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.

FEET-NESS™: Understanding Our Feet to Connect Them to Our Posture, with Ilaria Cavagna

Click here to watch our video. This workshop will touch all the points and aspects fundamental to learning more about our foundations and be able to apply the work in private sessions or group classes. Anatomy and pathologies of the feet belong to the first half of the course, then we go into the practical aspect of the work: understanding the movements, learning the exercises and the class format application. The anatomy goes in depth but is always connected to the practical application that a trainer/Pilates instructor should benefit from. Participants will have access to the online manuals and videos after the in-person workshop at the PMA conference.

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The Classic ELDOA’s of the Spine, with Bryce Turner

Click here to watch our video. This workshop is designed for anyone with minimal or no formal training in classic spine biomechanics or descriptive anatomy. We will focus on the following items: – What is the ELDOA and its history – What are the goals of the ELDOA – Introduction to spinal anatomy & biomechanics – What is back pain: treat the symptoms vs. ELDOA – Who is Guy Voyer, DO We will also teach students how to think and problem solve using exercise – “Learn by Doing” & “You are your own best therapist”.

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The Pilates Playbook, with Brent Anderson and Juan Nieto

Click here to watch our video. This 4-hour pre-conference workshop will bring a level of joy to Joseph Pilates’ historical perspective of play. Join Anderson and Nieto, thought leaders in the Pilates community, for an experiential workshop incorporating philosophy, science and sheer pleasure as participants learn how to incorporate play into their classes, homes, communities and lifestyles. Following engagement in “The Pilates Playbook” workshop participants will: – Become familiar with the philosophy and science of play – Acknowledge Joseph Pilates’ love of human play – Experience Joseph Pilates’ original play repertoire – Apply the rules of play into future classes, home and community

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Enjoy the full Pilates Experience! History, Pre/Post Mat, Apparatus Challenge, With Lolita San Miguel

Click here to watch our video. Come listen to historical anecdotes of Lolita’s experiences with Joseph and Clara Pilates and Carola Trier. Pre and Post Pilates Mat. An opportunity to move all participants progressively and organically from the get-go, starting with a wall posture check, continuing with breathing on the mat followed by supine, sidelying, prone and quadruped moves and closing the segment with a standing cool down. Lolita invites Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Ladder Barrel movement requests that participants would like to review with her. Challenge yourself! Time limitations, physical issues, age, sporadic and inconsistent attendance, and lack of technical movement experience often keep many teachers locked into their comfort zones, which maintains them satisfied with just being “good.” But as Voltaire said, “good is the enemy of

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RAD Mobility: Intervention Techniques to Enhance Mobility and Foster Recovery, with Abigail Eaton and Roy Choquette

Click here to watch our video. Using the latest research and skills surrounding the nervous system, muscles and fascia, RAD is known for designing evidence-based education platforms and anatomically-designed mobility and recovery tools for every body. These tools provide controlled, acute point release while also moving waste materials out of soft tissues and encouraging proper spinal alignment. In this 4 hour course you will apply the latest research in fascia, mobility and nervous system activation techniques to foster more efficient movement patterns. You will then use this information to customize treatment plans using RAD tools and mobility techniques in order to address issues in the hips, shoulders, spine and legs, which will enable you to help your clients enhance and improve their Pilates practice.  

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Brick Workshop, with James D’Silva

Click here to watch our video The Brick Workshop is an innovative & functional workout designed to instigate bilateral symmetry, stability of the pelvis whilst creating lower limb strength and functionality. Special attention is given to the upper body with a whole new set of exercises designed to fortify and challenge the participant. Balance and three-dimensional movement are integral part of this work. A novel and Inspiring workshop that allows the student to experience, investigate and take away material that will challenge the remedial to advance client.  

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Breathing, Rehabilitation and Performance – The Neural Link, with Dr. Eric Cobb

Click here to watch our video. Brain-based respiratory training offers a unique way to deal with movement, pain and performance dysfunctions through its impact on the nervous system. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the anatomy and neurology of breathing as well as the most important practical assessments and drills that you can implement immediately. By combining emerging neuroscience regarding pain, the impact of the brainstem on the body’s flexor/extensor synergies, and the delicate balance of gas exchange, the tools you will learn in this workshop will help you improve your client’s respiratory patterns, pain issues, and offer a new approach to breaking through performance barriers.    

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Pilates Plus Psyche: Our Lifelong Quest for Breath! With Mary Bowen

Life and breath go together. We don’t have one without the other. But who breathes perfectly? There is no perfect. Your quality of life and what you give to your clients will be closely tied to the story of your breathing. Where does the Sensate (body) function lie in the structure of your psyche? If it lies up top with your ego, you may be taking breathing for granted and not quest it enough. If it is in the sleepy lazy part of your unconscious, again you could be even uninterested in more breath which is more life, more spirit. You would need inspiration to make the effort to quest breath. Then if you were born an intuitive type with body and breath lying at the bottom barely born regions of

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