The other day I was having tea with a few fellow instructors, when the topic of hands-on adjustments came up. I notice this has been a popular topic lately whenever I’m in a room of other teachers. Whether you do Pilates, yoga, or lift weights it’s all about your alignment. I personally make adjustments all the time while I teach. We’re trained to see when your body is not in the proper alignment, and to us it’s clear, if you’re way off we’re going to set you straight.
Most instructors I know love to be adjusted during a class. For me, I know the benefits of being in the ideal alignment, and how energizing it can be when you’re in the perfect position during a pose or exercise. You know what I’m talkin’ about, uh huh. When you’re in tune with your body it can be frustrating when something is “off.” During my chat with my colleagues many of them admitted to running off to see their chiropractor, massage therapist, or osteopath when something is amiss, myself included. It’s like we need that fix. While I believe there is nothing wrong with being a so called adjustment junkie, maybe it’s important to understand that not everyone is hooked like we are, that some of our clients don’t need to be pushed (literally and figuratively).
This may sound obvious to lots of you, but I’ve been in many yoga and Pilates classes where I’ve been, not just encouraged, but pushed deeper into a position I was uncomfortable with. It’s not an uncommon story. Whenever I come across an adjustment like that I often wonder if it’s for my benefit, or if the teacher has their own agenda. I don’t think it’s a conscious decision, I think we simply want our clients to experience that same satisfying feeling when everything is in it’s place, and appears to be just perfect. After all, it’s for their own good. I do think it’s important to remember that some clients are not always accustom to, or ready for these major adjustments in their bodies. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and down right scary (I’m remembering my first trip to the chiropractor right now, yikes).
There’s certainly a right way and a wrong way to handle hands-on adjustments. Whether you’re a teacher or a client, sound off in the comments or on my Facebook page with your thoughts and tips.