with Mercy Sidbury
April 20th, 2013 10 am - 6pm
Mission Creek Pilates
1040A Harrison Street, between 17th and 18th, SF
$165 early bird ( register by April 14th)
$180 regular price
To register, send a non-refundable deposit of $75 to Abby Crain, 5413 Dover Street, Oakland, Ca
Topic of Workshop:
This workshop offers an experiential approach to recognizing how often times, simply releasing habitual tonic contracture can "open the holding" in the body to the point that the natural plumb line can be rediscovered. We can optimize the client's time spent by in the studio by releasing the holding patterns before strengthening. Whole body functional exercises can, then, be more easily and effectively accomplished and improvement will be swifter.
An experiential approach will be used to explore the concept that balance around central core is the source of efficient skeletal posture and movement. We define core as a spatial organization, which houses or contains the visceral and thoracic organs. The skeleton is in a state of tensegrity in which the bones are suspended by the tensile balance of the myofascial elements (muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, etc.) around this organ-based filling. Allowing both the contents and container to play a role in the support and positioning of the body allows greater ease for the muscular system.
We will connect this notion with the theories of Vladimir Janda (including reference to trigger point influence on myofascial integrity) which identify certain muscles in the body as postural, which maintain tone over a long period of time, and some as phasic, which move quickly and tire easily. These pairings should be in dynamic balance. The muscles that hold our posture will pattern all of our movements, for better or for worse. They are the ones that need releasing prior to exercise. These contractures can be of muscular or visceral origin.
Myofascial release techniques, breathing exercises and core stabilization exercise will be included as part of the experiential learning modalities.
Educated at Mount Holyoke and Oberlin Colleges, Mercy Sidbury cultivated a passion for the study of somatics through her 25 year dance career in the Bay Area and New York. Besides her own personal movement investigations, other influences on her practice in movement education include Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais principals, Body Mind Centering, therapeutic exercise, Reiki, Caritas energy work, Iyengar, Kundalini and Kripalu yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement in addition to 30 years in the field of Pilates. Since 1988, she has taught dance technique, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy, kinesiology and somatics work in the California State University system and other professional and university settings in California and across the U.S. She currently runs Bodywise Pilates Studio in Sebastopol, CA.
This is a Pilates based workout that focuses on the important joints that connect your spine and pelvis. The health of the joints between your sacrum and ilium is critical for many activities—from sitting to booty shaking. During the class we will look at patterns of constriction in the pelvis, hips, and legs and identify core stabilizers that will assist you in obtaining and maintaining a balanced pelvis.
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Gemma is a former dancer who has been teaching movement in various forms for over 20 years. She received her certification as a Pilates instructor at the Kane School of Core Integration. As part of her continuing professional development, Gemma has completed workshops specializing in scoliosis and body conditioning for dancers. Her sessions reflect her detailed, integrative approach to Pilates and the sincere joy she gets from helping others to achieve more balanced physicality.
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Mission Creek Pilates
2130 A Harrison Street
between 17th and 18th
Mission Creek is easily accessible by BART/Bus/Bike/Car
16th Street BART / street parking available or paid parking at 17th & Shotwell