2019 and still lots to learn!!

 In Classes

Happy 2019! Every year my husband says the same thing, are you going on another course? Don’t you know what you are doing yet? I merely answer we are learning new things about the human body all the time. If you have read any of our Pilates Therapy blogs before you will be aware of our passion for learning.

This year we haven’t wasted any time, and Stephanie and I have been fortunate enough to attend a teacher training course in Hypopressives in London with UK Hypopressives, and I spent another mentoring day at my studio in Ferndown with Jenny Cardew.

The Hypopressive teacher training course was brought to our attention by one of our Pilates Therapists who after several children and a coughing virus found herself with a grade two prolapse. Hypopressives originated in Spain and was developed by a physiotherapist. It has a wide following in Europe and is known worldwide. It has a well-known reputation for helping with prolapse, urinary incontinence and all things related to posts natal women. Our very own Pilates Therapist has felt it was life changing and has benefited her hugely which was enough to convince us to sign up for a course. When I was in NY in October, I also had a conversation with the renowned physiotherapist Diane Lee, and she had also attended the level one teacher training and was supportive of the method.

The general consensus is that practising Hypopressives can reset the diaphragm which will help the function of the abdominal wall. The technique involves creating a vacuum effect which is meant to suck everything back up where it belongs and can be a bit disconcerting at first, but you soon get used to it. One of the lovely things that came out of it is the use of lateral costal breathing which we all know the Pilates teachers have done for years so give yourself a good pat on the back for teaching this. Both Stephanie and I were lucky and attended this course together. We were given a month to practice what is known as the flow and then go back and face assessment. Many elements reminded me of Pilates in this technique, and I will be working out the best way to integrate it into my classes as it does relieve the intraabdominal pressure which stress, kyphosis, and too much forward flexion can cause.

I followed my Hypopressive teacher training weekend with another mentoring day with Jenny Cardew the first UK physiotherapist to qualify as an Integrated systems Method practitioner.
I booked in clients some who I had seen before and some who I had not seen. The sessions included an assessment of the whole body starting with the pelvis moving up assessing the ribs as a whole but also individually, the shoulder girdle, the cervical spine, and the cranium. We then went down the chain and looked at the hip knees and feet assessing the whole time. The outcome of our assessments was a definite eye-opener. Three out of our five clients had overactive pelvic floors!! and the other two had issues driven by poor rib placement. The identification of what was behind their problems is key to helping these clients get out of pain and back to more optimal movement. We as Pilates teachers can make assumptions that everyone should need pelvic floor work after giving birth, but it is just not the case. The assessments are precise and working out the cause can be less than straight forward. In my eyes, it is essential to find what drives an individuals issues to ensure my cueing and use of Pilates exercises most beneficial.

If you are interested, keep an eye on our blog out as I will be posting a few case studies from our day. Along with our ten days, Jenny Cardew is holding a two-day introductory course on ‘finding the driver’ at my Ferndown studio at the beginning of May. Ideally, to benefit from this course, you should feel confident using your hands when assessing your clients and the basics screens from our modules will definitely help. If you are interested, you can book through www.pilatestherapy.co.uk or email us at info@pilatestherapy.co.uk.

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