Progressive Bodyworks | Pilates Mastery with Clare Dunphy


Chat Sessions:  Kathi Ross-Nash

February 9, 2015

It doesn't surprise me, but somehow it still takes me by surprise, how much there is to learn about the work of Pilates.  
Romana frequently told us to "learn something new each day" and  "if you stay true to the method it will reveal itself to you", and it certainly has.  
But there's nothing like a good old fashioned chat with a colleague, sharing experiences and perspectives, solutions and strategies, to bring me back to who I am as a teacher and practitioner.  
Kathy Ross-Nash and I had a great chat a couple nights ago and our conversation led us to how we foster independence in our students.  We've heard the many stories of how Joe ran his studio, requiring students to learn how to work the system for their bodies.  Romana carried that idea  asking the student "what's next" instead of spoon feeding information so we could develop our mind as well as our body.  
We were expected to know our exercises and orders. And that was that.
In the spirit of sharing with our community, take a quick listen to Kathy Ross-Nash saying what she does in her studio to challenge the minds of her students and then giving a final reward to sweeten it up.       Thank-you Kathy!

I hope you enjoy it and share it!  I look forward to having more chats with friends and sharing the collective wisdom.
Love, Clare

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On The Order Of the Reformer

January 19, 2015

So many have asked about the order on the Refromer and Andrea Maida has done a wonderful job explaining it in her blog.  So well done, and in simple terms that everyone can understand.  I want to share it with you and encourage you to follow her writings.  Thanks Andrea for adding this to our collective minds.


Totally worth reading!

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Pilates Enthusiastic People!

November 8, 2014

 I'd like to announce and recommend a unique must-have for all Pilates enthusiasts!  

A sleek, modern take on the classic Japanese calligraphy scroll with photos of all of the original mat exercises from "Return to Life" by Joseph Hubertus Pilates. 


Complete your daily Pilates workout - at home or on the go - with the support of these beautiful and informative images showing each exercise. 

The clear design of the poster makes following along and even progressing simple. The exercises are presented in 4 levels: 

Beginner exercises are marked with an asterisk (*), start with these! 

We recommend that you start with the first 3 Beginner level exercises. Then each week, add 2-3 more exercises to your repertoire. In only a few short weeks, you will be able to do all of Joe's Original Mat! 

For best results, find a classical Pilates trainer in your area. Discover why the Method has inspired people world-wide for 100 years. 

You will learn not only the details of these exercises, their proper execution and how they can best benefit and challenge your body, but also Joe's Principles: Control, Concentration, Centering, Breath, Precision, and constant Flow of motion. 

Print: Two-sided, fine photo printing 

Material: BlockOut fabric, finished with hemstitch, aluminum tube, and hanging cord 

Dimensions: approx 40 cm x H 155 cm 

Order today for the holidays todress up your studio, pass on information to clients.  It makes the perfect gift for the home practitioner or for travelling.  The scroll rolls up and fits into any carry on so it can travel with you wherever you go.

Purchase at:,

"This scroll is a work of art and my students find it quite helpful!" -Clare Dunphy Hemani

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