The New Spring Schedule

The changing seasons means it’s time to look at the class schedule and optimize! The longer days and warmer temps means people may be looking for different options, and we’re happy to provide! And don’t be shy – give us some feedback! If you’re looking for a class and not seeing it let us know and we may be able to get one started for you!

This schedule will be effective as of Sunday, March 23, 2014 

Please sign up online to reserve your place in class! Spots are limited!

Mondays

6 am Pilates Barrel All Level Marcia
9 am Springs All Level Marcia
5:30 pm Springs All Level Heather
6:30 pm Barre All Level Nancy

 

Tuesdays

* 6 am Restorative All Level Carrie
* 9:30 am Chair All Level Carrie
4:30 pm Reformer Advanced Nancy
6 pm Mat Beginner Marcia
7:15 pm Yoga All Level Bianca

* These classes will begin 4/1

 

Wednesdays

6:15 am Springs Advanced Jenn
9 am Pilates Barrel All Level Marcia
6 pm Mat Flow All Level Jill
7 pm Reformer/Chair Intermediate Jill

 

Thursdays

9:30 am Reformer Intermediate Heather
6 pm Equipment 101 Beginner Marcia

 

Fridays

6 am Mat Flow All Level Carrie
9 am Springs/Chair All Level Nancy

 

Saturdays

8 am Mat Intermediate Jill
8 am Reformer Intermediate Nancy
9 am Mat Advanced Marcia
10 am Barre All Level Nancy
11 am Mat Beginner Marcia

 

Sundays

11 am Yoga All Level Bianca

Spring means new springs!

Happy spring! It’s right around the corner, isn’t it?

springsI should say springs! While we wait patiently for Spring, we are excited to have new springs for the equipment at Centerspace! After years of loyal service, our ‘old’ springs are just plain tired. So we thought you might be interested in a little tutorial about what to expect from your new springs.

 

Deborah Lessen is a renowned Pilates instructor and creates her own Pilates equipment for use in her studio! So needless to say, she’s very serious about how the equipment should perform. This is what she has to say about springs:

Extension springs are wound to oppose extension. So how tightly the spring is coiled is critical. Extension springs absorb and store energy as well as create resistance to a pulling force.

The initial tension of the spring is very important. The user should always feel the initial tension when beginning a movement. This is the moment that tests the body’s muscle coordination, full body organization and strength. After initial tension, the resistance should decrease evenly as the spring is extended, allowing the user’s joints to ‘breathe’ when fully extended.

Spring resistance should be suitable to necessitate dynamic stabilization, an underlying concept of Pilates exercise. The spring should feel smooth during movement, quiet, give the feel of circular motion and mimic breathing.  Like muscles, springs should be effective both concentrically and eccentrically. In other words, they should provide resistance as you extend them and pull back in so that your muscles have to control the return movement, the muscles’ eccentric contraction, which is dominant in Pilates training. Springs should give accurate feedback regarding which muscles are working and how much effort is being exerted.

 

And our teacher and mentor, Amy Taylor Alpers, had this to say about the relationship of springs to the Pilates experience:

Ideally, the springs in Pilates exercises should offer both resistance and support, much like a bird uses air to fly, or a fish uses water to swim. Because this relationship can be quite subtle it is very easy and common to either overpower the spring, or conversely, let the spring overpower you, or to just simply hang off it. One of the really valuable and unique aspects of the newly rediscovered “archival” exercises is that they truly help you understand this relationship; they teach you how to connect to the spring most effectively – to find the freedom that comes with relinquishing a certain level of control to the spring, and then to move with more flow and speed to create deep length, strength and integration in the tissue. This is how Pilates achieves its ultimate goal – uniform development so you can breathe more powerfully and circulate all that oxygen everywhere – the “internal shower”.

 

A New Approach to Pilates with Kim Haroche

Practical applications of nervous system theory to Pilates teaching and practice

Friday, May 2 – Sunday, May 4 2014

Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 7 pm

Sunday: 9am – 4 pm

Price: $750 for the 3 day workshop ($695 early bird until March 31)

Sign up here

80% or more of all health conditions requiring medical assistance are autonomic nervous system events.”  -Dr. James Jealous, D.O.

3d rendered illustration of the male nerve systemThis three day training will emphasize advanced teaching skills in areas which are new to Pilates. We will explore discoveries about the autonomic nervous system and their valuable relationship to the performance of Pilates exercises.

The training will broaden your perspective of Pilates exercises as you learn to read your client’s body and their state of being through the map of the nervous system. Often structural imbalances are rooted in nervous system dysregulation. Discerning when a client cannot accomplish an exercise or movement due to structural imbalances, or when the impediment is rooted in the nervous system, will give your work more precision and effectiveness.

In this training you will learn to:

  • Change the way you see Pilates movement and how you teach it.
  • Understand the autonomic nervous system component to performing certain movements and exercises. This will clarify skills needed to help those people who tend to hold onto certain patterns and blockages.
  • Recognize the states of hyper, freeze, and hypo arousal and, through a series of very specific interventions within the scope of Pilates, you will be able to help someone come into balance, alignment and regulation.  They will then be more resourced to perform movements that were previously not possible for them and to accomplish more advanced work.
  • Deepen your teaching skills based on cranial sacral practitioner skills.
  • Learn how to use interpersonal neurobiology in teaching Pilates.
  • Learn what it means to “change the brain to change the body”.
  • Recognize the subtle signs of a client being disembodied from surgery, accidents, falls and brain injuries.
  • Understand the effects of car accidents on the nervous system, the subsequent boundary ruptures, and how repairs can happen through a more attuned teaching of Pilates.
  • Recognize when a client’s system is still “caught” in the accident
  • Become aware of your impact when you teach. You may be helping or impeding a client’s progress after an accident.

 

Over three days we will cover the above material in a relaxed, inclusive, and playful way.  Time will be allotted for lectures, experiential exercises, demos, practice teaching, case studies, anatomy, and the use of Kathy Grant’s work in relation to the material.

The training is based on Kim’s many years of experience as Kathy Grant’s assistant, Presenter of The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program and Master Training Program, and her subsequent studies and work with Anna Chitty of Colorado School of Energy Studies and Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

 

PMA CEC and TPC Masters Accreditation.