Are your clients complaining of back pain, or do they describe themselves as having a “bad back?” If so, their complaints are not uncommon. The Mayo Clinic recently reported that 4 out of 5 adults experience at least one bout of back pain at some point during their lifetime. Considering these statistics, the likelihood of your encountering clients with back problems is quite high.
Every person attending a yoga or Pilates class does so with an intention in mind. Quite simply, an intention is a commitment to achieve some specific purpose. The intention of an exerciser might relate directly to improving health or enhancing physical appearance ─ or it might be limited to making social contacts.
Low-back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, accourding to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Among neurological ailments, only headache is more prevalent. As a body-mind exercise professional, you no doubt encounter numerous clients with varing degrees of low-back discomfort.
Typically, music isn’t a component in Pilates classes. The reasoning: It’s already hard enough to make the initial body-mind connection without the added distraction. When people are new to Pilates classes, they need to hear and understand the directives and explanations. The focus is on breath control, alignment, stability and maintaining a neutral spine, not on rhythm and lyrics.
One in every 2 women and 1 in every 4 men aged 50 or older will suffer an osteoporosis-related hip, spine or wrist fracture during their lives (National Osteoporosis Foundation [NOF] 2005). Among women over 50, 1 in every 2 who walk into your classes has low bone density and is at risk for fracture (NOF 2005).
In the last issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked “What Pilates move do you find yourself practicing most often in daily life and why? Here’s what you had to say. “I find myself practicing ’navel to spine’ more often than any other exercise.
In the September issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked the question “When teaching mat Pilates, what is the most difficult exercise or concept for new clients to master? What methods do you use to help them grasp the move?” ...
How often have you given a cue and had a client respond, “Oh, now it makes sense!” or “Wow, that feels totally different!” or of course my favorite, “No one has ever told me that!” A well-directed cue that hits the mark can bring about a change immediately ...