The APPI Pilates Conference is taking place in London on 19th and 20th November 2016.
Our goal is to unite the Pilates community with a range of practical workshops and lectures featuring world respected
Pilates educators, delivered by leading surgeons, allied health professionals and fitness instructors.
You can jump to the presenter and their sessions using the links below:
(Co-Founder of APPI Health Group)
Glenn Withers is the Founding Director of the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and co-creator of the
renowned APPI Method – A 5 stage program that analyses the Pilates movements with relevant research based evidence,
pathology and function to ensure that every movement selected has sound clinical reasoning behind it. Glenn is one of the
world’s most prolific presenters on the role of Pilates in the rehabilitation setting, having presented the program in
over 14 different countries and several languages worldwide, and is a published author of the APPI’s No. 1 selling
book.UNDERSTANDING HYPERMOBILITY AND THE ROLE OF PILATES
Understanding Hypermobility is one
of the most important skills for any movement practitioner. In this session APPI founder Glenn Withers will review the
pyramid of Hypermobility categories and their implications for Pilates programs. Learn the key diagnostic tests as well
as a structured routine for delivering an effective Pilates Matwork session for this population. This never before
seen session is new and exclusive for conference 2016 and is the culmination of Glenn’s work over the past 2 years
working with hypermobility from children to adults.PILATES FOR SCOLIOSIS
Back by popular
demand from 2013, APPI founder Glenn Withers will present his view on how and why a scoliosis develops, from childhood to
adulthood and how the pelvis is the true essence of scoliotic development. On the basis of this finding Glenn will
present the APPI’s scoliosis program to enable you to leave this session with a definitive program for the management of
scoliosis. This session is aimed at both the physiotherapist and Pilates practitioner and is a mix of theory and
Alan Herdman studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the
late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with Carola
Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself.
Although well-regarded amongst
New York’s dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s
first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and
physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries. Alan now lectures on Pilates
around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy
Person’s Guide to Pilates (2003) and Pilates: Creating the Body You Want (1999). He runs a training course for Pilates
instructors and, as well as running his own studios, he and his assistants teach in dance schools and designated Pilates
studios internationally. MOVING FOR LIFE: ESSENTIAL EXERCISES FOR EVERY CLIENT
chance to enjoy a session with one of the biggest names in the Pilates world. Alan is recognised as introducing Pilates
to the UK and as such is a key figure of Pilates knowledge around the world. In this workshop Alan reviews mat based
exercises designed to address common postural and functional movement limitations.
Suzanne Scott is involved in movement research, education and practice. She was appointed as Associate in Human Movement
at the Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, University of Bristol, in 2013 to assist the programming and delivery of
anatomy education for clinicians and musculoskeletal practitioners. Postgraduate research at the University of Exeter
into exercise effects on bone has involved examining the physiological profile of elite dancers and footballers, and as a
movement specialist she has acted as a consultant to teams in the English Premier League for the last 12
After studying dance and choreography at The Laban Centre, she trained in Pilates with Alan Herdman in
London, and Moira Stott in Toronto, and established an independent teacher training programme at The Scott Studio,
Somerset, in 1996. A founder member of the Pilates Foundation UK, she formed the Independent Pilates Teacher Association
(IPTA) with fellow teachers and Pilates professionals in 2013.
In her teaching practice and research Suzanne is
interested in looking at the relationship between structure and function, and how the influence of anatomy on the
expression of movement may be evaluated. THE ANATOMY OF ROTATION
This workshop will
explore the anatomy of rotation with a focus on Pilates repertoire and functional movements utilised in dynamic
retraining to restore confidence and competency in rotation after injury, particularly of the lower limb.
emphasis of the workshop will be practical allowing participants both to observe and experience for themselves the
effects of varying how rotation is initiated, sequenced and resisted according to the demands of each exercise or
Exercise content will be used to review the anatomy of rotation, with particular emphasis on
hip rotation and the interaction between limb girdles and spine during more dynamic exercises.
Having worked in
rehabilitation and injury prevention with elite athletes for many years, Suzanne has gained expertise in working with
individuals during their recovery- this workshop will offer insight into how movement quality, particularly during
rotational exercises, can affect exercise outcome and hence the rate of progress and effectiveness of a rehabilitation
Michael has been working with the Pilates technique for over 36 years. He originally worked with the technique as a
dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. In 1982 he opened his own studio, Body Control, in connection with the
newly formed Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden London. Two years later he was offered a position in Texas managing
the Pilates studio at the Houston Ballet Company where he stayed until 1990. During this time sponsored by the Houston
Ballet Michael travelled across the USA visiting and training at studios. In New York with Carla Trier and with Romana
Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York. Michael also worked in the Voight Centre in LA for five years
teaching fitness programs as well as at many other Pilates Studios including Winsor Pilates in Los Angeles. He moved back
to Europe in 1995 where following a two year contract in Switzerland he returned to London. Michael was the founder and
Director of the Pilates Institute UK until 2008 and has since been running his own training school Michael King Pilates.
Michael‘s reputation as a renowned presenter both in Fitness and Pilates has been established since 1980. His training
programs are now taught in over 30 countries worldwide and have been instrumental in the development of national and
international standards in recent years.”REFORMER EVOLUTION
Come explore the possibilities
with this workshop of taking the Pilates Principles and variations of the original reformer moves to new choreographic
variations. Reaching the ultimate goal of improving people’s posture by challenging them with sequences and combinations
to progress from traditional repertoire in both supine and standing variations bringing balance and multi-dimensional
movements MAT EVOLUTION
Come explore the possibilities with this workshop of
taking the Pilates Principles and variations of the original moves to new choreographic variations. Reaching the ultimate
goal of improving people’s posture by challenging them to progress up off the mat in standing variations bringing balance
and multi-dimensional movements Unique Music adds personality, character and flow to Michaels Dynamic Class.
'I started my career in health & fitness over 20 years ago working as a Personal Trainer, Aerobics and dance teacher
and Fitness Manager. With a background in gymnastics and dance, I took up Pilates and Yoga to balance all the high energy
exercise that I was doing and really loved the different pace and mindful connection.
I chose to train
with STOTT Pilates as the approach updated the original ground breaking work of Joseph Pilates with the modern scientific
understanding of the body. Becoming an Instructor Trainer a few years later was the next step and I always aspired to
opening my own studio.
It took a few more years to finally realise that dream but in 2013 my partner Pete and I
opened the Bamboo Fitness Pilates Academy in Crystal Palace, London. After a successful period of growth and a little bit
of risk we opened a second studio with a focus on Total Barre, Hot Yoga and personal training.
Brigitte Wrenn is
a Lead Instructor Trainer at the STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Centre in central London delivering courses in Pilates,
ZENGA and Total Barre.
Brigitte has studied all forms of exercise for over 20 years ranging from aerobics, fitness,
Pilates and Yoga and has learnt that the balanced approach to working out is the most effective way to keep the mind and
body strong and agile. STOTT PILATES® ATHLETIC CONDITIONING ON THE MAT
developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team demonstrates dynamic movement sequences that take full advantage of
the body’s own weight and gravity. These moves are guaranteed to develop ultimate strength and stability particularly
through the core, including the lumbo-pelvic region. The workshop features an intense abdominal series, sequences with
rotation and mobilization as well as a section dedicated to front and side planks.
Kay McLorn qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985 and worked in the NHS for 14 years gaining experience in a variety of
clinical settings, including Musculo-skeletal outpatients, Orthopaedics, Adult and Paediatric Neurology. Kay is a fully
certified instructor and presenter with APPI most recently presenting her hugely successful Pilates for Children and
Young People Course. Kay is joining us at Conference to deliver a session on using the Reformer for joint replacement
rehabilitation. USING THE REFORMER FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT REHABILITATION
the perfect rehabilitation for people who have undergone total joint arthroplasty.
Since its introduction in the
1960s, hip replacement surgery has proved to be one of the most effective types of surgery in modern medical history.
Most people experience a significant reduction in pain and, to a lesser extent, improvement in their range of
In 2013, the NHS performed just over 66,000 hip procedures in England and Wales. More than 70,000 knee
replacements are carried out in England and Wales each year, and the number is rising. Most people who have a total knee
replacement are over 65 years old. (NHS UK).
As Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors we are experts in movement
analysis and provide a correct approach to rebuilding balance and alignment of the body post operatively for these
This workshop will review the current evidence to support the use of a Pilates programme in the
rehabilitation of joint replacement patients and look specifically at case studies of these patients. It will cover the
exercises that can be used and the modifications required when using the reformer to create a positive movement
experience for the client as they regain their function after surgery.
Cherry Baker is both a national and international presenter with over 30 years of teaching experience, for 18 of them she
has worked with Modern Pilates which was the first Pilates method to teach functional standing Pilates.
of YMCA Tutor of the year award 2014, Presenter of the year award 2013, IFS lifetime achievement of the year award 2013
are just some of her achievements.
Cherry is renowned for the fun she brings to her presentations as well as her
Northern charm and down to earth approach. She shares a passion verging on obsession into research and effective exercise
for the pelvic floor and will be presenting a session on Exercise and Pregnancy. Cherry is known for her humour and down
to earth approach to her teaching and presentations.MUMMILATES - PRACTICAL PILATES FOR
Join Cherry Baker, pregnancy expert and author of Exercise and Pregnancy in this specialist class.
Sample a Modern Pilates session that takes into account the physiological and anatomical changes in pregnancy, including
the effects on the pelvic floor, and how these affect our exercise programming. It will also address the legalities of
working with this specialist population and how it affects your insurance as well as business set up ideas. This class
will provide you with alternatives for pregnant ladies in your main stream class as well as a complete pregnancy class
(APPI USA Lead
Kirsten Roberts graduated in 2010 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. As a professional dancer, dancing with San Diego
Ballet and Southern California Ballet, she had much exposure to Pilates growing up and was quick to become certified
through the APPI method. She now presents in the USA. Kirsten will be joining us at conference to present a session on
Pilates for Dancers.PILATES FOR DANCERS
In this session, we will discuss some of the
weaknesses, postural faults, and injuries common in dancers. We will learn a series of movements that help provide a
basis for injury prevention and improved performance, as well as develop stronger and healthier dancers. We will explore
some common misconceptions in the dance world and how you can fine tune your Pilates movements to address these.
A dancer since early childhood, sport and movement have always played a large role in Dawne's life. A car accident
in 1996 came with a new pelvis and an introduction to the many benefits of a regular Pilates practice. Her
dedicated practice took her from rehabilitation to athletic conditioning, allowing her to compete at the highest level of
international Latin and ballroom dancing. Having had personal experience with both rehabilitative and athletic
gains associated with a regular Pilates practice gives Dawne a unique perspective that translates well to working with
clients of all levels and abilities. At her studio, bePilates in London, she primarily works with elite and hobby
level athletes focused on results. Dawne has presented continuing education courses at Pilates on Tour, the Moscow
Open International Fitness Forum and is regularly invited to studios around the world to provide in-house training and
continuing education. MOTR: HANDING OVER THE KEYS FOR SUCCESSFUL MOVEMENT
Being driven to your destination is a very different experience than driving there yourself.
When relating this to movement, the well-meaning teacher often does all the driving, leaving the client dependent
on constant direction. In this 2hr experiential workshop, you'll be introduced to the MOTR, a unique combination of
roller and pulley system that can be used in private training, home programmes and group exercise to energise, inspire
and empower clients.
We'll take our favourite Pilates and fitness inspired exercises to discover how the unpredictable
surface of the roller, combined with spring tension and asymmetrical movement patterns can help our clients to address
imbalances in their own bodies and provide a mechanism for lasting change.
Sarah was introduced to the APPI method of Pilates in 2005, subsequently completing all her APPI Matwork Pilates training
(2005 – 2008). The APPI method of clinical Pilates focuses on using specific based Pilates exercises to rehabilitate
patients back to optimal health and body balance. With her physiotherapy background , Sarah has extensive experience in
biomechanical analysis and postural screening to reveal the cause of injury or imbalance. She is passionate that
with this knowledge and education, the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates can provide clients, from a variety of
backgrounds, improved postural awareness, and help them to develop a deeper understanding of their own bodies. With the
versatility of Pilates complete beginners to elite athletes can incorporate it into their program with the ability to
transfer the skills they have learnt, into their daily activities achieving their goals with great results!
also an APPI International Master trainer, sharing her infectious enthusiasm for Pilates with a wide range of audiences
all over Europe, South Africa and Continental US . Her extensive clinical and teaching expertise has earned her the
opportunity to work with World Leaders in Pilates Education, presenting workshops at the APPI International Conference.
She has also produced 2 DVDS on Standing Pilates with a beginner class aimed at those who struggle with working on the
mat. The Intermediate class is aimed at those who wish to improve balance, flexibility and strength in a functional
position which will them equip them to return to their sport.
Sarah graduated in Human Biology from Oxford Brookes
University and then went on to complete her training as a physiotherapist in 1992 from Birmingham. She worked
briefly in the NHS before moving to a leading private hospital in North London, the Hospital Of St John and St Elizabeth
for 18 years, where she developed a keen interest in movement dysfunction, lumbopelvic stability and muscle imbalances,
initially developing a Back Care Exercise program with the National Back Pain Association, following her study with the
Kinetic Control group.
Following a move to Oxfordshire, Sarah also worked with the British Army as a
physiotherapist treating acute injuries and rehabilitating those with more complex chronic
She is now shares her time between the Bicester Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in
Oxfordshire, specializing in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and The Brook Pilates Studio where she teaches
Matwork Pilates from beginner rehabilitation levels, antenatal/post natal classes to advanced fitness classes, as well as
personal training sessions, using the larger pieces of Pilates Equipment. She has a specialist interest in 3D Standing
Pilates and Pilates for those with Osteoporosis. 3D STANDING PILATES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
This workshop looks briefly at the concept that osteoporosis
is the next epidemic to hit the healthcare industry. It will touch upon the epidemiology, prevalence and incidence of
osteoporosis both worldwide and specifically in the UK.
Osteoporosis currently causes more days in hospital than some
more publicised diseases, such as cancer! With the growing and ageing population it is predicted that the epidemic of
osteoporosis will only grow and grow. One of the key components of not only managing osteoporosis but preventing its
onset with exercise. Several research studies have proven that the use of Pilates movements is one of the key components
to managing this disease.
APPI delivers a unique step by step process of creating a program that is based on
targeting the common fracture sites that the research into osteoporosis suggests. The workshop will introduce some key
weight bearing exercises included in the program that not only will help with bone building, but balance, the prevention
of falls and flexibility.
Melanie is a Physiotherapist and Master Trainer for the APPI. She started her APPI journey when she completed her first
matwork course in 2004. Since then, she has filled the roles of Clinical Manager and Specialist Physiotherapist at the
Wimbledon APPI clinic. She is fully certified in matwork and Equipment Pilates and presents the APPI courses in the UK
and all around the world in her Master Trainer Role. She is also launching a Pilates Program at Prime Health in
Weybridge to help her clients progress back to function after Physiotherapy intervention. PILATES
AND SPINAL SURGERY
This practical and theory based session will explore how we can apply the APPI Pilates
method to patients that have undergone spinal surgery. We will explore how we may have to adapt our teaching and our
selection of exercises after some of the more common lumbar spine surgeries such as a microdiscectomy and fusion. We will
compare how we will approach their care, whilst still aiming to get them back to function and protecting the healthy
parts of their spine.
(Peak Pilates Master
Lee Morgan, a Peak Pilates International Trainer, has used the Pilates method as part of his personal fitness regime
since 1999 and has taught and mentored teachers around the globe since 2001. For over a decade Lee has delivered the
comprehensive Pilates education programme for Peak Pilates and has presented at numerous international fitness
conventions. Lee will be presenting a session on Pilates for Children with Dyspraxia
and Movement Impairments. PEAK PILATES ON THE REFORMER
Join Lee Morgan in a fantastic
workshop giving you an insight into the Peak Pilates method on the reformer. This is your chance to learn from one of the
industry’s leading teaching authorities.PILATES FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSPRAXIA AND MOVEMENT
We are pleased to announce, that due to the amazing success at APPI’s 2015 Conference, Lee Morgan
has returned to deliver Pilates for Children with Dyspraxia and movement impairments this year. Dyspraxia is a form of
developmental coordination disorder (DCD) which affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.
During this class, you will learn how to introduce children affected by DCD to a structured movement programme focussing
on strength and motor skills, whilst creating a strong sense of personal achievement. This session will involve use of
the Pilates bands and Pilates balls.
Liz is a Principal Educator for Polestar Pilates UK and a Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapist. She’s renowned for her
innovative facilitation techniques and her expertise as a trainer and communicator. With over 15 years of studying many
alternative movement and therapeutic techniques, Liz supports others to recognise the abundant possibilities and
potential of their human form. Liz's unique facilitation techniques allow a wide age group to experience personal change
in all areas of their life, from physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Liz also works with mothers and babies,
and specialises in supporting those who are experiencing stress, anxiety and trauma. Liz’s on-going research into the
affect of perception and 'What's Inside' the body has inspired her to attend trainings in Shadow Work, Transactional
Analysis and Somatic Trauma Therapy Training with Babette Rothschild. She runs her own Pilates/Movement Therapy clinic in
Lewes, East Sussex and also practices at Moss Pilates in London.ROTATING BODY THROUGH POLESTAR
Movement integration is a fundamental principle for Polestar Pilates. This Polestar influenced
matwork session will highlight the innate multi-planar qualities of human movement and the vital relational chains which
exist to ensure both connection and full body integration. Together, using a ‘Process’ orientated teaching approach, we
will explore the importance of full body integration for efficient spinal rotational patterning and natural extremity
alignment. We will learn how to not only improve our physical health within rotation, but also our ability to orientate
emotionally and cognitively around our central axis. This session will introduce you to a variety of creative Polestar
matwork repertoire and will also integrate other rotational concepts from embryology, cranial sacral therapy and
functional movement science.
Already having completed his training in physiotherapy, Leslie went in search of exercise methods to assist his patients
to recover from injuries and cultivated a love for rehabilitative exercises whilst running land and water-based back
rehabilitation classes in Cape Town, South Africa. Leslie has been presenting courses since 2008 and will be delivering a
session on releasing tension to achieve Advanced Pilates movements following the success of his Pilates & Therapeutic
Stretching course. STRETCHING AND MOBILITY FOR PILATES - EXPLORING THE SPINE
exciting stretch and mobility workshop will focus on the spine, and contributing joint, muscle and fascial systems that
so commonly affect our body shape. You will analyse and explore your own movement, learn how to move with ease and
encourage better co-ordination, alignment and stability with a selected list of Pilates exercises. This workshop will be
all practical some come prepared to move.
(APPI Womens Health Master
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Biljana is APPI Master Trainer in Women’s Health and APPI international presenter. She is the founder of BK Pilates
Therapy in Switzerland. Soon after gaining her BSc in physiotherapy in 2002, she began her Pilates training and has since
been working for London teaching hospitals, private clinics, and a research team at Imperial College. She combines her
women’s health clinical work with being a fitness instructor for ante and postnatal population. Since moving to
Switzerland added two rambunctious children have enhanced her already her busy life.POST NATAL RETURN TO
PILATES & SPORTS
This workshop will outline physiological changes in the postpartum period and discuss
the abdominal and pelvic floor recovery following childbirth. An important part of recovery and return to sport is to
understand and consider natural healing times esp. of the pelvic floor trauma, tears and elongated and weakened
abdominals. With this in mind, this workshop aims to enhance our reasoning for selecting the right modified Pilates
exercises, motivate new mothers to commit to exercise whilst overcoming known barriers to exercise during this
When it is safe for instructors to start an exercise and which modified Pilates movements should
we prescribe? How hard or slow we should encourage our mums to work on their exhausted and healing bodies in their first
3 months postpartum?
At the end of this session the instructors will have better understanding of healing times,
be able to screen and look for signs when to slow down as well as safely and slowly return them to high impact, high
It will be largely practical session and it may involve some small people in our arms and very noisy
Suitable for: Allied Health Professionals, Personal Instructors and all mums.
Originally from California Liz Chandler came to Pilates from a professional contemporary dance background. With a BA in
Dance from the University Of California (UCLA) she went on to perform professionally with companies in both the US and
the UK. She has taught and lectured in dance for 16 years including; Bath City College and the University Of Bath,
Liz was head of fitness at Circomedia, Centre for Circus and Performing Arts for 11 years. She has been
teaching Pilates for over 15 years having trained with both Body Control Pilates and with Suzanne Scott and the Pilates
Foundation. Liz is passionate about continuing development and has done further courses in the US and UK with Marie-Jose
Blom, Madline Black, Tom Myers, Nancy Bloom and Alycea Ungaro, to name a few.
She teaches Pilates at her studios Pure
Moves, Frome. She taught at The Scott Studios, Castle Cary for eight years and has worked for Bath Rugby teaching Pilates
to premier players for both performance enhancement and rehab settings.
Liz is a Pilates educator, presenting
continuing education workshops and for conferences over the past 12 years including; Pilates Foundation UK, APPI and IPTA
and studios around the UK. Liz has produced three Pilates DVDs - www.realpeoplepilates.co.uk and runs Pilates and
yoga retreats abroad - yoga-retreat.co.uk
Liz presented at the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 APPI Conferences and is
excited and honoured to be asked back to present again.THE HEALTHY HIP WORKOUT
popular demand we welcome Liz Chandler to present her Healthy Hips with Pilates session. Stiff and imbalanced hips are
common dysfunctions within our Pilates clients. These dysfunctions, if left uncorrected may lead to misalignment of the
pelvis, poor lumbopelvic stability and back pain. This practical workshop will cover ways to improve the stability and
mobility of the hip and re-balance dysfunctions. Through cues and handling techniques we will explore standing and mat
work repertoire that will pave the way to healthy hips. Remember healthy hips are paramount to a healthy back!
(APPI Master Trainer)
Dawn qualified from Kings College London in 2000 and has also since gained her MACP accreditation from Birmingham
University where she studied her Masters Degree in Manual Therapy. Having worked in the APPI studio in Hampstead
alongside Glenn Withers she began to present APPI courses in the UK and internationally. She is now one of the APPI
Master trainers and enjoys seeing clients one to one and also being an integral part of the APPI training
team. PILATES FOR RUNNERS
Pilates for runners, everything you need to know to tailor
APPI Pilates to the ever growing running population. We will be covering injury prevention, cueing for ideal running
posture, incorporating running drills and dynamic stretching for runners. We will also be revisiting our APPI repertoire
and picking out the most important exercises to use in your Pilates for runners classes.PILATES MAGIC
Using the unique resistance of the Pilates circle, Dawn's charismatic teaching will help you
discover new ways of working with her favourite piece of small equipment.
Covering exercises in standing ideal for
warm up, challenging mat work progressions and cool down stretching routines the magic circle workshop will fill you with
new ideas and inspiration for your teaching.
James Earls is a writer, lecturer and bodyworker specialising in Myofascial Release and Structural Integration.
Throughout his career James has travelled widely to learn from the best educators in his field, including Thomas Myers,
developer of the Anatomy Trains concept. James and Tom founded Kinesis UK, which co-ordinates Anatomy Trains and Kinesis
Myofascial Integration training throughout Europe, and together they authored ‘Fascial Release for Structural Balance’.
James’s session will revolve around understanding fascial release for movement practitioners.
UNDERSTANDING FASCIAL RELEASE FOR MOVEMENT PRACTITIONERS
Going beyond foam rolling,
this high-energy, fun session will leave you feeling loose, free and ready to get back to work on Monday.
will use movement and a range of tools to lengthen, open and separate areas, layers and tissues that others have
forgotten about but which play vital roles in everyday movement. Grounded in functional movement and research led, this
workshop will give you new and immediately usable ideas to blend into your work.
Gordon Thomson & Marja
(Pilates Body Europe, and Method Putkisto respectively)
Gordon Thomson was one of the first to be trained in the Pilates technique by Alan Herdman and now has over forty years’
experience of teaching Pilates. Gordon’s publications include 12 Body Control Pilates books, notably the official Body
Control Pilates Manual; contributions to magazines and journals, and work as key consultant to the complete Classical
Pilates Method compiled by Miranda Bass. Gordon recently affiliated with the Method Putkisto from Finland, and taught
Pilates courses there.
Marja Putkisto is the founder and creative force behind the body and movement programme branded
Method Putkisto. She is a Finnish born dance and movement specialist who developed her technique whilst working at
the Sibelius Academy and Finnish National Opera. She also studied at the prestigious Laban Centre. She is the founder and
director of the Method Putkisto Institute both in the UK & Finland (1993) and trains professional instructors in both
Method Putkisto and MP Pilates.INTRODUCING THE PILATES/PUTKISTO METHOD
What is method
The target of Method Putkisto is to achieve an overall balance of the body, to give independence
and freedom of movement – throughout life!
“Each muscle – in principle – should be longer than the bone whose movement
it is supporting or initiating.”
Method Putkisto focuses on retuning fundamental movements to increase
It is a method ‘to get to know your body’.
It teaches how to use simple movement to heal your body and
improve its functionality.
It equips you with tools to work towards achieving and maintaining balance independently –
through harnessing ever-changing forces in life.
It is like a ‘bridge’ that can help you to achieve maximum benefits
from Pilates, Yoga and other important techniques.
MP is very precise, yet holistic. Working on a three-
dimensional, interactive level, it teaches you how to listen to your body.
Method Putkisto has won acclaim for
bringing individuals to a deeper level of understanding, which enables them to change and redefine their body
Our workshop will place the spotlight on basic Pilates principles and exercises, and then demonstrate how MP
and Pilates interact perfectly to achieve even higher body-mind
Todd Taylor - USA
Todd, a recent UK transplant, has been teaching Pilates in London for the past year. Before that he had been teaching
Pilates in San Francisco since 2007. His comprehensive Pilates course training was with BASI and the Ron Fletcher program
of study. Todd’s background in movement includes ongoing experience as a Mysore Ashtanga practitioner and teacher. In
addition, Todd has expertise in soft tissue release using the A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) methodology. Todd found
this combined body of work through his own personal imbalance and rehabilitation from his days of skiing fast, crashing
hard and riding an office chair as a desk jockey. Todd had to focus on proper posture, learn to avoid unhealthy movement
patterns and uneven engagement or continue down a path of physical pain and suffering. Through Todd’s own healing, the
guidance of many world class teachers, and hard work he has developed the ability to give to others the gifts that have
helped him remove physical blockages and approach his body’s ability to thrive in balance.DOES PILATES
AND YOGA COMBINE FOR EFFECTIVE MOVEMENT
Can Pilates & Yoga methods combine for effective movement?-Todd
Taylor, Presenter A question both Pilates and yoga teachers are commonly asked is, “what is the difference between
Pilates and Yoga?” It is a valid question given today’s exercise and rehab environment and the choices the public is
presented with. More importantly to you as a practitioner are the tools you can offer using the valuable similarities and
differences between Pilates exercises and yoga asana sequences. This workshop is designed to combine both to better help
your clients find strength, flexibility, more mobility, and freedom from pain. We will also discuss the benefits of
movement analysis through yoga to find restrictions and weakness. Come ready to move, breathe, and have fun!