STUDIO NEWS - What Should I Feel with Pilates?

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What Should I Feel?
One of the aspects that drew me to STOTT Pilates is their approach.  I not only saw value in their instructor training, I appreciated they way they taught students to understand why & how their bodies are moving. It is the foundation of the way STOTT instructors are trained to teach.
This has been brought home to me in the last several weeks as I complete an Anatomy course that they offer. In this case, I am taking it online with a Physical Therapist who is also an Instructor Trainer at a large studio in Michigan where I have worked out at since I first began my instructor training. The majority of the people in the class (class size is 10 people) are just beginning, or have not yet begun, their instructor training. So this is their first encounter with STOTT’s education. And the anatomy instructor has emphasized that we need to teach people not only how to perform the choreography, but help to them to understand which joints are moving, which muscles are moving the joints, and which muscles stabilize the joints. As she is fond of saying, if you can’t stabilize the joint first, you can’t accomplish the larger movement correctly.
I phrase it a little differently, but you have heard me say that you need to develop stability in your joints before you can increase your range of motion: balancing stability with mobility, even if you have the flexibility &/or strength to accomplish a larger ROM.
I like to think that I do a pretty good job of doing that, especially with the pelvis, maybe less so with the shoulder. But like all instructors or teachers, issues that resonate with me become easier to teach. So because I’ve had pelvic issues for a good part of my life, I am in tune with how to stabilize it & strengthen the muscles around it. The shoulder also, but it has been less of an issue in my life.
Taking this course with “newbies” also demonstrated to me how much I have learned over the years. While my fellow students don’t think in terms of movement, yet, I do. I tend to grasp the concept of what the body is doing & what it is capable of doing because of my experience. But they will gain that knowledge as they continue through the education & begin to teach.
I realize that because I live in terms of movement everyday, I can sometimes overwhelm my students with it. I need to break your instructions down into elements that you can comprehend & translate into movement, especially since you have very different lives than me outside of the studio.
So here’s my promise: if I go too fast, or if I don’t explain well, or if I don’t break it down to concepts you can work with, please stop me & ask. Please understand that while I want you to love Pilates as much as I do, I especially want you to understand what it feels like to do it correctly because, as I also often say, Pilates is functional. Lessons that you learn in Pilates can be applied to not only other styles of exercise & movement (like dance & athletics), they can & should be applied to everyday life. You spend a couple of hours a week creating, perfecting, feeling proper movement patterns so that you can walk out into the world & they can take over without you having to think about it.


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Change to Session Fees
Inflation, as I’m sure you are much too aware, has not slowed down. As a result, session fees increased as of November 1, 2022. Privates increased $5/session. Duets & Trios increased $2/person/session.  As always, 5-session packages reflect a $5 discount/session. Full pricing information can be found on the website.
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Video Highlight - The 100 on the Mat
What better exercise to spotlight in the video this month than one of the most basic, if not the most basic, Pilates exercise, the 100. The 100 teaches us so many things & applies all of the Basic Principles: breathing, pelvic position, ribcage placement, scapular mobility & stability and neck & head placement. There are so many modifications for this exercise & I’ve only demonstrated one in the video. But it can be modified for people with cervical issues, pregnant women, pelvic stability issues, and the list goes on.
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The 100 on the Mat
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