Workshops

PMA Workshops

ADVANCED REFORMER ORDER
Hours/CECs: 4
The purpose is to familiarize the teachers and clients with the complete vocabulary that Joseph Pilates created for the Reformer. We also will drill the appropriate transitions within the original, archival order, how Joe sequenced his exercises.

REFORMER PROGRESSIONS
Hours/CECs: 3 or 4
The goal of this workshop is to learn a variety of ways to challenge a client who has already a solid grasp of the basic exercises on this apparatus. This to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the method .

ADVANCED MAT ORDER
Hours/CECs: 4
In this workshop we instruct how to teach a challenging Mat class. We cover and review in detail, all the exercises that were created, by both Joe and Romana, for the Mat.

MAT CLASS with MAGIC CIRCLE
Hours/CECs: 2
To add spice to the Mat class, or as Romana used to say “to present another challenge”, we add the Magic Circle to the exercises. We explore how to gradually introduce the MC to a few exercises first, until with practice we end up with pretty much the whole Mat vocabulary and the circle!

A CADILLAC CHALLENGE
Hours/CECs: 4
The objective of this workshop is to review all exercises created on the Cadillac. We progress from basic vocabulary, fit for all students, to the more demanding exercises and their variations.

HOW TO CREATE A SESSION ON THE WALL UNIT
Hours/CECs: 4
The objective here is to learn how to structure an hour long class on this equipment. This workshop will explore how to design a challenging class that flows through a sequence from lying down to seated and eventually to standing upright.

A WORKOUT ON THE WUNDA CHAIR
Hours/CECs: 4
We tech the client how to build an hour long workout on , what Joe himself called the “home Reformer “. This workshop will show you the possibilities towards building a logical sequence, from a more stable platform to an unstable step.

FROM SMALL BARREL TO LADDER BARREL
Hours/CECs: 3 or 4
The three Barrels Joe build allow for a progressive larger opening stretch of two very thight areas. We are talking about the hip-pelvic area and the shoulder girdle. This workshop will review all exercises on all barrel shaped equipment.

HOW TO TEACH WITH YOUR HANDS
Hours/CECs: 2
Although our primary tool to communicate with our students is our voice, there is a lot of teaching power in the experience of an informed hands-on approach! This workshop will offer you various ways to let your hands ” do the talking “.

PRINCIPLES OF MOVEMENT, PART ONE
Hours/CECs: 6
In this workshop we study the universal principles of the human body in motion. We first look at the principles and how they align the body towards its optimal Blueprint . We then address in sequence all necessary actions of these principles to achieve efficiently the intent and goal of all exercises in the method.

 

NON PMA Workshops

PRINCIPLES OF MOVEMENT, PART TWO
Hours/CECs: 4
This workshop is first a review of the principles and their actions, with examples
not only on the Reformer and Mat, but also on Wunda Chair and Cadillac.
We then move on to explore the refining actions of the “loops ” and how they
reinforce and finetune the core actions in the body. A deeper concentration is
created towards an optimal control in practicing the Method.

INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY
Hours/CECs: 4
This is a workshop for those of you who have no prior knowledge nor experience
with anatomy. And it is always a good review to go back to basics!
We will start with the basic vocabulary of this discipline and work our way through
the various concepts. The emphasis will go to the Skeletal system and an intro to
the major Muscle groups.

ENDINGS
Hours/CECs: 2
A workshop on how to finish a session. From uncle Joe’s ” traditional ending ” to the
various ways we could wrap up a vigorous workout. We will cover not only the Cadillac,
but also the Reformer options, the Magic Circle, the Wall and the Pedi-pole .

JUMP BOARD
Hours/CECs: 2
For once a piece of equipment that didn’t come from Joe. When it was first introduced
Romana embraced its possibilities and it has been a favorite ever since. There are some
misunderstandings as to the place of this apparatus within the workout, and as to how to
structure a sequence on it. This workshop will have you jumping!