In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Mariska Breland and Meghann Koppele Duffy about Pilates and movement training for neurological conditions.
- 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 Condition
s 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit Kinected's website