2018's Presenters and their workshops
Arc in Motion - a continuum of movement for aesthetics and athletics.
As I tell all of our clients, “Pilates helps you do whatever you love to do, but better. Every workout should not only challenge your body, but also your brain. It should elevate your senses, heightening your awareness as you develop a new relationship with your body.” Even as instructors there are times you may find yourself staying within your movement comfort-zone and repeating the same repertoire over and over throughout the week. Let’s face it, when that happens neither you nor your clients remain excited for long.
So, with all of the Pilates equipment available are we using the arc as much as we can for a comprehensive workout? This workshop will explore movements on all parts of the arc. Some of the exercises will be old favorites with some unique twists, and other exercises may be new moves for you to add to your toolbox for designing fluid, challenging, athletic workouts.
Repetitive actions can often lead to constant compensations and pain. Learning tips and tricks to help your clients increase their total body awareness, help open the most common “tight spots” while challenging body control and endurance, will help them develop a greater relationship with their movement so they can preform better on and off the stage, field, or court.
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Are we over-cueing our clients?
Ever feel like a broken record? In this workshop, we will examine some very common verbal cues that we have all probably used at one point and try to come up with different techniques to get the desired outcome. We will look at more Intermediate and Advanced exercises and work backwards to prepare our students with preliminary exercises to set them up for success. While looking at related exercises, we will see similarities in the shapes and movements the body takes, therefore honing our eyes to look at the body as a whole as opposed to pieces. The goal is to always progress the client, once our client has mastered an advance move, how can we add another dimension for him or her?
“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.”
― Albert Einstein
How to engage your clients Body in a Reformer flow.
Joseph Pilates created his routines with the intention that grace, ease, and fluidity would apply to all exercises. His workouts were composed with continuous, smooth, and elegant movements as you transitioned from one exercise to another. Ideally, we want all our clients to move like this but how can we get them there?
In this workshop, you will see examples of simple preparations of exercises to help engage the body, in order to prepare your class to move and feel the burn. Each client will then be able to build to the more advanced movements. Once the client knows how to feel in the exercises, he/she can flow through the movements in a continuous class.
Clients should develop an understanding of breathing, as it helps build the core muscle strength including the diaphragm. Breathing helps to center the mind as we begin to develop strength and flexibility.
Proper cueing techniques will help achieve this goal, along with good visual examples that clients can relate to in their daily life. All of these techniques will help to achieve maximum results as well as maintain safe movement patterns.
After completing this workshop, you will feel like you have added significant tools in your Pilates toolbox.
Creative Variations for Clients with Multiple Spine Conditions
Spinal conditions do not have to limit our Pilates practice. The Pilates Method can be a vital approach for clients with a variety of spine conditions as long as the instructor who deals with them understands the appropriate contraindications and modifications. The goal of the Pilates Method Instructor is Above All, Do No Harm. Modifying some of the exercises in the classical repertoire to keep the spine in neutral for clients with certain spinal conditions, can be a safe way to approach their session.
The creative modifications included in this workshop will give instructors the opportunity to use the modified classical exercises instead of skipping them. This provides the teacher with a wider variety of safe exercises to use with these clients to avoid losing their mental engagement in the long term.
We will discuss what is contraindicated when clients have conditions such as osteopenia/ osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, bulging/herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease and learn innovative modifications and variations on the mat and every apparatus.
By applying the correct tools, appropriate exercises, and precautions, the instructor can take the clients safely through a private session and equipment or mat group class. These variations will assist the client in maintaining an active life style and improve their quality of life.
DPT, PT, PMA®-CPT
Taking footwork to the max: create stability for ultimate balance
This reformer workshop focuses on the most common hip, knee, and ankle dysfunctions to develop a strong and stable balance. We will deconstruct the footwork series and challenge limits of stability with variations progressing from supine to standing unsupported. Explore the most typical hip, ankle, and knee conditions that affect alignment and develop a program to correct these dysfunctions and maximize balance. We will incorporate balance principles to challenge and progress your client for safe mobility.
After completion, the participant will:
PMA®-CPT, RAS, LMT
Pilates, Training Functional Before Functional Training Was Cool!!!This
This workshop will review some of the Pilates Concepts, Movement Principles and exercises and how they can be applied to our functional daily lives as well as other fitness modalities. We will be utilizing the pilates mat and apparatus exercises and apply them to the RedCord, CoreAlign, bands, etc.
This workshop not only will get you thinking about how versatile and functional Pilates is and how it can be carried over to every day life and other exercise programs, but it will get you moving more wisely through intelligent functional movement!