A Body At Work: the Movement Teacher Workshop
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

A Body At Work: the Movement Teacher Workshop

Marcia Polas, Occupation Pilates Teacher, NYC

Have you ever been too tired after a day of teaching or training clients to get to your own practice, workout, or even run errands? As movement educators, we do a great job of focusing on proper form within our practices, but how are we using our bodies during all those hours on the job? Let’s face it, standing in a studio or gym for hours at a time cueing, correcting, and watching clients is its own form of workout. Neck strain, forward head position, bunions, and even low back pain can creep into our bodies – even our beautifully aligned, very aware, extremely strong and fit bodies! Before we know it, we’ve developed compensation patterns and put ourselves in jeopardy of all the things we are teaching against. 

Occupational Pilates teacher and movement consultant Marcia Polas specializes in studying and retraining clients with physically rigorous jobs to use their bodies in an organized fashion while on the job, recognize the patterns keeping them from being effortless, and release their own fascial patterns. She works with bartenders, chefs, servers, hair stylists, make-up artists, actors, singers, dancers, and YES movement educators all over the country to recognize, correct, and repair the repetitive patterns taking a toll on them.

Join us ….

  • Identify the patterns common to movement educators.
  • Evaluate your own patterns.
  • Engage in tips and tricks to use your body better while teaching.
  • Learn the fascial patterns holding you in any compensation pattern.
  • Learn to perform your own myofascial release to put your body back in alignment, allow muscles to rest and recover, increase blood flow, see greater definition, and relieve pain.
  • Begin a practice of self-cranial sacral therapy.
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Occupational Pilates teacher

I call myself an Occupational Pilates teacher. What does that made-up title mean? It means I work with clients based on how they use their bodies (“instruments”) to do their job. My areas of specialization include the hospitality industry (bartenders/baristas/chefs/FOH), performing artists (actors/dancers/musicians), movement professionals (Pilates & yoga teachers) — I’ll take on anyone with a physically rigorous job, including now the job of living in New York City!

 

 

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Where Should I Be Feeling This: Reformer Flow For Uncertain Times
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

Where Should I Be Feeling This: Reformer Flow For Uncertain Times

Anula Maiberg, of Sixth Street Pilates, NYC

What's wrong with that question? Why is it ok to politely decline to answer? Pilates is a practice, a lifestyle and a method of movement. We are not healers, doctors or therapists. We teach Pilates and that is more than enough.

Do we "owe" our students a "burn"? Does "not feeling" it mean a movement has no value? Is it within our scope of practice to tailor a session to our student's individual nervous systems?

Can we help our students find a better more useful vocabulary for sensation, pain, muscle activation and harm. 

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Pilates for Neurological Conditions
Apr
13
to Apr 15

Pilates for Neurological Conditions

Friday, April 13th 1-4pm

Saturday, April 14th 12-7pm

Sunday, April 15th 9-2pm

Mariska Breland of FUSE Pilates, Washington, D.C.

Pilates for Neurological Conditions™ is an advanced teacher training program for exercise professionals and physical therapists overviewing exercise for MS, Stroke, Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. The course covers the disease processes in depth, as well as how to work with their most common symptoms, including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity, bladder problems, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity exercise.

Since the course covers so many problems common to the average student, teachers will benefit with tools to work with students of nearly every population, especially the aging, and those with neurological conditions or muscle imbalances. The course is recognized with 16 CECs (continuing education credits) from the Pilates Method Alliance. 

A companion 300+ page reference textbook with hundreds of exercises is included in the course fee (retail value of $269). Participants earn the certificate of "Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercise for Neurological Conditions." $750 for the three day course. Register early to save $75 by using discount code SAVEME75

(photo courtesy of Pilates Anytime - Wobbly Workshop - the perfect companion to this one!)

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BUILDING BLOCKS: ANATOMY
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

BUILDING BLOCKS: ANATOMY

Erin Johnson, Owner, Pilates Artistry

*Prerequisite for comprehensive training

This shortened course will explore the fundamental concepts of anatomy that a Pilates, yoga, or movement instructor needs to know as the basis of their knowledge of the body. We will learn the basics of the musculoskeletal system, an overview of the fascial system and an introduction to the peripheral nervous and vestibular systems. We will highlight the connections between the upper body and lower body. This class will explore what the core truly means and how it relates to the spine and to movement. We will consider the relationship between the diaphragm, the psoas, multifidus, the abdominals, and the pelvic floor. Students will gain an rough understanding of the myofascial slings (anterior oblique, posterior oblique and posterior longitudinal) and how they affect functional movement.

We will begin at the micro level of human anatomy as delve into the structure of bones, muscles, and fascia, and will wind up at the macro level “putting it all together.” We learn to think about and discuss the body as an organism and not a machine. The course aims to provide the building blocks for a deep understanding of the human body.

Course Objectives

•    Develop an anatomical vocabulary

•    Create a rudimentary understanding of the musculoskeletal system

•    Understand the myofascial “lines” and “slings” (Vleeming and Myers)

•    Learn the importance of stability and tensegrity

•    Create a framework for future learning with a holistic model

•    Discover the body as a complex organism from the spine outward

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Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Teacher Training Open House

Learn what our Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program is all about and get your questions answered! Erin, Amy, Bethany and others will be there and would love to chat and get to know you better. Stick around and take a free intro class taught by Erin at 1pm!

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Grand Opening Party

Join us at our beautiful new studio at 2236 W. Roscoe for a Meet & Greet! 
This event is to invite the neighborhood into our space
and talk to you about what we do, so bring a friend! 

Enjoy a complimentary beverage and light snacks, enter our raffle for
free sessions, and sign up for a free class!

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Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Grand Opening Party

Join us at our beautiful new studio at 2236 W. Roscoe for a Meet & Greet! 
This event is to invite the neighborhood into our space
and talk to you about what we do, so bring a friend! 

Enjoy a complimentary beverage and light snacks, enter our raffle for
free sessions, and sign up for a free class!

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