Do you know if your clients have osteoporosis? Do you ask them? Do they tell you? Do you ask the men, also? Have any of them broken a bone? This is important information to know before you give your clients a Pilates workout. Many of the Pilates moves are contraindicated for osteoporosis. I’m sure you don’t want anyone to break a bone on your watch. I’ve cautioned the places where I work that we need up to date information on each client. Just because they want a tough workout doesn’t mean they need a dangerous workout. Plank poses and extension moves can be challenging and yet good strengthening exercises. We really don’t need to crunch or bend forward. I am now using the jump board as a bone strengthening tool. I have the clients wear their shoes, I can pad their back and neck for comfort. Several of my clients love doing the jump board. Their doctors told them to jump rope at 65 (really)! Research on rebounding for osteoporosis is all over Google.
I am actually starting a Tone Your Bones(™) class at my facilities. If you don’t have a jump board then my IPRSS system works great. Call, email or text me regarding my New Osteoporosis Program. Be creative but be mindful.
Tip of the Day: Bring your shoulders up to your ears (shrug) then lower them. Do this 10 times with the emphasis down. Feel the downward motion. Stand tall-Good Posture Becomes You.