Courses We Offer/Host at Our Studio

STOTT PILATES® The Knee: Reformer Programming for Stability & Function

The knee is a complex structure that can experience any number of injuries or conditions that interrupt normal functioning. This lecture/demo-style workshop, developed by the Merrithew team, begins by exploring the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal, healthy functioning of the knee, followed by a discussion of some of the more common dysfunctions caused by injury or disease. Lastly, learn a variety of exercise progressions using the Pilates Reformer and accessories designed to be implemented in a post-rehabilitative setting to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning. Designed to prepare the body for specific activities and enhance performance, these exercises can challenge and promote optimal functioning.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand optimal function and movement patterns of the knee joint
  2. Review anatomy, biomechanics and muscular components
  3. Understand how common dysfunctions can cause pain and discomfort
  4. Learn exercises and progressions on the Reformer to optimize knee joint function

Equipment used in this workshop

  • 1 Reformer (Pro, Rehab, V2 Max Plus etc.)
  • 1 Padded Platform Extender
  • 1 Reformer Box
  • 1 Maple Pole
  • 1 Gripper Mat
  • Double Loop Straps (1 pair)
  • 1 or more of Jumpboard, Cardio-Tramp, Rotational Diskboard
  • Foam-Grip Handles (1 pair)
  • Extension Straps
    (1 pair, if not included with Reformer)

 

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STOTT PILATES® The Knee: Equipment Programming for Stability & Function

The knee is a complex structure that can experience any number of injuries or conditions that interrupt normal functioning. This lecture/demo-style workshop, developed by the Merrithew team, begins by exploring the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal healthy functioning of the knee, followed by a discussion of some of the more common dysfunctions caused by injury or disease. Lastly, learn a variety of exercise progressions using a variety of Pilates equipment designed to be implemented in a post-rehabilitative setting to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning. Designed to prepare the body for specific activities and enhance performance, these exercises can challenge and promote optimal functioning.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand optimal function and movement patterns of the knee joint
  2. Review anatomy, biomechanics and muscular components
  3. Understand how common dysfunctions can cause pain and discomfort
  4. Learn exercises and progressions on the Reformer to optimize knee joint function

Equipment used in this workshop

  • 1 Pilates Mat
  • 1 Flex-Band®
  • 1 Fitness Circle®
  • 1 7.5" Mini Stability Ball (blue)
  • Foam Cushion 'C' (optional, based on availability)
  • Rotational Disks (10" or 12", 1 pair)
  • 1 Foam Roller
  • 1 Arc Barrel
  • 1 Foam Cushion 'A'
  • 1 Foam Cushion 'B'
  • 1 Stability Ball
  • Stability Cushions (1 pair)
  • Toning Balls (1 pair)
  • 1 BOSU®* balance trainer
  • 1 Spine Supporter
  • 1 Reformer (Pro, Rehab, V2 Max Plus etc.)
  • 1 Padded Platform Extender
  • 1 Reformer Box
  • 1 Maple Pole
  • 1 Gripper Mat
  • Double Loop Straps (1 pair)
  • 1 or more of Jumpboard, Cardio-Tramp, Rotational Diskboard
  • Foam-Grip Handles (1 pair)
  • Extension Straps (1 pair, if not included with Reformer)
  • 1 Cadillac / Trapeze table
  • 1 Split-Pedal Stability Chair
  • 1 Ladder Barrel
  • 1 Spine Corrector
  • 1 Pilates Edge
  • 1 Spring Wall

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STOTT PILATES® Ultimate Back Care

Statistically, more than half of the adult population will experience lower back pain, either acute or ongoing, at some point in their lives. Mat-based Pilates exercises can be a valuable tool in the prevention and care of lower back problems. Developed by the Merrithew programming team in keeping with current research, this workshop focuses on exercise modifications that can be beneficial in a number of circumstances. Major focus is placed on creating awareness and endurance of the local stabilizers of the lumbar spine and pelvic region. Although individual injuries are not covered, generalizations for specific exercise prescriptions are reviewed as a foundation for program development. Exercise choices for the prevention of back injuries and scope of practice concerns are also discussed.

Learning objectives

  1. Learn why and how STOTT PILATES® exercise can be beneficial for back problems
  2. Understand the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles of stabilization and how they relate to back problems
  3. Review exercise choice and program development for care and prevention of back issues
  4. Discuss recent research regarding lumbo-pelvic stabilization

Equipment used in this workshop

  • Pilates Mat (1:1)
  • Arc Barrel (1:2)
  • Flex-Band® Exerciser (1:1)
  • Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad (1:1)
  • 12" Mini Stability Ball (orange) (1:1)
  • 7.5" Mini Stability Ball (blue) (1:1)
  • Foam Cushion 'C' (1:2, optional)
  • Foam Cushion 'A' (1:2, optional)

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