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Pilates Mat Class: Closing the Chain with Anula Maiberg

Where Should I Be Feeling This: Pilates Flow For Uncertain Times

What’s wrong with that question? Why is it ok to politely decline to answer? Pilates is a practice, a lifestyle and a method of movement. We are not healers, doctors or therapists. We teach Pilates and that is more than enough.

Do we “owe” our students a “burn”? Does “not feeling” it mean a movement has no value? Is it within our scope of practice to tailor a session to our student’s individual nervous systems? Are our student’s feelings or lack of feeling or feeling in the “wrong” places facts?

Can we help our students find a better more useful vocabulary for sensation, pain, muscle activation and harm?

Why is one muscle better than another? The lower back sensation is bad. The abdominal sensation is good. Neck sensation is bad. Tricep sensation is good. These are value judgments. What are they based on and how can we guide a session with less sensation biased judgments?

Mobilize to Stabilize:

This workshop is geared toward exploring end-range movement and joint mobility. Why more movement equals improved stability. We will obsess on the notion of: full expression of human potential at any age. We will cover how finding one’s personal best is only the beginning. What happens when we take the springs away and why sometimes we should. Because if we can we must. Some other topics will include: why shapes repeat in Pilates protocols and why it matters. How repeated patters can be used towards ease of movement and more flowing transitions. How does speed change the meaning of a movement? This workshop is open to all humans at any level of practice. Be ready to work hard and arrive with an open mind.

Pilates Mat Class: Vertical Limit
Rotation, Extension and Lateral Flexion:

In this class, we will find the obvious and the hidden spirals of the Chair and delve into the purpose of the apparatus. The Chair is small but its springs are very strong. The accuracy required to feel comfort inflow on the Chair can be very challenging. Why is it sometimes underused and how can we find a vocabulary around making it more popular for daily use. The key may be in the rotational aspects of the spine.

Return to Life Re-imagined

Pilates Mat Class: Getting Obsessed

Transferable Skills:

Why shapes repeat in Pilates protocols and why it matters. We will go over repeated patterns and look at how they can be used towards ease of movement and more flowing transitions. We will also discuss how speed changes the meaning of the movement. We will delve into what is the purpose of certain movements and why giving the work personal meaning changes our outlook as professionals.

MAP with Christien Mann and Lene van der Merwe

The importance of the preparation of fascia before movement: During this 3-hour workshop an outline of current research on fascia movement will be presented. From there research will be applied to practical movement. The importance of diaphragmatic breathing in different fascia planes will also be touched on.

Meditate & Integrate with Bryan Mac and Bianca Volans

In this workshop, join Bryan & Bianca as they introduce and guide you through the basic principals of guided meditation and use these principals to assist transformation and a deeper understanding of Well Being in your daily life.

Scoliosis Rehabilitation with Angie Lander

This workshop will cover theory regarding the anatomy and biomechanics of Scoliosis as well as the different types of scoliosis and their classifications. You will be taught how to assess pelvic and spinal alignment, how to recognize the asymmetries of scoliosis and shown how to interpret Cobb angle and measure trunk rotation with a scoliometer.

The practical aspect of the workshop will touch on how to create an effective exercise programme for a patient with scoliosis by working with the breath and correct muscular activation to improve the alignment and function of the curvature. We will spend some time discussing the different types of scoliosis specific exercise and which therapy is the most effective scientifically.

At the end of the workshop, you should have a better understanding of the mechanics of scoliosis and how to manage a patient’s curve with effective exercises, without aggravating scoliosis.

Conscious Breathwork with Mike Viljoen

This workshop covers the history of the ‘rebirthing’ Breathwork process as well as the scientific, spiritual & physiological effects of breathing on the body. We will be lying down, eyes closed and experience a Guided Breathwork Process to music. We then have a group sharing and close. 

Revolutionalised Jumpboard Circuit Training with Lana de Wit

Let’s Jump! In this workshop participants will:

PART 1 Designing Jump Classes for the “Average Joe” – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced
PART 2 Explore an Athletes’ Competitive Edge  – Interval Circuit Training using fitness watches
PART 3 Jump back to your Clients with Unique Pilates Goals that can be tracked  

It’s low-impact, fun, challenging …what more could you want!

Acute Awareness: 10 Bodies with Patwant Kaur

Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness. It aims to balance and integrate mind, body and soul. Through this practice we work with all layers and levels of the being. Yogi Bhajan taught us about the 10 Bodies, each holds subtle qualities and effects. I will be sharing a kriya that works specifically with all the 10 bodies, balancing and integrating them. As we move through the kriya I will share information on each. 

Slings In Motion: Vitality with Fascial movement with Anneke Kruger

Vitality stands for life force and joie de vivre. It strengthens our resilience, our capacity to develop and the ability to enjoy life to its fullest. 

Fascia forms the watery environment of our cells. Healthy living space is crucial for cell health, i.e. your vitality. With Slings Myofascial Training we specifically nourish the fascia and thus contribute directly and indirectly to the health of the billions of cells you consist of. Fabulous isn’t it!

During the workshop we will be looking at this topic more closely, we will experience how fascia training and applying specific movement techniques can boost your vitality. We will experience it all through a Slings in Motion sequence, leaving you with a deep sense of calm yet feeling strengthened and energised, ready to embrace the rest of the day.

Slings Myofascial Training is a fascia-focussed body-minded and mat-based movement concept. The myofascial continuities, Slings, are based on the Thomas W. Myers’ Anatomy Trains concept. Slings’ philosophy, training principles and exercises are compatible with a broad variety of movement modalities, including Pilates and Yoga. During this workshop, we will be using soft spikey massage balls to further enhance your experience.