Dealing with Common Complaints and Injuries in Pilates
As Pilates teachers our main task is to utilize the profoundly valuable exercises Joseph Pilates designed to help people achieve optimal over-all health. In actuality, however, we are often confronted with clients who require additional help with specific issues that can be a little outside our comfort zone and even our scope of practice. Some of the most common ones we often face include: neck tension and pain; spinal pathologies such as scoliosis, kyphosis, bulging/herniated discs, sciatica; joint concerns including gritty/clicking/popping sounds and arthritis; tendonitis, hernia, migraines, digestion and sleep problems, post-surgical issues including joint replacements, mastectomy; and more.
In this 6 hour workshop we will cover issues from the above list as requested by those personally attending. Bring your questions, confusions, and concerns – maybe even bring a suffering client if possible – so we can address as many as time permits.
Consider revealing your own struggles with any of these problems too, so we can all benefit from actual ‘live’ examples to help us learn and grow as teachers.
Amy Taylor Alpers co-founded The Pilates Center (TPC) and The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program (TPCTTP) over 20 years ago in Boulder, Colorado. When not traveling the world to teach both foundational and graduate level Pilates teacher education she remains part of the core faculty for TPCTTP, mentors advanced teachers, teaches classes and sees clients. In addition to teaching TPC sponsored workshops, Amy has presented numerous times at the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, Balanced Body’s Pilates on Tour and Passing the Torch. In 2013, Amy presented at the Shared Traditions Conference for Fletcher Pilates and will present at The Pilates Roundtable.
Amy was born in Youngstown, Ohio where she began classical ballet at age two.
She attended The Juilliard School for Dance, danced with the Garden State Ballet in New Jersey, and received a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dance History from New York University. In addition, Amy taught ballet at various dance schools in New York City for ten years before launching her Pilates career.
Both Amy and her sister Rachel studied Pilates under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York City. They received their Pilates teaching certificate from there in July of 1989. In 1990, after moving to Boulder, Colorado, Amy and Rachel founded The Pilates Center. The sisters then created and established The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in 1991. The school has since expanded to include an Intermediate Program, Advanced Program, Bridge Program, Master’s Program, and a Mentorship Program. In addition, TPC now has “Licensed” and “Host” studios established all around the world.
Amy and her sister wrote The Everything Pilates Book, published in 2002. She was a founding board member of the PMA and sat on the board that created the PMA Certification Exam. Recently she has also had the honor of filming classes and workshops for online organizations such as Pilates Anytime and Pilates On Demand.
In 2011, Amy, her sister Rachel, and Ken Endelman of Balanced Body, developed CenterLine – a line of equipment designed for classical Pilates and based upon the specifications pioneered by Joseph Pilates.