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Saturday, 14-Jan-2023
2:00 PM - 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
7:30 PM - New client course - Summer intake

Saturday, 4-Feb-2023
2:00 PM - Client workshop - Wunda chair exercise extravaganza 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, 18-Feb-2023
12:00 PM - MELBOURNE - Movement Science Made Simple

Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure are coming to Australia! Join in on this unique opportunity and enjoy face to face professional development at the highest level.


Separate but connected 

 

Training Selective Control of the Hips, Pelvis, and Low Back

 

Freedom and stability in the trunk depend on freedom and stability in the hips. In this course, we will use the model of lumbo-pelvi-femoral rhythm as a means of organizing the legs, pelvis, and low back in whole body movements. This model integrates and improves upon both static models of lumbar stabilization (neutral pelvis/spine) and the Classical Pilates view of spinal mobility (“one vertebra at a time”).

 

As teachers, our tools are demonstration, touch, and language. To be effective teachers our demonstration must be fully embodied, our touch supportive, and our language direct or poetic as needed. Movement Science Made Simple joins current concepts in anatomy, kinesiology, and motor learning with time-tested movement training strategies, giving workshop participants new skills to work with diverse client populations.

 

 

FEBRUARY 18  – 19 – Saturday (12 – 7pm) + Sunday (9am – 4pm) - finish times TBC due to participant numbers

Host site: Fitzroy North

Cost: $750


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY 

NO ZIPPERS on activewear 

No phone or recording device permitted during the presentations

Be prepared to show proof of vaccination and comply with any local, State or Federal Government guidelines when participating in indoor recreation 


Cancellation policy

Please note that there are no refunds provided, transfers can be arranged.


Ticket Sale conditions

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable, however if you are found to be selling online at a discount while the ticket sale is in process, the ticket will be voided. 



COVID +/- Reschedule/ presenter absence policy

If for any unforeseen circumstances or due to COVID or COVID-related to travel issues we need to cancel at any time, we will be in touch with the presenters and participants and do our best to support all stakeholders. We understand that it can be frustrating when things don't go ahead, but rest assured we will come up with a solution. In the event of a cancellation for these reasons, refunds will not be issued unless rescheduling within 18 months is not possible for the presenters. 



Friday, 24-Feb-2023
12:00 PM - Movement Science Made Simple Sydney

Cara Reeser and Jeremy Laverdure are coming to Australia! Join in on this unique opportunity and enjoy face to face professional development at the highest level.


SYDNEY - Look, listen, push, pull 

 

Training Freedom and Support in the Head, Neck, and Shoulders

The use of our neck and shoulder is central to our experience as humans. Our neck functions to position our head for seeing, hearing, and communicating and our shoulders allow us to reach and grasp in a large range. Because we use our neck and shoulders continuously throughout the day, this can be an area where we experience a lot of difficulty and discomfort. Poor postural habits, learned physical attitudes, and our universal use of computers probably contribute! Fortunately, good motor control and strengthening protocols have been shown to improve neck and shoulder function and reduce pain.

 

In this Movement Science Made Simple course we will:

                Study the anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine and shoulder girdle.

                Examine the relationship between the arms, shoulder girdle and trunk in both open and closed chain movements.

                Learn simple exercises for mobilizing and strengthening the neck and shoulders and re-patterning their movement.

                Find places in the standard Pilates repertoire where we can apply what we’ve learned in the context of our usual teaching of clients and classes.

 

FEBRUARY 24 – 25 – (Friday 12 – 7pm) + Saturday (12 – 7pm)

Host site: The Movement Collective - Pymble

Cost: $750

 

Pay in instalments: 3 monthly instalments paid by 1 November 


Email: nicholas@themovementrefinery.com.au to establish





CONDITIONS OF ENTRY 

NO ZIPPERS on activewear 

No phone or recording device permitted during the presentations

Be prepared to show proof of vaccination and comply with any local, State or Federal Government guidelines when participating in indoor recreation 


Cancellation policy

Please note that there are no refunds provided, transfers can be arranged.


Ticket Sale conditions

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable, however if you are found to be selling online at a discount while the ticket sale is in process, the ticket will be voided. 



COVID +/- Reschedule/ presenter absence policy

If for any unforeseen circumstances or due to COVID or COVID-related to travel issues we need to cancel at any time, we will be in touch with the presenters and participants and do our best to support all stakeholders. We understand that it can be frustrating when things don't go ahead, but rest assured we will come up with a solution. In the event of a cancellation for these reasons, refunds will not be issued unless rescheduling within 18 months is not possible for the presenters. 



Friday, 3-Mar-2023
12:00 PM - Melbourne - Heritage Training part one with Cara Reeser

Cara Reeser offers her unique programme sharing the legacy of Kathy Stanford Grant, never before offered in Australia.


Before the hundred puts a whole new spin on ‘pre-pilates’… it’s way more than knee floats and diamond press. It connects breath, language and movement to the original work as Kathy experienced it with JHP and then extended it through her working life. But … more than this, it delivers your clients plenty of tools to relate to their bodies and ownership of how to move within a Pilates class and daily life. Plus, this training welcomes you to one of the lineages of the method connecting you back to Joseph Pilates.



If you complete the first module and want more, you can just add it on via a virtual online training OR in your travels to the USA or Europe over time. There’s also a fantastic community online of Heritage Grads who help each other digest the work, share success stories and join in with Cara and some of her colleagues in regular classes. 

 

LOCATION: The Movement Refinery, 526 Nicholson Street Fitzroy North. VIC 3068

DATES: MARCH 3 - 5 (FRIDAY + SATURDAY 12:30 – 6:30pm, SUNDAY 10am – 4pm)

COST: $1550




CONDITIONS OF ENTRY 

NO ZIPPERS on activewear 

No phone or recording device permitted during the presentations

Be prepared to show proof of vaccination and comply with any local, State or Federal Government guidelines when participating in indoor recreation 


Cancellation policy

Please note that there are no refunds provided, transfers can be arranged.


Ticket Sale conditions

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable, however if you are found to be selling online at a discount while the ticket sale is in process, the ticket will be voided. 



COVID +/- Reschedule/ presenter absence policy

If for any unforeseen circumstances or due to COVID or COVID-related to travel issues we need to cancel at any time, we will be in touch with the presenters and participants and do our best to support all stakeholders. We understand that it can be frustrating when things don't go ahead, but rest assured we will come up with a solution. In the event of a cancellation for these reasons, refunds will not be issued unless rescheduling within 18 months is not possible for the presenters. 



Saturday, 11-Mar-2023
2:00 PM - Client workshop - Nic presents Kathy Grant - finding your curl in the classical work 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, 19-Apr-2023
        7:30 PM - New client course - autumn intake

        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: Nic presents Kathy Grant - enriching the twists and turns in the classical work 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




        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.