Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops are 4-hour sessions that take place the day before the main PMA conference. They offer highly interactive, focused content and are an integral part of the event. These workshops are offered as an optional service to conference attendees and have an additional fee.

Spine Secrets for a Fit, Fluid & Liberated Body and Life! A FRANKLIN METHOD Workshop with creator Eric Franklin

Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling stiff and stuck in your spine, your days feel tense and frustrating? Things tend to go wrong, the “little things” are irritating and at the end of the day you’re exhausted because everything felt harder than it should. What if you could find a whole new fitness, fluidity and liberation in your whole spinal column so that every day feels fun, free and fabulous!? And the best part? It won’t take more time out of your day or cost you more money in equipment or treatments! In this workshop you’ll learn the secrets to optimal spine health and function that most movement and fitness experts don’t know. In fact we’ll pull back the curtain on what’s really going on when it comes

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History of Lolita’s Work as an Apprentice with Joe and Clara/Pre & Post Mat/Joe’s Small Props

Joe created all sorts of smaller apparatus to help his clients such as: Arch Corrector, Joe’s Toe Stretcher, Wrist Strengthener, Breathacizer, Finger Stretcher, Head Harness, Weighted Boot, Magic Circle/Ring Toner, and Wall Springs. Joe gave Eve Gentry the Head Harness when she had her mastectomy to strengthen the muscles of the neck etc. He gave Kathy Grant a set of Springs to use at home after she had her injury. Carola gave me a weighted boot, which Joe created to strengthen my quadriceps and I used when I suffered a knee injury.

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PRACTICAL FEET-NESS™

This workshop is a problem solver and helps all Pilates teachers to improve foot health and overall movement patterns. Empower your clients to restore their bodies, prevent injuries and improve performance. Bunions, Morton’s neuromas, toe conditions, consequences of ankle sprains (as well as specific movement patterns (such as jumping, running) often have to be addressed in our practice. If you find yourself (or your clients) in any of these categories, by attending this workshop you’ll learn more about specific issues and learn targeted exercises/protocols with and without a Rescue LOOP®.

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Inflammation & Instability: Address Them Using the MELT Method

Do you truly know what is at the core of your movement compensations? Do you know that you cannot increase stability by just building strength? Using the science and application of The MELT Method, you will discover the connection between internal inflammation and neurological instability. Discover the science behind your faulty movement patterns and create a connective tissue treatment plan for more efficient movement.

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Strength, Flexibility and Balance in Your Psoas and Abdominals A FRANKLIN METHOD Workshop with creator Eric Franklin

Do you want a fitter body, sleeker abs, and improved movement? It’s time to access your “true core” strength and stability! We know there is a huge emphasis on “core”, but very few people actually understand how to fully activate it for their optimal potential. Get ready to take your understanding of your abs and core to the next level so you can activate your next level and take your clients further! In this 4-hour workshop you’ll learn: *How the abdominals and psoas interact to create ideal posture and efficient movement. *The current science of movement and expose some myths that are holding you back. *How the psoas is key to ensure optimal movement and posture so you can perform every movement sequence with ease, grace, flexibility and stability. *Why

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Pilates Plus Psyche: Balancing Opposites

It is normal to live in tension between opposites. Between night and day – male and female – positive and negative – introvert and extravert – conscious and unconscious – yes and no – more and less – inside and outside – too much sleep or too little sleep. There is an opposite to everything. Right now politically the U.S. is polarized politically between opposites. Neither side can be all right nor all wrong. Opposites are a natural part of life. The work of every day in every way. It is a search for balance between opposites. Mary will explore how Pilates reflects the opposites as much as anything else presenting us with endless opposites and she will teach you how to balance them.

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Vagus Voyage: An Embodied Tour of the Vagus Nerve and its Influence

Neural resilience. Neuroscience. If these terms seem heady, this workshop will help you embody your brain’s playground – your body. The vagus nerve is beloved for being our chief parasympathetic nerve. New science around the vagus has shifted our understanding of parasympathetic responses. This workshop teaches you how to access the three anatomical zones innervated by the vagus, and how they affect perception and well being. Perform novel breath-based exercises coupled with self-massage and positional release in order to feel the fascinating interplay of the autonomic nervous system.

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Merrithew™ Intro to Fascial Movement

What is fascia? What role does it play in movement and sports performance? This workshop, created by the Merrithew™ team, demonstrates there’s more to fascia than self-myofascial release, demystifying the fascial system and defining the role it plays in the body. Through movement, we’ll explore fascial movement variables such as; Bounce, Sense, Expand & Hydrate. Discover how adding these movement variables to your programming can enhance mobility, strength and durability. This workshop consisting of theory and application is suitable for movement professionals with or without prior fascial knowledge.

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Pilates Educators Summit 2020 – Establishing Standards for Teacher Trainers

The PMA office regularly receives phone calls and emails requesting direction on how to train teachers trainers; guidelines on hiring faculty; information on any possible “teacher trainer certification,” and details regarding the requirements for the faculty of a newly opened school. The issue of Standards for teacher trainers is something the profession needs, and therefore it is the next task for the Pilates Educators Summit. A taskforce of school administrators will be working with PMA staff in the development of Standards for Pilates teacher trainers to present at this event. We invite you to attend this year’s Summit where we will review the Standards, discuss the details, and further unpack this critical step. This is a community initiative and we want your input. Over the years the PMA has developed

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