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AssessingThe Body

Many Pilates teachers are talented in assessing standing posture, but what happens when the body becomes dynamic and movement happens? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of assessing the body in motion. Walk away knowing how to:

  • See the body and as a spiral structure in three dimensions.
  • Identify fascial restrictions that cause structural imbalances and the compensatory patterns that follow.
  • Assess stability vs. mobility using the Masses and Spaces Model.
  • Cue the bones and use hands-on techniques for enhanced kinesthetic awareness and more efficient movement.

michael feldmanPresented by: Michael Feldman

Michael’s 25+ years as a hands-on therapist and movement teacher have culminated into a blend of out-of-the-box thinking to resolve chronic pain and restore comfort to his clients. His formal education at the Rolf Institute taught him that the body is in a constant state of adaptation and that the stress of daily living can compromise that essential function. Standing by this philosophy and utilizing knowledge from other trainings including in-depth Pilates and yoga, motor control, Cross Fit, cranial sacral, MELT Method, and a host of other somatic based methods, Michael’s success rate at treating difficult to diagnose problems is very high.

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Details:

  • When: Saturday June 24 Noon – 3pm
  • Where: Effortless Movement Pilates studio 1300 NW Northrup Street, Portland Oregon 97209
  • Cost: $150
  • Private Sessions with Michael available 3-5pm $100/hour
  • Private Pilates Pro Sessions with Christine available 3-5pm $75 – $90 single/duet.
  • Reserve your spot by emailing christine@binnendyk.com (she’ll send you a Square invoice)

Too much forward tilt can cause a cranky low-back

75% of my clients experience occasional low-back tension

General low-back tension is quite common in our chair-loving culture.

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Homework: Boomerang

Boomerang

This exercise is for my ongoing Multi-level Group Equipment class peeps — homework for the week of Memorial Day, while the studio is closed!  Feel free to ask me for pointers in class, as this post isn’t meant to be a complete online tutorial.

Do Boomerang when you’re already warmed up.

THE FLOW

  • Sit Tall, and find your 2-way reach pressing your legs down and lengthening your spine up.
  • Rock your way back, reaching your feet for the floor behind you. Find your 2-way reach by pressing those arms down and reaching your legs loooong.
  • While you’re back there, reach your legs into a wide straddle and then cross the second leg on top.
  • Rock your way up to a Teaser position, fingers reaching for the toes. Create your 2-way reach on this one by using your abs to push your tush DOWN as you reach your legs and arms UP. We are Contrologists, so stop for one beat in this position to prove that you have control over momentum.
  • In Teaser position, push your arms out to the side. Move as if you’re pushing through water. When your arms are horizontal, begin floating your legs down to the mat with control. Finish the float down by pushing your arms behind you and bow your chest forward.
  • Reach your hands for your feet and fold as far as possible forward.
  • Sit tall and repeat the sequence 5 more times.

SUCCESS TIPS

  • Initially, use momentum to allow your body to find all of the positions. As you continue to practice, slooooooow it down and find your control over the movements.
  • Don’t worry about reaching the floor with your toes or how far you can bow forward. lol – these photos of me are from….oh, 11 years ago. Guess what? I’m more flexible in my hips and spine now, but a bit tighter in my shoulders. All things change with time. right? Who knows what I’ll be like in another decade.

This month, I’m joining Pilates enthusiasts around the world in celebrating Joe Pilates’ mat exercises as he discussed them in his groundbreaking book “Return to Life through Contrology”— we call it March MATness. On March 24th, we’re all posting the  exercises Leg Pull Front and Leg Pull Back.

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swimming

This month, I’m joining Pilates enthusiasts around the world in celebrating Joe Pilates’ mat exercises as he discussed them in his groundbreaking book “Return to Life through Contrology”— we call it March MATness. On March 23rd, we’re all posting the  exercise Swimming.

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Hip Twist.jpg

This month, I’m joining Pilates enthusiasts around the world in celebrating Joe Pilates’ mat exercises as he discussed them in his groundbreaking book “Return to Life through Contrology”— we call it March MATness. On March 22nd, we’re all posting the  exercise The Hip Twist.

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