Benjamin offers far more than instruction or training; he is a teacher of awesome movement. Beyond hour-long sessions he provides a number of unique workshop curricula aimed at honing and deepening the skills of fellow teachers and practitioners alike. These tested workshops can easily and affordably bring new perspectives and practices to your clients and teachers.
Joseph Pilates’ Head, Neck, and Shoulder Repertoire
As a former boxer, self-defense teacher, and all-around tough-guy, Joseph Pilates knew the importance of a strong and supple neck; without it, a punch to the jaw would result in a broken neck! Over the long years of his amazing innovations he developed and honed a great number of head, neck and shoulder protocols meant to provide his students with both the strength and the flexibility to be free of neck pain and dysfunction. Yet sadly many of these exercises have faded from modern Pilates as our culture has become less mobile and more afraid to move. This workshop - based in current movement science with attention to individual neck and shoulder pathologies - will share the full repertoire of Mr. Pilates neck exercises and bring a newunderstanding of how we can keep our heads up, moving, and free of pain.
In this four-hour workshop participants will warm up with a brief, full-body mat class, learn the fundamental movement and anatomy of the neck and shoulder complex, observe and practice exercises on the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Tower, and with props such as the Magic Circle, towel, and Neck Stretcher designed to build resilience, ease, and confidence in the head, neck and shoulders. Time will also be provided to workshop specific questions and problems.
The workshop is geared both to teachers and practitioners of any movement practice: yogis, personal trainers, bodyworkers, or just those who have a curiosity to learn more about their heads and necks in the context of the Pilates Method.
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Joseph Pilates' Archival Exercises
It’s called the “archival material,” as if these crucial aspects of Mr. Pilates’ method were disposed of in a file cabinet somewhere in the basement of time, never to be seen again. But the utility, safety, versatility, and context his original exercises provide to contemporary Contrology practice cannot be overstated: the original work makes the method what it is.
Connecting the dots between all aspects of the Method, this four-hour workshop dusts off the archival material of Joseph Pilates as taught on the mat and all apparatuses. This includes the original Return to Life matwork, the “Jacob’s Pillow” standing exercises, how auxiliary equipment such as the Foot Corrector, Magic Circle, Breath-o-Cizer, and Magic Square define the entirety of the work, and famous (yet unfairly maligned) “super advanced” exercises that are far more accessible and safe than they seem. Including a short, myth-busting lecture on the history of the Pilates Method, a reintroduction to his core tenants, and detailed guidance and cueing through the archival material will provide teachers and practitioners alike with a new and unbiased access to the real brilliance of Mr. Pilates.
The workshop is geared both to teachers and practitioners of any movement practice: yogis, personal trainers, bodyworkers, or just those who have a curiosity to learn more about the original forms of the Pilates Method.
INVERT AND FLY
Thriving in the Upside Down
There is such a thing as “space yoga,” but no such thing as “space Pilates.”
Humans live always defined by gravity, and spend most of their time in only two relationships to it: vertical or horizontal. But there are so many more possibilities to balance out our movement vocabulary! Moving freely between right-side-up and upside-down provides suppleness of the spine, freedom in the joints, resiliency in reflex actions, calm in the nervous system, and a holistic sense of fun that is our birthright. Actively removing our blockages against moving well in all planes under gravitational pull can lead us to live fuller, freer lives.
This four-hour workshop focuses on diverse approaches to moving around in gravity, including classical inversions such as somersaults, shoulder rolls, walkovers, headstands, and handstands - as intersect with the material Joseph Pilates created. Further context into the righting reflex actions, the vestibular system, grip strength, balance, and other movement skills in all relationships to gravity will be explored.
The workshop is geared both to teachers and practitioners of any movement practice: yogis, personal trainers, bodyworkers, or just those who have a curiosity to learn more about inversions, being upside down, or one’s relationship to gravitational pull within movement.