Workshops & Courses
Pilates for Neurological Disorders: 3-Day Course
Want to delve deeply into working with neurological conditions? This acclaimed course covers the MS, Parkinson's, and stroke disease process in depth, as well as issues common to many neurological diseases, including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity, bladder problems, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in exercise. You will learn how to assess causes of balance problems, work with single side weakness to create better muscle balance, diagnose ineffective compensations and help remedy them, the importance of how and when to stretch to manage spasticity, and techniques to create “detour circuitry” in the brain and spinal cord to work around existing nervous system damage, and much more.Since the course covers so many problems common to the average student, you will have tools to work with students of nearly every population, especially the aging, and those with neurological conditions or muscle imbalances.
Pilates for MS™ is offered as a 3-day training, recognized with 16 CECs (continuing education credits) from the Pilates Method Alliance. It is also core curriculum for the Women’s Health Pilates Specialist Certificate™ through the Center for Women’s Fitness, and the course is also offered in Europe through MBodies Training Academy. A companion 300+ page reference textbook with hundreds of exercises is available for purchase separately (the same book used in the course). The price you pay for the book is credited in its entirety (less shipping and handling) to your course fee if you can take a course in the future (United States only).
The course is grant assisted in the United Kingdom by the UK MS Society. Co-hosted workshops are currently in the works with the National MS Society of the United States.
Neuro Rehab Movement Advanced Neuro Workshop
Looking to dig deeper on how to help clients with neurological conditions? Did you take the 3 day course but want to learn more techniques and problem solving skills? Are you a physical therapist looking to offer your neuro patients more? Are you someone with a neuro condition looking to learn how to help yourself regain movement. If you can answer yes to any of those questions, this course is for you.
The Neuro Rehab Movement is a contemporary pilates method focused on clients with neurological disorders. In this course you will learn: 1) The Neuro Rehab Movement principles, 2) Exercises based off each principle to be integrated into a rehab session, 3) Proper cueing, execution of exercises, and how to organize a session, 4) How to efficiently incorporate balance, spasticity, and gait into each session, & 5) Effective homework exercises. There will be a brief review of the pathology of MS, Parkinson's, and stroke, the symptoms, and contraindications. However, completion of the Pilates for Neuro Conditions 3 Day Course is recommended before taking this course (not mandatory). This course will be very hands on working hard to master the principles, so be prepared to move and practice. You will leave feeling empowered to help your clients to regain some control over their bodies and to alleviate aches and pains.