In this course, we trace the origins of our postural patterns back to the womb. We look closely at holding patterns in the body that impact many of the common complaints we hear from clients, as well as postural misalignments we often observe. You leave with new perspectives on what creates postural imbalances and how to manage them effectively to promote structural changes.
Usually individual courses, but sometimes offered in pairs or sets of three.
In the Cervical Spine Mechanics and Protocols course, we point out the difference between the upper cervical spine and the rest of the neck. In this course, we delve deeper into how the upper cervical spine works and look at specific issues that relate to and often originate in the top vertebrae of the neck, including dizziness and headache. We explore cervical proprioception and focus on the need for more stability from our deep neck flexors—the “core” of the neck. You leave with new and specific ways to help people with neck, and particularly upper neck, issues.
This course builds on the groundwork laid out in the Neurophysiology 101 course, which covers how the nervous system works and the role it plays in movement. In Neurophysiology 201, we apply that knowledge to the populations who suffer from spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. We look at what happens to the nervous system when things go wrong and how this affects movement. You leave able to design exercise programs that help these special populations enhance their movement potential
Chronic pain is challenging and complex and is a common reason why clients try Pilates. This course focuses on the key role the nervous system plays in pain. Understanding of neuroplasticity and the “brain in pain” guide our discussion about strategies for working with clients who have pain.
Knee surgeries are commonplace for young, older, active, and deconditioned populations. The numbers are exploding and candidates need help prior to and after surgery. In this course, you review the anatomy and biomechanics of the knee as they relate to the context of common knee surgeries. You explore total knee replacement—what it is, when it is recommended, and what to expect in recovery. You will also learn about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction—mechanisms of knee ligament injury, what surgery involves, and expected outcomes. You leave equipped with exercises for the pre-hab and post-rehab stages, as well as simple movement techniques for knee injury prevention.
Post-natal core training is not only about regaining a flat tummy for appearance sake. The process is often complicated by diastasis recti—thinning of the tissue between the right and left sides of the rectus abdominis muscle—a condition that often contributes to lower back, shoulder, and pelvic floor issues, both during and after pregnancy. The good news is that we can help restore the integrity of the rectus abdominis through specialized exercise-based intervention. This course combines the latest research on diastasis recti and exercise. The focus is on the causes and how to restore the core with a Pilates-based conditioning program, modified to the needs of post-natal women with diastasis recti. You will leave with a clear understanding of what the condition is, how to identify it, and how to help clients work with and recover from it.
Pelvic floor health proves to be a huge factor in everything from SI joint and back pain to pelvic and hip issues of all sorts. Join us in this course to demystify the layers of muscle and fascia that comprise the pelvic floor and to review its functional relationship to the rest of the body. You leave with a clear understanding of the pelvic floor’s supportive role and a set of the best practices to condition this area of the body.
In this course, we investigate key considerations for seniors and exercise: types of conditions that affect musculoskeletal health with age, issues related to dexterity, and, certainly, balance training. You leave with actual class plans that are engaging, fun, safe, and well-rounded.
Hip replacements are the most common orthopedic operation, and with an aging population, this trend is certain to continue. As movement educators, we can play an integral role in both the prehab and rehab phases of the hip replacement process. Open to teachers of all levels, this course clarifies what a hip replacement is when it is recommended, and the issues associated with hip replacement surgery. We also look at a variety of highly recommended exercises and movement techniques for people in the prehab and rehab stages of hip replacement.
Join us for a totally new way into the body’s core! Vertical Pilates is both, functional and versatile for every type of client, as well as offering a new perspective of Pilates exercises off the mat. All of a sudden mat classes take on a whole different dimension that integrates the whole body, and trains balance and postural patterns from a functional approach.