Pilates for the Mature Client - 2 Day Workshop

Presenter: Sheri Long

Growing old does not have to mean giving up an active lifestyle. Whether it’s continuing to play tennis, golf or simply playing with grandchildren, Pilates can help to keep the mature client active, but the instructors who deal with them need to understand the limitations of their elderly clients.

This two-day workshop will address the specific needs of this population, musculoskeletal issues, diseases and other physical changes that are common in the older population. You will learn modifications and many variations to the original BASI repertoire. By applying the correct tools, appropriate exercises, and precautions, you will be able to take your clients safely through a session or mat class that will assist them in maintaining an active quality of life.

Day one of the workshop we will discuss the frail older adult, common diseases and how to work with this specific population. We will focus on the mat work repertoire. Mat classes can be a wonderful option for this population but even when healthy many of the exercises may be contraindicated. A number of variations will be taught in order to give a mat class that is both safe and appropriate. Day two we will discuss common musculoskeletal issues and specific needs of the mature client. We will explore variations on all of the equipment. If time allows we will end the day with a short mat class. By the end of this workshop you will have both the knowledge and the confidence to work with this wonderful population!

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 12 CECs.



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  1. Program Structure

Pilates for the Mature Client - 2 Day Workshop Program Structure

  1. Day One

    Mat Work Day: today we will focus on the Mat work. Mat classes are wonderful for this population but many of the exercises may be contraindicated. We will discuss in depth the reasons for the contraindications and general needs of this age group, I will also talk about the Frail elderly adult, the common diseases, the specific needs and information so we can give them what they need. I will teach many variations in the Mat work with and with out props in order to give a mat class that is both safe and appropriate. At the end of the day if time allows we will have a short Mat class.

  2. Day Two

    Equipment Day: today we will talk about the general needs such as maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, strength training, mobility, balance and coordination, mindful stimulation and also some of the emotional and mental changes that occur as we age. We will discuss conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, disc conditions, spinal conditions and C.O.P.D. (chronic obstructive Pulmonary disease).

    I will teach many exercises that are appropriate, beneficial, and safe on all the equipment. This is the largest growing population globally they are living longer and want to stay active. It is my honor and I feel my responsibility to help them maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle!

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