The Shoulder Girdle: A Delicate Balance
The Shoulder Girdle is a complex system. When I first started teaching, all I knew was “pull your wings down” and “crack a walnut”. The more I study biomechanics, the more I know there’s very little down and no cracking. It’s a delicate balance of bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons…and constant reassessing. Dynamic Stability is what we’re looking for. Let’s spend time studying where we’re going with the shoulder girdle and how to get there in Pilates. We’ll take time with anatomy and biomechanics, Pilates exercises, common ailments and all of your questions. Take a moment to review what you already know before the workshop…then we can grow from there.
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac
From Coccyx to Occiput – Three Dimensional Articulation in Pilates
Joe Pilates: “You are only as young as your spine is flexible”
For the spine to be flexible, strong, and adaptable to movement each joint must be able to move in the range of motion that is appropriate for that segment and to coordinate with every other joint in the spine. This is a big request to ask considering the genetics, history of injury, relative fitness and age of the individual student. Teachers must be able to see and to cue each student to encourage them to understand articulation and to motivate them to reach for improvement through setting goals and feeling changes.
No one person will come into the studio and have a perfect structure but Pilates can bring more balance to each person which will encourage achievement and success in Pilates. A healthy body and mind leads to success and pleasure in all activities. Spinal articulation within movement should be a primary goal for all levels and an occasional revisit to basics is much appreciated by beginners and advanced. The spine adapts to life changes and we should have a flexible mind to enjoy the changes in ourselves and our students.
Pat Guyton: “An advanced exercise is an advanced mind applied to any movement whether simple or complex.”
- Communicate what you know to your clients in language they understand and apply.
- Review digestible functional anatomy to teach to clients.
- Appreciate mat fundamentals for articulation for all levels of student.
- Implement the basic tools of articulation onto the Reformer
- Enjoy learning through spotting and doing.
- Increase efficiency for tactile cuing within scope of Pilates practice.
- Assess when to modify, adjust, and how to progress students.
- Say less and see more to motivate and progress your clients
Core inmmersion: a new perspective
As we move, we have the vital need to create stability. The human body is able to create both robustness and joint space spontaneously. We develop this function throughout our childhood and it is closely related to how we orientate ourselves within space and the field of gravity. This is the automated foundation of our posture, the real motor skills that anticipate all our movements. This foundation is quite often trapped in rigid movement patterns, but it can be reeducated through our nervous system. But first, we need to fully understand the Core stabilization phenomenon and its purpose: the activity of the Core is constantly adjusting in order to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Posture is a movement in itself which begins at the moment we need to deal with every motion as we interact with the world. Responding properly will depend on our capacity of information and anticipation. This is the reason why the pedagogy and rehabilitation of the Core need to integrate the education of our perception.
Perception is responsible for the optimal synchronization between stabilizing muscles (Core activity) and global muscles (responsible for movement). When this is achieved, our fluidity of movement increases since the system is not compressed in a concentric muscular activity. We feel the pleasure of an expanding body. In this workshop we will not only understand and feel the Core stabilization phenomenon in all its complexity step by step, but we will also learn new teaching techniques. We will highlight the immense pedagogical potential which the tools of the Pilates Method offer this concept, closer to authentic human movement.
The Fascia System Explains the Magic in Magic Circle
Biotensegrity refers to a significant concept applicable to Pilates. The word is created from three terms: Bio means living, tension refers to forces moving through the living body, and integrity refers to the capacity for the body to have structural harmony in stillness and in motion. Pilates is whole body movement that intends to balance the forces of tension and compression. Too much compression can cause injury. Instability and lack of control result when forces that press outward are not balanced by compressive forces pressing inward. Learn unique exercise sequences with the Magic Circle that integrate tension and compression. Learn how your understanding of the neuromyofascial system will help you be a more effective teacher with athletes, clients with injuries and all those who seek to improve standing balance.
Extension for Life
We are all aware that spending hours in a slouched position is not good for anyone but do we really understand WHY that is and exactly HOW to remedy that. In this workshop we will discuss the effects of prolonged flexion on the respiratory system including the diaphragm, other organs and of course movement biomechanics. You will learn how to assess extension pattern biomechanics and resulting problems. Once you have identified the problems, finding the solution is easy. Two minds have come together and Zoe & José will show you from both a Clinical and Classic Pilates point of view how to IMMEDIATELY improve problems with extension, in turn improving breathing patterns and reducing stress. This is literally how to improve and extend life!
Jose Manuel Rodriguez Osto & Zoe Queally
Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair