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On: July 27, 2019 04:30 AM
Hi Jennifer and Casey, I'm learning how to use appropriate props to support the client's best neutral position, and this workshop is really useful and informative, thank you! Please scuse me for my english, I'll try to explain the best I can. I think to have understood that the prop, if placed under the shoulders or the lombar spine or the coxix, helps to open the corresponding frontal part of the body because the body feels something where it can relax on, so it releases the thight pecs, thight abdominal muscles, thight pelvic floor muscles respectively. Is this correct? doubt is about deviations like scoliosis: do I have to put the prop under the full side to de-rotate the spine (like I've seen some teachers do) or under the empty side to induce it to open towards the support (like I've seen other teachers do)? Really thanks a lot to be present in the web and helping growing the knowledge of all the pilates teachers in the world
On: July 28, 2019 08:41 AM
I am so happy you are enjoying the workshop! The propping is to support the easy neutral spine and pelvis. This helps the client to recognize this as their “Home Position”. For scoliosis when lying supine try to prop the full side to derogate the spine. Always check in with the client on the feeling they have with the propping. They should feel easier and more centered. If not the props may not be placed well or they may be too big or not big enough. It depends on the body. Please check out Erin Meyers workshops on our site for more detailed scoliosis information.
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