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Do you have a Pilates Question for me?

Are you having difficulties deciding which Pilates exercises are best for you to do or just how to do Pilates exercises safely?

Do you have a bad back, sore hips, shoulders, or a weak core?


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This is where you can ask me anything you want regarding your specific health condition and I will try to direct you to the best Pilates-based exercises for you!


You can also find all my Pilates healthy back and joint exercises in my ebook here.


It's free and it's easy to do.


Due to the volume of questions I receive I decided to start this page to answer any questions you may have starting Pilates and/or deciding which exercises might be most beneficial for you.

Maybe you just wonder what Pilates really is and what it can do for you?  Then check out this page to find out what is Pilates.


This will also give you a chance to read about back and joint problems that others are having that may be similar to your own.

Maybe you don't have a question, but you want to share with others a success story you've had with Pilates.

We would all love to hear how your back pain has gone away since you started doing Pilates, or maybe you have rehabilitated a frozen shoulder or knee or hip replacement using Pilates Exercises.

Do you have Osteoporosis and found that you were shrinking?

Then, after doing Pilates, you have gained back an inch or so due to the postural changes in your body.

I measure my own clients with Osteoporosis and other spine and postural conditions and have found many of them have grown!


If you don't have a Pilates question for me right now but would like more information about how Pilates exercises can benefit you check out all my free articles and information here.


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The advice I give is only my opinion and I encourage you and others to help me by contributing to the answers. It is a two-way web page.

You can ask a question, answer a question, or tell a story about how Pilates has helped you. You can become my co-expert on these questions by rating and submitting comments.

You can still contact me if you have a personal question that you feel would not benefit others or needs a more personal response.

Important: When you ask a question, please include as many details about your condition as you can.

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Beginner Pilates Student experiencing joint pain 
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Pilates for Post Spinal Fusion 
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Pilates for SI Joint Dysfunction 
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SI Joint Dysfunction and Pain 
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C-Section and Pilates Exercise 
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Shoulder Ebook Exercises for pain and following a shoulder surgery. 
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Pilates Exercises after Total Hip Replacement. 
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The Hundred 
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Exercises for Winged Scapula 
I have a winged scapula that is not upwardly or downwardly rotated. Any ideas on what Pilates exercises I could perform to help this? I am in no …

Pilates Modifications for Spinal Stenosis 
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Hip Popping on Leg Circles 
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Pilates workout attire 
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Doing Pilates When your Back Hurts 
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Mid Section Exercise(s) after L4-L5 Fusion Not rated yet
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Neck and Shoulder Pain Help Not rated yet
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Pilates Exercises and High Blood Pressure Not rated yet
Hi, I would like a list or a resource where I can find a list of safe Pilates exercises to do for someone with high blood pressure. Thank you! …

Pilates Exercise for the Older Adult Not rated yet
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Sore Hips from Pilates or Running? Not rated yet
I like to keep quite active and up until 10 months ago I could run 12km with out any trouble. I then did a Pilates class and arrived late to the session …

Scoliosis with Fusion Not rated yet
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Pain in lower back and cracking Not rated yet
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Pain when doing or after Pilates Not rated yet
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Buldging Disc and Coccyx Fracture Not rated yet
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Post Pregnancy Core Strengthening Not rated yet
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