The Fine Spine
No spine is alike. The reasons why people experience back pain are as diverse as the people who experience back pain. This interactive workshop will focus on the different parts of the spine. Each part of the spine is designed for a different function. Therefore the exercises and movement patterns need to be specific for each part in the spine in order to create strength, mobility, stability and control. Using all their knowledge Michael and Ton will explain why a strong core does NOT prevent back pain and teach numerous movement patterns, specific exercises, classical Pilates exercises and variations that you will be able to integrate into your classes and sessions immediately.
Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt are internationally recognized Pilates Teachers, presenters, educators, consultants, and innovators, and travel the world sharing their knowledge and experience. Michael and Ton’s were Teacher of Teachers for Romana Kryzanowska’s original International Pilates Certification Program. As Teacher Trainers and Supervising Instructors at the uptown Pilates Studio in NYC, Michael and Ton worked closely together with Romana and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo, training, guiding and testing hundreds of apprentices through the program. During this time they also started to collaborate with Physical Therapists at Performing Arts Physical Therapy in NYC to integrate the Pilates method into patientbased therapy programs. In 2003 Michael and Ton resigned from Romana’s organization to pursue their own path. Together they developed and created - the revolutionary TRIADBALL™ the first ball of its size created specifically for the Pilates method, The Pilates TRIADBALL™ Manual published by OPTP and numerous DVDs (commercial and educational). Michael and Ton also used their knowledge and experience to create and set up several customized independently owned and operated full Pilates certification programs internationally. Michael and Ton are also experts in what is commonly known as the Joseph Pilates’ archival exercises and were two of the first teachers to teach these exercises in Continuing Education workshops in the USA and abroad. Together they served on a task force for Inner IDEA, the advisory board of AFPA, guest faculty Teacher Trainers for Brooke Siler’s re:AB® Pilates Teacher Training Program, consultants for the creation of the National Pilates Program for Equinox (high end gym chain in the USA). They are Distinguished Instructors for Pilates Anytime and their work can be viewed at www.pilatesanytime.com In their private practice, they work with numerous A-list celebrities and professional athletes and continue to study; their current course of study is Spiraldynamik in Switzerland.