KAREN H. CARLSON / TEACHER-TRAINING WORKSHOPS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

5 Function-based Workshops (1 day)

The 5 function-based workshops are designed to promote a deeper understanding of how to teach fluid, efficient and refined human function.

The syllabus includes:
   Osteology: the identification of structures (size, shape, location, articular surfaces)
   Myology: the identification of muscles (size, shape, location, origin-insertion, line-pull)
   Joint Play/ ROM: joint characteristics, position & alignment, planes of movement
   Mobilization/ Action: recruitment patterns, synergistic pairs, functional slings
   Stabilization/ Integration: recruitment patterns, synergists, assisters
   Rhythms: sophisticated collaborations that allow for the greatest access to space

7 Equipment-based Workshops (2-3 days)

The 7 equipment-based workshops are designed to be an encyclopedic listing of exercise vocabularies associated with each apparatus supported with demonstration of the skill-building exercises essential to achieve and perform full classical form and advanced variations. Specifics of machine set-up, body position and orientation, and detailed movement analyses are discussed. Movement is analyzed from its initiation to intention & direction of action, to resolution followed by the return and conclusion.

The syllabus includes:

FOUNDATIONS & FUNDAMENTALS

Elemental Pre-Pilates exercises that develop the skills required to perform the classical mat regimen with safety and accuracy (3 days). Includes useful exercises for observation and assessment and a review of the 9 Pilates Principles. The foundations of it all.

MAT

Pilates Mat forms, the beauty of the basic regimen in a recounting of classical mat forms and expanded variations to challenge the accomplished practitioner (open kinetic chain), (2 days). Additional (1 day) pedagogy for construction of Group Mat for distinct populations and levels.

REFORMER

Universal Reformer forms, variations and uses (3 days). A new look at tradition and the use of the reformer as a diagnostic tool for structural and functional problems (closed kinetic chain). Expanded and evolved forms are also included.

BARRELS

Large/ Ladderback, Step/ Humpback, and Half Barrel forms (3days). A broad overview of shared forms in the Barrel System as well as exercises and features particular to each piece of equipment.

CHAIRS

Highback/ Electric and Backless/ Wunda Chair exercise forms, variations, and uses (2 days). A comprehensive look at these related but not identical pieces with exercises unique to each. Classical and evolved vocabulary plus the specific vocabulary for the Arm Chair may be included upon request (1 day).

CADILLAC

Trapeze Table forms, variations and uses (3 days). Benefits for corrective exercise and performance enhancement including specialty forms for dance. Classical vocabulary and evolved forms are both deconstructed and integrated into fluid movement.

SMALL APPARATUS Exposure to the often-underutilized small apparatus including the Magic Circle, Foot Corrector, Wobble Board, Rotation Discs (arms, legs, spine), Poles, Springs (now Theraband), and Foam Rollers (3 days).