For Greater Wellbeing

Upper Cervical Spine

Description

​In the Cervical Spine Mechanics and Protocols workshop we point out the difference between the upper cervical spine and the rest of the neck. In this workshop, we delve deeper into how the upper cervical spine works and look at specific issues that relate to and often originate in the top vertebrae of the neck, including dizziness and headache.

You may be surprised to learn that some headaches actually originate in the upper cervical spine. Dizziness may also involve the upper neck. In many cases, these issues suggest changes in cervical proprioception. In almost all cases, there is a need for more stability from our deep neck flexors—the “core” of the neck.

Putting all these factors together is the focus of this workshop and in the process we learn some new and specific ways to help people with neck, and particularly upper neck, issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand your understanding of upper cervical spine anatomy, especially the deep neck flexors
  • Explore the role of the cervical spine in dizziness and headache
  • Learn specific exercises that condition the neck "core” to add stability
  • Develop strategies to improve cervical proprioception

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

Nov 5 (Toronto): 1–4pm

 

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Mapping Your Muscles

Description

This workshop is all about creating a 3D visual map of where muscles are on a a real body-where they attach, what their shapes are and how they contour the body. In addition, we will review the direction of muscle fibres and how important this is to understanding how muscles move us.

A great next step after Anatomy in Motion and an invaluable building block for intermediate and advanced level Continuing Education workshops.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how to visualize key muscles in three dimensions
  • Understand how muscles move the body based on location, origin and insertion points, and direction of fibres
  • Apply anatomical theory to movement and guided observation

CECs | Level

6 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Post Rehab Protocols: Shoulder

Description

This workshop is part of a rehab protocol series for the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex. A detailed review of the shoulder girdle anatomy sets the stage for understanding dynamic stability of the upper limb and torso. We look at each joint and muscle in the shoulder blade, collar bone and arm bone, and their contribution to scapulohumeral rhythm, the coordinated movement of all three parts of the shoulder complex. We then apply this information to movement impairments of the scapula and humerus, as well as common conditions of the shoulder complex, and create a plan of action using Pilates-based exercises and more to restore optimal function and movement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a systematic and in-depth understanding of the upper limb

  • Learn both methodical and creative ways to approach movement impairments in the shoulder complex
  • Explore a variety of exercises that go beyond the Pilates repertoire, and push the envelope in terms of restoring optimal function and movement

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Materials: $40
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Post Rehab Protocols: Hip and Knee

Description

This workshop is part of a rehab protocol series for the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex. Starting with a review of the hip and knee anatomy, as well as all the muscles that wind around the pelvis, thigh and hip, we move on to which muscles are local and global, and how to apply this information to a movement and rehab strategy. From there, we consider subjective and objective evaluations of all the compartments of the lower limb. A major focus is sit to stand and gait—two main functions of the hip and knee. We consider how to assess these key functions and what to do to improve their execution. We also spend time on functional movement in general and common conditions of the lower limb—pelvis, hip and knee—as well as Sahrmann’s 11 movement impairments of the pelvis and hips. We conclude with a plan of action to restore optimal function and movement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a systematic and in-depth understanding of the lower limb

  • Learn both methodical and creative ways to approach movement impairments in the pelvis, hip and knee
  • Explore a variety of exercises that go beyond the Pilates repertoire, and push the envelope in terms of restoring optimal function and movement

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Materials: $40
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

October 13-14 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Barrels Repertoire

Description

The three Pilates Barrels (Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Baby Arc/Hippo) are uniquely designed to improve stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises. The Barrels are different from the other major pieces of Pilates equipment - there are no moving parts or springs. In addition, bodies have to adapt and move to accommodate the contour of each barrel and in this way, this trio of equipment can be considered the most challenging of all.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the complete Barrels repertoire (Ladder, Spine Corrector, Baby Arc)
  • Learn modifications and variations
  • Learn safe and effective ways to integrate barrels into exercise sessions or group classes

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Professional Mentorship

Description

Once you successfully complete BODY HARMONICS Pilates Comprehensive Track, we offer mentorship opportunities for individuals and small groups.

The purpose of our Professional Mentorship is to help you at any stage of your Pilates career. If you are a new teacher, this may mean refining your technical skills, learning how to set up your schedule, navigating sales and marketing, or learning how to manage client needs and expectations. If you are an experienced teacher, the program is shaped by a current or new direction in your career, and specific needs you have identified as challenges to your success. Regardless of where you fall on the professional continuum, Professional Mentorship supports you and helps you grow in ways you aspire.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a sophisticated and signature style for class design based on progressive steps and optimal function at all major joints of the bod
  • Refine your cueing techniques to make every word you say meaningful and relevant
  • Deepen your observation skills so you can see what a body needs and make educated exercise choices 

If you are interested in Professional Mentorship, please contact our Teacher Advisor at teacheradvisor@bodyharmonics.com. This program is offered throughout the year.

CECs | Level

1 hour = 1 CEC | All Levels

Fees

Dates

No scheduled course dates at this time.

 

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Palpation for Pilates

Description

The verb palpate is defined as “to examine by touch, especially for the purpose of diagnosing disease or illness”. While not in the business of diagnosing, as Pilates and movement educators, we can use palpation to greatly enhance our clients’ experience during exercise.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to feel for joint movement and muscle activation
  • Determine when and why to use palpation with your clients
  • Explore ways to apply palpation techniques in both one-on-one and group class settings

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

August 11 (Toronto): 1-4pm

 

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Neurophysiology 201

Description

This workshop springboards from Neurophysiology 101 where knowledge of the inner workings of the human nervous system is applied to specialized populations such as spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

This workshop will provide knowledge about what happens to the nervous system when things go wrong and how this affects movement. You will learn how to design exercise programs that target these special populations to enhance their movement potential.

Prerequisite: Neurophysiology 101

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of the neurophysiology with respect to neurological impairments, such as spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Learn different cuing techniques (both verbal and nonverbal) to effect change in the movement patterns for individuals with neurological impairments
  • Learn how to design exercise programs for individuals with neurological impairments

CECs | Level

6

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

No scheduled course dates at this time.

 

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Rotator Cuff Reconditioning

Description

The rotator cuff in the shoulder is one of the most common sites for injury. These injuries result in shoulder pain, impaired movement, and the overall reduction in quality of life. At some point, active therapy has to play a role in the reconditioning process for the rotator cuff. We will explore what to do, how to do it and when.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take an in-depth tour of the rotator cuff anatomy
  • Learn how to assess dysfunction of the rotator cuff
  • Learn specific exercises to help rehabilitate both the rotator cuff muscles and the shoulder girdle

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

November 5 (Toronto): 5-8pm

 

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Towards a Healthy Pelvic Floor

Description

The pelvic floor health proves to be a huge factor in everything, from SI joint and back pain to pelvic and hip issues of all sorts. Join us in this workshop to demystify the layers of muscle and fascia that comprise the pelvic floor, and to review its functional relationship to the rest of the body. You will leave with a clear understanding of the pelvic floor's supportive role and a set of the best practices to condition this area of the body.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn anatomy of the pelvic floor
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of how the pelvic floor works in relation to the rest of the deep core support system of the body
  • Learn specific exercises and how to assess which ones to use, when and with whom

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Racquet Sports Mechanics and Protocols

Description

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CECs | Level

3

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Pain 101

Description

Chronic pain is challenging and complex, and is a common reason why clients try Pilates. This workshop focuses on the key role the nervous system plays in pain. Understanding of neuroplasticity and the 'brain in pain' will guide our discussion about strategies for working with clients who have pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn new considerations in the continuum of the pain cycle
  • Determine how movement and exercise affect pain
  • Explore how to assess your movement and exercise choices for clients living with pain

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Springboard Repertoire

Description

The Springboard is an incredibly efficient machine that creates an unmatched oppositional balance of tension throughout the body. At our BODY HARMONICS studios, the Springboard quickly became the machine of choice for targeting hips and shoulders, so they become integrated with the core. Join this fun and invigorating repertoire workshop to learn a variety of Springboard exercises for all levels.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to use the Springboard for key mobility, stability, strength and balance outcomes
  • Practice a variety of Springboard exercises and learn key concepts for effective application with diverse populations
  • Determine best practices when designing group classes using the Springboard

CECs | Level

15 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $720
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Fascial Training for Balanced Strength

Description

Fascia is the one uniting tissue of the body. It is basically everything that isn’t a cell. It connects every cell in the body and all cells to the mechanical environment. It also distributes force and provides support. As such, fascia is now being referred to as our organ of support. Tensegrity is the type of support it facilitates. In this workshop, we look at movement principles necessary to establish and maintain tensegrity specifically within a Pilates-based context.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take a tour of the fascial system in the body
  • Learn subtle ways to improve the elasticity and tensegrity of fascia
  • Learn how to incorporate these principles into client sessions

CECs | Level

4 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $160
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

November 4 (Toronto): 1-5pm

 

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Ultimate Reformer: Repertoire + Jumpboard

Description

Take your Reformer classes to the next level! After reviewing the intermediate and advanced Pilates Reformer Repertoire, you will learn how to refine movements and add challenge to the exercises your clients already love. We will also incorporate the Jumpboard for a cardio element. You will leave with tons of ideas to help you reignite your clients' passion for the Reformer. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and practice the intermediate and advanced Pilates reformer repertoire
  • Determine value of these exercises for both athletic and rehab contexts
  • Learn the jumpboard sequences to infuse a cardio component into your reformer one-one-one sessions and group classes

Recommended resources: Body Harmonics Reformer Foundations, Intermediate and Advanced manuals

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Hip Replacements

Description

Hip replacement is the most common orthopedic operation nowadays, and with an aging population, this trend is certain to continue. As movement educators, we can play an integral role in both pre-hab and rehab phases with people in need of and recovering from a hip replacement surgery. Open to teachers of all levels, this workshop clarifies what a hip replacement is, when it is recommended, and the issues associated with a hip replacement surgery. In addition, we will look at a variety of highly recommended exercises and movement techniques for people in hip replacement pre-hab and rehab.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about a hip replacement: who qualifies for it, what the surgery entails, and what projected outcomes are
  • Learn how to intervene in the prehab stage of a hip replacement surgery
  • Learn how to help someone recover and restore function post-surgery

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Teens on the Move

Description

Teens are a special breed indeed! Chatty, loosey-goosey and self-conscious, they need teachers with a special skill set to make Pilates relevant, fun and safe for them. In this workshop, you learn to navigate both physical and emotional challenges that this group faces in the Pilates context. You also open the door to an entire population who are terribly under-served when it comes to movement and exercise that makes sense for the maturing body and mind.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to approach movement and exercise from the perspective of a teen
  • Determine key factors and considerations when designing classes for teens
  • Discuss how to design classes specially geared towards teens

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Swimming Mechanics and Protocols

Description

In this workshop, we will explore the body mechanics specific to swimming, and the ensuing movement impairments that tend to surface for swimmers. The spine, hips and shoulder girdle will be emphasized as we review what the swimmer needs to succeed, and how Pilates-based conditioning can make a difference both short and long term.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the major objectives for cross training for swimmers
  • Understand the primary injuries experienced by swimmers and how Pilates-based cross training can help
  • Learn exercises to enhance a swimmer’s performance while reducing risk of injury

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Ultimate Mat: Repertoire Plus

Description

If you are a Pilates teacher who has worked with the Mat Work repertoire for a while, are comfortable with creating progressive sequences, and feel ready to take your practice to the next level, this workshop is for you. We start with the intermediate and advanced Classical Repertoire and explore ways to make these exercises effective for the average person. We will determine ways to make the Classics challenging yet functional, and feeling new every time, so that your participants leave invigorated and tension-free.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and expand your knowledge of the Pilates classical mat repertoire
  • Learn how to use intermediate and advanced Pilates classical mat exercises for therapeutic outcomes
  • Practice the intermediate and advanced Pilates classical mat repertoire for refinement and movement integration

Recommended resources: Body Harmonics Mat Foundations and Mat Classics & Innovations manuals

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Advanced Postural Analysis

Description

In this workshop, we trace the origins of our postural patterns back to the womb. We will closely holding patterns in the body that impact many of the common complaints, as well as postural misalignments we often observe. You will leave with new perspectives on what creates postural imbalances, and how to manage them effectively to promote structural changes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand your understanding and observational skills of universal postural patterns
  • Learn specific postural deviations at every major joint in the body
  • Apply exercise protocols to address both universal and specific postural deviations

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

December 9-10 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Kids on the Move

Description

Learn how to build meaningful movement classes for kids 2-12 years old, and instill healthy movement and exercise habits in a fun, creative and developmentally appropriate way. This workshop is useful for parents, teachers and movement professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the secrets to working with kids in the movement context
  • Learn how to turn chaos into meaningful and playful movement re-education
  • Observe and analyse a “kid-friendly” class 
  • Learn about your legal responsibilities when working with kids

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Seniors on the Move

Description

In this workshop we investigate key considerations for seniors and exercise: types of conditions that affect musculoskeletal health with age, issues related to dexterity, and, certainly, balance training. You will leave with actual class plans that are engaging, fun, safe and well-rounded.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a clear framework of what seniors need and expect from exercise
  • Learn the do’s and dont's when it comes to exercise protocols for seniors
  • Learn functional exercises and innovative ways to plan classes that meet the needs of people as they age

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

TBD:

 

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Teacher Training Tutorials

Description

Whether you are unable to commit to scheduled dates or simply prefer learning at your own pace, Teacher Training Tutorials are for you! They can be arranged any time of the year, and the schedule is tailored to your needs.

Teacher Training Tutorials are also an option if you would like to bridge your existing Pilates diploma from another school to a Body Harmonics equivalent. 

Pilates teachers-in-training who miss an hour or more during their module must make up the missed hours in a tutorial. Regular tutorial fees apply. The missed hours should be completed prior to rejoining the group. 

In a tutorial, the same content is normally covered in about two-thirds of the regularly schedule time. Your tutorial may take less or more than the estimated two thirds depending on your progress. Your final cost will be adjusted accordingly.

We require a 50% deposit once the tutorial is booked. The remaining balance is due once it's completed. 

The tutorial cancellation timelines are minimum 24 hours for a 1-4 hour tutorial, minimum 48 hours for a 5 - 10 hour tutorial, and minimum one business week for an 11 and more hour tutorial. Otherwise, regular charges apply.

To book a Teacher Training Tutorial, contact our teacher advisor at 1.877.537.0714 ext. 63 or teacheradvisor@bodyharmonics.com.

CECs | Level

Fees

1 person: $95 per hour
2 people: $80 per hour per person
3 people (maximum): $65 per hour per person
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Sacroiliac Joint: The Critical, Functional Link

Description

Optimal functioning of the sacroiliac joint is essential for a happy back, hips and knees. Learn techniques to understand how the SI joint is functioning in your clients, along with exercise progressions to address common issues of hypermobility, hypomobility and pelvic imbalances.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the sacroiliac joint functions
  • Learn why the sacroiliac joint is such a critical link in the centre of the body
  • Experience key exercises to optimize the functioning of the sacroiliac joint

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

June 9 (Guelph): 1-7pm

November 3 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Running Mechanics and Protocols

Description

This workshop reviews efficient and inefficient running techniques and their effects on stride, endurance and injury prevention. You will leave with simple techniques and exercise sequences that will allow you to effectively address the challenges your clients face as they hit the pavement. Your running clients will run taller and stronger, with a stride that is longer and more fluid.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of different running techniques so you are able to assess what works for and against your running clients
  • Learn to observe efficient and inefficient technique
  • Experience exercises designed to restore fluidity, grace and power to the runner’s stride

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Golf Mechanics and Protocols

Description

Rotary motion in the body is key to a powerful golf swing. In this workshop, you will learn to analyse the static and dynamic phases of the golf swing, and how to address each with targeted exercises that are easy to do even on a golf course. The key is balancing the regions of the spine with the hips for better torque.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of a golf swing
  • Discover key components of an effective golf swing and how human movement is critical to the process
  • Learn specific and targeted exercises to improve power and grace in a person’s golf swing

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Mind-Body Exercise for Men

Description

In this workshop, you will look at key ways to communicate with male clients, so a mind-body approach to exercise makes sense and feels impactful to them. We will zero in on exercise sequences that draw men’s attention and relate to sports and other activities men love participating in. Whether they are weekend warriors, true athletes, or back pain sufferers, men have been underrepresented in our classes for too long, missing out on the profound benefits of connecting the mind to the body. We also look at some of the typical physical challenges men face in female-dominated classes and trace these to biomechanical characteristics unique to men.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to communicate effectively with men in the Pilates/exercise context for optimal results
  • Learn about the unique structure of the male body that makes certain positions, movements and exercises frustrating and difficult for men
  • Learn how to design a class to target men, their expectations, strength, flexibility and postural needs

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Post Rehab Protocols: Spine

Description

This workshop is part of a rehab protocol series for the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex. We take an in-depth look at the structure of the spine and all the muscles that segmentally support, control, and move the different spinal regions. We focus on functional movement in the spine, as well as the role and contribution of the local and global muscle systems throughout the body. We explore 12 features of imbalanced activity in the local and global systems, and what to do in a movement context to restore balance between the systems. We conclude by applying all this information to common spinal dysfunction and pain and posture patterns, and creating a plan of action to move towards optimal function and movement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a systematic and in-depth understanding of the spine
  • Learn both methodical and creative ways to approach movement impairments in the spine

  • Explore a variety of exercises that go beyond the Pilates repertoire, and push the envelope in terms of restoring optimal function and movement

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Materials: $40
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

May 12-13 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Movement and Exercise for Pregnancy

Description

This workshop combines the latest research on pregnancy and exercise. You will learn about the physiological changes that pregnant women experience and how to support them with a Pilates-based conditioning program. The how to’s of modifying Pilates for the specific needs of pregnant women will be our major focus, and you will leave with a clear understanding of what to do at each stage of pregnancy. Special attention is paid to the birthing muscles, common complaints, and contraindications. You will leave with the confidence to teach women at every stage of pregnancy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the female body during pregnancy: changes, considerations for movement and exercise, and contraindications
  • Learn how to make Pilates-based exercise safe and effective for pregnant women
  • Learn specific exercises to address the unique needs of women during and after pregnancy

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Materials: $79.95
Shipping (for affiliate locations): current Canada Post rates
Tax: 13% HST

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Ethical and Conscious Touch

Description

Expert touch and hands-on feedback is a defining feature of a sophisticated teacher of movement in any of the somatic fields. Learn to “listen with your hands” so feedback becomes two-directional. Gain experience observing and assessing opportunity for meaningful and assistive touch. Become sensitized to how a body yields and awakens with hands-on feedback and guidance.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how touch affects how a person moves
  • Learn to use your hands in a variety of ways for effective movement outcomes
  • Learn to analyse your use of touch to ensure its effectiveness

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

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Unlock the Mighty and Mysterious Psoas

Description

Central to the body, the psoas is considered by many to be the muscle of integration between the legs, pelvis and spine. In this workshop, we will explore how the psoas affects posture and alignment, and how it acts as antagonist unto itself. You will learn how to work with this elusive muscle to help restore optimal function from the centre of the body outwards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics of the psoas
  • Learn how the psoas functions in relation to other muscles to create balance and integration
  • Learn the major functions of the psoas
  • Practice and apply a plan of action to restore optimal function in the psoas

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

March 25 (Toronto): 1-7pm

November 26 (Guelph): 12-6pm

 

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Handedness and Scoliosis

Description

This workshop covers the characteristics of handedness and scoliosis patterns, and how they affect posture and muscle activation throughout the body. It also enables you to apply this knowledge towards determining effective exercise protocols. You will leave with fresh observation skills and a new paradigm of understanding the spinal mechanics and their influence on both structure and function.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to assess the handedness patterns and their effect on human movement
  • Learn to assess scoliotic patterns and their effect on human movement
  • Apply anterior/posterior balancing and asymmetrical conditioning to address muscular imbalances

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

October 28 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Myofascial Lines of Movement

Description

Drawing on the historic and contemporary frameworks of les chaines musculaires, Anatomy Trains, and GDS (Godelieve Denys Struyf), this workshop helps you navigate several different conceptions of myofascial lines in the body from a movement education perspective. Using Pilates-based exercises, we put these criss-cross lines of movement to work in order to optimize their functioning. The overall objective is to help teachers see systemic patterns for movement in the body, followed by a review of key exercises to target each one.

Recommended resource: Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the links and history of the myofascial lines and how they inform our current context
  • Learn to see the human body in terms of several different myofascial perspectives
  • Practice and apply moving along the myofascial lines from different schools
  • Compare and understand the differences between myofascial and locomotor lines of movement

CECs | Level

12 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Gait Analysis

Description

In this workshop, you learn to analyze our patterns of ambulation from our feet, up through the legs and hips, into the pelvis, and up the spine into shoulders. Based on the Spinal Engine theory, this workshop will help you see the gait mechanics as a whole body experience. Your power of observation and understanding of how movement is integrated as we walk will expand dramatically. You will leave with a completely new way of seeing bodies as people walk along, and with a repertoire of simple exercises that have profound and positive effects on a person’s gait mechanics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the gait mechanics and its impact on functional movement
  • Develop the skills to effectively observe the gait mechanics and identify dysfunctional patterns
  • Learn to make educated exercise choices to promote positive changes in the gait mechanics
  • Practice with a repertoire of exercises that positively affect gait mechanics

CECs | Level

6 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

October 29 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Postural Analysis

Description

This workshop is all about posture and postural patterns. We work interactively to look at posture from head to foot. You will learn how to observe postural patterns from several perspectives, and will take away key exercises to help improve a person’s structure at every major joint of the body. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a methodical approach to observing static postural patterns from a variety of perspectives
  • Observe your peers to see living examples of postural patterns and how they play out in real life
  • Learn a universally balanced protocol for posture re-patterning that has positive effects on both static posture and dynamic movement

CECs | Level

12 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 16-17 (Toronto): 1-7pm

April 21–22, 2018 (Vancouver): 10am–4pm

 

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Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

Description

The shoulder complex is exactly that - complex! In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we start with both visual and experiential reviews of the shoulder region to increase your skills of observation and assessment. You will learn to identify postural deviations, imbalances, and timing incongruities that are often the root of issues in the shoulder and neck area. We will practice simple exercises that help integrate the shoulder complex into torso for a better overall support and dynamic movement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and expand your understanding of structural anatomy of the shoulder complex
  • Understand how the different parts of the shoulder complex function together
  • Learn an exercise conditioning sequence for the shoulder complex to build optimal mechanics

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 10 (Toronto): 1-4pm

October 1 (Vancouver): 9am–12pm

 

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Foot and Ankle: The Body’s Spring System

Description

“Feet First” should be our motto! See the foot and ankle in 3-D. Develop a functional understanding of the foot and ankle movement mechanics for elastic rebound. Learn how the foot arches of the feet work optimally, and what the cause and effect are when they break down. We will also spend time learning to observe major postural deviations in the foot and ankle that lead to postural problems in the entire skeleton. Take away simple reconditioning exercises that produce profound results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn functional anatomy of the foot and ankle and their effect on the entire body
  • Develop observation skills to determine movement impairments in the foot and ankle
  • Learn a systematic approach for movement re-education in the foot and ankle to facilitate optimal function of the body's spring system

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

March 24 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Power and Balance for Hip and Knee

Description

Hip and knee are intimately connected in terms of movement mechanics, our sense of equilibrium, and, very often, movement impairments. In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we will use an array of visuals and exercises to address this area of the body. We will focus on how's and why's of integrating legs into pelvis and torso for optimal function.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and expand your understanding of the structural anatomy of the lower extremity including pelvis, hip and knee
  • Understand essential functional anatomy of the hip and knee
  • Learn an exercise conditioning sequence to build power and balance in the hip and knee

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 9 (Toronto): 5-8pm

September 30 (Vancouver): 1–4pm

 

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Breathing Mechanics and Protocols

Description

How we breathe affects everything we do. As an event it can be both unconscious and conscious. And, as one of the guiding principles of Pilates, breathing is integral to building bodies that move with ease and integrity. This workshop provides you with the biomechanics and physiological underpinnings of this vital process. Theory crosses over to experience as you explore several ways to breathe in order to enhance function of the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Throughout the day we will work interactively to interpret different faulty breathing patterns, understand how they affect movement and posture, and, ultimately, how to help reverse them for optimal function.

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigate how breathing works and learn what happens with every breath
  • Learn the biomechanics of the breath cycle; which muscles are involved, and how they work on inhalation and exhalation
  • Learn a sequence of exercises to help unlock the breath for improved function and posture

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

October 27 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Resistance Apparatus

Description

Apparatus: toning balls, Pilates circle, stretch bands

Use resistance apparatus in new ways that not only build strength, but also facilitate optimal range of motion in our joints. You will learn how and why resistance apparatus is important in the quest for a strong core and integrated support in hips, shoulders and upper torso. You will become equipped with conceptual and kinesthetic understanding that will empower you to deliver resistance exercises in a whole new way. You will also learn how to work from centre to periphery and vice versa to integrate both.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use resistance apparatus for positive strength outcomes without compromising joint mobility or flexibility
  • Learn a variety of exercises using toning balls, Pilates circle and stretch bands
  • Determine effective strategies for integrating resistance apparatus into one-on-one sessions and group classes

CECs | Level

6 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $240
Materials: $95
Shipping (for affiliate locations): current Canada Post rates
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

TBA:

 

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Balance Apparatus

Description

Apparatus: stability ball, foam roller, swivel discs

Simple, portable and versatile, each of these unique apparatus adds challenge and depth to classes and one-on-one sessions. Learn to re-balance and create both deep and superficial support in the hips, shoulders and upper torso. Build exercise sequences from simple to complex and from relatively stable to extremely unstable. Equipped with both conceptual and kinesthetic understanding, you will leave this workshop ready to teach core stability and balance training in a way that engages the body from every plane and direction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use balance apparatus for safe and effective outcomes
  • Learn exercises using a stability ball, foam roller and swivel discs
  • Experience the continuum that training with balance apparatus provides: improved balance, increased core control and optimal joint mobility

CECs | Level

6 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $240
Manuals: $95
Shipping (for affiliate locations): current Canada Post rates
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 10 (Guelph): 12-6pm

 

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Neurophysiology 101

Description

Our nervous system is a vital underpinning to our daily movement and function, and yet it remains the most elusive and least understood of the bodily systems. The nervous system is like a superhighway that controls all the information that we take from our environment and integrates it into meaningful functional movement. Through the manipulation of sensory input we can make a change in the structural organization of the nervous system and thus how we move.

This workshop is based on the latest research on the brain and how it can adapt and change its structure in response to information. You will gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, as well as the system pathways responsible for both perceiving and moving within our environment. An appreciation of the neurological underpinnings of movement will help your cueing become more powerful and draw responses you want in your clients. You will also learn how to design exercises that better access the nervous system for improved motor control and awareness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basic neurophysiology with direct links to teaching movement
  • Understand how movement works in the body according to its neurological underpinnings
  • Learn how the brain functions and how it can adapt and change in response to information

CECs | Level

12 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Vertical Repertoire

Description

Join us for a totally new way into the body’s core! Vertical Pilates is smart, functional and versatile. You can use this repertoire with almost every type of client, and the best part is vertical exercises get people up and off the mat. Dynamic and fresh, people love the standing work, because they get to sweat and, all of a sudden, a mat class takes on a whole different dimension.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the complete Pilates Vertical Repertoire
  • Learn simple cueing techniques to ensure accurate positioning and movement for every exercise; demonstration is critical when teaching vertical exercises and words become your most important tool to help people support themselves in the upright position
  • Learn to create intensity and challenge in group classes by layering in the Pilates Vertical Repertoire

CECs | Level

12 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $480
Materials: $120
Shipping fees (for satellite locations): Current Canada Post rates
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

Sep 29-30 (Guelph): 2-8pm

Nov 24-25 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Beyond Breast Cancer

Description

Breast cancer is one of the most survivable cancers. Nine out of ten women will live at least five years post- diagnosis. The treatment is almost always invasive. It leaves individuals fatigued. Subsequent physical problems include lymphedema, reduced shoulder range of motion, pain and stiffness in affected joints, and muscular weakness. In this workshop, we will look at several biomechanical protocols to improve functional movement, as well as somatic education principles. You will learn how to make movement meaningful and beneficial for the breast cancer survivor.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge about breast cancer and its implications in the context of daily movement
  • Learn how to specifically address the movement impairments associated with breast cancer
  • Learn how to build an effective program for survivors to ensure the strength/flexibility continuum is always kept in balance for positive outcomes

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Build a Strong and Supple Spine

Description

The human spine is a dynamic structure built to move with ease and power… until it doesn’t. In terms of human movement, the spine plays a central role in everything we do from sitting to standing, walking, running or jumping. In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we will examine the structure of the spine, and learn about key roles the different sections of the spine play in movement and core control. We will look at how to design a spine-focused exercise prescription that promotes optimal function. Common movement impairments of the spine will be discussed briefly along with exercise solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and expand your understanding of structural anatomy of the spine
  • Build a basic understanding of the spine’s functional anatomy
  • Learn to deconstruct the spine’s four major motions to understand the continuum of typical movement impairments
  • Learn key exercises to optimize functional movement in all regions of the spine

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs | Level

3 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 9 (Toronto): 1-4pm

September 30 (Vancouver): 9am–12pm

 

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Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and Orthopaedic Health

Description

Today, osteoporosis is reaching epidemic levels. This presents a challenge from a movement, strength and flexibility perspective. As movement and exercise professionals, we need to choose appropriate exercises that will keep people safe from and reduce risk factors associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis. This workshop is packed with current information and analysis of these conditions. It also has a detailed map of how to ensure the exercises you teach are bone safe and effective for building bone density. You leave equipped with tools to work proactively with the specialized needs of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the risks associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Learn safety protocols when working with osteo clients
  • Learn how to make educated exercise choices for bone safety and health
  • Experience appropriate exercises to promote bone health and safe movement

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 29 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases

Description

Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are multiplying in the 21st century, while non-invasive interventions are few and far between. It can take people between 6-10 years to get an accurate diagnosis, and even longer to sort out how to self-manage in a truly proactive way.  In this workshop we focus on how to be part of the support system for people living with these debilitating diseases. We will learn how to help them get moving in ways that re-energize and restore the body, gently and methodically.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the differences and similarities between inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
  • Learn how to address needs and expectations of people living with these diseases
  • Experience movements and exercises appropriate for this population

CECs | Level

6 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Arthritis: The Modern Epidemic

Description

Arthritis is a chronic and, for many, debilitating disease caused by inflammation of one or more joints. It results in joint swelling, stiffness, pain and limited range of motion. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. This workshop, although focused primarily on osteoarthritis, will leave you well equipped to deal with most types of arthritis. You will learn a broad range of exercises appropriate at every stage of the disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of osteoarthritis and related types of arthritis
  • Learn to identify the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Practice safe and effective exercises for osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gain knowledge of how to develop safe and effective classes for people with arthritis

CECs | Level

6 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 30 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Client Assessment Protocols

Description

This workshop is a must for anyone working in the field of movement education. We will examine ways to assess movement statically and dynamically, so exercise design can be methodical and functional. We will also cover assessment tools and tests, functional and dysfunctional movement patterns, and gross motor function. You will be equipped with knowledge to test and restore a balanced muscle recruitment, so your clients can avoid compensatory patterns that result in pain and injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss specific assessment tools to use with clients of any age or ability
  • Learn how to use your assessment to determine exercise objectives and outcomes
  • Learn how to assess progress, milestones and setbacks with your clients

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

August 11-12 (Toronto): 1-7pm

 

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Advanced Functional Anatomy

Description

Understanding anatomy is the first step to understanding functional movement. Understanding how and why muscles work together in normal patterns allows us to recognize dysfunctional movement patterns. The key to helping people prevent or manage injury is to recognize dysfunction and make educated choices about how to restore more optimal patterns.

In this workshop we will look at the major muscle groups of the pelvis, spine, hips, lower extremity and shoulder girdle. Focus will be on how they interact with other muscle groups in order to create movement and contribute to joint stability.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a systematic understanding of functional anatomy from head to toe
  • Learn to observe the ripple effect of intervention in one area of the body and how it affects the entire kinetic chain
  • Experience key exercises to unlock and restore function in key areas of the body

CECs | Level

12 | Advanced

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Core Integrity

Description

"CORE" is a popular (yet misunderstood) buzz word in any fitness environment. And, we know a strong core is key to optimal function, balance and equilibrium. But the question remains: how can we best facilitate effective core control and still create programs that appeal to average people who can't connect to subtle movements and deep, inner muscles?

In this workshop we take a global approach to the concept of CORE and analyse both the inner and outer cylinders of support. These "core systems" help produce support and movement for the entire body as they criss cross and spiral the torso. In-depth analysis is followed by observation and self-practice using specific exercises for each layer, so you leave with a clear plan on how to ensure optimal function and create a "wow I've never felt my core work this hard before" feel.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the inner unit functions
  • Learn how the outer unit functions
  • Learn exercises for both inner and outer units to facilitate optimal core control
  • Learn how to analyse a sequence of exercises according to the core systems

Core Integrity is traditionally scheduled on the Pilates Level 1: Mat teacher training dates, but it can be taken as a continuing education workshop on its own. To register, please email teachertraining@bodyharmonics.com or call 416.482.4884 ext. 206.

To register for Core Integrity in Vancouver this year, please use the registration link below.

 

CECs | Level

12 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $480
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

September 23–24 (Vancouver): 10am–4pm

October 21-22 (Montreal) *Delivered in English: 1-7pm

October 27-28 (Toronto): 1-7pm

November 10-11 (Guelph): 2-8pm

 

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Cervical Spine Mechanics and Protocols

Description

Forward head carriage is so prevalent in today's society. It can contribute to significant strain and tension in the neck and shoulder region, as well as all the way down the body. When this person engages in movement and exercise, the neck and shoulder area often protests and can even feel worse after the fact. In this workshop, we will unravel the complexity of the cervical region, look at exercise choices to help people move beyond strain, and carry their heads with more power and ease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand your understanding of the cervical spine and jaw structural anatomy
  • Gain knowledge of the cervical spine and jaw biomechanics
  • Learn exercises to restore and optimize function in the cervical spine and jaw

CECs | Level

3 | Intermediate

Fees

Tuition: $120
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

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Anatomy in Motion

Description

This workshop literally changes the way you think about, observe, and feel human movement. Fun and interactive, the human structure comes alive. You gain new insights into how the body moves from different perspectives. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to help you understand how movement is produced at all major joints. This understanding lays the groundwork for accurate neuromuscular recruitment, joint mobility and core control.

Recommended additional resources: Trail Guide to the Body (5th Edition) by Andrew Biel, anatomy apps

Learning Objectives:

• Explore human anatomy in 3-D

• Sense and feel parts of the body as structural anatomy comes to life and takes on personal meaning

• Learn the main movement mechanics of the spine and major joints of the body

• Learn foundational exercises to facilitate and optimize the functional movement of the spine and major joints of the body

CECs | Level

6 | Beginner

Fees

Tuition: $240
Tax: 13% HST

Dates

June 24 (Vancouver): 10am–4pm

September 8 (Montreal) *Delivered in English: 3-9pm

September 15 (Toronto): 1-7pm

September 23 (Guelph): 1:30-7:30pm

September 29, 2018 (Vancouver): 10am–4pm

 

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