Look, Listen, Push, Pull: Training Freedom and Support in the Head, Neck, and Shoulders (A two-day Movement Science Made Simple Workshop in London, UK)

with Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure

Date: 9/29/2018 - 9/30/2018
From: Time TBD

Our neck functions to position our head for seeing, hearing, and communicating. Our shoulders are meant to allow our arms and hands to reach, grasp, and push in a large range. Easy enough, right? So why do our clients experience so much difficulty and discomfort in their necks and shoulders? Poor postural habits, learned physical attitudes, and our universal use of computers probably contribute. But, as Pilates teachers, are we helping our clients retrain bad patterns or just adding new ones? In this Movement Science Made Simple course we will:

  • Study the organization of the head, neck, and shoulder girdle in common Pilates exercises.
  • Examine the relationship between the arms, shoulder girdle and trunk in both open and closed kinematic chains. We know poor use of the neck and shoulders when we see it, but what are we really seeing?
  • Learn simple exercises and gentle hands-on techniques for mobilizing the neck and shoulders and re-patterning their movement.

Host Studio: Pepilates
Address: 3b, 9 Park Hill
London SW4 9NS, United Kingdom
Course Cost: $795 (20% discount for returning MSMS students who have already taken this course. E-mail for code)* Certificates for 12 PMA CECs will be available to attendees.

*This course begins on a Friday evening, followed by two 7-hour days on Saturday and Sunday (including a 1-hour lunch break). The Friday evening consists of a 2-hour mat class taught by Cara Reeser. (This is part of the workshop and is included in the workshop price for the participants.)

About Movement Science Made Simple:

Most movement teachers and fitness instructors have studied human anatomy, but it’s difficult to make good use of that knowledge without some understanding of physiology and kinesiology. Movement Science Made Simple is a series of courses designed to teach Pilates and Yoga instructors the essentials of movement science in a way that can be immediately applied to one’s practice and teaching.

MSMS draws on Jeremy’s graduate studies in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology and Cara’s experience as a dance educator and second-generation Pilates teacher. We bring to MSMS our decades of practicing and teaching Pilates, a deep practice of Yoga, and years of tutelage under such movement visionaries as Kathleen Stanford Grant, Irene Dowd, Barbara Mahler, and Nancy Topf.

In each course we will:

  • Review musculoskeletal anatomy in depth.
  • Introduce basic concepts from motor learning theory.
  • Perform simple exercises to translate the lecture material into Classical Pilates movement.
  • Look at different bodies to familiarize ourselves with normal variations in structure.
  • Develop new ways of seeing and cuing movement based on a more complete understanding of the body.

The materials for each MSMS course include a written manual and access to a video library of exercises, so that students can continue to practice and learn after the course.

Registration Information:

Early Registration is recommended. Registration will be in done in a first come, first serve manner. A minimum deposit of 50% is required to reserve a place in this workshop. If the full payment wasn't made for the reservation, then the remainder is due the day of the workshop. NO SINGLE DAY registration will be offered for this course.

A wait list will be created when registration is full.

Refund Policy:

Refunds are honored if the cancellation request is made 14 days prior to date of the workshop. No refunds are granted after the two week period prior to the workshop date. In the event of a cancellation due to the presenter, a full refund will be given.

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