Defining Essentials

Defining Essentials

Getting The Most out of your Pilates Practice

Have you been wanting to try Pilates but feel too intimidated to dive in to a class? What if it’s too difficult? What if you don’t understand the exercises? What if you do it wrong? What even IS Pilates?

Maybe you’ve been told from your Physician, Physical Therapist, best friend, or family member that Pilates would be helpful for you. They’ve told you that it would help you post-operative, pre- or post-natal, with sports performance, improve flexibility, help your balance, improve your posture, decrease your back pain, decrease your stress, the list could go on and on.

Whenever starting a new practice, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why we designed the “Defining Essentials: Getting the Most out of your Pilates Practice” four-week Pilates workshop series.

Over the course of four weeks, we take an active learning approach to teach about the Pilates Method and Pilates Movement Principles.  Learn about the fundamentals for a safe and effective Pilates practice to begin your Pilates journey, or use this course to help deepen your existing Pilates practice as we return to the foundational work of the Pilates Method. 

Each class in the series is 75-minutes in length and the format will include 20-minutes of conversation/lecture on material relevant to understanding a Pilates practice, and conclude with a 55-minute movement class to execute and practice the learned exercises and material.

Each week we will review and build-upon material from the previous weeks, and by the end of this course, students will be set-up for a rich personal Pilates practice.  Workshop will be capped at 6 students per session to allow for a rich and individualized experience for each participant. 

This course is co-taught by all three Pilates Instructors at Waveforms Pilates. Each instructor will teach one week of material, and the workshop concludes with a class team-taught by all three instructors. Everyone’s learning style is different, and each teacher has a different teaching style–this helps us to share the same information in different ways, to ensure that everyone leaves with a deeper understanding of the Pilates Method.

During week one will cover the themes of “Breathing, Aligning our Body to Neutral, and Core Stabilization”. Week two we will build upon ideas from week one and add in ideas of “Spinal Mechanics-Flexion, Extension, and Side Bending”. Week three continues to layer in “Whole-Body Movement & Building Abdominal Strength”. And we culminate with week four: “Putting It All in Practice & Enhancing a Practice with Props”.

This course covers the following Learning Objectives:

  • Know the basic History of Pilates
  • Learn various breathing techniques
  • Learn basic skeletal alignment in all body positions: standing, seated, supine, prone, side lying
  • Learn the basic parts of the core system
  • Build confidence and awareness of safe protocol for a Pilates practice
  • Be aware of modification/adjustments for their own body when taking a group class
  • Have exposure to the types of props and tools we use in group mat classes
  • Develop an understanding of the Pilates Method & Movement Principles
  • Learn various Pilates Terminology
  • Physically practice over 40 Pilates exercises

How do I sign up?

We would love to have you join us! Our next session will be offered October 2020. We will start week one on October 6th, and meet each Tuesday (6/13/20/27) over the month of October from 5:30-6:45 PM. The fee for the workshop is $75 total (cash or check). The workshop is open to ages 13 and up,  any level of experience is welcome. If interested in participating, please fill out the below survey link: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22W9N9K

If the October dates do not work for you, but you are interested in attending a future session of “Defining Essentials”, please fill out the link and we will add you to the mailing list for future sessions of the workshop.

After completing the survey we will reach out to you with information on registration.  If you have a friend you’ve been trying to get in the door, this is a great entry point for students!  Rich in material and great value for a month of Pilates. We hope to have you join us in building or growing your Pilates practice.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Courtney via e-mail or phone at info@waveformspilates.com or (920)740-3085.


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