This series of 4 introductory workshops will expand your knowledge and prepare you for the Essential Matwork course.
Are you interested in training but not sure if you’re ready to apply for the full year course? Then this is for you.
Improve your understanding of the body and how it works
Extend your personal practice
Expand your knowledge of the technique
Understand the exercises in more detail
We will introduce you to the principals and fundamentals that the technique is built upon and you will gain an insight into what makes a good Pilates teacher
Week One: Pilates Then and Now
Learn the real history of the Pilates Method, see how it has evolved over the generations, and how we have adapted our exercises due to better understanding of the body. Looking at several key exercises in detail we will review the concept of flat back, imprint and neutral in relation to teaching Pilates today.
Week Two: Centre and alignment.
Much of our method concentrates on the use of the centre. Our aim is to provide a stable centre from which all movements can flow and is essential in improving posture, technique and can help in injury prevention. Alignment is the key to what makes Pilates so different from other exercise techniques; it is the precise manner in which it is performed that makes it so effective. Good placement of the body whilst exercising ensures control and isolation of the working muscles, economy of effort and reduction of tension.
Week Three: Posture and Stability.
The aim of every Pilates session should be to improve Posture and Stability. Attaining good posture is a slow process but one which has many benefits, improving posture is not as simple as aligning our skeleton we have to maintain this whilst our bodies perform the many complex movements of everyday life. In Pilates all movements must come from a strong supported centre, we will look at the concept of stability to help us achieve this fine tuning of muscles to support our movements
Week 4: Sequential spinal and whole body movement.
Our goal in Pilates is to achieve precise controlled movement, by focusing on sequential spinal movement we aim to improve overall flexibility and joint health. Pilates was designed as series of exercises that flowed seamlessly one into the next to create a whole body movement system, integrating the mind and body. To achieve this you have to perform the movements with all the Pilates principles in mind.