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Moving Well Podcast

The Moving Well Podcast gives you fitness advice for efficient, effective and pain free exercises. The hosts Janet Sunderland and Nikki Naab-Levy who are both fitness educators for Balanced Body and collectively have 20 years experience in the fitness industry.
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May 18, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Tom McCook, Pilates teacher and movement specialist about what it means to create an embodied movement practice.

They cover:

  • Why so many people struggle with proprioception and slowing down
  • How to bridge the gap between embodiment and fitness
  • Why taking a kinder approach to movement can transfer to a kinder approach in life
  • How Tom integrates meditation, the Franklin Method, Pilates and Feldenkrais into his teaching

Tom McCook, founder and director of Center of Balance in Mountain View, CA, is an internationally recognized Pilates teacher and movement specialist. Beginning his full-time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries, and world-class athletes, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman.

Through years of continuous study and his strong commitment to a daily meditation and physical practice, Tom has developed a refined understanding of what it means to be have a balanced, functionally fit, intelligent body. His teaching integrates Pilates, Franklin Method, yoga, hands-on bodywork, resistance stretching, BodyCode system, somatics, and life coaching, which enhance his holistic approach to working with clients and teachers. Tom produced "Combining Pilates & Yoga for Balance," an exercise video that brings together the benefits of Pilates and yoga.

Tom began his study of Pilates in 1991. He has been leading Pilates teacher training courses since 2001 for PhysicalMind Institute formerly, and currently for Balanced Body Education. He has certifications through the PMA, ACE, along with being a CEC provider. In 2010, Tom became one of the first Master teacher trainers in CoreAlign.

Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method, an instrumental part of his teaching that offers a very effective approach to improving movement potential and health through imagery and experiential anatomy. Tom has completed all 3 levels of the Franklin Method training and is now a teacher trainer for the Franklin Institute.

Tom teaches workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide. He is part of the Passing the Torch Mentorship program offering continued education, insight and guidance to certified Pilates teachers. Tom also offers a 3-month movement and life coaching course, “Embodying a Balanced Life,” helping students to develop healthy practices, create momentum, and experience more freedom in their lives. 

Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor.

May 3, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Hunter Cook, FRC and Kinstretch instructor about mobility training for injury mitigation.

They discuss:

  • Why injury prevention is a myth + why you should train for injury mitigation instead
  • Common mobility training myths
  • How training for strength can improve your mobility
  • Flexibility versus mobility
  • What it means to have "good" range of motion
  • Why your mobility goals should match the demands of your sport
  • The theory and science behind Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC)

About Hunter Cook

Hunter has been personal training for the last 11 years, and has also worked as a physical therapy aide for 6 years in both New York and California. Hunter is well qualified as a fitness professional to work with any demographic of clientele, however, excels in nutritional guidance, mobility and flexibility, and post-rehabilitation clients due to his background working in physical therapy offices.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with the option in Exercise Science from California State University, Long Beach. Hunter’s certifications include the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Mar 30, 2018

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Dr. Ellie Somers, physical therapist and owner of Sisu Sports Performance & PT about how using body positive language in medical and fitness settings can create better outcomes for patients and clients both in improving performance and reducing pain.

They cover:

  • What it means to use body positive language and why it's important not to scare people when educating them about their form or their diagnosis
  • How to offer constructive feedback to create a positive movement experience and help someone feel better, while still keeping safety as a consideration
  • The power of motivational interviewing and how to use it in a session
  • Cultural reasons behind why women statistically have more pain
  • Myths around the biomechanical model and why moving outside of neutral isn't always a dangerous or bad thing, if you are prepared to load there
  • Why helping someone make an informed choice is more empowering and creates a better outcome than just telling them what to do

About Ellie Somers

Dr. Ellie Somers is a physical therapist of 10 years, with a special focus on treating the female athlete. She has a background in sports performance and rehab, including extensive training and education in the science of pain.

She started her practice, Sisu Sports Performance & PT, in Seattle, WA with the goal of empowering female clients to help them reach their unlocked potential. She hopes to keep women actively engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime.

Dr. Somers has spoken at the Women in Physical Therapy Summit in New York City as well as at several continuing education courses and professional conferences. She is a lover of soccer, running, heavy things, craft beer, and the great PNW. You can learn more about Dr. Somers on her website, or follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Mar 22, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Amanda Holt LeNaire, Balanced Body Master Instructor about her experience working with the Oklahoma City Ballet and training professional dancers to become Pilates teachers.

They cover:

  • The similarities and differences between teaching the general public and professional dancers
  • What it's like to work with the ballet as a Pilates studio owner and educator
  • Strategies to help dancers reduce the risk of injury and improve career longevity
  • Amanda and her business partner Lucky Jabara's experience watching the Pilates industry evolve over the past few decades

About Amanda Holt LeNaire

Amanda is the co-owner of The Pilates Body in Oklahoma, City. She is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor, a Balanced Body® Master Instructor in Comprehensive Pilates and MOTR® She is a graduate of the Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive Training and the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Training. To connect with Amanda, visit her website or say hello on Facebook. 

Mar 16, 2018

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Jules Mitchell, yoga teacher and movement educator, and Charlie Reid, strength and conditioning coach, about transitioning clients from post rehab back to regular activity and performance.

They cover:

  •  Why clients often get trapped in the revolving door between physical therapy and fitness
  • The role of the physical therapist and the fitness professional or movement teacher in helping clients resume regular activity after an injury
  • The limitations of the current model that is used to assess, treat injuries, and transition the client out of rehab
  • How the mindset of the client and their activities prior to the injury should determine how you progress them
  • A case study about Marla (Jule's sister) and her experience working with a physical therapist and Charlie to return to running after a foot injury
  • Examples of exercise and program progressions when helping a client improve their conditioning during and after injury recovery
  • The importance of progressive external load, transference, and specificity when working with a client who has the goal of resuming an activity or sport after injury

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT

Jules is a Los Angeles based yoga educator. She combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to help people move better and achieve individually defined physical success. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science.

Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition.

Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions. As adjunct faculty at Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on research studies to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.

Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017 through Handspring Publishing. You can find her leading workshops at your favorite local studio or check out her classes online.

To connect with Jules on social media, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Charlie Reid, CSCS, CMT

Charlie is a Movement Educator, Coach, and Massage therapist based in San Francisco, CA. His mission is to help cultivate stronger, more resilient humans. When he’s not coaching one-on-one, teaching workshops, or hosting seminars in the Bay Area, he is most likely drinking too much espresso whilst torturing a bass guitar.

To learn more about Charlie, you can visit his website charliereidfitness.com or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

Mar 10, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with self-care expert and yoga teacher Alexandra Ellis about how to integrate self-massage, mobility, and strength work into a movement practice to improve function and decrease the risk of injury.

They discuss:

  • The current scientific theories on what's happening when we perform release work with balls or foam rollers
  • The best applications for self-massage tools and how to know if you need a soft or hard tool
  • The importance of strength work in reducing pain and tension + improving function
  • The difference between flexibility and mobility
  • When stretching can be beneficial (and when it might not be)
  • Areas of the body that are often skipped over in release and strength work that would be helpful to target

About Alexandra Ellis:

Creator of AE Wellness, Body Nerd, and Self-Care expert, Alexandra Ellis has made it her life’s mission to better understand how the body works to help her clients DIY their self-care, strength, and injury recovery. Her teaching and studies focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness, inspired by her studies at UC Davis where she earned a BS in Exercise Biology. With a strong background and keen interest in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well-being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness.

Her programs have helped many people worldwide to be an empowered part of their health, rather than relying solely on their healthcare provider.When not Instagraming her food, workouts or Teacher Training adventures, Alexandra can be found teaching public classes in Los Angeles.

Learn more at www.aewellness.com

Feb 22, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Mariska Breland and Meghann Koppele Duffy about Pilates and movement training for neurological conditions.

They discuss:

  • Common neurological conditions such as MS and what to expect when working with these clients
  • The importance of cross training and a taking an interdisciplinary movement approach when training clients with neurological conditions
  • Different types of neuropathy and how to address the symptoms with a movement approach 
  • Vibration and gait training
  • Mariska and Meghann's new project The NeuroRehab Movement

About Mariska Breland

Mariska is the founder of Washington, D.C.-based Fuse Pilates®, an award-winning creative director and writer, and a self-proclaimed “casual student” of medical neuroscience. 

Mariska has been teaching Pilates since 2003, and developed her signature style, Fuse Pilates, as a mat class at a yoga studio in 2005. Over the years, the Fuse Pilates method has evolved to offer unique hybrid mat, tower, reformer, and chair classes, as well as private instruction. Her classes are heavily influenced by her background in Pilates, yoga, and barre, as well as a three-year mentorship with Julian Littleford. Fuse is a proud affiliate of Julian Littleford Pilates and was voted the Best Pilates studio in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine

In addition to her passion for creating fun and effective workouts for her group classes, Mariska is passionate about educating teachers and patients about exercise for neurological conditions. Her Pilates for MS™ Teacher Training incorporates the latest research into neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation into a Pilates program design for multiple sclerosis, stroke, and other neurological conditions. It is core curriculum for Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness’ Women’s Health Pilates Certificate. Mariska is a PMA@ Certified Pilates Teacher who completed her comprehensive training through BASI Pilates. She has additional training through Power Pilates, Peak Pilates, Balance Body, and PureBarre, as well as several specialty certifications. She also studies regularly with friend and “spirit guide,” Jennifer Kries

A frequent guest writer for fitness and lifestyle blogs, Mariska is currently writing a book on exercise for neurological conditions, developing additional training manuals for the Fuse method, teaching internationally, running a studio, and spending rare time off with her husband and their dog-child – a Basenji named Zoe.

About Meghann Koppele Duffy
 
Meghann Koppele is a Kane School, Pilates Method Alliance, and iM=X certified instructor as well as a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has also completed the Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries Workshop at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Meghann received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from the University of Scranton and a Master's degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University. After completing her Master's degree, Meghann opened a Pilates studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she worked with clients with a variety of conditions including severe back pain, sports injuries, pre- and postnatal, and multiple sclerosis. She also worked with clients who simply wanted better fitness or to achieve their weight loss goals.

After five years running a studio, Meghann decided to sell her business to refocus on her first love of teaching and helping others. Over the past twelve years, Meghann has had the privilege of working closely with many clients with multiple sclerosis (from early stage to advanced), as well as their doctors. After compiling medical research and anecdotal evidence, she created her own Pilates-based protocol to help her MS clients. Realizing that teachers were ill-equipped to work with this population, she joined forces with Kelly Kane and Matt McCulloch via the Kinected Mentor Program to help her further develop her work into a workshop for other teachers, personal trainers, physical therapists, and other rehab specialists.  

 In 2014, Meghann and Mariska Breland decided to combine forces to help educate other movement professionals about Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis. They realized that their programs were entirely complementary (down to the way each teacher believes a session should begin). Meghann then joined the Pilates for Neurological Conditions team and teaches a 3-day Pilates for Neurological Conditions course based off Mariska's book Pilates for MS and Neurological Conditions in addition to teaching her own Advanced Neuro workshop based on the Koppele Method. Since 2014 Meghann has taught her method nationwide and across the world in Australia.  She is also currently working with top hospitals to incorporate her method into the standard treatment plans.   In 2017 Mariska and Meghann joined forces yet again to create the first online movement education tool for people with Neurological Conditions.  They were both sick of Pilates being so cost prohibitive and decided to create the Neuro Rehab Movement to help bring their successful methods to everyone at a fraction of the cost.  The Neuro Rehab Movement will be live in March 2018, sign up  for our newsletter to stay up  to date.  

Meghann is also the Resident Coordinator and Teacher Trainer at the acclaimed Kane School teacher training program at Kinected in NYC.  For more information about getting certified through the Kane School or continuing education at Kinected please email education@kinectedcenter.com or visit Kinected's website.  
Feb 16, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor Jessica Valant about working with pre and postnatal clients in a Pilates and fitness setting.

They cover:

  • What it means when a client has a diagnosis of endometriosis and how to work with them in a Pilates or fitness setting
  • Signs of pelvic floor dysfunction and how to know if you should refer a client out to a medical professional
  • How to stay in your scope of practice when working with pre and postnatal clients and the difference between assessment and diagnosis
  • Exercise recommendations + suggestions for your postnatal clients
  • Precautions to reduce your risk of causing a diastasis recti during pregnancy
  • What you should know when working with someone who's had abdominal surgery
  • What to know about working with a client who is undergoing IVF
  • Signs of prolapse and what to do if you suspect you or your client has one
  • Why Jessica started Momentum Fest and how to be a part of it

About Jessica Valant

Jessica has been a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor for over 17 years. She first experienced Pilates during a short inservice at her first PT job out of graduate school. She quickly fell in love and realized Pilates could be used as an amazing tool in helping to rehabilitate her patients.

She received her Pilates training through Polestar Pilates and is a Certified Pilates Teacher and continuing education provider under the Pilates Method Alliance. She has a successful fitness DVD series, YouTube channel, women’s health program and online Pilates studio called Jessica Valant Pilates. She was named a top 10 finalist in the 2015 Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Contest and teaches workshops and courses to other health care professionals and Pilates instructors.

Jessica’s love and passion for the Pilates industry led her to co-found Momentum Fest with her husband, Brian. Jessica believes movement should be empowering and exciting and she hopes to help all people in her classes feel the same. To learn more about Jessica visit her website jessicavalantpilates.com.

 

Feb 9, 2018

In this episode, movement educator and professional classical musician Kayleigh Miller interviews Janet and Nikki about their experience creating the podcast.

They cover:

  • How their perspective of movement and fitness + their own workouts have been influenced by their guest interviews
  • How they reconcile conflicting perspectives when they and their guests don't agree
  • The mission + future of the podcast

About Kayleigh Miller

Kayleigh Miller is a movement educator and professional classical musician who helps people move better so they can be the best version of themselves in all aspects of their lives.

Drawing from the Pilates method, yoga asana, current research, and more, she helps people to strengthen, challenge, and integrate mind, breath, and body.  Although music and movement may seem like disparate modalities, she's found them to be extremely complementary, and is constantly learning to become a better, more embodied musician.

She's passionate about creating connection, using music and movement as means to connect people with the human experience, and  reconnect people to their own bodies and internal experiences.

To connect with Kayleigh visit her websites kayleigh-miller.com or musicianshealthcollective.com.

Dec 22, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and educator Nico Gonzalez about his experiences of being a minority in the Pilates industry and his strategies for combining Pilates and traditional fitness in his studio fitness physiques by Nico G. 

They cover:

  • How being male and minority opens certain professional doors and closes others
  • How different people can get away with using different words and styles of cuing
  • Strategies for making Pilates feel more accessible to male clients
  • Ways to introduce mind body work to clients who are more interested in exercises that feel "hard" 
  • How teaching Pilates in an instructor education setting is different than creating a tailored session for clients

About Nico Gonzalez

Nico Gonzalez is the studio owner of Fitness Physiques by Nico G, an international fitness educator, trainer, and motivational speaker. Certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for group fitness and personal training and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) for Pilates training.

Nico was the Director of Fitness for a regional hospital based wellness facility for over 8 years where he created their Pilates program from the ground up. Nico was an integral manager in developing their wellness programs for post rehabilitation patients. 

Nico travels across the country and beyond training Pilates instructors in the Balanced Body Pilates teacher trainer program. In this regard, he is able to deliver certificates and trainings in all aspects of Pilates. He travels extensively delivering trainings in fitness facilities and studios alike.

Nico has presented internationally, including being a presenter at IDEA World Convention (USA), Can-Fit-Pro (Canada), Fitnesslandia (Italy), World Class (Moscow, Russia) and in Chile, South America. He presents workshops in Pilates, Program Management, Cardio / Strength Training and delivers Choreography Master Classes. Many trainers continue to ask for his practical approach to instruction and easy to follow formulas of success. 


Nico is featured in multiple Pilates videos and podcasts that showcase his creativity in movement and inspiration. He has been credited as a contributing creative editor of the following Pilates instructor manuals: EXO Chair, Pilates ARC, and the Mat with Toys workshop manuals.

Nov 10, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with Katie Santos, co-owner of the Absolute Center, Pilates educator and consultant for MindBodyOnline about how to master the business side of being a Pilates teacher or studio owner.

They cover:

  • Katie's experience transitioning into the Pilates industry as a teacher and business owner
  • Why it's important to have a business model when you start a business
  • Strategies for having uncomfortable conversations around money
  • Tips for creating a sustainable business
  • How the division of roles can help your business be more successful if you have business partners
  • Applying primal movement to sessions with active aging adults

About Katie Santos

✔ Master Pilates Teacher
✔ Mindbody Certified Consultant
✔ International presenter
✔ Evernote Certified Consultant
✔ Serial Entrepreneur 
 
Through her partnership in Absolute Center Katie has leveraged valuable insights in business management and found a love for coaching other business owners. She believes in a non-competitive and innovative approach and she enjoys imparting her knowledge and expertise while playing an important role in driving client business success. 
 
To connect with Katie, send her an email at Katie@absolutecenter.net or visit absolutecenter.net
Nov 2, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with movement educator and co-founder of the Absolute center, Louise Johns about how to use cues to get better results for your clients and how primal movement can be integrated into your practice.

They cover:

  • Cuing for embodiment versus cuing for biomechanics (and why these cues aren't mutually exclusive)
  • Why sometimes saying less is more effective
  • How to sequence and incorporate primal movement into a Pilates class or private session
  • Why primal movement and less structured movement experiences are an ideal complement to more structured fitness modalities like Pilates
  • Why it's beneficial to have a foundation for teaching before branching out into other modalities like primal movement

About Louise Johns

Louise’s dedication to helping people feel better shows through her clientele, some of whom have been working with her for over 17 years. Louise finds herself drawn towards a broad section of clients from all different walks of life and abilities. At Absolute Center, the studio she co-owns, her day-to-day practice includes one-on-one sessions, small group classes, and large group instruction, including Franklin Imagery, Pilates, Primal Pilates, TRX, and more. She also mentors her staff and student Pilates teachers, and participates in the Balanced Body Pilates Teacher Training her studio hosts.  

When not at her studio, you can find Louise on the road with Balanced Body, presenting at the world-renowned Pilates on Tour conferences and at the Pilates Method Alliance conference (PMA). At these events, she shares continuing education material as well as Primal Movement WORKS!, a movement brand she co-founded. You can also find her online on Pilates Anytime, teaching Pilates and Primal classes. Louise furthers her own growth as well, studying under distinguished teachers like Cara Reeser, Tom McCook, Lesley Powell, Elizabeth Larkham, Nora St John, Madeline Black, Benjamin Dagenhart, Trent, and many more.  

To learn more about Primal Movement Works! and the Absolute center, visit primalmovementworks.com or absolutecenter.net, or say hello on Facebook or Instagram

Oct 26, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Claudia Moose, founder of Primal Movement Works about how to apply primal movements to post rehab, Pilates and fitness.

They cover:

  • The theory behind primal movement and why it's beneficial
  • Different styles of and applications for crawling
  • How crawling and other primal movements can help us recover from injury and improve gait patterns and performance.
  • How to integrate primal movement explorations into a Pilates or fitness setting
  • The difference between increasing tolerance to novel movement and physical pain that could lead to injury
  • Claudia's  journey in using primal movement to come back from a traumatic ankle injury

About Claudia Moose

Claudia Moose, ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES, PMA-CPT, Movement and Manual Therapist: B.A. Movement and Exercise Science emphasis Sports Medicine (Exercise Science and Athletic Training) Chapman University.  Balance Body Master Instructor (Anatomy & Movement, Pilates, MOTR, Bodhi), Partner of Absolute Center and Founder of Primal Movement Works!.

As an Athletic Trainer, working in the industry since 1985, she shares the dual role of a movement educator and a manual therapist. Her manual therapy studies including myofascial release, PNF, joint mobilization, muscle energy, positional release, active release, and acupressure.  Her movement studies include functional movement training, Olympic lifting, power lifting, suspension training, plyometrics, sports specific training, integrated movement, rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation, corrective exercise, Pilates, yoga and CoreAlign.

To learn more about Primal Movement Works visit absolutecenter.net or primalmovementworks.com. To connect with Claudia, say hello on Facebook or Instagram

Oct 19, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and movement educator Jennifer Gianni about how to work with pre and postnatal women in a Pilates and fitness setting:

They cover:

- Basic recommendations for working with pre and postnatal clients

- How to assess for common issues related to pregnancy, such as pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis rect

- Stretching considerations and contraindications 

- Strategies and exercises to train the pelvic floor and the abdominals during and after pregnancy

- How women can tell if an exercise is right for their body during or after pregnancy

- Exercise myths related to pregnancy

- What the recovery period might look like after having a baby and how to progress back to regular exercise

About Jennifer Gianni

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the mind/body field. She began her formal Pilates training in Los Angeles at Performing Arts Physical Therapy under the direction of Melinda Bryan (certified and ordained by 1st generation Pilates Master Romana Kryzanowska). Jennifer’s training during these years included workshops, testing and continuing education seminars with Romana Kryzanowska as well as other Classical Pilates greats like Siri Darma, Jillian Hessel and Jay Grimes. 

Jennifer was chosen to be one of the first Master Teacher Trainers in the United States by Balanced Body in 2007. Jennifer brings her own style and passion to the Balanced Body program and many students chose Balanced Body in order to work with her.

Jennifer discovered her passion for Pilates for pre & post natal women when she was pregnant with her first child which sparked the creation of her own method in 2001 and has been honing it ever since. She has presented her Fusion Fusion Pilates Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training program around the world since 2003 – from the United States to Japan to Russia and more…

Jennifer is the owner and director of Fusion Pilates DVD’s, which specialize in DVD programs for women’s fitness. Jennifer released her original Pre & Post Pregnancy series in 2001, two DVD’s for the Pilates Professional in 2009, and a Pilates Birth Ball series in 2011.

Jennifer is based in Asheville, NC at her Fusion studio, but travels to present her courses across the country and around the world. She is the owner and director of FusionPilatesEDU.com – a website dedicated to bringing the best online continuing education to Pilates professionals.

Oct 13, 2017

Trina Altman about why people get hurt doing yoga and her new online course Yoga Deconstructed™

They cover: 

  • Common causes of pain and injury in yoga
  • The movements that are missing in yoga that can contribute to muscle imbalances and pain
  • Why stretching isn't always the answer
  • How people who are both too stiff or too mobile can benefit from adding strength and stability training to their routine
  • How breaking down a pose into smaller movements can reduce the risk of injury and increase the longevity in your yoga practice
  • Why Trina created Yoga Deconstructed ™ and how the exercises she teaches can be used to balance out a regular yoga practice

Links Mentioned:

Hips Don't Lie Online Course

Yoga Deconstructed®

About Trina Altman, E-RYT 500, PMA®-CPT

Trina leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and Rx Series for Equinox locally and internationally. She is the creator of Yoga Deconstructed™ an innovative interdisciplinary approach that fosters an embodied understanding of Yoga and its relationship to modern movement science.

While at Brown University, Trina took a Kripalu yoga class which ignited her passion for the practice. Emphasizing the importance of inner focus, she teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings across the country. She has presented at Kripalu, PURE YOGA® NYC, Cal-a-Vie Spa, SYTAR, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, ECA, UCLA and multiple yoga conferences.

Her teaching fosters body cognition and self-discovery, firmly grounded in anatomical awareness. Trina builds bridges between the mystical and the pragmatic, and specializes in helping others to access their body’s tissues and their heart’s purpose. Trina works out of Los Angeles at Equinox and The Moving Joint. Find her at www.trinaaltman.com or say hello on Facebook or Instagram.

Sep 28, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Rebekah Rotstein, movement + Pilates educator and creator of Buff Bones about applications for Pilates and movement to osteoporosis.

They discuss:

  • The process of being diagnosed for osteoporosis and what it means
  • How to acknowledge the fear that can come with diagnosis and how to create a safe space to move through it
  • The importance of looking at multiple movement systems when creating a holistic movement or fitness practice
  • Rebekah's personal experience with osteoporosis and how it inspired her to create buff bones and contribute to research on how to use movement to help osteoporosis
  • What the current research is finding in regards to movement and osteoporosis
  • Exercise and movement recommendations and contraindications for osteoporosis (e.g. how to add load, beneficial types of exercises, ect)
  • Spinal flexion and posture in relationship to osteoporosis
  • General tips for bone health and longevity
About Rebekah Rotstein
 
Rebekah is an industry leader in exercise, Pilates and movement education. She is the creator of the medically-endorsed Buff Bones® system, with trained instructors in more than 25 countries and offered at Hartford Hospital's Bone and Joint Institute.
 
She has presented throughout the U.S. and internationally, and at conferences including the Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour, the International Osteoporosis Foundation Worldwide Conference and the Smith College Women's Leadership Conference. Rebekah began her anatomy training in the sports medicine department of Smith College and served as a Senior Expert Instructor at the Kane School in New York City where she was a member of the teacher training faculty. Her ongoing study of the body includes seven annual cadaver dissections, somatic studies, fascia research education and visceral manipulation. Rebekah has been a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and is a visiting instructor at Pilates Anytime.
 
For more information, visit www.rebekahrotstein.com and www.buff-bones.com
Sep 21, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Kelly Uygan, co-Owner of Konnect Pilates and Faculty with American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast William J Gillespie School about conditioning and injury prevention strategies for dancers.

They cover:

  • Common causes of injury in dancers and how that relates to their technique
  • Key elements of a dance conditioning program
  • Technical things that dancers can work on to both improve their technique and balance out their body for more resiliency (e.g. working in parallel, dorsiflexion, quad strength)
  • The issue with using cues for technique that aren't technically accurate and why this can contribute to movement dysfunction
  • The role of Pilates in dance conditioning
  • Safe strategies for stretching and what to be mindful of with dancers who have hypermobility

About Kelly Uygan

Kelly, is a former ballet professional ballet dancer and Co-Owner of Konnect Pilates Studio, she is a certified PMA [Pilates method Alliance] certified instructor and her teaching experience as a pilates instructor exceeds over 30 years. She trained originally with renowned Pilates instructor Diane Diefenderfer 2nd generation Pilates.

Kelly is also an active faculty member with the Balanced Body Education, instructing teacher trainers in all 8 Pilates Modules plus Anatomy and Balanced Body Barre. She is also on Faculty with American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast William J Gillespie School at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts training pre- professional levels 4,5 and 6.

She holds certifications with: The Pilates method Alliance, American Ballet Theater’s National training Curriculum for young dancers; Resistance Flexibility and Strength training with the Ki-Hara technique used by Olympic swimmer Dara; The Pink Ribbon Program, a Post-Operative workout enhancing recovery for breast cancer survivors; CoreAlign, BBBarre, BODHI and the entire BodyCode system in which she is a Master Teacher of training under Mr. Carbone Master Gyrotonics teacher and inventor of the BodyCode system for 10years.

To connect with Kelly, visit her website konnectpilates.com.

Sep 14, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Benjamin Degenhardt about his perspective and research of the traditional Pilates work and how it fits into the modern movement world.

They cover:

  • How we can apply modern science and innovation, while staying true to the traditional work
  • What Joe Pilates intention may have been with the work and how to define Pilates in relationship to other forms of movement and fitness
  • Why it’s important to remember that Pilates is a system and how to understand when to apply the order and when to deviate from it based on the needs of the body in front of you
  • Some of the differences between Joe’s philosophy around teaching and how Pilates is marketed today
  • The power in creating a culture for people to feel successful in and curious about their Pilates experience and movement exploration
  • A discussion around fear based movement and how Joe Pilates was somewhat fearless
  • Why Benjamin created #MarchMatness and how it has evolved in the past few years
  • Benjamin's work with 360° Pilates

About Benjamin Degenhardt

Benjamin Degenhardt has been involved in Pilates and movement training for more than 15 years and is the founder of 360° Pilates, an educational resource and program synthesizing the original Pilates method with modern knowledge on movement, health, and fitness training.

Benjamin presents his work at conferences and training facilities around the world and is the mastermind behind the annual March MATness social media campaign. He is currently in the process of finishing and publishing 360° Pilates Mat, a smartphone app for matwork practitioners. To learn more about Benjamin, visit www.benjamindegenhardt.com.

Sep 7, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with Pilates teacher Carrie Russo about working with different populations using the authentic Pilates method as a framework.

They cover:

  • Carrie’s experience coming back to Pilates after abdominal surgery and how it’s informed her current teaching practice
  • Myths about Classical Pilates (e.g. no modifications, always pointed toes, ect)
  • Examples of how to work with special populations while still staying in the “Classical Pilates box”
  • Similarities of the approaches between Classical and Contemporary Pilates
  • Elements of what makes a good instructor

About Carrie Russo

Carrie first began studying Pilates as part of her curriculum as a dance minor.  Years later she decided to pursue teaching Pilates as a career. After a rigorous year and a half long program, she earned her certification from the prestigious Romana’s Pilates in 2005.  While in training, Carrie studied under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska.  She continues to study with the Master Teachers of Romana’s Pilates to ensure she is always challenging herself and growing, both as a practitioner and a teacher. Carrie’s unique style of teaching combines her expert knowledge of the craft and genuine enthusiasm for helping people transform their bodies.  Her clients will tell you that although she can be tough, there is guaranteed laughter to be had in every session.  She takes to heart what Romana always said, “If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?”

Carrie is a sought after instructor and teaches workshops for both teachers and Pilates enthusiasts.  She takes great joy in sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates. To learn more about Carrie, visit her website or say hello on Instagram

Aug 31, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with health coach Courtney Townley about how to set meaningful goals.

They cover:

  • Why knowing your why is important for setting a goal that you'll actually follow through on
  • Strategies to identify your why
  • Why most women struggle to reach their health and fitness goals
  • How to combat overwhelm
  • Why consistency gets you better results than drastic action
  • The role of self compassion in reaching your gals and achieving better health
  • Why self awareness and tracking can make the difference in creating progress
  • How to find the balance between grace and grit

About Courtney Townley:

Courtney began working in the fitness industry over two decades ago when she transitioned from the professional dance world. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and is fully certified as a STOTT PILATES® instructor, National Strength and Conditioning personal trainer (NSCA-CPT), ACE Health Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach. She is also a very proud student of the Ido Portal Method.

Courtney has owned 2 fitness facilities and was so blown away by the results that clients got from her health coaching services, she decided to commit fully to developing that aspect of her business. She’s driven to learn everything she can about her field to help her clients get the results they desire and to be sure they have fun along the way.

Courtney is passionate about a multi-dimensional approach to health and fitness, and integrates the practices of clean eating, functional movement and stress management. She loves to move and share her love of movement with others while also introducing them to optimal health through healthy living practices.

To connect with Courtney, visit her website graceandgrit.com.

Aug 24, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Joe Hook, CSCS and Director of Human Performance, about the science of stress and how stress can affect your workouts.

They cover:

  • A brief overview of how our bodies regulate stress
  • The relationship between breathing and stress
  • The differences between chronic stress and acute stress
  • How lifestyle factors like sleep, nutrition and recovery can reduce or increase stress
  • The effects of stress when you don't get enough recovery
  • How your body responds to different kids of workouts and how that relates to stress

 

Links Mentioned:

Ep 21: Joe Hook | Best strength training practices (part 1)

Ep 22: Joe Hook | Barefoot training, footwear and recovery (part 2)

About Joe Hook, CSCS, USAW

Joe is the Director of Human Performance for Real Human Performance (Cincinnati, Ohio). His background is in sports performance training, and he works with clients ranging from professional athletes to the average person. His training philosophy is rooted in improving movement patterns and stress resiliency.

For more information, visit his website at realhumanperformance.com or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

Aug 18, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher Ashlee Carignan about how she build her following on Instagram.

They cover:

  • Why it's important to have a goal before your choose your Instagram strategy
  • How to use Instagram to build brand awareness
  • What Instagram is useful (and not useful for) when it comes to building your business
  • The basics of Instagram (how to use hashtags, put music to video and gain followers)
  • The importance of relationship building on and offline
  • How to pitch yourself to other companies and people who you want to collaborate with

About Ashlee Carignan

Ashlee’s Pilates career began 10 years ago when she completed an intense certification program of the Ivan Dahl Method. She was quickly addicted to the practices of Pilates and became excited by the idea of building a career centered on teaching people Joseph’s theory of complete coordination between the body, mind, and spirit.

After a series of residencies at some of LA’s most popular studios with a desire to empower individuals through Pilates, Ashlee opened her own space in the Beverlywood neighborhood of LA, appropriately called “Pilates with Ashlee” where she works with everyone from beginners to professional Olympic Athletes.

Ashlee’s had the pleasure to work with and be sponsored by many companies including Alo Yoga, All The Tiny Pieces, The 3B Shop, RESE Activewear, Bare Girl Socks, and Outdoor Voices. Additionally, she is an ambassador for Fré Skincare, The 3B Shop and Bare Girl Sock and was recently been featured in Voyage LA, LA Weekly, and Focus Magazine.

To connect with Ashlee, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

Aug 10, 2017

In this episode, which originally aired October 13, 2016, Nikki chats with Kyria Sabin Waugaman, director of Fletcher Pilates.

They discuss the history of Fletcher Pilates, Ron Fletcher's philosophy of movement and how the Fletcher Towelwork® can be used in post rehab and performance settings.

Who was Ron Fletcher?

Ron Fletcher studied directly under Joe and Clara Pilates and is responsible for introducing and popularizing the Pilates Method in the West Coast.

He is known for having evolved the Pilates Method while maintaining the intention of the work. With Clara Pilates permission, Ron brought the work to standing and added elements of barre to enhance the function of the exercises. He also developed the Fletcher Towelwork® to improve integrity strength and balance in the upper body.

Using the Towelwork® to improve performance

The Towelwork® progresses movement from basic to complicated patterns. It starts with stabilization exercises to teach clients how to move from their backs and from a place of symmetry.

Depending on the activity, the application of the Towelwork® will vary, but it gives everyone a sense of strength, flexibility, ease of movement and taking the Pilates principles all the way up through the body.

For many people who play a one sided sport like tennis or baseball, there's an instability or imbalance in the body that can be corrected with the Towelwork®. Additionally, it can teach dancers how to perform upper body movement from a place of strength and ease.

Fletcher Towelwork® for breast cancer

One of the applications of the work is opening the front of the body. In the case of chest wall surgeries like mastectomies, lumpectomies and open heart surgery, there's a tendency to close down in the chest particularly when there is scar tissue or pain involved.

This causes changes in upper body posture and compromises the stability of the shoulder girdle. The Towelwork® helps expand the chest wall, improve shoulder stability and correct upper body posture.

Ron Fletcher's teaching philosophy

Ron approached every body from an idea of movement potential - not limitations.

He was all about helping people embody their bodies and he often talked about how we have this give or take, 70 trillion cells that we get to move through life with. He believed that we should treat each person, no matter where they are in their lives as a whole being, not just as someone who is recovering from something.

Links Mentioned

Fletcher Pilates Website: http://www.fletcherpilates.com

Fletcher Pilates in Seattle with Teresa Chikoore: http://www.pilatesintolife.com/

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with David Nolan, founder of human performance advancement, about what it means to have an evidence based training program and how to interpret a research study.

They cover:

  • Why you shouldn't take sound bite references to research at face value
  • Why it's important to look at the methods behind the research when interpreting the results
  • The limitations of research both within the lab and when applying it to real life
  • Common mistakes made when reading a study
  • What sources you should look to for accurate information
  • The impacts of placebo effect and confirmation bias

About David Nolan

David is the founder and director of Human Performance Advancement, a team of highly motivated coaches with sports science backgrounds who have experience in both the practical applications of strength and conditioning and research of sports science. He is also the host of the Human Performance Advancement Podcast.
 
David graduated with 1st class honours degree in sport and exercise sciences from the University of Limerick and is currently working on carrying out a research project in University College Dublin examining the effects of different foods on hunger & satiety hormones.
 
He takes an evidence based approach to education of health and fitness and works with a variety of athletes, general populations & sports teams. To learn more about David, visit his website www.hpascience.com or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Jul 27, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with personal trainer and Ayurvedic practitioner Andrea Claassen about how to use Ayureveda to enhance health and fitness.  

They cover: 

  • What Ayureveda is and how it’s more than just a physical yoga practice
  • The three types doshas
  • How to identify your personal dosha(s) and how to know if your dosha is in balance
  • Simple ways to apply Ayurvedic principles to your life, even if you’re new to it (e.g. determining how to time meals, when to go to bed, ect)
  • How to use Ayurveda to practice mindfulness and to listen to your body
  • How to adjust Ayurvedic concepts to meet you where you’re at if the recommendations are overwhelming or don’t feel achievable

Links mentioned: 

About Andrea:

Andrea Claassen is a certified personal trainer, 200 hour registered yoga instructor and mindset shifter.  Her mission is to help women learn to lift heavy, incorporate yoga, and find their favorite form of movement. She does this by teaching her Peaceful Power Practices centered around fitness, yoga and Ayurveda.

Andrea believes training is so much more than working out it truly is about helping you evolve your identity. To connect with Andrea, visit her website safiretraining.com or say hello on Instagram

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