Wundachair Practicum with Marie-José


This in depth three-day practicum is focusing on the real time teaching experience of the repertoire and the versatile function of the Wundachair. This will incorporate the therapeutic adaptations, modifications, as well as the traditional work with special attention to biomechanical correctness. This work includes the use of props to further challenge or modify as seen fit. The versatility of this unique piece of Pilates equipment deserves to be highlighted outside of the training course. The myriad of possibilities warrant more time spent in greater detail to this essential training tool.


When the right choice becomes important

Pregnancy, Obesity and other special needs

In pregnancy, the supine position on the reformer may become uncomfortable and undesirable for medical reasons. In that case, the chair is the equipment of choice, whereas the leg work and much of the work in general, can be continued in an upright position. By addressing optimal postural alignment, abdominal and back musculature is indirectly activated without force or strain in those areas and challenged in a safe position by gravity.

In case of obesity, the client will be challenged on a postural level without compression of the respiratory system. The seated position also accommodates the clients with high blood pressure.


Postural alignment is reinforced and is more functionally precise in the vertical position. Simple skills can become more challenging by adding props to make the environment unstable, opt for using discs, rollers, balls, as well as employing the split pedal option. By working with the chair, length and height in the spine is more realistically emphasized.


The optimal alignment of the spine without thoracic flexion and “strength through alignment” is very important for this population.*

Posture is hard work for the body and is very dynamic. Specific work on the chair will also benefit here, in this category the chair may be used in combination with the tower unit of the trap table.

*Correct alignment during the exercises creates tension within the physical frame, which is needed to stop bone breakdown and promote bone density development.