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Wellness Series Winter / Spring 2017

bullet  Exploring Concepts of Functional Muscle Balancing in Context of Pilates Practices

Taught by Irene Dowd with Jean Sullivan demonstrating

Date: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Cost: $250 regular price ($225 early bird price if registered by May 15th, 2017)

In this workshop, we will consider the concept of "muscle balance" and what that might mean for us as we teach pilates-based practices. What do we endeavor to balance: right and left side, front and back, inner and outer, deeper and more superficial, agonist and antagonist? How do we measure balance: with strength, endurance, flexibility, speed testing? How do we train for balance in any of these measures? Perhaps another kind of imbalance is an absence of integrity of the entire body working together? If so, what is out of balance? How can we establish more balance?

In real life activities and professions, there are certain necessary asymmetrical usages. For example, professional tennis players develop a much stronger and larger racket arm, ballet dancers come to have greater strength and endurance of their calf than their shin muscles, sushi chefs develop much more speed of wrist action with their knife hand, and a baseball pitcher gains much more flexibility as well as power in the pitching shoulder muscles.

Muscle imbalance may actually be a strategy for successful performance of asymmetrical daily life activities. Nonetheless, excessive imbalance of muscle action around a joint can contribute to joint dysfunction and even disability (joint injuries and even arthritis). Therefore, our goal will be two-fold: we want to sustain balanced activity of the muscles surrounding each joint adequately to support healthy joint function without compromising our ability to do our daily work with efficiency. In sum, we will seek to create highly personalized strategies or programs that can introduce more musculo-skeletal "balance" without disturbing the ability of that person to perform successfully in their chosen profession and lifestyle.

This will be a practical and thought-provoking workshop in which participants will have the opportunity to practice analyzing muscle imbalances, assessing functional task-related asymmetries, and encouraging a person to integrate his/her entire body in the process of achieving equilibrium, ease, and success in performance.

REGISTER ONLINE or by calling 415-561-3991



Irene Dowd

Instructor Bio

IRENE DOWD is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Canada's National Ballet School, Movement Research, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a private practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education for over 40 years in NYC. Irene has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis and other solo dancers. Her work has been taught in schools and dance companies across the US and Canada. She is a long-term private student of Pilates-based work with Jean Claude West and Lisa Love.

bullet  JYME Bodyworks 4-Month Training Immersion: Highly Effective Hands-on Treatment from the Spine Out

with Laurie Hall

Dates and Times:
4 Saturdays, February 25th, April 1st, May 13th, June 17th, 10am - 5pm
4 Mondays, March 6th, April 10th, May 22nd, June 19th, 5-7pm
Maximum of 10 students


This Immersion is designed for movement instructors and manual therapists who want to learn the biomechanics, assessment tools, and simple, effective, hands-on treatments to facilitate increased joint motion, strength and stability for their clients. Jyme builds on your bodywork experience, deepening your understanding of how the body works and can restore itself.

You'll learn:

  • The biomechanics of the spine and pelvis
  • Techniques to quickly assess client's structure and patterns
  • Easily integratable non-force manipulations from the spine out
  • Ways to re-balance the skeletal and muscular system from the spine out
  • Precise, core-based exercises that can resolve most acute and chronic pain

Total Cost: $1200 for entire series + $50 materials fee for Jyme ball and belt Early Bird discount (10%) when you register and pay in full by February 17th, $120 savings. Payment plan available, please call the studio at 415-561-3991.

REGISTER ONLINE or by calling 415-561-3991

Talk: JYME with Laurie Hall

Instructor Bio

LAURIE HALL teaches bodywork practitioners how to be more successful at relieving the pain and suffering that is stopping their clients from living life to the fullest. After trying everything under the sun over many years to heal herself from a major car accident, she finally figured out how to relieve her own chronic pain and that of her clients. It is the combined intelligence of all her education, years of experience, and personal journey out of pain that has become Jyme Bodyworks. Laurie has over 30 years of training and certifications in manual therapy techniques including Pilates, biomechanics, kinesiology, visceral and neural manipulation, craniosacral, and articular joint manipulation.

To learn more about Laurie Hall and Jyme, please visit her website: www.jymebodyworks.com

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