Whether you teach Classical Pilates, individual equipment classes, or group mat classes, you know the benefits of specific core activation for all types of clients. But what happens when you know that a client can get a better core contraction but no matter how many months you work at it, nothing seems to “click” in for that patient? What do you do when stretching muscles doesn’t seem to help a client decrease stiffness? Or what about clients who end up canceling their sessions because they are in too much back or shoulder pain?
We regularly refer our physical therapy patients out to distinct Pilates studios around the city. We work with instructors to reach the maximum benefit for the clients and enhance the overall patient experience. How do we manage these upscale clients so that they are able to achieve new Pilate feats? We do a thorough evaluation of the client’s posture not only in sitting and standing, but also in any Pilates position/movement that they want to be able to achieve.