What Pilates is and what Pilates isn’t Part 2

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Although Pilates may be beneficial for pre and post physical therapy it is not physical therapy and it is important that one understands this before starting Pilates or choosing a Pilates instructor.

As Pilates instructors it is very important that we stay within the scope of practice and “do no harm”.

Pilates may address posture problems. Many times if these posture problems are not addressed they may create pain. At that point one should see there Dr. and or physical therapist.

A good Pilates Instructor can sometime address these issues  and prolong  or help heal to full rcovery a healthy spine, neck, shoulders, knees and other joints before pain occurs.



– hyper-extended lumbar spine, protruding and weak abs,

tight low back, short and tight hip flexors, weak ham strings.

Flat back – almost no lordotic curve, often a flat upper back and

neck, usually an inflexible spine in all directions. Many people will equate this with good posture.

Pelvis displaced forward –( some call this sway back)

The model posture, can be lordotic or not. The upper body displaced backward and the rib cage is usually depressed in the front.

Slight left C-curve

Usually a higher left shoulder and they could have a higher right hip. Not a true scoliosis because when they lie down the uneven hips and/or shoulders disappears.


Rounded upper back, forward head, neck in extension, neck flexors overstretched, chest muscles tight, upper back muscles over stretched, sometimes weak abs.

General Principles All these postures can do a regular Pilates workout. You need to focus your practice to their issues and add some different or extras exercises for the individual postures.

Other simular articles may include

What Pilates is and what Pilates isn’t Part 1

The History of Pilates

The Benefit of Pilates

Pilates is not right for you if…

Athletes and Celebrities who do Pilates

All about Spinal Health

Some Pilates Anatomy

About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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4 Responses to What Pilates is and what Pilates isn’t Part 2

  1. Pingback: What Pilates is What Pilates isn’t.” Part 1 | The Core Matrix

  2. Very impressive Donnie.

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