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  • 3-Day Pilates for Neurological Conditions Course

    Want to delve deeply into working with neurological conditions? This acclaimed course covers the multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and stroke disease processes in depth, as well as issues common to many neurological diseases, including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity and rigidity, bladder problems, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in exercise. You will learn how to assess causes of balance problems, work with single side weakness to create better muscle balance, diagnose ineffective compensations and help remedy them, the importance of how and when to stretch to manage spasticity, and techniques to create “detour circuitry” in the brain and spinal cord to work around existing nervous system damage, and much more. Since the course covers so many problems common to the average student, you will have tools to work with students of nearly every population, especially the aging, and those with neurological conditions or muscle imbalances. Pilates for Neurological Conditions is offered as a 3-day training, recognized with 16 CECs (continuing education credits) from the Pilates Method Alliance. It is also core curriculum for the Women’s Health Pilates Specialist Certificate™ through the Center for Women’s Fitness, and the course is also offered in Europe through MBodies Training Academy. A companion 300+ page reference textbook with hundreds of exercises is available for purchase separately (the same book used in the course). The price you pay for the book is credited in its entirety (less shipping and handling) to your course fee if you can take a course in the future (United States only). The course is grant assisted in the United Kingdom by the UK MS Society. Co-hosted workshops are currently in the works with the National MS Society of the United States. The course is also given grant funding by the South Central MS Society (for teachers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana). To learn more about a scholarship, email mary.deschler@nmss.org.

    Upcoming 3-Day Courses

    EVERYWHERE, ONLINE! Email for details

    FONTHILL, ONTARIO – June 2-4, 2017. Register here under workshops.

    COLUMBUS, OH – July 21-23. Register here under workshops.

    LAFAYETTE/OAKLAND, CA – June 23-25, 2017. Register here under workshops.

    MIAMI, FL – Sept. 15-17. Register here under workshops.

    HOUSTON, TX – Sept. 22-24. Register here under workshops.

    HOBOKEN, NJ – Sept. 23-24. Register here under workshops.

    LOUISVILLE, KY – Nov. 3-5. Register here under workshops.

    DENVER, CO – Jan. 19-21, 2018. Register here under workshops.

    Want more information or to host a course? Click here to email us. To find a course in Europevisit MBodies Training Academy.

    Other Upcoming Courses

    WASHINGTON, DC - Mar. 11 – Understanding Exercise for Stroke – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Understanding Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease – 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Register here under workshops. 

    2-Day Exercise for Neurological Conditions Course

    A 2-day mat and small apparatus course is also available for physical therapists and fitness and Pilates professionals who don’t use Pilates apparatus (like the reformer and Cadillac) with their instruction. This version of the course is taught regularly in Europe through MBodies Training Academy. If you would like to host a 3-day course in the United States with an option for students to take it as a 2-day only, email us to discuss. Participants in the 2- and 3-day courses can earn the certificate of Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis, and will be listed on this website.

    5-Hour Introductory MS Workshop

    This workshop will cover the basic pathology of MS, its symptoms, and contraindications. Once you understand this often complicated disease, you will learn how to successfully design a Pilates program for this special population.  The focus will be on common problematic muscle groups and symptoms including balance difficulties, weakness, and gait abnormalities. Modified exercises on the mat,reformer, Cadillac and chair will be introduced as well as the keys to designing a program using Meghann’s 4 -oint programming formula. Additionally, we will explore the relationship of the myofascial connections and incorporate a useful set of muscle releases to increase proprioception, ultimately, empowering our clients to regain some control over their bodies and to alleviate aches and pains. 

    Neuroscience and Exercise (Available Online!)

    Pilates is considered mind-body exercise. But what does that really mean? In this enlightening workshop, Pilates teacher (and MS patient) Mariska Breland will take you through a basic understanding of the central nervous system, the role of sensory and motor systems to control and refine movement, the fascinating phenomenon of mirror neurons, brain maps, and the homunculus, and how our growing understanding of neuroplasticity is a game-changer for movement professionals and exercisers alike. Specific applications and exercises will be included for working with neurological conditions and brain injury, but the understanding of how to truly harness the power of the mind-body connection can improve the performance of any student or athlete. Take the class anytime on Pilates Anytime… anytime! Preview workshop chapters here. New to Pilates Anytime? Use discount code 644QAJ to get a 30 day free trial of the classes and tutorials. Workshops are $69 for members ($99 for non-members) Check out the workshop trailer below:

    Wobbly: A Balance Workshop

    Available Now On Pilates Anytime! Think balance training is just standing on a Bosu ball? Think again. Static and dynamic balance are an essential part of healthy movement for everyone from athletes to the elderly.

    This workshop that first explores our historical understanding of balance – from Vincent Van Gogh to World War II landing crafts and much more. 

    We overview neurological factors that impact balance, including the visual, proprioceptive, and vestibular systems, as well as the integration of those systems within the central nervous system. Additionally, the workshop will cover musculoskeletal causes of balance difficulties, including hip and ankle strength, stability, and flexibility. Click here to watch Chapter 1 free!

    Understanding Exercise for Stroke

    Learn how strokes happen, the different types, and how they affect people in both the short- and long-term. We’ll discuss exercise protocols for upper and lower body spasticity and weakness, balance problems, novel therapies for functional recovery, as well as specific exercises to address the most common symptoms. We’ll also “try it on” to gain and understanding of what some of the most common residual symptoms feel like to the stroke client who lives with them. The course is open to exercise professionals (exercises won’t be Pilates-only), as well as caregivers and stroke survivors.

    Understanding Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

    Understand the types of Parkinson’s disease, the underlying cause, and how exercise can help. We will talk about common and new therapies and how exercise ranging from Pilates to dance can help maintain and recover function. We will discuss gait issues, balance, and more. The course is open to exercise professionals (exercises won’t be Pilates-only), as well as caregivers and persons with Parkinson’s disease.