We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Elizabeth Larkam to Otago Street Pilates in June 2019. Two days of workshops for movement teachers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full course details.
Studies of the neuromyofascial system are preparing Pilates teachers to learn about the model of biotensegrity. Biotensegrity is a model of anatomical structure that profoundly informs how we move. Apply the principles of biotensegrity to movement experiences on the mat with props. Learn how your Pilates teaching can be informed and transformed by awareness of biotensegrity, the interplay of tension and compression in the body. Movement vocabulary includes the analysis of the matwork of J. H. Pilates as well as Fascia-focused Movement that uses a wall for closed kinetic chain contact with hands and feet.
Fascial tissues are capable of storing and releasing kinetic energy similar to an elastic spring. Learn, practice and cue comprehensive fascia-focused movements that are sequenced for success to put a 'spring in your step' and connect the power of your arms with a resilient torso. Understand how recent fascia-oriented research from sports medicine and orthopedic surgery informs Reformer practice.
Elizabeth Larkam Biography
Elizabeth Larkam is internationally recognized as an innovator of movement education and practice.
Elizabeth’s book Fascia in Motion: Fascia-focused movement for Pilates (Handspring, 2017) is a revolutionary book inspired by the most significant publications from fascia research that melds 30 years of Pilates practice with study of the neuromyofascial system. She contributed the chapter ‘Fascia oriented Pilates training’ to the book Fascia in Sport and Movement edited by Robert Schleip (Handspring Publishing, 2015).
Elizabeth began her Pilates studies in 1985 while teaching dance at Stanford University. A Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance® teacher, she was educated by the first generation Pilates teachers. Elizabeth co-founded and co-owned Polestar Education. When Balanced Body Pilates Education was founded in 2004, she became a Master Instructor and Mentor, conducting courses throughout the world. Elizabeth is a Feldenkrais® practitioner, certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor. She is qualified in Gyrotonic II and Gyrotonic Specialized Equipment. Elizabeth completed the Certification program, Masters of Intuitive Medicine in the Academy of Intuition Medicine® in 2013.
As a Dancemedicine Pilates Specialist at Center for Sports Medicine, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, 1985–2000, Elizabeth created Pilates protocols for orthopedic, spine, and chronic pain diagnoses. Elizabeth was a consulting Pilates Specialist with the San Francisco Ballet and Cirque de Soleil, a lecturer at the University of San Francisco in Exercise and Sports Science, a lecturer at San Francisco State University in Dance, a Fitness Editor for PilatesStyle and a Reebok Master Trainer. She is a media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.
Elizabeth has participated in eight dissection courses taught by master dissectors Carla Stecco at Guben Plastinarium, Gill Hedley in San Francisco and Todd Garcia in Tempe, Arizona. She taught the movement component of dissection courses hosted by Tom Myers and by Balanced Body Pilates.
Elizabeth is a Distinguished Instructor on Pilates Anytime with 36 classes (www.pilatesanytime.com) and 6 workshops on Fusion Pilates EDU (www.fusionpilatesedu.com). She choreographs and performs with PilatesPerformance. Her more than 50 Pilates and CoreAlign podcasts as well as her dance that launched Allegro 2 are on www.pilates.com.