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Saturday, 14-Jan-2023
2:00 PM - Client workshop- Finding your neck in the classical mat with Nicholas Psarros

Finding your neck in the classical mat

When doing Pilates (whether novice or pro) many of us struggle to de-escalate tension in our neck, especially during abdominal work.
Struggling to lift the head off the mat or apparatus with comfort may indicate a lack of mobility and cohesive movement in your spinal column and weakness in holding the head/neck still during prolonged exercises. On the flip side, getting to know your spinal curves and how to strengthen your neck effectively can be life-changing and have an exponential positive impact in every Pilates class thereafter. 


In our experience, clients who fail to grasp head and neck inclusion in the floor work later struggle when integrating the shoulder girdle (in weight bearing) and also in more complicated inversions. This can also be a limiting factor in upper body endurance and getting to enjoy the exercises in the Pilates method that are both fun and empowering.


The session will start with head and neck placement/awareness exercises, build to gentle neck strengthening patterns before integrating your knowledge of the spinal curves and head placement into ‘signature’ exercises like the Roll up, The Pull up or The Snake.


Like all good things finessed in the studio, we hope that this experience will manifest eventually in strength and physical comfort in your daily life. 



General information

What will you get out of a client workshop? 

One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


Outcomes

  • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
  • Feel more confident in class
  • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
  • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
  • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!

What’s expected of me?

Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


Who can attend?

These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


Cost: $45

Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 


Monday, 16-Jan-2023
7:00 PM - Client Skills builder - mobility concepts

Scheduled deliberately post-Summer and Winter holidays to get you going and find those delicious feelings that you get when you dedicate the time to having a good stretch and roll around. Inspired by elements of Pilates, Yoga, Gyrokinesis, functional movement and trigger point release to help you settle in to your movements and also have a series to do at home as needed. We’ll bring in the long pole, the spikey ball, a chair and your own body weight but never a static stretch. You’ll move through all of your major joints and integrate them into squatting, lunging, curling, arching, twisting and bending movements that will make even your eyeballs feel stretched without popping them out of the sockets.


These sessions will operate as a 60 minute mish-mash covering the full body each session so that you can leave walking on clouds rather than feeling excessively stretched in one zone. 


All levels welcome 


VENUE: Errol Street studio

WHEN: Mondays at 7pm : 16/1, 23/1, 30/1 or 14/8, 21/8, 28/8

DURATION: 60 minutes per session

COST: $145



Wednesday, 1-Feb-2023
12:00 AM - New client summer intake

We take your wellbeing and the Pilates method seriously. The Movement Refinery has built a course that helps you understand what your body is capable of, how to move it and how to operate within a Pilates class. 

Our courses run seasonally and we reach out to our waitlist one month prior. You’ll need to complete a private session no more than two weeks prior to the course commencement. 

Consisting of 8 x 55 minute sessions over four weeks we will

  • work on the fundamentals of human movement and may offer you exercises to work on at home customised to your needs
  • provide an orientation to basic Mat, Cadillac and Reformer exercises
  • Work on some classical repertoire on the Reformer
  • Dip your toe in to the original Pilates mat sequence 
  • Combine pre-pilates exercises with the Tower sequences such as arm springs standing and supine and leg spring selections to solidify your body awareness, postural connections and movement capabilities addressed in our earlier sessions

After your new client course we place you in starter level classes. After a period of time (months, not weeks usually) and when you are ready to progressive level, our schedule will open up to other options. 

We are a tiny studio and only have room for clients who are able to train within our community guidelines. Twice a week (minimum) and attend 80% of regular bookings. We have a late cancellation policy and a latecomers policy. We may appear strict, but we are just quality-oriented and love old-school manners in shared space. We will work diligently to support your wellbeing and offer you the best original Pilates experience in Melbourne.


Saturday, 4-Feb-2023
12:00 AM - New client summer intake 2

We take your wellbeing and the Pilates method seriously. The Movement Refinery has built a course that helps you understand what your body is capable of, how to move it and how to operate within a Pilates class. 

Our courses run seasonally and we reach out to our waitlist one month prior. You’ll need to complete a private session no more than two weeks prior to the course commencement. 

Consisting of 8 x 55 minute sessions over four weeks we will

  • work on the fundamentals of human movement and may offer you exercises to work on at home customised to your needs
  • provide an orientation to basic Mat, Cadillac and Reformer exercises
  • Work on some classical repertoire on the Reformer
  • Dip your toe in to the original Pilates mat sequence 
  • Combine pre-pilates exercises with the Tower sequences such as arm springs standing and supine and leg spring selections to solidify your body awareness, postural connections and movement capabilities addressed in our earlier sessions

After your new client course we place you in starter level classes. After a period of time (months, not weeks usually) and when you are ready to progressive level, our schedule will open up to other options. 

We are a tiny studio and only have room for clients who are able to train within our community guidelines. Twice a week (minimum) and attend 80% of regular bookings. We have a late cancellation policy and a latecomers policy. We may appear strict, but we are just quality-oriented and love old-school manners in shared space. We will work diligently to support your wellbeing and offer you the best original Pilates experience in Melbourne.


2:00 PM - Client workshop - Wunda chair moving up with Nicholas Psarros

Wunda - Moving up 

The Chair looks kind of sweet … but it is a truth-teller apparatus. It reminds you to respect gravity and often, it amplifies the things that we aren’t naturally great at. The flip side is that it gives honest feedback about your technique and placement and is the perfect apparatus for building your tolerance to weight-bearing, general strengthening and building a sense of life and ‘uprightness’ in the body. 


Finding a sense of lift and awareness of your posture is covered first before moving to seated exercises. Ultimately we will be working out how to relate to the pedal (do we push it, or pull it) for the bigger moves. 


You don’t have to be ‘strong’ to attend this session as we spend much time offering participants drills and footholds to execute in regular classes. In fact, this is a great way to level up towards progressive and also build out a fuller Pilates practice. 


Join in, 2022 participants found the session REALLY useful. 


Exercises covered in this session

The difference between ‘footwork and pumping’

Standing leg press front and side 

Going Up Front / Balance Control 

Pull up - front, side and back … but is it tendon stretch? 

Table top - the link from the pedal up or down position

Swan - from the floor, from the top and with a dive

Mermaid - kneeling, sitting chill and sitting hardcore

Cat - looking at the role of pelvic position in the back release and abdominal connection 

Teaser - strap in! 

Mountain Climber - Finding your Reformer knee stretches on one leg

Connecting your shoulders with Long back arms, arm and leg frogs



General information

What will you get out of a client workshop? 

One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


Outcomes

  • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
  • Feel more confident in class
  • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
  • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
  • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


What’s expected of me?

Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


Who can attend?

These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


Cost: $45

Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 


Saturday, 11-Mar-2023
2:00 PM - Client workshop - KSG - tools for happy flexion with Nicholas Psarros

Kathleen Stanford Grant/KSG (or professionally, Kathy Grant) was one of the pioneering ‘elders’ or first-generation teachers of the Pilates method. Likely the first African-American teacher and one of only two signed off by Joseph to teach his work, Kathy’s influence is deep in our industry.

I added a fourth certification to my skillset in 2021 when I worked under Cara Reeser in the post-graduate programme, The Heritage Training which took me through Kathy’s work through the lens of Cara’s understanding of movement and a bit of social history too.
While I intuitively used framework set out by Kathy over the last twenty years, I now am certified and am able to continue use these principles to decode the original Pilates method.  


In these workshops I’ll look to Kathy’s exercises that she used to teach the fundamentals of each Pilates movement and then use my own special sauce of sequencing to bring you a workshop specific to a theme - one on the curl and on twisting and bending. Kathy was big on breathing and finding an inner movement with your breath, so we will be exploring ‘how’ to breathe, when active breathing can help is with a sticky movement and will bring in some vocal assistance (talking, hissing, humming, shouting?) as well. 


Join in because you’ll likely find answers to the questions you didn’t know how to ask.


KSG tools to round it out

Curl, curve, c-curve, flexion, round back …. they all mean the same thing but let’s get it clear. How to, when to and what’s included in making it happen. Using the tools from Kathy Grant, we will look at techniques to sparingly pull in the muscles and joints we need and not overwork everything else. We’ll have a play on the mat, in standing and on the other apparatus too.


This will tie in smoothly to our other workshops like 

  • Finding your neck in the classical work 
  • KSG - tools for twists and turns 


There are no pre-requisites to attend this session.


General information

What will you get out of a client workshop? 

One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


Outcomes

  • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
  • Feel more confident in class
  • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
  • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
  • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


What’s expected of me?

Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


Who can attend?

These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


Cost: $45

Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



Wednesday, 15-Mar-2023
7:30 PM - Client skill builder series - Get to know the Reformer

Get to know the Reformer, the original beast. 


We are here to share our knowledge on how to get the best out of your time on the Reformer. It’s more than just footwork, splits and lunges here… we will spend three sessions focussing on the exercises of course, but will guide you to improving your knowledge of how to safely and quickly operate the Reformer. This will prepare you to be independent in classes and truly realise how the Reformer series can be life-changing.

In studios these days (here we go) instructors cherry pick the classical exercises and miss the point. Or more commonly, they don’t use the Reformer for Pilates at all and turn it into just another machine at the gym. In this skill-builder series you’ll see how each exercise and transition between the exercise prepares you for the next trick. You’ll feel how using your whole body can yield impressive results. You’ll build skills in your body finding the familiar shapes and feelings within the Reformer repertoire that you can transfer to the other classes at the studio and any athletic pursuit. 


The Reformer is here to help you reach your best. Let us show you the ropes!


Session 1: Getting acquainted 

    Conventions, equipment set up, safety and early transitions Understanding how the springs help and what the sounds of the Reformer indicate Footwork series detail - working out your individual technique and alignment The 100 Coordination  Rowing introduction Long Stretch 101 Ending with running and pelvic lift 


    Session 2: Key exercise series introductions 

      Conventions, equipment set up, safety and early transitions Spring changes  Pull straps and Swan Long box  Stomach massage Short box  Knee stretches


      Session 3

      Putting it together 

        Working the flow diligently from Footwork to Endings including spring changes and Reformer operation Incorporating your own spring selection and equipment changes Practicing transitions  Getting sweaty and pushing through 


        VENUE: Errol Street studio

        WHEN:  Wednesdays at 7:30pm - 15/3, 22/3, 29/3 or 15/11, 22/11, 29.11

        DURATION: 60 minutes per session

        COST: $145


        Saturday, 15-Apr-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop - Mat - the first half for all level clients with Nicholas Psarros

        The Mat is easier than the Reformer right? WRONG. The Mat happens to be an open environment where you don’t get much feedback or support from the mat itself, so you’re left to dial up your spatial and body awareness and find clues as to how your body is feeling and moving on your own. SHOCK! 


        In this session we aim to go through the first (almost) half of Joe Pilates’ traditional list. Piggy-back off my 20+ years of Pilates nerdery to cut through the detail of each exercise. We’ll offer you the footholds to build your signature and tricky exercises like the rollover which you can use as substitutes in class if your cohort is running off and you want to run with them. 


        You will 

        • Develop your knowledge of the ‘order’ and how one exercise is related to the next 
        • Understand the technical requirements for each exercise 
        • Increase your endurance capacity 
        • End up with a nifty home exercise programme!

        Available to all levels 



        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Wednesday, 17-May-2023
        7:30 PM - Client skills builder - get to know the Wunda Chair

        Get to know the Wunda Chair.


        Curated to make you feel good, enhance results of your regular classes and encourage you to have a play and build a constructive relationship with your body and exercise.


        Session 1: Foot and leg connection 


        • The evolution of the foot corrector to the wunda chair and shared exercises
        • Seated foot exercises - finding you deep centre and stomach massage feelings
        • Standing leg / foot / balance work - using the chair and a pole to find your alignment and postural harmony 
        • Playing with more ‘advanced’ exercises from the perspective of the foot (pull ups and mountain climber) 


        Session 2: Spinal movements big and small 

        • Playing with the pedal to find the right balance between scapulae and spine
        • Being a cat - kneeling and standing articulations for mobility with control
        • Mermaid variations - trying different types of side bends that balance core work, shoulder connection and stretches
        • Swanning around - using the chair to extend and open the back line of the body on the floor, up on top and going down 
        • Connecting the two halves - building on the pelvic curl from lying on the ground to standing on the chair


        Session 3: Integrating, weight bearing and showing off

        • Working with the pedal and not against it
        • Examining the 50/50 rule in Pull ups 
        • Stepping up your balance and leg strengthening 
        • Push-up drills and variations
        • Preparing for backbends 
        • Handstand 101



        VENUE: Errol Street studio

        WHEN:  Wednesdays at 7:30pm 17/5, 24/5, 31/5 or 20/9, 27/9, 4/10

        DURATION: 60 minutes per session

        COST: $145



        Saturday, 27-May-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop - Mat - second half for progressive level clients with Nicholas Psarros

        Think you’re doing Pilates? Well … it’s really not until you’ve experienced the joy of the fuller list of the original work that you are truly doing the work and experiencing it enough to enjoy the ‘internal shower’.  Now that you’re familiar with the first half, it’s time to focus on the rest of the mat that Joe Pilates authored, beginning at high bicycles and working through to push ups and even backbends and splits if you like! 


        This workshop requires you to be in our progressive level classes and ready to up the ante on your routine as well as learn plenty of new integrative ‘tricks’.


        You will 

        • Develop your knowledge of the ‘order’ and how one exercise is related to the next 
        • Understand the technical requirements for each exercise 
        • Increase your endurance capacity 
        • Prepare your body for the fuller Reformer experience


        It’s an exciting time in your Pilates experience to nudge towards the full experience, come join us and truly enrich your wellbeing.



        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Saturday, 15-Jul-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: building your wrists with Nicholas Psarros

        Building your wrists


        Let’s face it, a lot of people are bothered by sore wrists in Pilates and exercise classes. We (humans) are simply not used to weight bearing unless trained and most of us have a clearer understanding of our lower leg than our arm and hand. Our job as movement educators with the Pilates method is to support you in the short and long-term with this wrist debacle. We will find a solution for any discomfort in a Pilates class and then look to build out the connection of the wrist into the shoulder and trunk. This is key to improving endurance in the shoulder and forearm so that we don’t collapse into the hand and end up with tired paws. 


        Most of the exercises will be done without larger apparatus so that you can replicate them at home. This workshop has secondary benefits to posture and shoulder health as well as more central strength to take pressure off the neck.


        Work covered 

        • Prone (face down) scapulae stability awareness and endurance drills
        • building hand awareness and grip strength with balls 
        • Wrist exercises for mobility and strength with hand weights
        • Wrist mobility and shoulder connection with the Pilates sandbag or pole
        • Connecting the hand to the body to the arm with the Magic Circle
        • Drills in 4 point for shoulder connection to the hand 
        • Progressing into a plank
        • Other useful hand positions to build wrist and forearm support across the Pilates system


        We know this workshop will be useful to clients of all levels, see you there! 


        Pre-requisites: none


        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 


        Saturday, 5-Aug-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: KSG - tools for twist and turns with Nicholas Psarros

        KSG WORKSHOPS 


        Kathleen Stanford Grant/KSG (or professionally, Kathy Grant) was one of the pioneering ‘elders’ or first-generation teachers of the Pilates method. Likely the first African-American teacher and one of only two signed off by Joseph to teach his work, Kathy’s influence is deep in our industry.

        I added a fourth certification to my skillset in 2021 when I worked under Cara Reeser in the post-graduate programme, The Heritage Training which took me through Kathy’s work through the lens of Cara’s understanding of movement and a bit of social history too.
        While I intuitively used framework set out by Kathy over the last twenty years, I now am certified and am able to continue use these principles to decode the original Pilates method.  


        In these workshops I’ll look to Kathy’s exercises that she used to teach the fundamentals of each Pilates movement and then use my own special sauce of sequencing to bring you a workshop specific to a theme - one on the curl and on twisting and bending. Kathy was big on breathing and finding an inner movement with your breath, so we will be exploring ‘how’ to breathe, when active breathing can help is with a sticky movement and will bring in some vocal assistance (talking, hissing, humming, shouting?) as well. 


        Join in because you’ll likely find answers to the questions you didn’t know how to ask.


        TWIST and turns 


        Rotation, twisting, side bend, side lean … ugh … how do you get the length in both directions and not crunch? This workshop aims to provide an experience opening up your flanks and working on connecting to the mid-line while twisting and turning through drills and then the original series. We’ll have a play on the mat, in standing and on the other apparatus too, most likely looking at the short box series across the studio.


        This will tie in smoothly to our other workshops like 

        • Finding your neck in the classical work 
        • KSG - tools for happy flexion 


        Objectives

        • utilise breathing techniques for efficient movement
        • understand where and how to produce movement
        • relate the drills into classical Pilates exercises 
        • provide mental touch-points for your use in group classes


        There are no pre-requisites to attend this session but it’s best not attend if you are experiencing a twinge in your back or are uncomfortable with prolonged twisting. 



        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 




        Monday, 14-Aug-2023
        7:00 PM - Client skills builder - mobility

        Scheduled deliberately post-Summer and Winter holidays to get you going and find those delicious feelings that you get when you dedicate the time to having a good stretch and roll around. Inspired by elements of Pilates, Yoga, Gyrokinesis, functional movement and trigger point release to help you settle in to your movements and also have a series to do at home as needed. We’ll bring in the long pole, the spikey ball, a chair and your own body weight but never a static stretch. You’ll move through all of your major joints and integrate them into squatting, lunging, curling, arching, twisting and bending movements that will make even your eyeballs feel stretched without popping them out of the sockets.


        These sessions will operate as a 60 minute mish-mash covering the full body each session so that you can leave walking on clouds rather than feeling excessively stretched in one zone. 


        All levels welcome 


        VENUE: Errol Street studio

        WHEN: Mondays at 7pm : 14/8, 21/8, 28/8

        DURATION: 60 minutes per session

        COST: $145



        Saturday, 26-Aug-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: Reformer - Life after Short Box with Nicholas Psarros

        Life after short box 


        Whether friend or foe, The Reformer is a beast of a teacher. In a regular session, we rarely have the time to get to the half-way mark, but that’s about to change! We are here to hold the space and the straps for you to step up into more thrilling and empowering Pilates exercise series.


        This will be especially useful for clients looking to build an independent practice and achieve the goal of completing the full Reformer list. 


        Exercises to pull from in this session 

        • Semi-circle
        • Short Spine
        • Kneeling arm series (drills for side)
        • Snake/Twist
        • Corkscrew
        • Control Balance (off?)
        • Mermaid
        • Knee Stretches
        • Back split


        Workshop pre-requisite

        Injury free and ready for inversions, and stronger progressive classes. Also able to hold a front, side and back plank for 20 seconds


        This workshop will be playful and allows you to unlock some serious bragging rights in the last third of the original Reformer list 





        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Friday, 8-Sep-2023
        2:00 PM - Client Retreat 2023

        Event: The Movement Refinery Winter Retreat

        Venue: Casa and Co 8-10 High Street Trentham

        Date: 8-10 September 2023

         

        PURPOSE

         

        Fresh off the success of our inaugural retreat, we are committed to providing a space of physical and mental nourishment amongst the gardens of Casa and Co. in Trentham. Take a moment away from your usual routine to take a breath and move, deeply. Enjoy classes in the beautiful garden studio and walks on the property to fill your cup. 

         

        The retreat environment allows us to look in detail at exercises, movements and concepts at a different pace and level to regular studio classes. This is the time to bring your list of questions and requests for a fully immersive experience.

         

        Who can attend? 

         

        Clients of any level who train with us regularly and at least for the three months prior to the retreat are encouraged to attend. You’ll need to be self-sufficient in classes at the studios across the Mat, Spine Corrector and Wunda Chair and be open to working with methods that support a considered Pilates experience. 

         

        Just like our studios, this is a boutique offering and we first invite our loyal clients and will then extend an invitation to the Pilates community. You’ll have free time during the day and evening to chill, enjoy Trentham and take some ‘me-time’. The retreat is capped at 15 participants.

         

        We will transport some of our equipment to Trentham and offer you classes in Classical Pilates, adjunct movement modalities and a wellbeing seminar. 


        Terms of sale

        Due to the nature of an off-site retreat, refunds will not be available, however you may arrange a transfer to another client or community member if they are familiar with the classical repertoire and more or less injury free and able to work in a progressive class level/retreat environment

         

        If due to COVID-19 or similar factors out of our control we need to cancel the retreat, an alternate date will be selected as soon as the property is available. 

         



        Wednesday, 20-Sep-2023
        7:30 PM - Client skills builder

        Get to know the Wunda Chair.


        Curated to make you feel good, enhance results of your regular classes and encourage you to have a play and build a constructive relationship with your body and exercise.


        Session 1: Foot and leg connection 


        • The evolution of the foot corrector to the wunda chair and shared exercises
        • Seated foot exercises - finding you deep centre and stomach massage feelings
        • Standing leg / foot / balance work - using the chair and a pole to find your alignment and postural harmony 
        • Playing with more ‘advanced’ exercises from the perspective of the foot (pull ups and mountain climber) 


        Session 2: Spinal movements big and small 

        • Playing with the pedal to find the right balance between scapulae and spine
        • Being a cat - kneeling and standing articulations for mobility with control
        • Mermaid variations - trying different types of side bends that balance core work, shoulder connection and stretches
        • Swanning around - using the chair to extend and open the back line of the body on the floor, up on top and going down 
        • Connecting the two halves - building on the pelvic curl from lying on the ground to standing on the chair


        Session 3: Integrating, weight bearing and showing off

        • Working with the pedal and not against it
        • Examining the 50/50 rule in Pull ups 
        • Stepping up your balance and leg strengthening 
        • Push-up drills and variations
        • Preparing for backbends 
        • Handstand 101



        VENUE: Errol Street studio

        WHEN:  Wednesdays at 7:30pm 17/5, 24/5, 31/5 or 20/9, 27/9, 4/10

        DURATION: 60 minutes per session

        COST: $145



        Saturday, 23-Sep-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop - Tricks of the Cadillac and Guillotine with Nicholas Psarros

        Tricks of the Guillotine and Cadillac 


        Have you had a chance to play on the frame of the Cadillac or the Pilates Guillotine? This is your turn! Get out of your comfort zone and transfer all that you’ve learnt throughout your sessions at the studio and nudge towards a fuller Pilates experience. While we encourage you to give everything a try in these workshops, we appreciate that you may not be comfortable doing big inversions and flipping upside down. That’s ok, come and give all of the drills a go and see where Pilates can lead you. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be that bit more inspired to play on the monkey bars next time you have the opportunity! 


        For those who are ready for inversions, flips and follies, this is your day. 


        We will start with a run at the original Mat through to Neck Pull before breaking out the weight lifting gloves and gymnastics hand wraps (this is a joke).


        Work covered in this session

        • Preparatory mat and roll up bar exercises to develop diverse hanging position tolerance 
        • Hanging from two hands off the bars
        • Semi-circle off the cliff
        • Integrating the Trapeze for ‘Hanging Back and Front’
        • ‘The German Hang’ 
        • Introduction to ‘candle stick’
        • The ‘walk over’


        There’s so much fun to be had in the Pilates studio, come see the lighter side! 


        Pre-requisite: We recommend you are experienced in the studio at progressive level and have attended the ‘Building your wrists’ session. 




        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Saturday, 28-Oct-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: The Gizmos of JHP with Nicholas Psarros

        Gizmos of JHP

        Joe was an innovator. He wanted the world to feel as good as he did. When a client struggled to work efficiently, it is rumoured that he would cobble together a device to help them or resize an existing apparatus. Enter the little devils of the studio that in an instant help you to feel what your teacher has been rambling on about for months. 


        We will look at some exercises in isolation and then integrate a few into key exercises of the original mat sequence. You’ll walk out of this session more aware of your hands and feet and how they carry you through your life and dreams! Also, you’ll feel your abs, inner-thighs and back muscles. More importantly, you’ll have first-hand examples of how these muscles can contribute to useful joint positioning to get the most out of your sessions with us. 


        Apparatus to enjoy in this session

        • Toe corrector
        • Foot corrector
        • Neck stretcher
        • Magic circle


        This workshop is open to all clients but you will need a clear understanding of the first half of the traditional mat work to get the most out of it. Come and find the pleasure of simplicity in this great workshop! 


        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Wednesday, 15-Nov-2023
        7:30 PM - Client skills builder - Get to know the Reformer

        Get to know the Reformer, the original beast. 


        We are here to share our knowledge on how to get the best out of your time on the Reformer. It’s more than just footwork, splits and lunges here… we will spend three sessions focussing on the exercises of course, but will guide you to improving your knowledge of how to safely and quickly operate the Reformer. This will prepare you to be independent in classes and truly realise how the Reformer series can be life-changing.

        In studios these days (here we go) instructors cherry pick the classical exercises and miss the point. Or more commonly, they don’t use the Reformer for Pilates at all and turn it into just another machine at the gym. In this skill-builder series you’ll see how each exercise and transition between the exercise prepares you for the next trick. You’ll feel how using your whole body can yield impressive results. You’ll build skills in your body finding the familiar shapes and feelings within the Reformer repertoire that you can transfer to the other classes at the studio and any athletic pursuit. 


        The Reformer is here to help you reach your best. Let us show you the ropes!


        Session 1: Getting acquainted 

        • Conventions, equipment set up, safety and early transitions
        • Understanding how the springs help and what the sounds of the Reformer indicate
        • Footwork series detail - working out your individual technique and alignment
        • The 100
        • Coordination 
        • Rowing introduction
        • Long Stretch 101
        • Ending with running and pelvic lift 


        Session 2: Key exercise series introductions 

        • Conventions, equipment set up, safety and early transitions
        • Spring changes 
        • Pull straps and Swan
        • Long box 
        • Stomach massage
        • Short box 
        • Knee stretches


        Session 3

        Putting it together 

        • Working the flow diligently from Footwork to Endings including spring changes and Reformer operation
        • Incorporating your own spring selection and equipment changes
        • Practicing transitions 
        • Getting sweaty and pushing through 


        VENUE: Errol Street studio

        WHEN:  Wednesdays at 7:30pm - 15/3, 22/3, 29/3 or 15/11, 22/11, 29.11

        DURATION: 60 minutes per session

        COST: $145


        Saturday, 25-Nov-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: preparing for backbends with Nicholas Psarros

        Backbend 101 

        Think back bending is a Yoga situation? You’re right, but it’s also part of many other disciplines such as the Pilates method. Usually done once clients are considered quite advanced and well-versed in the ways of the human body, we introduce elements of back bending early in your sessions with us. A successful back-bend is built from a few categories … spinal mobility and control, upper body strength and general coordination. 


        If you’re a bendy / flexible person, let’s put the ‘Pilates’ into your back extension and build the back bend systematically. If you consider your flexibility is more like a piece of steel, let’s focus on the other side of the coin and gently take you towards balance. We will look to the mat, barrels and chairs to build out your skillset so that back bending is within reach and something you can enjoy even if you’ve not a circus performer. 


        Concepts covered

        • Preparing the wrist and forearm
        • Connecting the arm to the shoulder girdle and the shoulder to the trunk 
        • Discussing back extension vs back bending
        • Building experience of weight bearing on hands 
        • Preparations for big Swan utilising the barrels or chairs
        • Preparations for high bridge from the classical Pilates cannon 
        • Experiencing high bridge with assists from a teacher 


        This will tie in smoothly to our other workshops like 

        • Finding your neck in the classical work 
        • KSG - tools for happy flexion 
        • Building your wrists


        pre-requisites: This session is geared towards clients who are established at the studio and are moving into or ensconced in the progressive level stream


        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!


        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 



        Saturday, 2-Dec-2023
        2:00 PM - Client workshop: preparing for handstands with Nicholas Psarros

        Handstand 101


        Did you know there are a few handstands within the Classical work? The skill of a handstand is not that useful to most of us in our daily life but can be the apex for many of physical achievement. We’re great on our feet, but what about our hands? In this session we will prepare you for the ultimate impersonation of a pencil which will do wonders for your upper body strength, confidence and brings in a sense of achievement and play no matter which level you’re at. 


        Concepts covered

        • Preparing the wrist and forearm
        • Connecting the arm to the shoulder girdle and the shoulder to the trunk 
        • Examining your pelvic alignment relationship to your shoulder and head 
        • Building experience of weight bearing on hands 
        • Playing with gravity 
        • Utilising the Pilates apparatus to build handstand familiarity 
        • Working with the wall 


        This will tie in smoothly to our other workshops …

        • Finding your neck in the classical work 
        • KSG - tools for happy flexion 
        • Building your wrists
        • Tricks of the Cadillac and Guillotine 


        pre-requisites: This session is geared towards clients who are established at the studio and are moving into or ensconced in the progressive level stream


        This is your chance to get off your back in a Pilates class and move towards your future in the circus. Drills, positions and concepts from handstands will service you well in your regular classes and general posture. It’s never too late to learn new tricks and concepts.


        General information

        What will you get out of a client workshop? 

        One of the most useful tools we have in these workshops is time…. a 90-minute session allows us to play, to drill, to examine and evaluate how we move in each classical exercise and how you can do it efficiently and accurately. You get to ask questions about your form and make sure you have correct technique to work more independently at home or in our regular classes.


        Outcomes

        • This will equip you to ‘get better at Pilates’
        • Feel more confident in class
        • Revise specific exercises and their technique 
        • Equip you to move up to progressive level and stay there, year round
        • Specific ‘apparatus’ workshops will include history, safety and how to transition efficiently between exercises!

        What’s expected of me?

        Workshops run at a slower pace to classes and ask you to step up and take an active role, to try things, to enquire, to evaluate your ‘performance’ and how we can support you to reach your best. These three sessions are a time for doing and trying as opposed to a lecture or a time for taking notes. 


        Who can attend?

        These sessions are open to any client who has been training with us for a couple of months who seeks to learn more about Pilates, about their body and our methodology. 


        Cost: $45

        Please note as this is a special event with extremely limited spaces, the ticket price is non-refundable once booked. We encourage you to use the waitlist in case someone cancels on the day. If you’d like to get even more out of your sessions, please email Nicholas to reserve your place. 




        Nicholas Psarros

        Studio Director

        For over eighteen years Nicholas Psarros has shared his passion for the craft of Pilates through improving the health and wellbeing of the broader community.

        His love for Pilates came to fruition while studying Performing Arts as a Dance major at Brisbane’s QUT, where is he used Pilates to rehabilitate from several injuries. He eventually decided on a career transition has trained extensively since 2002.

        Nicholas is triple-certified in the Pilates method, a member of the Australian Pilates Method Association and also an Exercise and Sports Scientist. He works with plenty of common sense, pop-culture references and works to make the Pilates method accessible to all.

        Nicholas was the Strength and Conditioning coach for nearly four years at The Australian Ballet School, where he co-developed an innovative program at the national centre for elite classical dance collaborating with a diverse team of health professionals and experts to best support the future of Australian dance.

        In 2016, Nicholas established The Pilates Teacher Network. TPTN is a group for like-minded instructors from every ‘school of Pilates’ and currently supports over 1000 members through a monthly activation and social media forum.

        In 2017, Nicholas brought The Movement Refinery (TMR) back to life, it initially operated from 2005-2014. TMR was re-founded with the intention of providing a space for the community to reconnect and find true inner strength and is one of the only studios in the country that teach Classical Pilates as founded by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago.

        Dedicated to his gorgeous dog Prince Dexter, you’ll often find Nicholas at the park or walking around the inner-North, at the theatre or exercising with friends.

        Nic’s classes help you get rid of aches and pains, get you strong and are your best companion to decoding how to manage your body. He will help you to decode the traditional Pilates method and make you an independent and curious practitioner.