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How to teach movement skills with Gabriele Wulf and Rebecca Lewthwaite

By | Motor learning, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD in kinesiology (what in Australia we call exercise science or human movement) from UCLA. She is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and an adjunct faculty member in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).

Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of confidence and autonomy support in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke. As an investigator in the recent ICARE clinical trial in stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lewthwaite co-designed with Carolee Winstein the investigational Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) around skill acquisition principles common to OPTIMAL theory. She was an intercollegiate athlete in two sports and a coach on a national championship softball team at UCLA. She and Gaby Wulf co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.

Dr. Gabriele Wulf is a sport scientist with PhDs from the German Sports University in Cologne and the University of Munich. She is a UNLV Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Dr. Wulf has conducted research in motor learning for more than 30 years. She studies factors that influence the learning of motor skills, including attentional focus and motivational variables. She has published approximately 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, both of which I have read, and they are both excellent!

Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and given the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Distinguished Scholar Award. She has served as President of NASPSPA and the Founding Editor of two journals in the movement sciences. Dr. Wulf has given keynote addresses to national and international societies in movement science and physical therapy. She and Rebecca Lewthwaite co-authored the OPTIMAL theory of motor performance and learning.

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Pelvic Instability – Not A Thing

By | biomechanics, Biopsychosocial care, Injury prevention, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

Read the Research:

Relaxin levels during pregnancy are not related to pelvic pain

  1. Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and its relationship with relaxin levels during pregnancy: a systematic review (Aldabe et al., 2012)
  2. Association between the serum levels of relaxin and responses to the active straight leg raise test in pregnancy (Vøllestad et al., 2012)

The sacroiliac joint basically doesn’t move – even in people with diagnosed “pelvic instability”

  1. Movement of the sacroiliac joint during the Active Straight Leg Raise test in patients with long-lasting severe sacroiliac joint pain (Kibsgård et al., 2017)
  2. A radiostereometric analysis of movements of the sacroiliac joints during the standing hip flexion test (Sturesson et al., 2000)

Pregnancy is characterised by widespread tissue hypersensitivity

  1. Pregnancy is characterized by widespread deep-tissue hypersensitivity independent of lumbopelvic pain intensity, a facilitated response to manual orthopedic tests, and poorer self-reported health (Palsson et al., 2015)

You can’t palpate movement of the pelvic joints (even if you think you can)

  1. Manual palpation of lumbo-pelvic landmarks: a validity study (Kilby et al., 2012)
  2. Inter-examiner reliability of four static palpation tests used for assessing pelvic dysfunction (Holmgren et al, 2008)
  3. Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 1: reliability (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(a)
  4. Clinical tests of the sacroiliac joint: a systematic methodological review. Part 2: validity (van der Wurff et al., 2000)(b)

The biggest predictor of recovery from pelvic pain is – belief that you will recover

  1. Prognostic factors for recovery from postpartum pelvic girdle pain (Vøllestad et al., 2009)

Breathe, move, and have some fun with Blossom Leilani Crawford

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Blossom Leilani Crawford was originally trained by Kathy Grant, one of Joseph Pilates’ personal students. Later, Blossom was also certified by Romana Kryzanowska. She is currently the principal at Bridge Pilates, NY as well as a prolific contributor to Pilates Anytime and Pilatesology.

 

In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground, including historical reflections and insights, thoughts on the evolution of Pilates and most importantly a powerful message of hope: What we do is not rocket science, just get people moving fearlessly.

Blossom is on tour in Sydney, Australia in late August 2018. Details from Pilates On Tour Sydney

 

 

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Is it time to let go of our obsession with anatomy?

By | biomechanics, Pilates teaching, Rehabilitation & Pain science

I was inspired to write this by Jenna Zaffino’s story in episode 52 of Pilates Unfiltered – I don’t want to put words in Jenna’s mouth so you should listen to the episode after reading this if you’re interested to understand her point of view.

As movement teachers – Pilates professionals, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists – for years we have operated on the assumption that understanding anatomy, physiology and biomechanics are foundational to being an effective practitioner and teacher.

I think this assumption is wrong. You don’t need to know anything about anatomy, physiology OR biomechanics to effectively teach Pilates or help people rehabilitate.

Yep. Anatomy is not important when teaching Pilates. In fact, I think it gets in the way of good teaching.

I will even go so far as to say, you don’t need to know ANY anatomy, physiology or biomechanics in order to be a great teacher and practitioner. The less the better.

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Learning from the greats with Kristi Cooper

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

 

Kristi Cooper is the co-founder of Pilates Anytime, the world’s most popular online Pilates classroom that is bringing Pilates to a new, wider audience and making it possible for any Pilates instructor to learn from the greats in our industry.

In this conversation, Kristi talks about the genesis of Pilates Anytime, and it’s evolution to her current vision. We also talk about where online learning and online practice sits in the Pilates world, and what she has learned about teaching and coaching from working with many of the greatest teachers in the Pilates universe.

Kristi is also a key figure in the Pilates Legacy Project.

Mastering the language of Contrology with Benjamin Degenhardt

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

Benjamin Degenhardt http://benjamindegenhardt.com is a luminary in the Pilates world. He is an acclaimed teacher, presenter, and the founder of 360° Pilates, a truly innovative immersive education program combining live with online learning.

Benjamin has deeply researched Joseph’s ideas through his writings, marketing material, letters, and archival footage, and he has some great insights and powerful ways of bringing Joseph’s work to life.

I think you’ll enjoy and learn from his perspectives. I certainly did!

How to program and teach like Courtney Miller

By | Pilates teaching

Courtney Miller is a shining light in the international Pilates world. She is a prolific contributor to Pilates Anytime, Instagram, and Facebook. Her signature style is a dynamic fusion of Pilates with dance and fitness movements.

In this episode, Courtney deconstructs her process for programming a class based on sequences of 3-5 exercises; her cueing method and how she accesses endless creativity to come up with all those flowing sequences.

What it was like to work with Ron Fletcher, with Jenna Zaffino

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching

What was it like to work with Ron Fletcher, one of Joseph Pilates’ original students? Jenna shares her experiences, insights and surprising stories Ron told her about his experiences working with Joseph and Clara. There are some GOLD teaching tips in there.

Jenna also shares her thoughts on the shift happening in Pilates.

Jenna’s podcast Pilates Unfiltered is the industry’s leading platform for sharing ideas. If you haven’t listened to it yet you’ve been missing out like crazy! She is also a prolific blogger and coach.

How to ROCK your Pilates business with Lesley Logan

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching | No Comments

Through her business Profitable Pilates, and through her book Profitable Pilates: Everything but the exercises Lesley Logan has helped thousands of Pilates instructors reach their financial goals and achieve work-life balance.

Lesley is a regular blogger, podcast guest, and Pilates Anytime presenter – in short, she is a key person of influence in the Pilates industry. Despite all this, she is incredibly down-to-earth and generous with her knowledge.

Lesley shares how to know your limits and set boundaries, how to communicate the benefits of your service, how to set and communicate clear policies and much more on how to succeed as a Pilates instructor or business owner.

https://www.facebook.com/profitablepilates

What employers look for in a Pilates instructor with Joshua Norris Ongso

By | Business, Pilates teaching | No Comments

Josh Norris-Ongso is a classically trained dancer, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. He founded S3 World in Melbourne and created his own style of Barre training based on his years as a ballet dancer and his biomechanical understanding from physiotherapy.

Josh now runs two busy studio-clinics, where he employs over 15 people. He shares his insights into what employers look for in a team member, and how to make yourself irresistible and irreplaceable as an instructor.

https://www.facebook.com/s3barre/

How to be as awesome as John Garey

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John Garey is a household name in the Pilates industry. He is a STOTT PILATES Master Instructor Trainer, founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates, and the dynamo behind John Garey TV.

John’s energetic, warm and engaging style of teaching and his incredible popularity are the stuff of legend. John shares his strategies for teaching a great class and always showing up as your best self.

https://www.facebook.com/johngareytv/

Shifting beliefs with Anula Maiberg

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Anula Maiburg of Sixth Street Pilates NY is renowned as an original thinker, iconoclast, jumpsuit wearer and radical agent of change in the Pilates world. Her accolades include the cover of Pilates Style magazine, presenting on Pilates Anytime and several spots on the Pilates Unfiltered podcast.

Anula talks about the state of the industry, finding your way as a teacher and what it’s all for. Not to be missed!

https://www.facebook.com/anula.maiberg

How to nurture yourself with Jenna Zaffino

By | Business, Pilates industry, Pilates teaching | No Comments

After selling her studio in Chicago, Jenna Zaffino, aka the Pilates Unicorn, is focussed on serving, and changing the industry through her Pilates Unfiltered podcast, which at the time of recording this interview had over 100,000 downloads and counting.

Jenna has interviewed the who’s who of Pilates and has instigated the conversations we as an industry need to have, but usually shy away from. She manages all this with a firm, light touch that inspires and energises.

Jenna shares her personal story and her mission to help the industry as well as her thoughts on finding work-life balance, making time to nurture yourself and find your true purpose as an instructor.

https://www.facebook.com/pilatesunfiltered/

How to not fix people with James Crader

By | Pilates industry, Pilates teaching | No Comments

Through his business Evolved Body Studio in Sacramento USA and his blog ProjectMoveU, James Crader is challenging and evolving the Pilates industry away from ‘fixing’ people towards empowering people to move happily and freely.

James shares his thoughts on the evolution of Pilates, the purpose of it all and how he expanded his perspective to a much broader understanding of movement, teaching and fulfilment.

https://www.facebook.com/james.crader

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