Shari Berkowitz & The Vertical Workshop

We caught up with the pioneering and inspirational Pilates teacher Shari Berkowitz whilst she was here in London. We were keen to discover what made The Vertical Workshop programme unique and so successful, and how Shari’s approach to teaching differed from more conventional approaches. We began by asking Shari how she decided on the unusual […]

Pilates on Tour – The Beginning

with Nora St. John and Al Harrison of Balanced Body   Interviewers: Sharon Thompson (ST), Monica Zarebska (MZ) Respondents: Nora St. John (NSJ), Al Harrison (AH) While enjoying yet another fabulous year at Pilates on Tour, back in April 2014, we caught up with Nora and Al to find out more how Pilates on Tour […]

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Pilates4Amputees – A Unique Challenge

The amputee client has many unique challenges in order to move in a functional and rewarding way.  They have the practical issues of asymmetry, altered lever arms, altered muscle origins and insertions, stump care, the huge challenge of prosthetic function to learn and adjust to.  Added to this is the nervous system changes and challenges […]

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A Little Less Trying: Notes on Language in Client Interaction

No matter how many times he has seen it before, my husband will sit glued to a Star Wars re-run on television, completely and blissfully absorbed. Cup of tea in hand, I joined him on the sofa at a pivotal moment in young Luke Skywalker’s journey towards becoming a Jedi knight.  When given the task […]

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Moving Beautifully with Joanne Elphinston

On the weekend of the 16th March we attended a workshop with Joanne Elphinston of JEMS organised by the Pilates Foundation. This is perhaps a bold statement but I can tell you that this workshop is probably the most useful we have ever attended.  There is no doubt that Joanne’s book (Stability, sport and performance movement) will […]

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Guide to REPs for Pilates Teachers Part 3

REPs Uncovered You may have heard of REPs, seen some advertising from REPs, but what exactly is it?  I’ll start at the top with the company that owns it – SkillsActive. What is SkillsActive? SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Wellbeing.  It works with employers to develop and deliver a framework […]

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Workshop review: Fletcher Fusion with Ronnie Green

Today, PilatesTree went to Ronnie Green’s studio, Bodymap, in Waterloo; to experience the Fletcher Fusion Teaser. The first thing you notice on entering the studio is the inviting fragrance of Geranium rose. Ronnie’s immaculate office is where you arrive and then, walk through the equally spotless studio with relaxed lighting and clean lines. Home to […]