Level I

Level II

Intro to 3D models about the body: Biotensegrity and Laban’s Space Harmony. Deeper Dives how the spine; cervical, thoracic and lumbar moves in 3 dimensional movement.

Level I – November 6, 2022
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.
Anatomy Dances:  Bringing 3d in your Physical Practice

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the body moves in space and one’s expression. Both also addresses how the body moves three dimensionally whether it is simple walking to complex spiral movements such as tai chi. I will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates. Already in the Pilates world, Eve Gentry, who worked with Irmgard Bartenieff, brought a version of the Fundamentals to her teaching.  Eve has influenced a majority of companies training Pilates teachers with their movement principles. 

Objectives:

  • An introduction to new models of anatomy
  • How principles of Biotensegrity, Space harmony and new research about fascia are models of dynamic movement
  • History of Eve Gentry, Irmgard Bartenieff and Pilates movement principles
  • Bartenieff Fundamentalstm  – Roadmap of biomechanics principles of connections and coordination

Level II – November 6, 2022
Sunday 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Deeper Dives into Core is 3D.   

The deeper dives is understanding how the spine; cervical, thoracic and lumbar moves and how to improve its function.  When the spine is not moving well, there will be hypermobility above or below the stuck area.  We will use Bartenieff Fundamentalstm to help make changes to the spine. This workshop will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates.

Objectives:

  • to understand how the spine moves and efficiently give the correct support
  • Why is neutral important
  • How are cues enhancing or hurting dynamic alignment
  • How does the spine move differently in use of space for example ballet, karate and tai chi
  • Understanding tensegrity and enhancing our physicality.

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Learning anatomy through drawing with Irene Dowd changed my understanding of the body.  Drawing is touch.  Do not worry about being an artist.  This is for everyone!

Level I – December 4, 2022
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances: Sensing the Psoas 

The psoas muscle is one of the most powerful muscles in the body. It affects the function of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joints. Its origin affects breathing and its length plays a huge role in determining posture. When it is healthy, it contributes to the strength of the core while allowing for efficient movement of the lower extremities. Dysfunction of the iliopsoas  can lead to back pain, sacroiliac joint issues and compromises to the hip joints. 

Embodiment of the Psoas is about waking the senses in your body. Drawing is the sense of touch. Drawing will teach us about the structures of the iliopsoas in our torso. Our mapping the Psoas will teach us about the space the iliopsoas has in our body. The movement class using pilates will explore the connections of the Psoas and the feelings of good healthy function.

All are welcome. No experience is necessary in drawing.

  • For Drawing Section: 1 1/2 hr drawing and mapping the Psoas
    Please have blank paper and some kind of drawing tool: crayons, colored pencils, markers, pastels.
  • For Movement Section:  1 1/2 hr movement class
    Please have some kind of prop: foam roll, overball, books, foam roll, towels
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Objectives:

  • anatomy and function of the three parts of the iliopsoas (lumbar, pelvic, hip), abdominals and back muscles
  • its function during motion of the lumbar spine 
  • its function during motion of the hip joint 
  • its role in creating stability and mobility of the pelvic girdle and SI joints 
  • its role during reciprocal lower extremities motions (i.e. walking) 
  • how dysfunction contributes to lumbar and SI pain, pelvic torsions and hip injuries. 

Level II  – December 4, 2022
Sunday 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Sensing the Core
Prerequisite: Level I Sensing the Psoas

The abdominals and the back muscles are powerful muscles in the body. It affects the function of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joints. When it is healthy, it contributes to the strength of the core while allowing for efficient movement of the lower extremities. Dysfunction of the muscles of the core can lead to back pain, sacroiliac joint issues and compromises to the hip joints. 

Embodiment of the muscles of the core is about waking the senses in your body. A dynamic core has many different flavors depending on the movement.

Drawing is the sense of touch. Drawing will teach us about the structures of the iliopsoas in our torso. Our mapping the core muscles will teach us about the space in our body. The movement class using pilates will explore the connections of the core and the feelings of good healthy function.

All are welcome. No experience is necessary in drawing.

  • For Drawing Section: 1 1/2 hr drawing and mapping the Psoas
    Please have blank paper and some kind of drawing tool: crayons, colored pencils, markers, pastels.
  • For Movement Section:  1 1/2 hr movement class
    Please have some kind of prop: foam roll, overball, books, foam roll, towels

Objectives:

  • anatomy and function of the abdominals and back muscles
  • its function during motion of the lumbar spine 
  • its function during motion of the hip joint 
  • its role in creating stability and mobility of the pelvic girdle and SI joints 
  • its role during reciprocal lower extremities motions (i.e. walking) 
  • how dysfunction contributes to lumbar and SI pain, pelvic torsions and hip injuries. 

The ribs are a reflection of your spine, breath and function of the entire body.  The ribs are not rigid.   We will explore the anatomy of the ribs, improving proper function and the afternoon workshop to more complex movements of the body.

Level I – January 8, 2023
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances: Freeing the ribs 

The ribs are flexible. They are not rigid like we see of the skeletons that we see in the class room. Each rib has a joint into the breastbone and spine except for the floating ribs. We are going to understand the biomechanics of the ribs and it’s affects on breathing and movement.

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the ribs
  • Importance of breath
  • How the ribs move
  • Applications to Pilates and movement loves

Level II – January 8, 2023
Sunday
 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: The Ribs: A Reflection of the Spine, Breastbone and Breath
Prerequisite: Level I Freeing the ribs to enhance the Biotensegrity of the Core

The ribs are a reflection of our spine and breath.  If the ribs and spine are stuck, this changes our breathing and movement.  Sometimes breath can improve movement; or visa versa movement enhances breath.  Deeper dives into the anatomy of the breath will be taken. Embodied Anatomy of the space and function of the lungs can make a big difference in our movement. 

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the Breath, diagphram and lungs
  • Deeper dives into how the ribs move
  • Applications to Pilates and movement loves

Level IBartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle with the phrasing of the torso. 

Level II Deeper Dives into the mechanics of hand and the forearm.

Level I – February 5, 2023
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances :
Bartenieff Fundamentalstm: Hand – Scapula Relationship and its connection to the core.

Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle with the phrasing of the torso.  This workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the torso.

Objectives:

  • What is stabilization of shoulder: its myths and facts
  • Understand anatomy of Hand scapula relationship
  • Understanding the importance of the rotator cuff muscles
  • Improving rotator cuff function during the workout
  • How the arm works in coordination with the torso
  • How the improved shoulder function enhances the core.

Level II – February 5, 2023
Sunday 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances : Forearm to Hand Connections

Prerequisite: Level I Bartenieff Fundamentalstm: Hand – Scapula Relationship and its connection to the core.

Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle to the hand.  This workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the forearm, wrist and hand.  Especially with overuse injuries due to being on our devices, our hands and wrists need to have movements to offset our present workloads.

Objectives:

  • Understand anatomy of arm: humerus, forearm and hand
  • Understanding the supination and pronation
  • Improving hand coordination during the workout
  • How the hand, forearm and humerus works in coordination with the shoulder girdle

 

Level I Great arm work is a connection to the core.  We will explore the anatomy of the connections of the shoulder girdle to open and close chain movement.  

Level II is a deeper dive of the coordination of the ribs and spine to maximize function.

Level I – March 5, 2023
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances: Dynamic Stability is an new Call Core to Arms

Dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle is a dance with the hand, scapula and the torso.  Coordination is key for correct mobility and strength.   Past cues really have locked down the movements of the scapula and the torso.  Myths of shoulder stability are creating more problems.  In this workshop we will learn new ways to train the nervous system about new connections.

Objectives:

  • Looking at tight structures
  • Strategies for shoulder openers
  • Importance of the head-tail connection
  • Coordination of hand – scapula to the head – tail connection
  • Closed chain vs open chain

Level II – March 5, 2023
Sunday
2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Ribs, Shoulder girdle and Arms Dance
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances: Dynamic Stability is an new Call Core to Arms

Dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle and the arm is a dance with the torso.  Coordination is key for correct mobility and strength.   Enhancing the biomechanics of the hand to the torso is essential for correct function.  Closed chain has a different organization than open chain.

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the bone rhythms of hand-scapula relationship.
  • Looking at tight structures and strategies for shoulder openers
  • Importance of the thoracic spine mechanics
  • Coordination of hand – scapula to the head – tail connection

Our hip sockets are designed to allow level changes and walking.   We will explore pelvic-femoral rhythm and its connections to the legs and knees.

Level I – April 23,  2023
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances : Hippiness and the legs
The intricate design to be able to make level changes

Child development from birth, crawling, sitting, standing and walking is the process of making changes at the hips and legs in coordination with the torso.  As we grow older, we forget about these important coordinations of the the legs, pelvis and torso. Bartenieff Fundamentals(™) addresses these lost coordinations and mobilizes.  Applications will be made to pilates, yoga and our movement loves.

Objectives:

  • Identify the movements of the pelvic floor, leg in the hip sockets and the torso
  • Anatomy of hip and thigh muscles
  • Improve sequencing of thigh, hip and spine movement for level changes
  • Address tight structures

Level II – April 23,  2023
Sunday
 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Knee Me
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Hippiness and the legs
The intricate design to be able to make level changes

The knee is a vulnerable challenged joint. Incorrect alignment, lack of proper training and injury can cause the knees to become painful as ligaments, joints and muscles are strained. We will look how the foot and hips influence the function of the knees. How the leg organizes in standing requires a different coordination.

Objectives: 

  • Understand the anatomy of the leg and its affect on the knee
  • Assessment of client’s posture and the influence of the posterior leg and hip muscles
  • How your clients neurological patterns prevent good function of legs and posture
  • Experience how the function of the knees relates to your hips and feet. 
  • Use Pilates repertory to improve function and balance of tone.
  • What is ACL and meniscus injuries
  • Applications for climbing stairs and walking

Our feet are the foundation for our entire body.  When we improve the mechanics of the feet and ankles, function improves for the entire body. Both workshops will connect how improving lower function changes our standing, walking and alignment.

Level I – May 21, 2023
Sunday 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances: Call to Legs and Distal Relationship to Core

Call to Legs: Distal Relationship to Core is a workshop exploring the connections of the distal: foot and ankle mechanics to the leg and the core. We are addressing balancing the foot and ankle muscles that influences our entire alignment. Our ankles influence our foot, hip and core mechanics. When the Distal relationship is working correctly, the core immediately works deeper.

Objectives: To understand the connections of distal to the core.  How to improve function of the legs to bring in new core connections using Pilates Repertory. Underlying good function is dynamic alignment of the spine.

  • Improving ankle function 
  • Understand how the bones of the legs and pelvis move
  • What is stabilization of legs and hips: its myths and facts
  • Understanding the importance of the posterior leg muscles
  • Improving the coordination of legs to core during the workout
  • How the improved leg relationships enhances the core

Level II – May 21, 2023
Sunday  2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Ankle to Hip
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances: Call to Legs and Distal Relationship to Core

The alignment of the ankle joint is key to the entire the body.  When the ankle is not moving correctly will affect the foot, hip and spine.  This workshop will look at the mechanics of the ankle, how to improve mobility and strength and applications to pilates, yoga and everyday actions.

Objectives:

  • Improving ankle function 
  • Understand how the bones of the ankles move
  • Understanding the importance of the calf muscles
  • Improving the coordination of ankle, foot, and legs to core during the workout
  • How the improved ankle mechanics enhances the core

We will explore how the spine moves in walking, how to access and improve the mechanics of gait.  Especially with our culture in too much sitting, our spines has lost its resiliency.

Level I – TBA

Anatomy Dances : Upper body in Gait
How the spine moves in gait

Posture is key in walking.  Poor posture can affect the mobility of our hips and legs in walking.  This section will improve how the upper body moves in an ideal healthy walk. Lesson plans will evolve around how to increase mobility, coordination, strength and balance.

Objectives: 

  • Learn observation skills about how the spine moves in gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors; 
  • Anatomy of spine and arms in relationship to gait

Level II – TBA

Anatomy Dances: Learning how to assess Upper Body in Gait
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Upper body in Gait

Learning how to observe how the upper body in gait is a skill.  Using each other and videos of clients walking, we are going to practice how to see the spine moves in walking.   Strategies will be explored when a client’s spine is not moving correctly.  We will also address certain injuries that affect the spine in gait.

Objectives:

  • Improving skills for observing spine in gait
  • Developing lesson plans for poor mechanics of the spine in gait
  • Injuries that affect gait

We will explore how the legs and feet move in gait.  Applications will be brought how to improve lower body mechanics in walking.

Level I – June 3, 2023
Saturdays 9- 12:10 AM.

Anatomy Dances : Lower body in Gait
How the legs move in gait

We take walking for granted.  When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things.  Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait.  This workshop is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.

Objectives: 

  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors; 
  • Anatomy of foot, knee, hip, spine and arms in relationship to gait

Level II – June 3, 2023
Saturdays 2:00 -5:10 PM

Anatomy Dances: Learning how to assess Lower Body in Gait
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Lower body in Gait

Learning how to observe how the lower body in gait is a skill.  Using each other and videos of clients walking, we are going to practice how to see the lower body moves in walking.   Strategies will be explored when a client’s hips, legs and feet are not moving correctly.  We will also address certain injuries that affect the lower body in gait.

Objectives:

  • Improving skills for observing lower body in gait
  • Developing lesson plans for poor mechanics of the legs and hips  in gait
  • Injuries that affect gait