Assessment and response for working with a professional dancer with post surgical imbalances

taught by Risa Mathews

Course description

Assessing and designing a workout for a dancer who on occasion suffers from neck pain, and has imbalances resulting from having had knee surgery to remove a cyst from under her patella that was approximately 2 inches in circumference. Learn how to draw important information from the client about their past injuries and traumas, and examine how this influences their movement patterns.

  • assessing the pelvis
  • increasing a dancer's stability and symmetry
  • hyper mobile movers and how to correct them
  • integrating leg and core strength with breath for whole body integration
  • finding the weak link
Risa Mathews
Risa Mathews
Owner and Founder

Risa Mathews has owned and operated Boditree Pilates & Healing in Vancouver since 1999. Prior to this time Risa was residing in Sydney, Australia, where she was attending grad school, and also operating her first Boditree Pilates studio, in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Risa sold her Sydney studio in late 1999, and opened Boditree in Vancouver soon after returning home. Risa has successfully integrated a number of healing modalities into the Pilates environment, which has shown to assist participants in managing pain and better prepare them for physical exercise. Risa has created, published, and trademarked a number of protocols that will now be shared via online course offerings. Risa has researched and created these protocols to help manage the following, but not limited to : chronic pain, injury, rehabilitation from surgery, plus a multitude of conditions such scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS, learning disabilities, joint replacement, emotional trauma, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pre and post-natal conditioning. These online courses are meant to give fellow instructors and movement therapists an opportunity to study with Risa, without having to travel to Vancouver. Risa holds a BA from Simon Fraser University (1990) and an MA from Macquarie University (1995), and has a background in dance, aquatics, teaching, publishing, and public speaking.

Course Curriculum

Chapter 1: Welcome to Assessment and Design: working with dancers
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Chapter 2: Assessment and Design: Dancers Video Training Module
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