I must admit… I haven’t watched a new Pilates DVD in a while.
The last few I’ve seen have a scripted routine with “dancer-like” participants doing every move perfectly.
By the way, my DVDs have novice participants who had never done the exercises making my cueing relevant.
Many of the workshops I’ve attended also had dancers as demonstrators. Then, I took the new moves, exercises etc. back to the real world to clients who couldn’t do them.
Paying attention to details and good cueing are so important!
I’ve learned that a poorly executed Pilates move, with client’s joints (shoulders, hips, knees) not properly aligned, is detrimental to the client.
Two of my friends with shoulder issues have been doing shoulder exercises from the internet. Both are now more injured than ever. I watched them incorrectly do the exercises. Neither placed their shoulders in the right position before doing the rehabilitation.
So, yes, it really does matter that we watch carefully for proper form to:
- stack hip bones
- align shoulders
- align vertebrae
- track patellas
- balance pronated feet
- and all the other issues we can work on to build the strongest bodies possible
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Tip of the Day: Sit tall in a chair, grab the bottom of the chair with your hands. Slightly lean forward pulling your shoulders back. Sit and Stand tall-Good Posture Becomes You.