Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.
Professor, California State University Long Beach, BASI Pilates Faculty
in Greece! June 11-25, 2017
In Thessaloniki at Anima Studio
Sunday, June 11 | 10am-1pm
Low Back Pain and Pilates Part 1
Flexion Based Programs (3 PMA Continuing Education Credits)
Low back pain is prevalent and the same Pilates exercise can aid or aggravate
different clients. This workshop will focus on understanding the common low back
conditions of lumbosacral strain, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, as well as
why spinal flexion can aid and spinal extension aggravate them. Participants will
learn novel Pilates-based exercises and modifications for classical Pilates exercises
designed to build necessary three-dimensional core strength that emphasize flexion
and neutral positions, while avoiding excessive spinal hyperextension.
Sunday, June 11 | 2.30-5.30pm
Low Back Pain and Pilates Part 2
Extension Based Programs (3 PMA Continuing Education Credits)
This workshop will focus on understanding the common low back conditions of disc
injury, flat back, and osteoporosis, as well as why spinal flexion can exacerbate these
conditions. Participants will learn novel Pilates-based exercises and modifications
for classical Pilates exercises designed to build necessary core strength to promote a
healthy back that emphasize the use of extension and neutral positions, while
avoiding excessive flexion.
Early: 75€ each, or 135€ for both, by April 10
After: 85€ each, 160€ for both
Plus 24% VAT
June 17 – Tuesday June 20 | 10 to 5 pm (lunch 1 hour)
Pilates for Dancers Certificate Course
BASI Pilates® Certificate Course; Approved by PMA for 24 CECs (PMA
Continuing Education Credits)
Professor Karen Clippinger’s workshops and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology
textbook are internationally recognized in the field of Pilates and Dance. Her
expertise in dance and Pilates is distilled in this valuable four-day certificate course,
taught in Greece for the first time. This information-packed course presents
repertoire that addresses key demands of dance and common imbalances, so that
dance performance can be enhanced and injury risk reduced. Participants will learn
repertoire on the mat and Pilates apparatus designed to improve upper back
extension, turnout, extensions of the legs, arabesques, knee hyperextension, point of
the foot (plantar flexion), ankle-foot stability, jumps, and carriage of the arms. In
addition to learning individual exercises, participants will participate in a sample
mat class with elastic bands, as well as a sample reformer class. A course manual is
included and participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Early: 750€ by April 10
Plus 24% VAT
Sunday, June 25 | 10am-1pm and 2:30 pm-5:30pm
Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Program Design (6 PMA Continuing Education Credits)
This workshop will include a discussion of the sacroiliac joint, its key function as part of the link between the lower extremity and spine, and its common dysfunction and associated pain. Participants will learn Pilates-based exercises than can be used to help restore stability and more desired function of this vital joint. Use of cueing and position modifications will also be provided for selected classical repertoire aimed at preventing injury or aggravation of chronic conditions in this area.
Early: 150€ each, or 260€ for both, by April 10
After: 180€ each, 320€ for both
Plus 24% VAT
Saturday June 24 | 1-8pm – Holmes Place
Pilates Movement Analysis: Anatomy & Its Relationship to Pilates
This workshop will employ a movement analysis schema to numerous classical Pilates exercises on the reformer, chair and mat. This schema is designed to delineate the primary muscle groups utilized to execute a given movement, as well as key muscles used to stabilize the body and promote optimal technique. The role of gravity, positioning and spring settings will also be addressed. This movement assessment will then be used as a basis to address the potential risk, effectiveness, modification for different client limitations, effective anatomical cueing, and appropriate progression of selected Pilates repertoire.
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Understand the relationship of joint movements, types of muscle contraction, muscle roles, and muscle actions to movement analysis
- Apply an analysis schema to selected Pilates repertoire
- Understand the role of gravity and spring position in exercise overload and effectiveness
- Understand key risks associated with selected common Pilates repertoire and appropriate modifications or substitutions
- Identify common technique errors that put joints at risk, and be able to apply corrective anatomical cueing
Karen Clippinger has a master’s degree in Karen Clippinger has a master’s degree in exercise science and is a professor at California State University Long Beach, where her course topics have included anatomy, body placement, injury prevention and care, and Pilates for dancers.
Prior to joining academia, Karen worked for 20 years as a clinical kinesiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle, as well as consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Clippinger has given over 400 presentations internationally and in numerous cities in the U.S. She is the author of the textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, co-author of the book Pilates Anatomy, and has several on-line classes on Pilates Anytime.