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Alan Herdman • Karen Clippinger • Tom McCook

April 6 & 7, 2019

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Don’t miss this exciting continuing educational event for Pilates teachers! Join us for a weekend of workshops with 3 inspiring Master Instructors — Alan Herdman, Karen Clippinger and Tom McCook will be offering 9 different workshops to choose from! This will be a special opportunity to deepen your teaching skills, expand your learning, connect with others, and have fun! CECs Available!

Schedule of Workshops

Saturday, April 6 (9:30am - 12:30pm)
• Core Stability Advancements and Applications to the Pilates Reformer (NOTE: 6hrs) - Karen Clippinger
• The First Session: How to Approach a New Client - Alan Herdman
• Three Dimensional Joint Mobility and Myofascial Loading for Gait - Tom McCook

Saturday, April 6 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
• Core Stability Advancements and Applications to the Pilates Reformer (NOTE: 6hrs) - Karen Clippinger   See above
• Thinking Around the Long / Short Box - Alan Herdman

Sunday, April 7 (9:30am - 12:30pm)
• Shoulder Biomechanics and Pilates: The Basic Five - Karen Clippinger
• Let us Have Fun with the 34 Classical Mat Exercises - Alan Herdman
• Healthy Knees with Pilates and the Franklin Method - Tom McCook

Sunday, April 7 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
• Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Program Design - Karen Clippinger
• Creating a Home Program - Alan Herdman

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Alan opened Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio in 1970. He studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer in the late 1960s when he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. In New York, he worked intensively with Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Joseph Pilates himself. Although well-regarded amongst New York's dance fraternity, Joseph Pilates was unknown in the United Kingdom at that time. Alan returned in 1970 to set up his Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers, and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries. Alan also lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person's Guide to Pilates (2003) and Pilates: Creating the Body You Want (1999).

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Karen has a master’s degree in exercise science and is a professor at California State University Long Beach, where her course topics have included anatomy, body placement, injury prevention and care, and Pilates for dancers. Prior to joining academia, Karen worked for 20 years as a clinical kinesiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle, as well as consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Karen has given over 400 presentations internationally and in numerous cities in the U.S. She is the author of the textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, co-author of the book Pilates Anatomy, and has several on-line classes on Pilates Anytime.

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Tom is an internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher and movement specialist. Beginning his full-time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for a range of clients, from Silicon Valley executives and Olympic athletes, to active seniors and people looking for solutions to their imbalances and injuries. Tom’s unique approach synthesizes over 30 years of fitness training, Pilates, body therapy, Somatics, the Franklin Method of experiential anatomy and imagery, anatomy in motion, meditation and Life Coaching. His fascination with movement began at an early age playing sports and growing up in a large athletic family with 11 siblings. Tom’s teaching focus is to inspire and empower people to access their mind/body intelligence with a practical understanding of their own anatomy through mindful movement and consistent practice. These skills go beyond exercise to cultivate presence, dignity and being responsive and resilient in life.

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, April 6 (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Core Stability Advancements and Applications to the Pilates Reformer - Karen Clippinger (NOTE: 6hrs)
Research has advanced our understanding of core stability and how to optimize its training. This workshop will provide exercises designed to effectively develop core strength through higher intensity overload, as well as exercises with large exercise balls and rotator discs on the reformer to develop proprioceptive aspects of multi-planar core stability.

The First Session: How to Approach a New Client - Alan Herdman
Alan will share his years of experience on how to gather information from clients about their lifestyles, and to understand their needs and goals around health, fitness and their Pilates practice. Observation, assessment, discussion is crucial. Postural analysis too.
• What is our aim and what do we want to achieve in this first session?
• What do we want the client to feel after the session? What do we not want?
• Carefully observe the client and decide which exercises would be appropriate.

Three Dimensional Joint Mobility and Myofascial Loading for Gait - Tom McCook
As our understanding of the incredible intelligence of the human body expands, new insights and more accurate modeling can be used to better direct our movement training. Based on the Anatomy in Motion model from creator Gary Ward, this workshop will guide you in exploring new concepts in improving gait while using the Franklin Method to enhance our embodiment and understanding in movement.

Saturday, April 6 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Core Stability Advancements and Applications to the Pilates Reformer - Karen Clippinger (NOTE: 6hrs) See above

Thinking Around the Long / Short Box - Alan Herdman
The long/short box, while simple in design, is a crucial piece of equipment for increasing the versatility and accessibility of the reformer. But are we using them to their full potential? This workshop will explore the exercises that can be performed on top, in front of and on the side of the box. The versatility of the box allows clients from beginner to advanced to progress from simple exercises to complicated routines. The box is also a great place to address muscle imbalances and bad habits.

Sunday, April 7 (9:30am - 12:30pm)

Shoulder Biomechanics and Pilates: The Basic Five - Karen Clippinger
Various research studies recommend that five exercises be included in training programs to promote optimal movement of the shoulder complex and help avoid shoulder problems. This workshop will translate these recommendations into Pilates-based exercises with anatomically-based cues that can be readily added to arms series or mat classes with bands.

Let us Have Fun with the 34 Classical Mat Exercises - Alan Herdman
Some schools of thought feel that the mat work routine must be performed in the same sequence that Joseph Pilates laid down in his book “Return To Life Through Contrology.” Like so many things in life, a routine that is continuously repeated in the same way begins to lose its focus, appeal and meaning. Many of the 34 exercises are unsuitable for the level of experience and physicality of a good percentage of clients and students. These exercises need to be modified or abandoned until the client/student is both physically and mentally ready to perform them correctly and safely. For the proficient clients and students who have mastered the 34 exercises, changing the routine, linking different exercises together, making up sequences and working with a partner adds a new dimension to the work. And importantly, it creates an element of fun and enjoyment.

Healthy Knees with Pilates and the Franklin Method - Tom McCook
The knees are the critical link between the feet and the rest of the body, transferring force smoothly from the ground to the torso. Through understanding the functional design of the knees, you can support lifelong well being for your clients and yourself. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to use imagery and hands-on cuing with movement to improve function. Tom McCook, a Franklin Method level 3 educator and Master Pilates Teacher will blend the Franklin Method with related Pilates mat and equipment exercises for optimal learning and skill development. This workshop will help you understand and improve function more effectively.

Sunday, April 7 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Program Design - Karen Clippinger
This workshop will include a discussion of the importance of the sacroiliac joint and its common dysfunction and associated pain. Participants will learn Pilates-based exercises than can be used to help restore stability to this vital joint, as well as cuing and position modifications for selected classical repertoire aimed at preventing aggravation of chronic conditions in this area.

Creating a Home Program - Alan Herdman
Homework is essential if clients are going to progress successfully with their studio program or their mat classes. The program needs to be realistic and related to the clients’ level in the work and the time they have available to practice. Rather than suggesting a client repeats exercises at home, the teacher needs to work out why the client is having a problem. They need to deconstruct the exercise and set a simple program to target the area of the exercise that is causing the problem.

 

Cost & Registration

Sign up early - Workshops will fill! You can register online or call us at 650-967-6414! Note: Online registration/payment is set up for the full weekend only. Don't forget to enroll in all your chosen workshops! If you are interested in signing up for individual workshops, please call the studio at 650-967-6414. For questions, contact

10% Early Bird Discount!
Sign up by January 15, 2019 and get 10% off!

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$575 — Both Days
$465 — (3) 3hr Workshops or Saturday 6hr Workshop & (1) Sunday Workshop
$330 — (2) 3hr Workshops or Saturday 6hr Workshop
$175 — (1) 3hr Workshop

 

Cancellation Notice

We are taking great care to ensure that your experience will be positive and rewarding. We have covered all costs well in advance of this weekend. Please note our cancellation schedule:
• $25 cancellation fee per day
• Before February 15 - full refund after cancellation fee applied
• February 15 - March 15: 50% refund after cancellation fee applied
• March 15 - April 1: 25% refund after cancellation fee applied
• After April 1: No refund

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