When Joe Pilates wrote about the valuable results inherent in his method, he described “the internal shower” with poetic power as the extremely important increasing of one’s circulation. He believed that the practitioner needed to build heat in the body in order to achieve the results that he knew Contrology could bestow – not only with his exercise movements but with the fluid continuity of the in-between transitions. This workshop will explain in detail the transitions between the Mat and Reformer exercises and their value in our workout results and our daily life. We will discuss the multiple benefits of transitions between exercises; how transitions increase the heart’s strength and the body’s detoxifying capabilities, as Joe said to “carry better blood to feed every fiber and tissue of your body…so that the blood will flow with renewed vigor…and discharge more and more of the accumulated debris”; how transitions increase our mental acuity by “awaken(ing) thousands and thousands of dormant brain cells, thus activating new areas and stimulating further the functioning of the mind.” And much more…
Rachel Taylor Segel was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She began classical ballet in her childhood, studied dance in college, danced professionally and taught ballet.
Rachel received a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado, and B.A. in Dance from Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO. She danced professionally with the David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Brent Mason and Company. In addition, she taught ballet and was director of the dance department at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. In 1986, Rachel moved to New York City and there she also taught ballet at The Alvin Ailey School.
Both Rachel and her sister Amy studied Pilates under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the Pilates Studio in New York City. They received their Pilates teaching certificate in July of 1989. In 1990, after moving to Boulder, Colorado, Amy and Rachel opened The Pilates Center (TPC). The sisters established The Pilates Center Teacher Training in 1991. The sisters co-authored The Everything Pilates Book, are active in the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and assisted in creating the PMA’s certification exam. Rachel is currently a member of the PMA Certification Commission. She travels extensively worldwide presenting TPC Pilates teacher training workshops of all levels.
After two years of research and development with Balanced Body, Rachel and Amy have created the Centerline Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, and Low Chair.
Rachel is married and has two teenage daughters.
Sponsoring Studio Information Alotapilates
St. Louis Park, MN
Number of Hours Education: 3
Valid for: Teacher Training? YES
Hours Valid for: Master Program? YES
Hours Valid for: Continuing Education? YES
Hours Valid for: PMA? YES