Workshops Approved by the Pilates Method Alliance for CECs

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Kara Wily Workshop

Contraindications Workshop with Kara Wily

PMA CECs : 2

Duration: 2 Hours

Price: $40  (for test only)

In this 2 hour workshop for teachers, Kara covers ways to approach common contraindications due to injury or disease. Following the PMA Study Guide for the organization’s certification exam, you’ll get an overview of many contraindications, what you might want to avoid and exercises that can improve the issue without harm. While Kara emphasizes an individual approach aimed at healthy and complete movement in her own teaching, she acknowledges the usefulness of having depth of knowledge about issues you might run into with your clients.

Clare Dunphy Hemani Pilatesology Instructor

Case Study: Preparing for Hip Replacement with Clare Dunphy Hemani

PMA CECs : 2

Duration: 1 Hour

Price: $40  (for test only)

If you’re a teacher dealing with clients who have hip and knee issues, this brilliant workshop will fill your toolbox. In it Clare and her student Joe Giordano demonstrate a complete repertoire of exercises aimed at knee and hip rehab. When Joe first came to Clare he was in need of hip replacement surgery and was having extreme difficulty walking. Pilates has helped him to recover his ability to walk and has prepared for his upcoming surgery. Clare shares her strategy behind how she approaches knee and hip issues like Joe’s, why the Reformer might not be a good choice when dealing with injured lower extremities, and a complete plan for rebuilding strength and balance without risking further injury. The handout that Clare mentions in this video is available here: Rehab of hip and knee using Pilates.

Niedra Gabriel Pilatesology instructor Instructor

Pilates Tools for Fixing Feet with Niedra Gabriel

PMA CECs : 1

Duration: 1 Hour

Price: $20  (for test only)

Niedra works with Will and Sue who have different issues going on with their feet. Will’s arches are collapsed and overstretched and to be strengthened and connected to his center while Sue’s feet are healthy but she finds that beginning her sessions with a few minutes of concentrated foot exercises helps her to access the finer details of her entire workout. Using these different sets of feet as examples, Niedra shows how to see what a foot needs and then guides her students through a variety of corrective and strengthening Pilates exercises. There’s a wealth of information here to fix most any foot need! Exercises and apparatus demonstrated include arch strengtheners like the Towel; the Toe Corrector to stretch, correct bunions and more; the 2×4 exercises for strength and alignment; the Foot Corrector for breaking up stuck connective tissue or strengthening the entire system; using a Magic Circle to connect the feet to the center; the Reformer for strength and alignment; and using a Small Barrel to stretch the calf and foot.

Backbends Workshop with Niedra Gabriel

Back Extensions: How to Evaluate & Progress Your Students w/ Niedra Gabriel

PMA CECs : 3

Duration: 3 Hours

Price: $60  (for test only)

Back bends have the surprising effect of happiness, positive mood and extraversion. How can we get these results with our clients? In this workshop, Niedra demonstrates backbending progressions starting with very basic ones all the way to advanced back extensions. To help you understand exactly what your clients need, she begins by covering the joints involved and how to identify when one part of the body is lacking in necessary range of motion. You’ll then work through specific building blocks aimed at opening up and strengthening those stuck spots. She finishes by showing several advanced back extensions that illustrate how those building blocks create the skills to make bigger moves feel fantastic.