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TPC Immersion Week

The Pilates Center teacher training program is taking a road trip.  Join us for the collaboration of The Pilates Center and Springboard Pilates teaching staff!

This week is designed to encourage both trainees and professionals to come together in Portland, Maine for a week of learning and loving Pilates.

In one of our teacher training programs?  Trainees can observe sessions, take lessons, practice teach each other, complete Observed Teaching and Exams, etc. This week will be dedicated to connecting students from different studios.

Already a teacher?  We are offering you classes, privates, mentoring and workshops to re-inspire teachers and connect our students to professionals already established in the Pilates industry

The Schedule *all times are EST

Wednesday, July 24th

8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Reformer – Meredith Coffin 
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Tower – Ash Salisbury
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Group Teaching Workshop – Kaile Ziemba
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Breath Facility Workshop – Amy Taylor Alpers
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Guided Advanced Mat – Meredith Coffin
3:00 – 4:50 p.m. Common Complaints and Injuries Workshop– Leah Wecksler
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Modifications and Leveling Workshop– Kaile Ziemba

Thursday, July 25th

8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Chair – Ash Salisbury
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Extension Mat and Reformer Workshop – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Pilates Partnering Workshop – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Mat Guided Workout Workshop – Ash
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pre and Postnatal Pilates Workshop -Kaile Ziemba
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Archival Mat Class– Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Watch and Cue Activity: Efficiency in getting what you ask for/link system
Workshop – Amy, Kelli & Kaile
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Level IV Reformer – Kaile Ziemba

Friday, July 26th

7:00 a.m. “Gentle Morning” Mat class
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. "The Guasha – Stretch – Strengthening Protocol: An Essential Tool for
Balancing Motor Control in Human Movement." Springboard Workshop — David Reese
9:00 – 10:50 a.m. Twisting Asymmetries Workshop – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
11:00 a.m. – Noon Lunch
11:00 a.m. – Noon Welcome Host Advisors!
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Host Advisor Meeting/Business
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. What is Pilates for? Cue conversation- Amy, Kaile, Kelli
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Advanced Mat – Amy Taylor Alpers

Saturday, July 27th

7:00 a.m. Mat class – Meredith Coffin
8:00 a.m. Chair – Ash Salisbury 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Long Box Series Workshop– Leah Wecksler
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Blind OT and Discussion – Host Advisor Meeting
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pelvic Floor Workshop– Amy Taylor Alpers

Springboard Mindbody link-

Workshop Descriptions

Group Teaching – Kaile Ziemba
Wednesday, July 24th 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. $55
Through your journey in The Pilates Center teacher training program you will more often find
yourself exploring and practicing your teaching skills in one-on-one Private sessions.  However,
many will discover that their first jobs in the industry include teaching group classes.  In this
clinic Kaile will offer assorted different techniques and options to help you teach your group
sessions with integrity and flow.  These skills will transfer to both group classes and private
sessions, and will greatly help prepare you for your exams and your career after graduating.

Breath Facility – Amy Taylor Alpers
Wednesday, July 24th 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. $55
In this workshop we will explore how the Pilates exercises are specifically and uniquely
designed to tone the breathing mechanism so it is strong, flexible, capacious, and balanced.
And then how the exercises enable the free distribution of all that oxygen throughout the entire
body, cleansing and reviving it like an “internal shower.” The result – an enhanced ability to stay
healthy and vital. As Joseph Pilates affirmed – “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.
Above all, learn how to breathe correctly!” After all, your life – and health – depends on it.

Common Complaints and Injuries – Leah Wecksler
Wednesday, July 24th 3:00 – 4:50 p.m.
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 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.

Modifications and Leveling – Kaile Ziemba
Wednesday, July 24th 5:00 – 5:50 p.m. $55

Do you find it challenging to level up your Pilates with ease? Have you or your clients plateaued
at a certain level and want more from your Pilates practice? Being able to do higher level
exercises reflects that we are closer to uniform development. In this workshop we will re-
evaluate how and when to use modifications. We will assure we are not modifying unknowingly
or too often. This will increase our strength and mobility to better organize our bodies and
achieve our full potential.

Extension Mat and Reformer – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
Thursday, July 25th 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. $55
In this workshop, we will look at Pilates exercises that build strength to support extension. Since
the majority of Pilates practitioners are woman, it can be harder to access the upper body and
back. We will look at ways to address these issues and find more successful extension. We will
explore where and what are the missing links are for most of us in our upper bodies and how we
can focus on increasing strength in these areas while doing our Pilates work.

Pilates Partnering – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
Thursday, July 25th 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. $55
Partnering clients is a specific skill that needs to be developed. It is important to know how to
use your own body mechanics to keep yourself safe and injury free while supporting clients. In
this clinic Kelli will demonstrate different partnering techniques and explain how to keep yourself
healthy through long days of teaching.

Pre and Postnatal Pilates – Kaile Ziemba
Thursday, July 25th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. $110
Pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum bring with them vast changes for women's
bodies in a remarkably short period of time. As Pilates teachers, we are in a unique position to
support women in making the most of this special opportunity. In this workshop we will
familiarize ourselves with the movement patterns and anatomical imbalances that pregnant and
postpartum women typically exhibit and learn how to effectively guide them to either support
their pregnant bodies or rebuild their post-partum bodies from the ground up.

Watch and Cue Activity: Efficiency in getting what you ask for/link system – All TPC teachers
and LTT’s can assist.
Thursday, July 25th 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. $55

“The Guasha – Stretch – Strengthening Protocol: An Essential Tool for Balancing Motor Control
in Human Movement” – David Reese Sign up through Springboard Pilates
Friday, July 26th 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Twisting Asymmetries – Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins
Friday, July 26th 9:00 – 10:50 a.m. $110
In this workshop, we will explore structural and muscular imbalances and how these affect
twisting. Sometimes we twist too much without using muscular support and instead allow
flexibility to twist us rather than strength. We will look at how the body compensates for the
pelvis and the ribcage and how that prevents us from getting a deep twist in the abdominals.
When paying attention to how we twist, it can create better abdominal and spinal support to
avoid injuries in the knees, spine, etc. We will look at different exercises to explore these

What is Pilates for? Cue conversation – Amy, Kaile, & Kelli
Friday, July 26th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. $165
In this discussion we will draw upon Return to Life to dive deeper into the Pilates method and its
principles. We are meant to do and use Pilates to untap deep, long lasting health. This is the
goal. Too often cues are given to make a client’s technique look better. Some of the most
common cues in the industry today apply to performing superficial choreography. Let’s sort
through some of these cues and explore the difference between using Pilates versus doing
Pilates. This way we can help each other find new possibilities in cueing for health.

Long Box Series – Leah Wecksler
Saturday, July 27th 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. $110

Pelvic Floor – Amy Taylor Alpers
Saturday, July 27th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. $165
There is a lot of confusion today about the pelvic floor as it relates to Pilates. Does Pilates use
it? Tighten it? Over work it? How does one strengthen it? Release it. Help or harm it?
In this workshop we will discuss all these questions and concerns, and discover how Pilates can
play a valuable role in the health of the pelvic floor. Using the concept of tensegrity, we will learn
to see how Pilates exercises can balance the strength and flexibility of this complicated set of
muscles. Through the deep breath work and the whole body movements of Pilates which are
solely designed to uniformly develop the body, Pilates works its magic from the deepest core
layers out.


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