Learning Skills Acquired

Principles and Theory of Movement

Movement is an art, not just a technique. Movement occurs in time and space, requiring timing, efficiency, accuracy and conscious awareness, regardless of how fast or slow it might unfold. Muscular timing, initiation, relationships, and degree and duration of effort are guided by principles that support understanding and mastery.

Purpose and Essence of each Exercise

Each exercise in the syllabus is designed to have a particular effect, whether singular or multi-fold. Learning to define the essence of each exercise allows students to fully experience the benefit of the work. With deeper understanding, teachers use the system with accuracy and effectiveness.

Technique, Phrasing, Movement Quality

Every movement has a beginning, middle and end. All movement can be broken down into step-by- step neuromuscular phases that can be consciously guided, rather than occurring randomly. Mastery of functional and graceful movement requires economy of effort, efficient pathways in space, and timing. Quality is never an accident; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

Functional Anatomy and Muscular Emphasis

Anatomy of the human body is guided by internally coherent systems of reference and function. Students learn how to deconstruct exercises from an anatomical perspective, advancing understanding and knowledge.

Art of Teaching

Becoming a great teacher requires first being an informed and inquisitive student. Students learn to apply their growing knowledge by developing skills in movement analysis, clear intention and communication, listening and seeing, directing and verbally cueing, and through hands-on adjustments. The art of teaching also includes learning and effectively communicating exercise modifications according to postural type, limitations, injury or age. With this abundance comes giving!

Movement Rehabilitation & Exercise Modifications

Combined training in Pilates and Integrated Movement Therapies (IMT)® offers copious choices for addressing diverse population types and physical conditions. Movement rehabilitation requires understanding the essence of each exercise and how to creatively modify full forms such that a particular student can successfully master its simplicity rather than bumbling along, hoping to ‘do it right’. With each step of understanding and successful application, the student learns to progress from simple to complex forms until their newly found alignment, neuromuscular intelligence and functional understanding become the norm. Effective rehabilitation is the art of healing.