The wonderful thing about Pilates is that it can be modified for most people and conditions. For any significant conditions, like post-surgery, post-injury or post-any significant body experience, we recommend private training. For anything relatively minor, clients (especially those who are have some experience with Pilates) can do their own modifications in class. There are a few very easy guidelines clients can follow so that they can modify exercises in class without being a distraction to others.
* Limit the range of motion: When dealing with a sensitive body part, an easy solution in many cases is just to limit the range of motion. So, if the instructor is cueing full range of motion, just shorten the range. This is a great fix for tight shoulders or sensitive hip flexors.
* Drop the resistance just a touch: If something is too heavy, the body likes to cheat and take the path of least resistance and this can cause stress into the wrong areas. This is especially true for any body part that is weaker or recovering from an injury. A good way around this to decrease the resistance just a bit. A great example of this is for leg exercises – sensitive knees sometimes get touchy if there is too much resistance. Drop the resistance by a quarter spring and see how that feels.
* Consider accessories: Props and accessories can make a workout easier or more difficult. If you’re using an accessory and it’s too intense, just drop the accessory. Conversely, if you’re doing an exercise and something doesn’t feel right, look to your accessory bin for props. Sometimes a little extra support in the form of sitting on a platform instead of kneeling or laying on a shoulder block can make things more comfortable. Or, if the straps are too much, just use hand weights!
Talk to us at the studio to learn more!