Presenting Streamline’s Annual Spring Workshop

Your Song is Your Strength:
The Breathing Mechanism and Core Control

Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24-26, 2017
featuring Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure

As part of our annual spring workshop program, Streamline is pleased to bring Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure back to Salt Lake to present course number three in their Movement Science Made Simple (MSMS) workshop series: Your Song is Your Strength: The Breathing Mechanism and Core Control. 

Most movement teachers and fitness instructors have studied human anatomy, but it is difficult to make good use of that knowledge without some understanding of physiology and kinesiology. MSMS is a series of courses designed to teach Pilates and yoga instructors the essentials of movement science in a way that can be immediately applied to one’s practice and teaching. These courses are equally accessible to the instructor and the practitioner.

The MSMS Lectures draw on Jeremy’s graduate studies in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology and Cara’s experience as a dance educator and master Pilates teacher. To the Lab, Cara and Jeremy bring decades of practicing and teaching Pilates, a deep practice of Yoga, and years of tutelage under such movement visionaries as Kathleen Stanford Grant, Irene Dowd, Barbara Mahler, and Nancy Topf. 

The workshop will unfold in three segments: Friday evening; all-day Saturday; and all-day Sunday. The cost is $500 (special early-bird rate of $475 for the entire workshop is available until February 15, 2017.

Master Mat Class taught by Cara Reeser
Friday, March 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost $50

The Master Mat Class on Friday, March 24th is a Streamline tradition. This 2-hour class sets the stage for the weekend and we are opening it up to any students of Pilates and the Streamline community at large.

Cara will bring her usual talents and ability to hold the attention of a large group and run us through an upbeat mat class with some concepts and skills that we will workshop. Cara is engaging and enthusiastic in her approach to the Pilates Matwork. Suddenly the exercises that are the most challenging for you will be accessible and enjoyable. Reception to immediately follow.

Your Song is Your Strength
The Breathing Mechanism and Core Control
taught by Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure
Saturday, March 25, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $475

One current model of the body’s “core” includes the abdominal and low back muscles, the thoracic diaphragm, and the pelvic floor. Because these muscles are also intimately involved in breathing, breath control and core control are inseparable. Understanding the implications of this model makes it easier to correctly and safely coach both Pilates exercises and functional movement.

In this course, we examine:

  • How the abdominals, diaphragm, and pelvic floor work together as part of the breathing mechanism, and as movers and stabilizers of the lumbar spine and pelvis.
  • The physiology of breathing, emphasizing the interplay between voluntary and involuntary regulation.
  • The role of intra-abdominal pressure in low back stability, and the necessity of both abdominal “hollowing” and abdominal “bracing” movement strategies.
  • Supportive and stabilizing functions of the pelvic floor, including its role in intra-pelvic stability.

Beginning with breathing exercises from Pilates, yoga, and physical therapy, we will build a strong foundation for our own movement. As the relationship between breath control and core control becomes clear, course participants will learn how breathing strategies can facilitate or undermine movement strategies.

As teachers, our tools are demonstration, touch, and language. To be effective teachers our demonstration must be fully embodied, our touch supportive, and our language direct or poetic as needed. Movement Science Made Simple joins current concepts in anatomy, kinesiology, and motor learning with time-tested movement training strategies, giving workshop participants new skills to work with diverse client populations. This workshop offers 12 CEC’s: 6 hours Saturday and 6 hours Sunday. 

Please note: it is NOT necessary to have taken course #1 and #2 before attending course #3.

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Cara Reeser, Denver, CO
Pilates Aligned

Cara Reeser is the owner of Pilates Aligned in Denver, Colorado. She began her initial studies in the Pilates Method with first generation Master Teacher, Kathleen Stanford Grant with whom she studied until her death in 2010. Before opening her own studio Cara taught at the Pilates Center in Boulder for six years, and it was during this time that she began to develop her own work and style of teaching, greatly influenced by her mentor. As a second-generation Pilates instructor and lineage carrier of the Kathy Grant work, Cara is a well-respected and highly sought-after member of the worldwide Pilates industry. Cara has also been a serious student of Yoga for more than 10 years, helping to round out her own knowledge of mind-body science.

Picture of Jeremy Laverdure, New York, NY Sixth Street Pilates

Jeremy Laverdure, New York, NY
Sixth Street Pilates

Jeremy Laverdure, DPT, is a physical therapist and co-owner of Sixth Street Pilates in New York City’s East Village. Jeremy’s teaching is informed by his training at The Pilates Center of Boulder, his many years as a yogi and dancer, and his studies of Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler. While he continues to enjoy working with all types of clients, Jeremy has developed a special interest in teaching Pilates and Yoga instructors, bringing a broad-based movement studies approach to these disciplines. Together with Cara, Jeremy formed Movement Science Made Simple, a series of courses designed to teach Pilates instructors the essentials of movement science in a way that can be immediately applied to one’s practice and one’s teaching.