: Bringing the Spiral into your session

PNF (Proprioceptive Neurological Factor) is a unique systems of bringing 3-dimensional movements to all of the joints of the body.  The PNF patterns are reflective of many actions that we do daily and in our movement loves.  It is also reflective of our preferences that leads to our weaknesses.

I have had the great experience of exploring PNF with my teachers especially Irene Dowd and Amy Matthews and with my clients.  Especially this fall, exploring PNF like movements of the hand and forearm have alleviated a lot of my nerve issues in my arms.

I had an accident 25 years ago where I had to have surgery to reattach a severed nerve.  Plus with overuse injuries of changing springs and how I was teaching (body placement and use of my arms in teaching) has led to these nerve problems.

Nerve problems are complicated.  My career as a Pilates teacher, started with news reporters with Repetitive Stress Injuries to the arms and hands.  Entrapment of the nerves can start above or below the numbness.  Working with a PT is essential.

Doing PNF patterns taught me where I was not moving correctly.  It also takes you through concentric and eccentric movements at a joint(s).  I could feel stretching of fascia and muscles of tiny muscles that I was not aware of.

PNF patterns can easily be adapted to the pilates repertory.

Saturday Morning, 10/14/2017

Biotensegrity and Pilates: A New Model of Movement

with Lesley Powell

New discoveries in science are making us look at the body and movement in new ways. Fascial science and the concepts of biotensegrity are providing a new framework for understanding the foundation of support within our bodies. Graham Scharr and Rudolph Laban both were fascinated by numerous examples of geometric patterns and shapes in nature and their relationship to the body. Learn about these new models and how they can inform Pilates practice and teaching.
Appropriate for comprehensively trained instructors.
Sunday Afternoon, 10/15/2017

PNF and Pilates: Bringing the Spiral Home

with Lesley Powell
PNF, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, is a unique system for bringing 3-dimensional movements to all the joints of the body. The PNF patterns are reflective of many actions that we do daily and in our movement lives. We are going to explore the PNF patterns of the limbs and how we can adapt them into the Pilates repertory.
Appropriate for comprehensively trained instructors.