Back on One’s Feet – Improving Posture and Gait

Anatomy DancesI have been thinking about the foot and its importance to posture and walking. Like many of my clients, I have hyperextended legs.  As a dancer, teachers would cue tucking the pelvis and pulling the ribs down to solve the problem of hyperextended backs.   I have come to realize the bigger issue is the organization of the feet.  With hyperextended legs, there is a imbalance of the foot and calves.  Once rediscovered,  the connection to the legs and core is ignited in a dynamic way.

Pilates on Tour, synchronicity came into my life.  Taking workshops with Phillip Beach, author of Muscles and Meridians and Marie Jose Blom,  her workshop on Striding Ahead, deepen my knowledge of the foot and my intuition about this connection.  Phillip has a series of exercises about opening of the feet.  FusionFitnessOnline has a wonderful online workshop about Phillip’s work.

This next weekend we will explore the feet in my upcoming workshop about Gait.

Pilates Gait Workshop -Using Gait For Assessment and Improving Function (PMA 12 cec) NYC

Pilates Gait Workshop -Using Gait For Assessment and Improving Function (PMA 12 cec)

journeyswith Lesley Powell
July 31 – August 2 2-6 PM 
PMA cec 12 
$500 We take walking for granted. When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things. Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait. This course is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.

We will learn observation skills about how the body moves and applications using the Pilates repertory to improve mobility and strength in relationship to gait. Applications to the Pilates repertory will also include modifications with diminished range of motion.

Objective:

  • Learn how the body moves in gait anatomically
  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors
  • Problems with level changes- i.e. getting on the floor
  • Safe stretching for an older population
  • Props used to facilitate better alignment and comfort
  • Home program of stretching, balance skills and training
To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.

Gait: A Reflection of your body’s organization and Using Pilates to facilitate change

IMG_023820 years ago I started my journey at looking at gait for assessment. A workshop with Jean Claude West and physical therapist, Katy Keller, was about how watching gait in injured dancers gave them clues about the dancer’s organization. I am constantly fine tuning my skill of seeing gait. 

Gait can tell you a lot how a client organizes oneself. When any joint is not moving correctly, it can affect the entire body. Sometimes our strategy is a compensation that in the long run creates more pain. 

With my teachers, we used Pilates to create better patterns. I used my observation of gait of my clients to design a particular Pilates workout.  Many of my clients are older and coming in with problems with walking.  Especially with a culture in so much flexion from computers to cars, enhancing the dynamic movement of the spine is essential in all planes.

If you are a member of Pilates Anytime, please check out the interview with Jean Claude West. He is such an exceptional teacher. Many of the interventions that he has made is now common place in our Pilates playground.

Walking: A reflection of Fitness & Wellness. Workshop w. Lesley Powell. Early Bird Discount

journeys

Pilates Gait training -Using Gait For Assessment and Improving Function

with Lesley Powell
July 31 – August 2 2-6 PM 
PMA cec 12 
$500 Early bird discount before 7/1 $450

We take walking for granted. When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things. Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait. This course is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.

We will learn observation skills about how the body moves and applications using the Pilates repertory to improve mobility and strength in relationship to gait. Applications to the Pilates repertory will also include modifications with diminished range of motion.

Objective:

  • Learn how the body moves in gait anatomically
  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors
  • Problems with level changes- i.e. getting on the floor
  • Safe stretching for an older population
  • Props used to facilitate better alignment and comfort
  • Home program of stretching, balance skills and training
To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.

Two Workshops to Liberate your shoulders: One for everyone and the other, teachers. NYC with Lesley Powell

Franklin Method – Liberate your Shoulders Workshop for All

Top of the Shoulderwith Lesley Powell
June 28,, 2015  2-3:30 PM $45

When you embody the body’s natural support structure, ‘you’ don’t have to ‘work so hard’ to stay upright and moving forward in a world of ‘stress’. Discover the flow and ease that exists within you. Lengthen and balance shoulder and neck musculature to dance through life with free healthy shoulders, a liberated neck and a dynamic supportive spine.

A unique evolutionary invention, our shoulder girdle allows us to maintain our arms above our heads for a fairly long period of time without

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.

tiring. The counterbalancing effect of the shoulder blade is especially helpful in arm elevation. Dancers, gymnasts and anyone attempting to reach for the coffee container on the top shelf needs to be able to lift their arms effortlessly without disturbing their centers or increasing tension in the shoulders, back and torso.

In this workshop, you will learn simple and profound ways to catapult your shoulder experience to a beautiful new awareness and then integrate this magical sensation into your daily life movements. Use this every day and embody easeful shoulders and an easeful life. This workshop is highly recommended for dancers, movers, shakers, yogis, desk sitters, children, grown up kids, sky divers, swimmers and anyone who carries a bag.

Shoulder Revolution – Using Pilates to create healthier Shoulders

scaphumeralwith Lesley Powell June 28,, 2015 2-6
$150 Early Bird discount pay by prior month by the 15th 15% off PMA 4 cec

In this workshop, we will start with Franklin Method: Liberate your Shoulders. Embodied anatomy will lead to healthier function. We will explore the bone rhythms of the shoulder girdle and how correct rhythms will lead to better physicality.

A great scapular-humeral rhythm will invite the correct phrasing of the arm and core muscles. When you get a client to better use her shoulder girdle, her arm strength, posture and connection to the core will improve. Learn how this rhythm works and how to help your clients improve theirs. Using Pilates repertory, this shoulder workshop will help you and your client to healthier connections of your shoulders, arms and entire body.

Upcoming workshops w. Lesley Powell- The Shoulder and Gait

Franklin Method – Liberate your Shoulders Workshop for All

Angels of the arms Watercolor by Lesley A. Powell

Angels of the arms
Watercolor by
Lesley A. Powell

with Lesley Powell June 28,, 2015
$150 Early Bird discount pa, 2015 2-3:30 $45

When you embody the body’s natural support structure, ‘you’ don’t have to ‘work so hard’ to stay upright and moving forward in a world of ‘stress’. Discover the flow and ease that exists within you. Lengthen and balance shoulder and neck musculature to dance through life with free healthy shoulders, a liberated neck and a dynamic supportive spine.

A unique evolutionary invention, our shoulder girdle allows us to maintain our arms above our heads for a fairly long period of time without

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.

tiring. The counterbalancing effect of the shoulder blade is especially helpful in arm elevation. Dancers, gymnasts and anyone attempting to reach for the coffee container on the top shelf needs to be able to lift their arms effortlessly without disturbing their centers or increasing tension in the shoulders, back and torso.

In this workshop, you will learn simple and profound ways to catapult your shoulder experience to a beautiful new awareness and then integrate this magical sensation into your daily life movements. Use this every day and embody easeful shoulders and an easeful life. This workshop is highly recommended for dancers, movers, shakers, yogis, desk sitters, children, grown up kids, sky divers, swimmers and anyone who carries a bag.

Shoulder Revolution – Using Pilates to create healthier Shoulders

with Lesley Powell June 28,, 2015 2-6
$150 Early Bird discount pay by prior month by the 15th 15% off PMA 4 cec

In this workshop, we will start with Franklin Method: Liberate your Shoulders. Embodied anatomy will lead to healthier function. We will explore the bone rhythms of the shoulder girdle and how correct rhythms will lead to better physicality.

A great scapular-humeral rhythm will invite the correct phrasing of the arm and core muscles. When you get a client to better use her shoulder girdle, her arm strength, posture and connection to the core will improve. Learn how this rhythm works and how to help your clients improve theirs. Using Pilates repertory, this shoulder workshop will help you and your client to healthier connections of your shoulders, arms and entire body.

Pilates Gait training -Using Gait For Assessment and Improving Function

PMA cec 12 with Lesley Powell

Anatomy Dances by Lesley A. Powell

Anatomy Dances by Lesley A. Powel

July 31 – August 2 2-6 PM
$500 Early bird discount before 7/1 $450
We take walking for granted. When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things. Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait. This course is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.

We will learn observation skills about how the body moves and applications using the Pilates repertory to improve mobility and strength in relationship to gait. Applications to the Pilates repertory will also include modifications with diminished range of motion.

Objective:

  • Learn how the body moves in gait anatomically
  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors
  • Problems with level changes- i.e. getting on the floor
  • Safe stretching for an older population
  • Props used to facilitate better alignment and comfort
  • Home program of stretching, balance skills and training

Fascia Workshops w. Doris Pasteleur Hall

Reschedule for the fall

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.

Change the Spine. Change the Shoulders.

I have a problem with the cue: Press your shoulders down.Top of the Shoulder

uprotationMany are pressing the shoulders down from the wrong place.  This is compressing the ribs and the spine down as well as locking the scapulae.  Sometimes teachers see the shoulders are up and try to solve shoulders pressing down.  The real source of the problem could be somewhere else.

Feel the first rib lift in the front and slide down in the back.

The placement of the ribs will influence the spine.  How the ribs and spine can affect the placement of the shoulder girdle.  Slump and feel where the shoulder blade comes.  Pressing the shoulders down from the wrong place could make your posture worse.

TrapeziusLift the first rib up and now slide the back of the rib down.  Feel how lifting the first rib changes the other ribs.  With the change of the ribs, observe how it changes your shoulder girdle.  Lift your arms up and feel the ease.

Go back to back version with the ribs compresses and lift the arms.  The arms lifting do not have the same ease.

diamond ribsMy image is the first rib is a necklace, diamonds of course.  I want to place the necklace on a horizontal plane over my pelvic floor. Practice this image throughout your workout.  Especially in plank pose, see how you use your core and arms differently.

Franklin Method – Liberate your Shoulders – a workshop for all

with Lesley Powell June 28,, 2015     
$150   2-3:30  $45

When you embody the body’s natural support structure, ‘you’ don’t have to ‘work so hard’ to stay upright and moving forward in a world of ‘stress’.  Discover the flow and ease that exists within you. Lengthen and balance shoulder and neck musculature to dance through life with free healthy shoulders, a liberated neck and a dynamic supportive spine.

In this workshop, you will learn simple and profound ways to catapult your shoulder experience to a beautiful new awareness and then integrate this magical sensation into your daily life movements. Use this every day and embody easeful shoulders and an easeful life. This workshop is highly recommended for dancers, movers, shakers, yogis, desk sitters, children, grown up kids, sky divers, swimmers and anyone who carries a bag.

Shoulder Revolution – Using Pilates to create healthier Shoulders

with Lesley Powell  June 28,, 2015  2-6 PMA 4 cec    $150

In this workshop, we will start with Franklin Method: Liberate your Shoulders. Embodied anatomy will lead to healthier function.  We will explore the bone rhythms of the shoulder girdle and how correct rhythms will lead to better physicality.

A great scapular-humeral rhythm will invite the correct phrasing of the arm and core muscles. When you get a client to better use her shoulder girdle, her arm strength, posture and connection to the core will improve. Learn how this rhythm works and how to help your clients improve theirs.  Using Pilates repertory,  this shoulder workshop will help you and your client to healthier connections of your shoulders, arms and entire body.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com 231 W. 18th St.

To register: chelseamovements@gmail.com
231 W. 18th St.