Pilates SYmposium

Enhance your mind to release your movement

Month 1 :

Shoulder and the shoulder girdle 

  • The Upper extrimities 
  • The anatomy of the shoulder girdle
  • Pilates exercises demonstrating healthy usage of the shoulder girdle .

Optimal  function of a shoulder girdle is  imperative for a healthy performance of all other surrounding joints and tissues. For example, the shoulder girdle stability will allow the ribcage to expand to its full capacity thus enabling optimal breathing pattern. In this symposium we explore the Pilates exercises demonstrating healthy usage of the shoulder girdle/joint.

Month 2

Feet and Verticality

  • Standing on two legs

  • In honor of the foot

  • Pilates exercises understanding of ” from the ground up”

  • “ideokinesis/lines of movement /imagery

     

What is the right posture, is it in front, at the back, in between or in the middle? This is the dilemma that we all face everyday while we stand, walk, sit or workout! Finding the right balance is important for every human being to avoid unnecessary tension, as Irene Dowd mentioned in her book Taking Root to Fly ” ‘ Disease ‘ joint and muscle pain, and limited movement range and vocabulary are all products of imbalance!”

Month 3

Breath

  • On breathing 

  • The anatomy of breathing
  • How Pilates exercises enhance breathing and vice versa 

I think that the above topic breathing could be the one single topic that we could endlessly explore. Exploring benefits of proper breathing is definitely the pinnacle of Joe’s work; to quote his words “Above all learn how to breathe properly.” In his book Return to Life he has a long conversation about how breathing really affects our health and mind. He explains how to exhale fully and completely, as much as creating a vacuum, helping body to rid the toxins while strengthening the abdominal wall.

Month 4

Spine

  • The human spine

  • Anatomy of the spine

When the spine is centered it balances effortlessly. Our bodies, as a whole, start defying gravity rather than fighting it.

Using movements that allow our bodies to explore multi dimensional directions, and find connections between those directions, will center and balance our spine. This in turn
will create space in our bodies to unlock our joints and decompress all tight structures. Our organs now have more room to breathe and do their function optimally. And so on.

Month 5 

Pelvis and the pelvic girdle

 

  • standing on two legs
  • In honor of the foot
  • Pilates exercises understanding of ” from the ground up”
  • “ideokinesis/lines of movement /imagery
     

Understanding the pelvis anatomy and its crucial function in movement has completely changed my perspective of how we garner energy and power to control our movements.

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