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22 min
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20 min
Opening the Shoulders and Chest
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17 min
Sawn Dive and Rocking
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20 min
Backbends on the Ladder Barrel
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20 min
Flying Eagle and Swan Dive on the Wunda Chair
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29 min
Back Extension on the Cadillac
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28 min
Breast Stroke, Semi-Circle, and Backbends
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Workshop 1189: Back Extensions

2 hr 30 min
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What You'll Need:
Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Mat, Pilates Pole, Foam Roller, Theraband
Explore the addition of back extensions with Niedra after you or a client reaches the intermediate level. She shares how to prepare a student for back bends and how to progress them to full potential if they are ready. She covers all of the following using the Mat, Reformer, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, and Cadillac.


- Learn how to " back bend" easily and safely without compressing the lower spine

- Learn how to use the back extensions to open the chest and spine in a manner that also opens the ribs and provides space for the longs

- Learn how back bends can increase the over all flexibility of the body

- Learn why back extensions are so important for good natural posture and a positive attitude

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Oct 04, 2013
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Comments on this Video

Hallo Dedra.
I am in the process of watching the workshop and learing a lot.
You mantioned the book: how to cure back pain, however, AmaZon doesdnt show it by the auther that your mentions, can you help?
3 years ago

Hi Niedra,
I love your workshop, I really cherish every minute! There is so much to learn! I really appriciate that your work unconventionally by giving cues that might not be the normal rules, but serve the cause in that special case and goal! And I thank you for having different people up to show how you work with them. This is how we ake advantage in our own work! I guess I will watch this again and again because I have many clients with stiff shoulders and hardly any backextension. You gave me new hope to finally get somewhere!
Thank you Niedra and thank you pilatesanytime!
3 years ago

Wonderful cues and directions or backbending!
3 years ago

thank you all for your comments.
Silke - the book is called " How to deal with Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint pain" by Fereydoon Batmangelidj. I just checked on amazon and you can find the book there.
I hope you find the book and I also recommend " your bodies many cries for water" it is very basic and profound how lack of hydration can cause many conditions. Enjoy.
3 years ago

Just reviewing this workshop for myself....I really found it so profound your thoughts on how Pilates teachers develope a 'hump' from teaching the beginner and intermediate work so much! And how we need to continue to take the leap into the advanced work with the strength we now have from the intermediate work and add the freedom of movement of the advanced work. Your way of thinking about the work just clicks for me! Awesome!
2 years ago

Thank you Yoly, I am delighted to be reading this, always nice to know that what I am saying communicates into someone else's reality. Someday I would love to meet you and work with you, I KNOW we would have a blast .
2 years ago

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Thank you so much for this workshop!! I learned a lot and encouraged me to go into deeper backbends , also with my clients. I love the way you explain things. Being a yoga teacher I always missed deep backbends and hip openers in pilates. Maybe you can create a workshop one day on opening hips using pilates equipment? Specially men are so tight there. Thanks a lot !
1 year ago

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Good to read your comment Francisco, I like your idea of a workshop on hip openers with the equipment, it is in the method for sure, but not always a direction of focus for teachers.

1 year ago

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