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•Pilates, Alignment and Posture
This workshop will include a discussion of key alignment problems such as kyphosis, rolled shoulders, in-facing knees, hyperextended knees and excessive foot pronation in terms of their commonly associated strength imbalances, flexibility imbalances, and related postural patterns. Classical and novel Pilates-based exercises will be presented that are designed to improve these alignment problems, with a particular emphasis on developing kinesthetic awareness and desired muscle activation patterns that can be transferred from isolation exercises to functional movement.

•Pilates Back Workshop
This workshop will give you both the theoretical and the practical information you need to work more effectively with clients with back problems. The anatomy of the torso and pelvis is reviewed along with assessments and appropriate exercises for low back issues on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair.

•Reforming Flexibility/Enhancing Flexibility with Pilates
Many clients miss potential flexibility benefits of Pilates by failing to adequately stabilize body segments or by allowing undesired compensations to occur when end ranges of motion are approached. This workshop will provide easy assessment tools, cues, and stretches on the Reformer than can be added to a movement session without breaking the flow. The focus will be on providing exercises for the spine, hip, and shoulder that incorporate static, PNF, dynamic and functional approaches in a progressive manner. These exercise progressions will both improve flexibility and help prepare clients for classical repertoire that demands large ranges of motion.

•Knee Biomechanics and Pilates Program Design
This workshop will address biomechanical considerations of the patellofemoral joint and knee joint that are key for designing effective programs. The importance of open kinetic chain, closed kinetic chain, and proprioceptive exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation will also be covered, as well as how Pilates apparatuses can be utilized to develop optimal strength and mechanics of the knee. Participants will observe and execute various classical and specialized Pilates exercises with progressions and modifications for different populations and knee problems.

•The Knee and Pilates Exercise Design
This presentation includes a discussion of the basic anatomy of the knee along with common misalignments and injuries. Exercise protocols for correcting alignment and muscular imbalances and for returning a client to full function following a knee injury will be presented on the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table and Chair.

•Pilates Movement Analysis
This workshop will employ a movement analysis schema to numerous classical Pilates exercises on the Reformer, Chair and Mat. This schema is designed to delineate the primary muscle groups utilized to execute a given movement, as well as key muscles used to stabilize the body and promote optimal technique. The role of gravity, positioning and spring settings will also be addressed. This movement assessment will then be used as a basis to address the risk, effectiveness, modification, cueing and progression of selected Pilates repertoire.

• Sacroiliac Function and Exercise Design
This workshop will include a discussion of the sacroiliac joint, its key function as part of the link between the lower extremity and spine, and its common dysfunction and associated pain. Participants will learn Pilates-based exercises than can be used to help restore stability and more desired function of this vital joint. Use of cueing and position modifications will also be provided for selected classical repertoire aimed at preventing injury or aggravation of chronic conditions in this area.

•Demystifying the Sacroiliac Joint
This workshop is designed to clarify the structure, function and exercise protocols for the SI or sacroiliac joint. Detailed information on the anatomy, kinesiology and dysfunctions of the SI joint, as well as exercise guidelines for working with clients with SI joint dysfunctions will be presented on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair.

•Shoulder Mechanics, Alignment and Pilates Program Design
This workshop will increase your understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder in order to optimize training techniques and injury prevention. These principles will then be applied to Pilates upper body program design with the presentation of novel and classical exercises for developing scapular and shoulder strength, flexibility and neuromuscular coordination

•Unwinding Scoliosis with Pilates
Research suggests that addressing the rotational component of scoliosis is vital for improving scoliosis. After discussing the basic anatomical and biomechanical changes of the spine associated with scoliosis, this session will focus on utilizing counter rotation and lateral flexion combined with distraction of the spine to attempt to lessen the asymmetries associated with scoliosis. These principles will be applied progressively from standing posture to strengthening exercises to functional movement. Participants will participate in novel exercises utilizing elastic bands and Pilates apparatus, as well as learn cueing for classical exercises that can be utilized to maximize benefits for your clients.

•Scoliosis and Exercise Design in Pilates
This workshop begins with information on the basic anatomy of the spine and the biomechanical changes associated with scoliosis. You will also learn basic screening and testing techniques for understanding the functional aspects of scoliosis and how to use Pilates-based exercises on the Mat and Apparatus to attempt to improve or prevent further development of scoliotic asymmetries.

•Dance and Sport-Specific Pilates / Pilates for Dancers and Athletes
This workshop will cover key sport-specific strength, flexibility, and technique demands, as well as imbalances that should be considered when designing effective conditioning programs for athletes. Participants will observe and perform Pilates-based and other supplemental repertoire that can be utilized to enhance performance, facilitate optimal technique, and help reduce injuries in athletes, with an emphasis on dancers, figure skaters, swimmers, and runners. Instruction in how to integrate isolation, functional, and proprioceptive exercises to encourage successful transfer to sport-specific movements will also be provided.

•Using Pilates to Improve Turnout
Participants will learn dance - specific Pilates exercises on the Apparatus and Mat that are designed to help dancers strengthen and increase their ability to utilize the desired turnout muscles. Additional exercises and cueing will also be provided that are designed to develop the use of optimal turnout in common dance vocabulary such as plies, extensions and the arabesque.

•Dance-specific Pilates/Pilates for Dancers
This workshop will present key strength, flexibility and technique demands of dance, as well as classic imbalances that should be considered with designing effective Pilates conditioning programs for dancers. Participants will learn Pilates-based and other supplemental repertoire designed to enhance performance and reduce injury risk with special emphasis on transfer to the dance technique class. Dance-specific issues addressed will include use of the upper back, torso stabilization, maintaining turnout, high extensions, controlling knee hyperextension, and developing the desired point of the foot while maintaining adequate ankle-foot stability.

•Pilates Dance Mat
This dance-specific workout is designed to develop the upper back, turnout, extensions, arabesques, and the use of the arms, as well as core strength and proprioception. The workout utilizes Pilates-based and novel repertoire with elastic bands to help develop muscular strength, symmetry, proprioception, stability, and a biomechanical understanding of technique for improved dance placement and performance.


(These workshops are taught without the use of Pilates or other equipment
except for elastic bands)

•Dance Alignment and Correction of Common Technique Problems
Theories of ideal body alignment and their implications for optimizing dance technique and helping prevent common dance injuries will be described. Participants will learn effective strength, flexibility and technique exercises designed to improve body alignment. Common technique errors will be discussed and recommendations provided for how to identify and correct these errors within and outside of the technique class.

•Optimizing Turnout in Dance; For the Dance Instructor, Dancer, and Dance Medicine/Science Professional
This workshop will begin with a presentation of underlying anatomical and biomechanical factors that influence potential hip turnout. Participants will then learn effective strength, flexibility and technique exercises designed to improve turnout within anatomical constraints of a given dancer. Approaches for optimizing turnout with common dance vocabulary will also be provided.

•The Dancer’s Hip: Common Injuries, Turnout, and Key Technique Considerations
This workshop will discuss the anatomy of the hip joint as it relates to improving turnout, enhancing technique and preventing and rehabilitating common hip injuries in the dancer. Participants will learn strength, flexibility, and technique exercises designed to improve turnout and hip range of motion. Particular emphasis will be on cueing and corrections that can be used to optimize turnout and technique in key dance vocabulary such as plies, extensions and the arabesque.

•The Dancer’s Ankle and Foot: Practical Methods for Improving Foot Aesthetics and Correcting Common Technique Errors
Participants will learn strength, flexibility, and technique exercises to develop the arches of the foot, improve the ability to point the foot, and enhance the ability to balance when the weight is on one foot. Verbal and manual cueing will be provided to correct common technique problems such as “rolling in” and “sickling” of the foot. Selected pre-pointe screening tests and a pre-pointe conditioning series will also be presented that can be used to help develop optimal technique when beginning pointe or advanced footwork.

•Patellofemoral Complaints in Dancers
This presentation will discuss why patellofemoral mechanics and common technique errors make knee pain so common in dancers. Participants will learn strength, flexibility and technique exercises that can be used to prevent or aid in the rehabilitation of this syndrome. Modifications will also be provided for dance vocabulary and exercises that can be used to avoid aggravating this common knee problem.

•Working with the Dancer with Scoliosis
This workshop will begin with information on the basic anatomy of the spine and the biomechanical changes associated with scoliosis. Participants will then work in partners to develop basic skills in one approach to postural evaluation and promoting a more symmetrical standing posture or keynote position of the spine. Participants will also learn selected strengthening exercises, focusing not only on countering the lateral asymmetries, but also the rotational asymmetries associated with scoliosis. These exercises will focus on stabilizing one region of the spine, while laterally flexing and rotating the relevant portion of the spine to counter the scoliotic deformation. Sample cueing will be presented that can be used in the dance class, as well as in activities of daily living to help dancers establish their keynote position.

•Dance Injury Prevention Workshop
This presentation will discuss important considerations that can help prevent dance injuries such as warm-up, sound nutrition, healthy body composition, and adequate workout recovery. The role of supplemental strength, flexibility and technique training will also be covered, and samples of supplemental exercises will be provided.

•Dance Injury Workshop – The Top Ten
Ten of the most common injuries that occur in dancers will be discussed. Participants will learn about strength imbalance, flexibility imbalances and technique errors that can contribute to these injuries, as well as corrective exercises and cueing that can be used to try to prevent these injuries from occurring or recurring.

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