Graduate School Apprenticeship (2 years)

The 2-year 12 unit coursework includes the 7 equipment-based workshops (3 days) previously described plus 5 other weekends. The program opens with:

Functional / Relational Anatomy
A review of the skeletal and muscular systems and their integral relationship.
It discusses the nature of bones and soft tissues: joint characteristics, structural alignment, origin/insertion and line-of-pull of muscles, action and function. It provides a context for observing posture, movement and performance. It exposes students to body mapping, anatomical language, structural constellations and clear concise function. (3 days)

Each academic year ends with a series of lectures called Theory and Practice I and II:

Theory and Practice I
Theory and Practice I defines the deep “core” centering provided by intrinsic organization and is described in detail. The course work discusses the art of teaching and the principles underlying the Pilates Method as viewed from the standpoint of functional anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology. Also addresses client interaction, decorum, assessment protocols and modalities to promote learning. A “blueprint for the highly functional human body” is outlined. (3 days each).

Theory and Practice II
Theory and Practice II provides expanded information in the form of guest lectures by medical professionals and academics as well as additional and required readings. Common problems, anomalies and pathologies are identified along with strategies to address them using Pilates equipment and exercises.

Public/ Privates
Coursework is accompanied by 2 weekends of structured observations in the Public/ Private format. Individual private sessions conducted by seasoned professionals are observed for the fine-points of effective teaching and client/ instructor relationship.

Academic and practical testing is rigorous in a supportive atmosphere. There is an extensive gross anatomy test along with written essays, research papers, lesson plans, and practicum’s. Private lessons are required for personal growth and the embodiment of principles and theories.

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