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Marie-Jose Blom RETURNS to Toronto in NOVEMBER!!

[if you’re a student of Pilates rather than a teacher interested in this upcoming workshop please skip to this post: “welcome wagon”]
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Ugly Duckling Pilates is delighted to present Marie-José Blom for two workshops suitable for movement teachers, kinesiologists or physiotherapists over three days (Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th) in lovely downtown Toronto, Canada.  [scroll down for workshop description and printable pdf poster]

MARIE-JOSÉ has been combining Pilates technique, cutting edge anatomy and dance medicine for well over thirty years. She dedicates her years of movement, research and teaching experience to helping Pilates Professionals reach beyond instruction into movement education.

She has pioneered several teacher training and mentorship programs, has established programs at various facilities internationally (irst at Long Beach Dance Conditioning) and reated the Smart Spine Wellness System and Company.

Marie-José is a regular presenter for Balanced Body University, Pilates On Tour,  Pilates Method Alliance and is in great demand by institutes, physical therapists, and movement educators. In 2014, she was published in the Fascia research book titled “Fascia— The Tensional Network of the Human Body” by Robert Schleip, Thomas W. Findley, Leon Chaitow and Peter A. Huijing.

Workshops:

  • CORE INTELLIGENCE:   A NEWLY DEVELOPED INTRODUCTORY VERSION OF MARIE-JOSÉ’S DEFINITIVE 5-DAY COURSE. (friday – 8 hours)
  • STRIDING AHEAD:   “GAIT-WAY” TO AN OPTIMAL FUNCTIONING BODY  (sat/sun – 16 hours)

Instructor: Marie-José Blom
Location: Ugly Duckling Pilates – Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 130 Rosedale Valley Road (#508)
Workshop Size: MAX 20 Participants
Total Cost: $650 for all three days – 250 for one day – 450 for two

Full and printable PDF: UDP_Blom_workshop_2017_final (to print: Right Click and select “Save Link As …”)

Please note: CATS IN THE STUDIO .

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CORE INTELLIGENCE

Build beyond your existing expertise, broaden your knowledge, and develop skills that allow you to cater to a larger clientele base.

Stage 1: FASCIA POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Designed to provide thorough insight into the fascial realm, participants gain a deeper understanding of how “core ability“ and movement in general is communicated and understood by the body. Learn how connective tissue and the power of touch can affect the reduction of injury rates, pre-strengthen clients with special needs, improve training and identify faulty movement patterns.

Stage 2: NEW CONCEPTS OF CORE STABILITY

Using new understanding of the eficient integration of the trunk stabilizing muscles, this workshop will proceed with instruction on how to apply these principles to reduce premature global recruitment and decrease strain on the musculoskeletal system.

Participants will also beneit by using this approach with their own bodies—to improve their stamina and reduce strain while teaching their own students.

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STRIDING AHEAD: 

Walking, gait, striding, and ambulation are all words that describe the act of upright forward progression in gravity. This poise in motion called walking has the potential to provide the whole body with the most synergistic and complete movement.

THIS 2–DAY WORKSHOP WILL INTRODUCE A SYSTEMATIC AND LOGICAL APPROACH TO DECONSTRUCT AND THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BIOMECHANICS OF THE FOOT, THE SACRUM, THE PELVIC FLOOR, AND THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.

Learning to understand this interrelated labyrinth in human motion provides a tool to restore the communicating pathways via the fascial and neuromuscular system, allowing ease and buoyancy in this most fundamental and shared movement.

Performed well, this eficient yet complex coordination of locomotion may be the most therapeutic and restorative activity one can undertake. One that requires no special equipment, no gear; only your own body and commitment to move.

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unlayering

. so, as some of you may know, i’ve been studying the Alexander technique.  in fact i literally took a lesson and my hands got jealous of the teacher (this has never happened to me before) and i was all “what is that?  where do i learn that???” and she said “Alexander Technique” and i… Continue Reading