sandy’s awareness to how one side of her body is stronger than the other and to balance them out. Filmed at Vintage Pilates, West Los Angeles, CA.

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13 Comments

  1. Jayne O'Brien 2 months ago

    I have just seen this, Sandy and Jay I love it 😍

  2. Parthenope
    Parthenope 9 months ago

    Great information and beautiful work!Thank You

  3. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Yes! Absolute beautiful, learning from you Sandy and under eyes of Mr. Grimes a Bliss.

    Great explanation and how all can be possible when we do Pilates; no matter how is our body today. Thanks both of you.

  4. LKVB 6 years ago

    Nice snake twist Sandy!!

  5. atmock 6 years ago

    Great information and beautiful work! Do you ever suggest working a few more reps on the weaker side than the stronger side to help balance the body when working with people that are much weaker on one side than the other?

  6. pilatesnina 6 years ago

    Love the effective and straightforward way to just trust the work and both the instructor and the student can see, feel and correct things. Thank you so much for this class!

    • Sandy Shimoda

      Colin, i think Jay is amazing, and having a place for him to share his wisdom and experience has always been a goal at Vintage Pilates. I am grateful for Jay’s understanding and respect for Joe’s work, and his generosity in sharing it. Thank you Jay!

  7. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Great explanations of benefits of various exercises throughout.

  8. pilatesangel 7 years ago

    What a beautiful display of the power of Pilates! Thanks for sharing this lesson. So much respect for both of you as teachers and lifetime students!

  9. Suebelle
    Suebelle 7 years ago

    Lucky woman! Wonderful Mr. Grimes!!! I hope you come back to Florida. I was unable to attend the workshop you did here. I hope to get to take a lesson with you.

    Sincerely, Suebelle

  10. joesmat 7 years ago

    Wonderful to watch, learn and observe. So real and unpretentious.There were many hands on applications to assist in deepening the exercise that Mr Grimes used, that I so appreciate and thank you great Teachers for sharing with the home practitioner. Thank you very much Vintage Pilates, and PILATESOLOGY …of course!

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