Slings & Force Couples
Muscles never work in isolation. Rather, they are arranged with connective tissue in a series of slings, fans and crosshatches throughout the body. These overlapping systems constantly balance compressive and elastic forces to create movement and stability. We’ll build an understanding of how we can use these existing patterns and relationships throughout the body to more easily assess, program, cue and progress/regress our clients. You’ll learn how to apply an integrated view of the body’s structure to static and dynamic assessment. You’ll also spend time practicing seeing and feeling the various slings, fans and crosshatches in action, and using them to improve movement quality. The workshop integrates the work of Thomas Myers, Andry Vleeming, Stuart McGill, Shirley Sahrmann and Dianne Lee – all in 3 hours!
Presenter – Raphael Bender
holds level 4 APMA membership and is a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer. In addition to his Pilates training, Raphael holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage and a Diploma of Fitness and his work integrates all 3 modalities into an evidence-based approach combining hands-on therapeutic work with exercise rehabilitation.As an educator Raphael holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is a member of the STOTT PILATES international advisory committee for Licensed Training Centres and the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) Vic Branch PTA continuing education committee. He has presented thousands of hours of workshops and courses to Pilates instructors, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, osteopaths and fitness trainers nationally and in North America. Raphael holds a black sash in Southern Praying Mantis kung fu, which he taught for 5 years, although currently he's more into MMA, running and of course Pilates. Raphael's Look is Anything But Sombre, and draws inspiration from the classic Kung Fu movies of the Seventies and of course Columbo. He is said to have impeccable taste in wildly colourful tracksuit/skivvy and blazer/skivvy combos. His spirit totem animal is that Noble Knight of the Australian Bush, the Wombat.