My appreciation of the profound holistic healing benefits of the classical Pilates system in working with special populations has once again been renewed.
Whether the primary issue is:
…it is the consistent application of the classical format and exercise orders that positively address faulty movement patterns and compensatory patterns reverberating through the kinetic chain. After a simple assessment using the fundamentals (for new clients), and by addressing alignment issues throughout the session, the exercise order is maintained with exercises either modified or eliminated only as needed.
In the Individual needs section of the class format, numerous choices exist with the other apparatus allowing strong areas to work in conjunction with weaker areas, thereby impacting the entire body. Often the painful body part reflects an underlying issue somewhere else, usually closer in the core and responds well to a whole body approach.
The beauty of the Pilates system is that it recognizes that the whole body is greater then the sum of the individual parts. Pilates knew!