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Pilates Products: Pressure Pillow (Giveaway!)

How many of your clients have shoulder tension? All of them? It was certainly Pilates instructor Rachael Maddalena’s most common complaint from clients. “They would tell me they worked at a computer all day, they had a long commute, and their posture at their computer or in their car would cause them tension that lingered,” says the Bellingham, Wash., instructor. 

Rachael went beyond recommending a good masseuse and set out to invent a solution that would really work. She came up with the Pressure Pillow, a clever take on the common practice of rolling out shoulder and back tension on a rubber ball. She’s made the process easier and prettier by packaging two hard balls in padding and covering them with attractive fabric. A strap helps you change positions and control the placement.

Rachael based the pillow design on a combination of Thai massage, Pilates and dance medicine therapies. It targets the trapezius muscles specifically, and she uses it to help her clients get a better understanding of a relaxed and supported shoulder girdle. To use it, place it behind the shoulders using the straps to place it where you’d like the pressure. Then lean back on the floor, a bed or a chair, relax and breathe deeply. Rachael lists more ideas on her website.

Rachael sells the Pressure Pillow through her site for $20 and takes wholesale orders in sets of 10 for $149.95. It comes in at least eight colors and patterns, even a “Route 66” version.

Enter the Giveaway!
Rachael has offered one Pressure Pillow as a giveaway to Pilates-Pro.com readers. To enter, tell us here or on our Facebook page how you would use the Pressure Pillow. We’ll draw one winner on Monday, July 26.

Using the Pressure Pillow can help your client better understand the feeling of a relaxed and supported shoulder girdle above a strong abdomen.

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Reader Comments (13)

I would use it after a long day at work. Lay on it and allow it to release all the tightness.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

i would use it as a quick fix nap while my 3 year old son naps. I have crazy trap tension and am constantly rolling, adjusting and icing. It just might be the thing to rid my day to day of the pain.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpimpyourmat

I would use the pressure pillow contraption while I teach my Pilates clients, as a gentle reminder not to hold my tension in my neck and shoulders. I quick little massage every once in a while would go a long way towards finally lowering my shoulders out of my ears....

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Borho

Easy- I would use it ALL the time.

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMay

I feel better just thinking about it. I would use it in the car, on the computer... I might even sleep with it!!

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I would use it on a transatlantic flight for my whole body :-)

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjaime r

I would use it after a long day at work, then running around after my two boys, then after a pilates class! I have so much tension all the time - especially after getting injured at work! Plus, they are so pretty looking!! :)

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheli S

I would use one on my client and one myself so we can both have relaxed traps throughout the session!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjye

Being a registered nurse I would use it on myself as I hold all tension in my neck and upper back. As a pilates instructor I would use it on my pregnant clients to help open up that area. Looks amazing!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternyc1123

I would use it for my neck and probably also for my lower back. I carry a lot of tension in both places, and having an in-house bodyworker to relieve that tension, would completely change my quality of life. After the invention of the foam roller to loosen up soft tissue, the Pressure Pillow is the next step to target especially the upper back and neck region. Thank you, Rachael!

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMara Sievers

I would live to have the pillow! My traps are always tense and I find myself trying to massage them regularly! It's hard! I also have very developed traps and I think releasing some tension in them will help me to relax them and since I am trying so hard to use my lower traps more, maybe the pilolow will get me closer to my goal!

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Odeh

I would practice with it myself, and then rotate it through my client base to try as well. I teach Senior Mat Pilates and this tool could be fantastic for those fighting the forward thoracic curve. Likewise, most of my personal training clients come to me with over active traps that really limit thier ability to press overhead and stabilize their shoulders for other pressing movements. If they could find some relief, they could move better! Then I'd place a big order for everyone that falls in love with it!

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoann

I'm so excited to find this product. So many clients who need this. Ordering one now. Can't wait to give it a try.

I would definitely combine this with the sacro-wedge while client is being stretched on Cadillac.

p.s. please enter me in the give-away :)

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkellygrrrl

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