Course Description

Assessing and designing a workout for a senior with early onset Parkinsons, plantar fascia discomfort, shoulder impingement, and hemsiphere imbalances. This course will empower instructors with information that will assist them in delivering their services to a wider variety of participants. Seniors with conditions such as Parkinsons greatly benefit from the Pilates Method of physical conditioning, and this course is a great introduction to help movement educators expand their vocabulary and tools available to us within the realm of the Pilates Method.

  • taking history, assessing range
  • foot mobility
  • releasing the psoas
  • assessing posture, gait, stability of the pelvis, and integration of breath
  • Decompressing the spine, balancing pelvic floor with breath, and brain integration

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Owner and Founder

Risa Mathews

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

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    Pilates for Managing Parkinson's Disease

    • Welcome to Pilates for Managing Parkinson's Disease

    • Pilates for Managing Parkinson's Video Module