Different Pilates teachers have different teaching styles as well as different ways at looking at somebody’s mechanics and movements when doing an exercise. If two Pilates instructors looked at a person walking or standing or sitting at a desk they would all pay attention at different aspects of that person’s moving or sitting and very likely notice something different to correct. The reason is that we are all tuned in a different way and we pay attention to what we know to be important. Because we tend to focus on only a few aspects of someone’s movement pattern it is very important to sometimes have another set of eyes that may help us see something that we have missed.
Looking at people’s footwork during Reformer classes should be part of what a good Pilates instructor should do. There are 100 different ways to do footwork on the Reformer, but there’s only one way to do it right. In order to cue your clients on the correct foot work, it is imperative to know what we expect to see when looking at people’s feet moving. Other ways to evaluate if your client is doing the correct foot movement, is either to place your hands on your client’s feet to feel their movement directly or to ask how your client is feeling. Is she feeling pain or discomfort? Is she feeling weak? Sometimes, by just asking the right question you can find out a lot about possible wrong movement patterns.
In the example we cover in this video, when I place my hands on my client’s feet I feel that they are rubbing together a little bit and all I have to do is to cue her to move her feet apart. I can do that simply by using my hands to place her feet correctly together with a voice cue.
The following video does not cover all aspects of correct footwork on the reformer, but it definitely helps you, the teacher learn some useful tools to help you widen your teaching knowledge and efficacy.