Below is a a listing of our currently scheduled Workshops. Please also view our past workshops and if interested in a specific Workshop that is not currently scheduled, please email the studio and we’ll notify you when it’s back! Have an idea for a Workshop? Suggestions are always welcome! Workshops are 55 minutes unless otherwise noted. A minimum of 3 people are required to run.
Back Pain Facts & Statistics
- 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
- Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Pilates as a Treatment for Back Problems
The important principles of Pilates are consistent with an exercise program that promotes back health. In particular, learning awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment are important skills for the back pain patient.
Patients with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the intervertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from a Pilates exercise program. In addition, postural asymmetries can be improved, thus decreasing wear and tear resulting from uneven stresses on the intervertebral joints and discs.
Pilates improves strength, flexibility, and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder girdle. Fluid and supported movement through these joints helps prevent unnecessary torque on the vertebral column.
The Pilates program also teaches awareness of movement habits that may stress the spine, and helps the patient change these habits to those that preserve neutral alignment. Awareness of excessive tension and the use of proper focus helps the patient use the body efficiently.
Stretch, Strengthen, & Release!...
a 5-Part Workshop Series for a Strong & Pain Free Back!
Tuesday’s starting November 1st from 6:30-7:30pm with Kat Leibe | Register Now! or call 732-300-4917 for assistance. Minimum enrollment 3 Students with no chronic pain or injuries. | $20 each class or $90 for the complete 5-part series.
New clients welcome. Open to men and woman. No Pilates experience required!
This 5-part workshop series challenges students of all levels with a choreography of stretches, strengthening, and relaxation techniques using yoga blocks, pinky balls, and other props. We will explore ways to refine classical Pilates exercises, such as using the block to support the lower back in a bridge, promoting the release of the hamstrings and placing the focus on the abdominals. You will enjoy a realignment of the body and discover a more profound understanding of what it means to find your “neutral pelvis” to alleviate lower back pain and deepen your practice.
Stress, strain, and tightness cause poor posture resulting in back issues from minor pain to chronic discomfort. Starting at the top of the spine, each week we will address a different part of the back and work downwards. Take just one class, or take them all for $10 off the regular price!:
Week 1: Cervical – releasing muscles in neck and shoulders, proper “nod and curl”, will use pinky ball and block to massage muscles.
Week 2: Thoracic – strengthening upper back muscles which support extension, working on extension and using block to support, butterfly (goddess pose in yoga) with block.
Week 3: Lumbar I – (Big one!!) bridge with block and lots of abdominal work to support pelvic alignment, using pinky ball to open up gluteus muscles and hamstrings. Forward bend and standing spine twist with block, opening the front of the hips and psoas, Glute med, Sartorius using pinky ball to massage and deep lunges assisted by block to stretch.
Week 4: Lumber II – more of the above with added emphasis on the Sacrum and how it relates to back pain.
Week 5: Putting it All Together – enjoy a continuous flow of all the exercises you’ve learned about in the past four weeks. Open for those taking the entire series, individual modules, or even just this one session!
View our Past Workshops
Below is a sampling of some of our past Workshops, if you are interested in a specific Workshop that is not currently scheduled, please email the studio and we’ll notify you when it’s back! Have an idea for a Workshop? Suggestions are always welcome! Workshops are 55 minutes unless otherwise noted. A minumum of 3 poeple are required to run.
Pilates for Golf & Tennis Players
Take your game to the next level this Spring and discover the competitive secret of the Pros! Golf/tennis exercises and fitness programs are now an integral part of training on the professional tour circuit today. The seriously competitive player is committed to developing flexibility, strength, and power to drive the ball farther, hit more accurate shots, and increase their competitive play.
You will perform targeted warm-ups and drills using props, and our specialized Pilates equipment to improve your balance and flexibility. You’ll learn how to condition your body to engage the very muscles you need to increase club/racket speed and drive that ball much further and faster.
Additionally, the classes will focus on improving flexibility, coordination, and rotation to give your game a serious boost. Utilizing the perfect pregame warm-up you can condition your body to help refine your technique and add distance to your shots on the fairway. Practice this routine and you’ll see the benefits to your game and overall fitness.
“My driving range increased so much since I started taking Pilates that my husband got jealous and started taking classes with me!” – Lynn E.
(Sorry. No Scheduled Classes at This Time.)
Stretch, Strengthen & Release!
Want to balance your muscles and relieve tension? This exciting foam roller workshop adds balance and stability challenges to some of your favorite Pilates exercises to deliver the results you want.
Everybody’s muscles tighten and develop knots from daily activity and poor movement patterns. Self-myofascial exercises on the foam roller can help rid you of unwanted muscular tension. Learn the proper way to release muscle tension and gain core strength. We’ll also explore rolling exercises to increase mobility, joint range of motion and help rid your body of aches and pains. (Sorry. No Scheduled Classes at This Time.)
Pilates on the Beach!
Open to all new and existing students with no chronic pain or injuries. No Pilates experience needed. Whether you are local or visiting our beautiful Jersey shore, all levels and ages are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, blanket or beach towel, sun block, and layers. Our expert Senior Teacher, Renee Millemann, will modify or vary movements based on your level with focus on breath and safe alignment. The class is held on soft sand which will strengthen your body, calm your mind, reduce stress and provide an opportunity for improving your health. (Sorry. No Scheduled Classes at This Time.)
90min Rolling Release & Strengthing!
Not just for feet! This specialty workshop will teach you how to use the Pinky release balls on all parts of your body to build better strength and flexibility in your Pilates mat work.
After a brief warm-up we will break the body into sections and do a set of real eases followed by intense exercises. You will walk out feeling amazing! Included in the cost you will receive your own Pinky release ball and a list of exercises to follow at home.
This 90 minuite workshop is $35 and the release ball and written exercises are included in the cost of the workshop to take home.
Pilates for Golfer's: 5-Week Class Series
New clients welcome. Open to men, woman, and teen golfers. No Pilates experience required! Golf exercises and golf fitness programs are now an integral part of training on professional golf tour circuit today. The professional player is committed to developing flexibility, strength, and power to drive the golf ball farther, hit more accurate shots, and increase their competitive play.
Join certified teachers for this series of five 55 minute classes and take your golf game to a whole new level!
You will perform targeted warm-ups and drills using your own golf club, props, and our specialized Pilates equipment to improve your balance and flexibility. You’ll learn how to condition your body to engage the very muscles you need to increase club head speed and drive that ball much further down the fairway.
Additionally, the classes will focus on improving flexibility and coordination to give your golf game a serious boost. Utilizing the perfect pre-game warm-up you can condition your body to help refine your technique and add distance to your shots on the fairway. Practice this routine and you’ll see the benefits to your game and overall fitness.
Foam Roller Strengthen, Release, & Align!
Learn how to complement your traditional Pilates routine with the foam roller and then take it home with you! Add a whole new dimension to your Pilates mat work.
This versatile cylinder-shaped prop makes for a great workout. Practice Pilates exercises on this unstable surface and feel your Powerhouse work harder than ever. The deep muscles of the back and abdomen have to work to keep you stable and in proper alignment. This not only helps to improve standing balance, but also sharpens body awareness.
We will finish this workshop with a self-massage by using your own body weight on the roller to stretch and iron out those tight spots. This tool, frequently used in physical therapy, can be used to make mat exercises either more manageable, or more challenging. $35 foam roller included in cost of the class.