Do you struggle to follow anatomical cues in class? Do you understand what your different muscles do and how to control them? Do you feel joint sensations but you aren't sure how to work with those sensations? Take these participatory anatomy classes to learn more about your body and how to work with it. The goal of each Anatomy in Action course is to dive deeper into one particular section of the body and investigate it with a curious and playful approach. Through discussion, powerpoint, skeletal models (and maybe even unitards), palpation, movement, and more this will hopefully be one of your most memorable and at times comedic anatomy course.
October 19th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Feet and Ankles
Everyone’s feet look a little different but the one thing that is in common is they get us all from point A to point B. As bipedal creatures, these two dynamic structures take on a lot of work with very little recovery. When one tiny portion gets a little out of whack, it can send ramifications all they way up our chain. Learn about how your foot is organized from an architectural and physics perspective. Taking the time to understand your feet may actually be just what they need to do their job well and get a little rest sometimes.
October 26th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Knees
It wasn’t uncommon to hear people say the “knees weren’t a very well designed structure”. I beg to differ. The knee is one of the most complex and beautiful joints in our entire body. There are so many curves, tension braces, shock pads, pulleys, locking mechanisms, and release valves that this structure could be a lifetime of study. Our body is so beautiful designed that by giving it an opportunity to speak we can care for it in the way it needs. Take a dive into the knee world and listen. It has a lot to say.
November 2nd 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Hips
The first section of the hips is dedicated to parallel alignment of the leg. The leg can move into extension, flexion, abduction, adduction, and a coordination of all four in circumduction. This workshop will look at how the hip muscles work together and stabilize us in our primary daily action of gait. It will also investigate some of those deeper connections like the psoas to our core.
November 9th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Hips 2
The first day of hips was a simple as a walk in the park but when you add rotations the hips can feel like you are learning parkour! The rotations of the hip socket are nuanced and complex but when you look at how the fascial lines integrate with larger pilates and yoga shapes and how to unravel the key fascial lines that may be restricting your movement patterns.
November 30th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Elbows and Hands
Hold plank they say… your wrists will get stronger they say... It can be such a frustrating feeling to love plank but never be able to hold it because of the uncomfortable load on your wrists. The wrists and hands require biomechanic organization just like the feet. If there is restriction or weakness the weight bearing or grip actions can be incredibly frustration. But let go of that frustration and learn about whats happening!
December 7th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Shoulders 1
The first section of the shoulders is dedicated to the relationship of the scapula, collarbone, and ribs. To organize the shoulder blade at the scapulothoracic joint (an all muscle joint that sometimes gets stuck like it is made of cartilage!) you can have a more free and mobile arm. We often blame the ball and socket joint for limited range but trust me, potential flight stems from the wings on your back!
December 14th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Shoulders 2
The rotator cuff is a collection of four tiny muscles that are meant to suction the ball of the humerus into the socket of the shoulder resulting in optimal articulation. But often (like when your wing is stuck) you can have areas of impingement that can lead to injury. Learning what it feels like to “seat your humerus” will give you a more accurate assessment of what range is too much range and what work is good work.
December 21st 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Head and Neck
There are a few styles of movement therapies that are all about the way we carry our head on our shoulders. Our primary systems for balance, posture, and action are stimulated by the systems all contained in our skull. From vision to swallowing, come learn how your head and neck influence the rest of your anatomy and what to do when you feel that “pain in the neck”.