Four 3-HOUR Workshops by Blossom Leilani CrawfordMarch 28 & 29, 2020
March 28 @ 12 p.m.
From the Hands
March 28 @ 3:30 p.m.
From the Feet
March 29 @ 9:00 a.m.
Tricky Client Strategies
March 29 @ 12:30 p.m.
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From the HandsMarch 28 @ 12 p.m.
- We often talk about the feet in Pilates, but what about the hands? In this workshop, we will take a look at the placement of fingers, hands, wrists and even an elbow or shoulder while practicing Pilates. Let’s take a fresh look at the hand holds we teach and see if the positions are serving the goal we have for our clients. How can we optimize the cueing of our hands to improve the overall work in the arms, shoulder and body? Sometimes a small shift in the hands can make a big difference. We will look at hand and arm choreography in the Matwork, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and especially the Reformer.
From the FeetMarch 28 @ 3:30 p.m.
- The health of our feet is critically important, yet rarely discussed. Blossom will share the techniques she has curated over the years to strengthen, realign and stretch the feet. The movements come from her own teaching experience, Kathy Grant and other Pilates teachers. In this workshop, you will see how the feet are the structural foundation for our knees and hips. We will use our eyes, hands, balls, towels and pads to connect to the feet while investigating their role in balance and strength. We will also examine how the feet play a role in traditional Pilates exercises on equipment like the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and Barrels in addition to learning strategies for how to better incorporate the feet into your everyday Pilates teaching.
Tricky Client StrategiesMarch 29 @ 9 a.m.
- We are all trained to teach people that can move easily. However, the majority of our clients have issues. I will take you through some elements from my bag of tricks for those clients that take a little extra thinking through. For instance, I have an 80-year-old male client that has one leg 10 pounds heavier than the other. I want to share with you how I taught Pilates to a woman who had no movement in her ankles. With a few simple tools and movement strategies, you can add to your own bag of tools when working with those tricky clients.
Cadillac FunMarch 29, 12:30 p.m.
- In this exciting workshop, Blossom will explore the classical Cadillac repertoire along with simple and effective twists created by her mentor, first-generation Pilates master Kathleen Stanford Grant. She will also introduce some of her own concepts and exercises based on the traditional vocabulary. It will be a fascinating journey that combines old and new exercises on the largest piece of apparatus. As she recently told Pilates Style magazine, the Cadillac is one of Blossom’s favorite pieces of equipment due to its incredible versatility. Come join us to witness her expertise and see how equal measures of fun and hard work come together on Joseph Pilates’ unique invention.