INTENSIVES

The Intensives are held over the course of 2 days and designed to unfold a deeper understanding of specific aspects of the traditional Pilates method. In 12 hours, participants explore thorough breakdowns of exercises, understand the logic behind the work, and practice impactful teaching skills relative to the repertoire. In addition, participants gain two weeks of complimentary access to an exclusive video library in order to review and practice the exercises following the Intensive.

THE MAT INTENSIVE

When Joe Pilates wrote ‘Return to Life through Contrology’, he picked 34 exercise to create a sequence that moves, stretches, strengthens, and massages the entire body. These exercises remained at the heart of his comprehensive method. During the Intensive, participants get to break down each exercise, and learn about their original intent—well beyond “just” the anatomy.
Hours / PMA CECs: 10

THE REFORMER INTENSIVE

“To reform” means to improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; to change, refine, and restructure. One of the earliest pieces of apparatus that Joe Pilates integrated into his work and certainly the most important, he established a repertoire of over 70 exercises that serve to assess and condition the body. During the Intensive, participants will learn about the neural dialogue the body enters with the Reformer the second we lay our toes on the foot bar, and how to break down a majority of the traditional exercises according to their original intentions.
Hours / PMA CECs: 10

These workshops are designed to help professionals make common sense of the complexities of the Pilates method. Spiked with historical background information on the origin of the exercise repertoire as well as the design of the apparatus, these sessions are guaranteed to bring new life to the everyday work of Pilates teachers.

PILATES MADE SIMPLE: THE MAT

A Pilates practice always begins on the Mat—and it ultimately leads back to the Mat. This workshop introduces participants to the logic of the original sequence, explores Joe Pilates’ exercises in great detail, and highlights the concepts that help teachers utilize these exercises for maximum success with their students—in private sessions and group classes alike.
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

PILATES MADE SIMPLE: THE REFORMER

The Reformer, the centerpiece of Joe Pilates’ inventions, was specifically designed to reform the body—one breath, one movement at a time. This workshop highlights the history of the apparatus and explores how its unique design and exercise repertoire teaches us how to move better in everyday life.
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

PILATES MADE SIMPLE: THE CADILLAC

The Cadillac is without a doubt the most versatile piece of apparatus in the Pilates studio. Exploring its intended dimensions, properties, and amenities, this workshop is designed to reveal how the repertoire performed on the Cadillac can play to our creativity, support our client’s greatest weaknesses AND unfold their greatest strengths!
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

PILATES MADE SIMPLE: THE CHAIRS

These chairs are not for sitting—Joseph Pilates designed a multitude of chairs that combine ergonomic furniture with exercise apparatus. They are great fine-tuning instruments for intricate movement patterns and truly challenging exercises. This workshop covers the “anatomy” of the different chairs and the unique repertoire of movements they were designed to support.
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

Dig into the treasure trunk that is Joe Pilates’ original method, and re-familiarize yourself with useful movements and progressions often considered “archival” or “super-advanced”—and often unseen in modern teaching.

BEND OVER BACKWARDS

This workshop is for anyone who thinks that there is too much forward flexion in the traditional Pilates system—a contention that holds true unless we look all the way back to the original body of Joe Pilates’ work. During the workshop participants get to explore the concepts of safe inversion and extension and learn that Pilates is, in fact, full of opportunities to do so!
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

PILATES HEAD TO TOE

Joe Pilates truly saw the body in its entirety when he developed his work—not one part was ignored, and so he invented various apparatus to offer assistance, resistance, and correction wherever it was needed. This workshop teaches participants about the hierarchy of the different inventions, their relationship to one another and the moving body, and how to reintegrate smaller devices such as the Toe Corrector and Neck Stretcher into modern teaching.
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

TEACHING SKILLS

Joe Pilates developed apparatus to make teaching his work easier. “Why use my own strength? I made an apparatus to do it for me.”

If you reverse this thought-process, that means the teacher’s body can step in where the apparatus does not provide tactile feedback, an enhanced trajectory, or a closed kinetic chain and become “a Reformer of flesh and blood”. Specifically, the teacher’s hands can see what eyes can’t see, say what words can’t say, and provide sensations that the student won’t “unfeel”. This workshop focuses on easily implementable strategies to become efficient in using the teacher’s body as a teaching tool.
Hours / PMA CECs: 5

Please refer to the calendar for upcoming events, and use the contact form to get in touch if you are interested in hosting an education event in your region.