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.
Usually individual courses, but sometimes offered in pairs or sets of three.
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.
Central to the body, the psoas is considered by many to be the muscle of integration between the legs, pelvis, and spine. In this workshop, we explore how the psoas affects posture and alignment and how it acts as an antagonist unto itself. You learn how to work with this elusive muscle to help restore optimal function from the center of the body outwards.
The shoulder complex is exactly that: complex! In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we start with both visual and experiential reviews of the shoulder region to increase your skills of observation and assessment. You learn to identify postural deviations, imbalances, and timing incongruities that often underlie issues in the neck and shoulder. We practice simple exercises that help integrate the shoulder complex into the torso for better overall support and dynamic movement.
The optimal functioning of the sacroiliac joint is essential for a happy back, hips, and knees. Learn techniques to understand how the SI joint is functioning in your clients, along with exercise progressions to address common issues of hypermobility, hypomobility, and pelvic imbalances.
The hip and knee are intimately connected in terms of movement mechanics, our sense of equilibrium, and, very often, movement impairments. In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we use an array of visuals and exercises to address this area of the body. A major focus is on how to integrate the legs into the pelvis and torso for optimal function.
We work interactively to look at the iconic postural patterns as a framework of what you will see from head to foot in your students. You learn how to observe postural patterns from several perspectives and take away key exercises to help improve a person’s structure at every major joint of the body.
In this workshop, we take an in-depth look at the structure of the spine and all the muscles that segmentally support, control, and move the different spinal regions. We focus on functional movement in the spine as well as the role and contribution of the local and global muscle systems throughout the body. We explore 12 features of imbalanced activity in the local and global systems and what to do in a movement context to restore the balance between the systems. We conclude by applying all this information to common spinal dysfunction and pain and posture patterns and creating a plan of action to move toward optimal function and movement.
A detailed review of the anatomy of the shoulder girdle sets the stage for understanding the dynamic stability of the upper limb and torso. We look at each joint and muscle around the shoulder blade, collar bone, and arm bone and their contribution to scapulohumeral rhythm – the coordinated movement of all three parts of the shoulder complex. We then apply this information to movement impairments of the scapula and humerus as well as common conditions of the shoulder complex and conclude with a plan of action using Pilates-based exercises and more to restore optimal function and movement.