Restrictions in the upper rib cage can be the source of pain, discomfort and other chronic issues. Clients have a hard time perceiving this region of the body and it can be difficult to unwind. Here, Melanie suggests if you see sticky upper ribs, think slinky side lying motions to help unwind and … Read more about See Sticky? Think Slinky.
When you have good balance, you have a better ability to quickly adapt to changes in the body position and react to unexpected variations. In this video, Melanie explains how an instructor can begin to help a client improve the proprioceptive system with slow and fast tracking—linking the … Read more about Train the Brain to Improve Balance
Melanie has a few tricks up her Pilates sleeve to help you assist those clients with persistent shifts and twists of of the thoracic spine and pelvis. https://player.vimeo.com/video/812221970?badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479 … Read more about How to Assist | Shifts & Twists
Improve body awareness (proprioception) and help a client learn to control their foot and simultaneously flex their hip using the unstable foam roller in a side-lying (a.k.a. Sleeper) position on the Pilates reformer. While this is broken down into an isolated range of movement, these are necessary … Read more about Improve Body Awareness? Steady your Sleeper.
Summer is nearly here, and for many Pilates clients that means its time to start playing sports and being able to throw or control a racquet or golf club. In this clip, Melanie shows how you can start to integrate throwing actions on the reformer to help clients learn to open up and eccentrically … Read more about A Pilates Throw for Shoulder Control
Research indicates that female ballet dancers are susceptible to injuries at a young age. Yet, early assessment techniques and principles—followed by Pilates exercise— may provide valuable insight, alert dance teachers of non-optimal patterns and prevent injuries from happening. In 2014, Melanie … Read more about Key Assessments May Prevent Ballet Injuries
There’s an art to observation. PNWP education students often ask how to see something that is not immediately obvious. It isn't magic. It takes practice and experience. It also helps to have mentorship and guidance. Here, our Instructor Trainer team provides some tips and tricks to help you … Read more about Eyes Wide Open: Observation is a Pilates Art
One person is not like the other and this is true with lower back pain, as well. In this clip Melanie explains why program choices must be tailored specifically to each … Read more about Personalize Pilates Programs for Low Back Pain