How I create Pilates magic

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The first thing I do is to get my clients to turn off their defense system of fight, flight, or freeze to then turn on their social engagement system of seeing, listening and smiling. The second thing I do is, I map out how my clients´ nervous system work. Because if I can get the key to their nervous system, then I can develop a strategy. A strategy which will help my clients improve and eventually create the change they are looking for.

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How, for example, would I get clients with an instable and hypermobile sway or lower back to organize their nervous system so they are able to perform the Elephant or the Knee Stretches on the reformer successfully? How to get them to move their knees to and fro without changing or moving the position of their pelvis and back?

First I make sure that they are in the desired position on the reformer: on their knees with a round back and the arms extended forward with their hands resting on the bar. Then I ask them to slowly and even–handedly lift both hands off the bar. 

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The result is that my clients will change from a state governed by a faulty habitual pattern of action to a position regulated by a functional reflexive pattern of action. We can spot this new functionality because it is signified by an elongation, an uplift and a concerted effort of the deep muscle corset system (DMCS) and the shoulder girdle stabilizers.

In this position, they will feel like a tree and a bird at the same time.

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Now is the time for my clients to take a mental photograph of this new experience in their nervous system so that they can hold that feeling in their body.

Then I ask them to place the hands on the bar to now move the carriage to and fro with their knees; first with a rounded and then with an arched back.

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Voilá! In this short space of time they have progressed from a dysfunctional to a functional back.

By the way, the same procedure can be applied to the Elephant exercise with a similar result.

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So, now that we have unlocked these clients’ nervous system, they are able to perform the Elephant and the Knee Stretches without being at the mercy of their instable and hypermobile backs or faulty habitual patterns.

Isn’t it beautiful, this synergy between thinking, feeling and doing!

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Try it & fly with it!

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