Pilates Workshop Topics:

The Seven Movement Families

The Seven Movement Families is a Biotensegrity approach that goes beyond Biomechanics.

As a Pilates Instructor we have a plethora of exercises to choose from when we are working with our client.  Most classical Pilates trainer programs teach 270 + exercises. In the past 75 years, contemporary approaches have expanded the repertoire to over 500 exercises.   This can be overwhelming when you are session planning.  Especially for newer teachers.  Most of you know that we can do Teaser on all main pieces of equipment- Mat, Cadillac, Chair, Spine Corrector (or Half Barrel), and Reformer, but how do we group exercises such as Rocking, Candlestick, or Snake & Twist?  When we consider the biomechanical and biotensegrity similarities in all the exercises there is a method to the madness.  Let’s explore the idea that the human body has 7 root movement shapes which Insight Pilates calls “The Seven Movement Families”.  If you can teach those 7 root exercises well, you can teach any exercise in the Pilates method. 

Expanding the Pilates Fundamentals to Include the Axial Skeleton

Sure we all know the Pilates Fundamentals: Leg slides, Knee Folds, Toe Taps, Puppet Arms, Windmill, Hug a Tree, etc…. But have you ever noticed that all of these exercises inform the movement patterning of the Appendicular Skeleton? What about the Axial Skeleton’s movement patterning? How do we teach building block fundamental movements that are specific to the Axial Skeleton? Join me to explore 21 fundamental exercises that Insight Pilates has added to our toolbox for teaching your client to embody their Pilates Body.

PIlates instructor cueing proper shoulder placement during a pilates teacher workshop

“Oh those shoulders!!”

How to cue bone placement and organization of the shoulder girdle.  The living, breathing, moving body is very fluid and dynamic.  We see this the most in the shoulder girdle, where range of motion is greatest, and most of our clients don’t understand how to stabilize in the shoulder girdle.  In this workshop we go over scapular relationships to the rib cage, to the collar bone, and the humerus in various movement scenarios, getting a better understanding of how to both stabilize and mobilize the shoulder properly, injury free, and access the power of the upper body. We also put the shoulder in the context of the whole body since the shoulder girdle is the last in the heirarchy of the body.

Anatomy in Clay

Want to dive deeper into learning the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to Pilates? Insight Pilates can lead you through a 3-Core series to learn the the major bones, major muscles and their origins/insertions as well as the major nerve plexus in each core. This course is designed to have 25% movement and 75% clay building and anatomy learning. Using tools from John Zahourek’s Manniken Learning System you will build the 3 cores: The Central Core Inner Unit, The Pelvic Girdle, and The Pectoral Girdle. We will have fabulous discussions around the interconnected nature of these three muscular systems that create Joseph Pilates’ concept of the “Powerhouse”. “The Mind Cannot Forget What the Hands have Learned“- Anatomy in Clay Learning System. I’m interested! Tell me more.

Teaser Progressions Workshop

Explore the various building blocks for the quintessential Pilates exercise “The Teaser”. Learn what movement concepts are necessary to execute this challenging move with success! Counter-balance movements will be included. This workshop will help you master your Teaser on all pieces of classical equipment.

Pilates teacher presenting during a Pilates Anatomy Workshop

Teaching Pilates with a Living Anatomy & Kinesiology Approach

Going beyond the biomechanical model of movement, in this workshop we learn how the concept of Biotensegrity (coined by Buckminster Fuller) applies to Pilates movements.  The blueprint for 21st anatomy and kinesiology goes beyond seeing the body as a machine with pieces and parts, beyond thinking about our joints as separate from the whole.  The background philosophy of Biotensegrity enriches your ability to ask for more from your client’s movement experience.  We also look at the 3-D relationships between different parts of the body; the foot to hip, the legs to spine,  the axial skeleton to the appendicular skeleton.  By focusing on the relationships in the body, movement becomes an experience of oppositional efforts, of hovering and anchoring, and the client discovers “effort with ease”

Dynamic Cuing

How to Partner with your Clients in their Movement Experience.  Have you ever noticed how an orchestra conductor is seamlessly integrated with their musicians?  You too can be that synchronized with your client. This workshop will teach you to use your inflection, rhythmic cuing, and your own body dynamics to partner with your client as they are moving and working out.  You will learn how to bring energy and intensity to your teaching- and your clients will just want more, more more!

Advanced Pilates workshop

Spotting Advanced Clients

How to take your clients safely into pinnacle Pilates exercises.  Advanced movements have extreme joint actions.  This is tough to teach!  This workshop goes over how to organize yourself while spotting, how to anticipate and evaluate your client’s movements to see where you need to support them best and when.  The devil is in the details!

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