Efficiency…Part 1 of 4: Order of Muscular Engagement

October 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm 15 comments

Sequence of Events

Some say that in Pilates we have Six Principles. Of course, Mr. pilates did not create these principles.  They were created by people after his death to describe a bit of this method of Pilates. What are those created principles?
Centering
Concentration
Control
Efficiency
Precision
Breath
Could there be more than these six principles? Perhaps and likely.
Fascinated with Efficiency, I am often amazed at the inefficiency of humans.  How efficient can we be in Pilates?  Where shall we look for efficiency?
The obvious answer to where efficiency ought to exist is in between exercises in the flowing use of transitions.  Many schools combine the thought of “Flow” and “Efficiency of Movement”.  That would also mean that we look to plan ahead in each movement and try not to have any unnecessary movements as in no readjusting during an exercise.
But have you ever thought about efficiency being the the amount of effort you apply to an exercise or how strongly you work each muscle in each exercise?  In addition, efficiency of movement is making sure you “activate” your muscles in the appropriate order.  Which muscles should engage first so that the entire unit of your body can be most efficient and effective?
This blog is looking like a Four Part Series.  Going for efficiency in my presentation of my ideas to you, I’ll start with the one that lays the foundation for the rest:  Efficiency in the choice of which muscles need to engage first to set the stage for the most economical use of energy for the maximal abilities of the body in coordination.
ECONOMY and EFFICIENCY:  Simply by making the appropriate choices of which muscles ought to engage first sets you and your clients up for energy saving and extremely strong actions.  This has to be the first thought in your mind as you teach:  Which muscles and actions first to set the stage for the appropriate ensuing actions.  How do you learn these?  You study, of course.  Here are some initial thoughts and actions for you to take:
LumboPelvic Rhythm:  Any time the pelvis moves, the lumbar spine moves.  That’s how it goes.  LumboPelvic Rhythm.  So, if you’re looking to “round the lower back” while moving the pelvis…move the pelvis first.  Does that sound like a “duh” statement?  Then why do people say during Half-Roll Down and Round on the Short Box things like “Round your lower back”?  You must actually say this “Rotate your pubic bone to the ceiling”…because that will round your lower back.  It all happens right there….
You see…that I stated the pubic bone will automatically connect your client into her internal obliques and lower fibers of the rectus abdominis which need to be the first muscles to stat the rotation of the pelvis.  Of course gluteus maximus will be the next to engage, but you will be quite inefficient if the internal obliques don’t connect and act first.  Therefore, quite efficient if the abdominals are the initiators of movement.
Why is this efficient?  Multiple reasons, not the least of which, you get an extreme action from the abdominals strongly drawing the internal organs into the posterior pelvic bowl which by simple physics already tips the pelvis posteriorly…just from the weight/mass.  Couldn’t the gluteus maximus do it this efficiently?  No…because it’s under the mass.  The abdominal engagement makes it easier for the powerful glutes to do it after the initial tip.
What about when you lift a spine tall?  Which should engage first for efficiency:  abdominals or back extensors?  Abdominals.  Why?  Not because of what is usually said.  Usually, people say “your abdominals lift your spine”.  That is completely false.  Your abdominals do not lift your spine.  Your back extensors/spinal extensors/erector spinae and ligamental arrangement actively lift/stack/move your spine…however…if you engage your abdominals first, then your intra-abominal pressure is set to have a firm torso keeping your organs close to the anterior/front of the spine.  With that, the spinal muscles now have enough support to be strong and don’t have to try to hold up the entire mass of the torso…the abdominals are doing their part in that.  Also…when the abdominals engage, they add the appropriate pull on the thoracolumbar fasciae which makes the fasciae react to counter the pull…this adds to the supportive actions that allow the spinal muscles to engage properly.
Awesome!
Some other examples of which muscles to engage when:
Stability has to come first for efficient movement.  So, it’s small stabilizers and actions of stabilization that will lay the foundation for focused movement.  Consider Single/One Leg Circles:  is the exercise about the circling leg or the rest of the body?  The circling leg only circles efficiently if the pelvis is square, spine is elongated and stiffened (yes…I did say stiffened…meaning “holding still”/stable via opposition) and the stabilizing leg is active.  So…which action first?  Which muscles first?
1 – All abdominals in and up will allow for ensuing actions of the internal obliques and multifidi
2 – Now, pressing the stabilizing leg into the mat via the heel (hamstring) and femur (gluteus maximus) will set the stage for the ability to square the pelvis
3 – The focused squaring of the pelvis are the actions of the internal obliques and multifidi
4 – This squaring allows for the rest of the muscles of the torso to engage to stabilize the torso
5 – So now…the circling leg can circle…efficiently.
Does that mean that we start with all of this picky stuff?  No…we go one step at a time with our clients (and ourselves).  Over time, each of those five steps will be coordinated.  Start with step 1.  The rest will be a mess, but fine.  Then once step 1 is happening…you layer on step 2.  Then when both steps 1 and 2 are really happening…layer on step 3 and so on and so forth.  It would be entirely inefficient to cue all of these actions at once.
Does that make sense?  Would you tell me if it doesn’t so that I can make it more clear?  In my attempt at efficiency, I want to make sure I am still effective!
Here are some other actions toward energy saving choices:
In an exercise with both hip and knee movement, which joint moves first:  The hip or the knee?
Answer:  The Hip.
Take Single Leg Stretch (the first of the Abdominals Series of 3 or 5).  Whether you are flexing or extending…it’s the hip that needs to flex or extend first.  The knee is an after effect…or a secondary action.  Important yes, but secondary.  If you do the action of the hip extension or flexion, then the great mover of both the hip and knee joint, rectus femoris, will  be able to do its job sensationally with relative ease.  Rectus femoris needs to be incredibly strong.  It must strive to take care of the action of the hip before it can be concerned with the knee.  The lever arms around the hip joint are far heavier than those of the knee joint.  True?  So…if the hip flexors in total take care of hip flexion first, then its energy is well spent.  If there is not enough energy for full extension of the knee…that will develop over time.  But “first thing’s first”…hip flexion or extension.  When your client cramps in his hip and quad…that’s rectus femoris saying it’s weak.  That means…abdominals, back muscles, hip flexors (psoas and rectus femoris, primarily, but there are other muscles that aid in hip flexion like the adductors <they do assist> and tensor fascia latae <also assist>++++ [see note below])  need to strengthen.  One thing at a time…hip flexion first.
There are cases like this across the entire network of the body.  We must choose which muscles to use first…to set up the solid platform for other muscles to work next.
Here’s another very important pattern to set up…and one that destroys a particular trend in Pilates:
Pelvic Floor.
I’ve pretty much had enough of the ridiculous, unfounded statements of how to “work the pelvic floor” in Pilates.  Do you want to know how it really works?  Unless you have a pelvic floor dysfunction (you’re losing your urine and/or bowels or your organs are starting to come out of your vagina or anus…and these are serious dysfunctions that certainly many people have)…unless you have these issues…you have a healthy pelvic floor.  How do you keep it that way?  You have to have appropriate intra-abdominal pressure and support and that comes from the actions of the transverse abdominis and multifidi in conjunction with the diaphragm.
What?  No Kegel?
No kegel.
Please do not waste your and your clients’ energy by Kegel-ing unless a pelvic dysfunction exists (and then you should be sending your client to a pelvic floor specialist first and foremost…unless you are one).
When the transverse abdominis and multifidi are wonderfully active doing the “in and up”…then the pelvic floor muscles activate.  You’ll find that they lift in and up, too.  Here’s a brilliant article/review/that shares some special information  Pelvic Floor & Trunk Stabilization
That’s how it works.  Why would you waste your energy on anything else?
So…now I’ll ask you to consider this week’s sessions with clients and your own workouts:  Take notice of your choice of muscular engagements for action:  which muscles need to engage first to make the entire complex action be efficient?  See how many other actions you do in Pilates and other modalities (and life in general) and check out the sequence of events…the order of muscular engagement.  Find the most efficient path.
++++Please note…I had a super-storm-Sandy-induced error in the first posting of this!  I had the full set of quadriceps involved in hip flexion…of course they are not!  Only rectus femoris aides in hip flexion.  Quadriceps as a group are primary for knee extension.**** Thank you for your patience.
And…keep your eyes open for Efficiency…Parts 2, 3 and 4.  One thing at a time…is efficient!
I’ll look forward to your comments, thoughts, questions and concerns.  Please try what I’ve shared in this article first.  Think and digest first, then share in the comment section for this post…that way everyone can benefit from our conversation.  I appreciate the private e-mails, but, on the subject of efficiency…let’s let everyone benefit at the same time.  This is a great place to put your comments, thoughts, questions and concerns.
However, if you have any questions, hesitations, fears…just reach out to me and know that I will be here to help you find more resources so you can feel as confident as possible! You can always reach me at info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com or comment on any article/blog post. I will respond, indeed!

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Boston, MA:  January 13

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Vicenza, ITALY:  February 9-10

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Nov. 13, 2012 – Real Pilates, NYC, NY, USA

Anatomy Afternoons – Leg Strength/Hip Flexion Family

Hip Flexors, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Adductors/Inner Thighs all need to be strong and supple. But what is “get out of your hip flexors” and why do hip flexors cramp? Should knees really be “soft”? What is a locked joint? What do we really need to teach and do? It’s time for an education of biomechanics and functional anatomy…applied to Pilates exercises. We’ll go through each exercise related to leg and hip flexor strength to understand the progression.
-Learn which muscles need to be strengthened and which need to be stretched for exercises with leg action or support to work.
-See how to recognize what is weak when an exercises “fails”
-Walk away with the ability to apply this knowledge to Pilates exercises: a true understanding and ability to help your client (and yourself) strengthen and stretch so that Hip Flexion and Leg strength/stretch are easier to accomplish earlier in your Pilates life.

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Nov. 11, 2012 – Great Neck (Long Island), NY, USA

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We will have all of the information by the middle of this coming week!

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Dec. 2, 2012 – Mamaroneck (Westchester), NY, USA – Fiore Pilates

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Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy:  How the Body Really Works and How to Cue That Reality – 12:30p-4:30p

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While your physical intuition is an important asset in teaching Pilates, intuition is not enough. To sincerely take care of your clients, you must know the truth of how the body works.  Cue the reality, not the myths or mistakes. Being a confident teacher depends on it…demands it.  We’ll work to understand the bio-mechanics primarily surrounding the pelvis, spine with a minor bit of shoulder girdle to connect the torso and how to apply this information to your teaching.  I promise to make this information extremely accessible.  You won’t even realize that you’re learning the physics of your body!  Knowing and understanding is the only way.

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In the effort to craft a more balanced body (and mind), arms are often neglected in Pilates. It wasn’t always that way. Women are the majority of modern Pilates clientele and they need strong shoulder girdles and arms just as much as men. The mechanics of the shoulder girdle is relatively simplistic, though incredible; however, most work with a considerable misunderstanding and the shoulder girdle/arm strengthener exercises become ineffective. It’s time for an education. We’ll go through each exercise related to the strengthening of the shoulder girdle and arm to understand the progression.
-Learn how the shoulder girdle functions and apply that knowledge to Pilates exercises.
-See how to recognize what needs to strengthen first and which actions need to happen in what sequence in order to have a successful shoulder/arm workout.
-Walk away with the ability to apply this knowledge to Pilates exercises: a true understanding and ability to help your client (and yourself) strengthen and stretch so that Shoulder Girdle/Arm Strengthening is easier to accomplish earlier in your Pilates life.

To register, go to http://www.realpilatesnyc.com

2013:

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Jan. 15 – Real Pilates – NYC, NY, USA

Anatomy Afternoons – Push Up/Plank Family

2-3:30pm

$60

You’ve been teaching your clients, but still hold back from push ups.  You yourself keep away.  It’s understandable…but…it’s time to make it happen!  Again, let’s dig into the Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy of the chest and shoulder girdle…as well as the entire support and strength of the torso that allows for a push up to happen.  We’ll go through each exercise that leads up into a push up to understand the progression.
– Learn what needs to strengthen in order to hold a plank and do a pushup
-See how to recognize what needs to be strengthened in what order to accomplish a pushup
-Walk away with the ability to apply this knowledge to Pilates exercises:  a true understanding and ability to help your client (and yourself) strengthen and stretch so that push ups are easier to accomplish earlier in your Pilates life

To register, go to http://www.realpilatesnyc.com

Boston, MA:  January 13, 2013 – Pilates Back Bay

We’re in the midst of completing the schedule for the day, but be prepared for the following:

9-9:45a Master Mat Class

10a-1p, 2p-5p Biomechanics/Functional Anatomy/Physiology workshop that will help you understand how the body really works and apply that knowledge to your teaching so that it’s immediately useful and will be something you can grow and develop with over time.  I’ll send out word which workshop it will be specifically very soon…but…know it will be truly educational and extremely accessible no matter what your teaching and physiology education levels are.

There will be 6 PMA CECs attached to this workshop.

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Kachina Fredricks
Owner – Pilates Back Bay
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Boston, MA 02116
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Atlanta, GA:  February 1-3, 2013 (Pilates on Tour)

All details coming up, but you can always  get information at the Pilates on Tour website

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Vicenza, ITALY:  February 9-10, 2013

Save the date!

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L.A./Manhattan Beach, CA:  February 23-24, 2013 – Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics

10a, 11a, 12n  Semi Private Sessions

2-5p  Shoulder Girdle:  A Delicate Balance

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The Shoulder Girdle is a complex system. When I first started teaching, all I knew was “pull your wings down” and “crack a walnut”. The more I study biomechanics, the more I know there’s very little down and no cracking. It’s a delicate balance of bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons…and constant reassessing.

Dynamic Stability is what we’re looking for. Let’s spend time studying where we’re going with the shoulder girdle and how to get there in Pilates. We’ll take time with anatomy and biomechanics, Pilates exercises, common ailments and all of your questions. Take a moment to review what you already know before the workshop…then we can grow from there.

– You will learn how the shoulder girdle joint really work in terms that you can really understand and use.

– You will practice working with this new information on Pilates exercises.

– You will leave with far more confidence and a true understanding of how to strengthen clients’ upper back, shoulders and arms!
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2-5p  Archival Exercises:  Beyond The Everyday

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Joseph Pilates created somewhere between 500-­-600 exercises. You know some of the repertoire…it’s time to learn more. In this workshop, you will learn rarely seen and immediately useful exercises on multiple apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Standing Arm Springs) all created by Joseph Pilates. You’ll leave feeling confident in the purpose and technique of teach exercise, have time to do exercises, practice teaching and ask questions. You’ll walk away with your own special archive of exercises for your strong intermediate clients…and yourself!

– You will learn exercises that are immediately useful with more rotation/twisting and lateral flexion/side-bending than you’ve learned thus far.

– You will practice these exercises so that they can truly become part of your repertoire.

– You will leave with a more complete list of exercises to use on your clients…and yourself!

To register, contact Tracy Coe at pilates@coe-dynamics.com and at their website:  Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics

LONDON, ENGLAND:  April 26-28 (Pilates on Tour); sessions at Pi Studios

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and reach out to Pi Studios on their website:  Pi Studios

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Rhinebeck, NY:  May 19 – Rhinebeck Pilates, NY

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Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read this blog! I hope you’ll search around the blog and find articles that appeal to you, write comments, ask questions…I hope you’ll really make use of this! Then…I do hope to work with you in person, too!

Enjoy!

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Gut Instinct: Intuition vs. Education Efficiency Part 1…Update…

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  • 1. Troy Hyatt  |  October 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Good article. Thank you. I was happy to read what you had to say about the pelvic floor. I’ve always had the same thought. It made me think of a man I met recently. In our conversation the subject of Pilates came up and he told me that he had had back pain and such and went to a Pilates class b/c he’d heard about its benefits. But he only went once. He told me, “I won’t be going back there. The teacher spent a good portion of the class talking about the pelvic floor and I just didn’t want to spend an hour listening to that!”

    What a shame he had that experience. It turned him off Pilates. When did the pelvic floor become such a hot thing?

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    • 2. theverticalworkshop  |  October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Troy,
      It’s always great to hear from you! I hope you’re well!
      Over the past handful of years, the pelvic floor came into the Pilates world…by whom? Why? I don’t know. People somehow forget that our job is to work around an injury or ailment and not into it. Pelvic floors are healthy unless they are dysfunctional. Keep them healthy by living a healthy lifestyle and keeping the rest of your body fit. If we learn about how our body really works…we find that nothing is not connected…meaning everything is connected. Nothing works on its own. We are units of coordination. With that…when the pelvic floor is ailing (and not just healing or rather not-healing from giving birth)…it’s not usually because of the pelvic floor itself. It’s usually because of the structures above collapsing on it.

      There are a lot of uneducated people teaching a lot of mis-information. Well-meaning, but they create a lot of harm, actually. That article I wrote about intuition vs. education says it all. Pelvic floor invading Pilates is part of it.

      There are a lot of mistakes in Pilates like this. Somehow everyone things ribs pop out, shoulders rise and the like. Ribs don’t pop out, shoulders rarely rise. Instead, middle backs are tight with diaphragms that are constricted and pelvis that are anterior tilted from imbalances of muscles in back, abdomen, hips and legs. And…shoulders roll forward and down in front of the rib cage from weak shoulder girdle muscles and improper actions of the chest (rolling shoulders in and keeping arms too close to the body) because of societal norms. However…people misunderstand and teach mistakes. Alas.

      This is why I love to do what I do! I love sharing how the body really works…then life is so much easier when we do what the body is meant to do! Our bodies are amazing and really do so much when we let them!

      Reply
  • 3. AliW  |  October 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thank you Shari – this is great so glad I signed up to your blog… I look forward to the next installment …

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    • 4. theverticalworkshop  |  October 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Alison,
      Thank you so much for reading and letting me know that you like!
      – Shari

      Reply
  • […] Pilates Teachers: Just wanted to note that I had a little (though major information) mistake in my latest blog. Somehow I mentioned all of the quadriceps as hip flexors! ABSOLUTELY NOT SO! Only rectus femoris is a hip flexor. The quadriceps as a unit are knee extensors. Please reread (especially the section on hip flexion before knee extension): Efficiency…Part 1 […]

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  • 6. Lauren Hammerle  |  October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Shari, I love reading your blogs for all the detail you give. You have a wonderfully deep knowledge of anatomy and how it relates to Pilates. I think it is great that you teach with these detailed, realistic anatomical cues and I hope to be able to learn more from you! Thanks for writing and I look forward to the next parts in the series.
    Lauren

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  • 7. Dawn Snow  |  November 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This really helped! Sometimes I notice I try to teach too much at once! Thanks for the continued support!

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    • 8. theverticalworkshop  |  November 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Hi, Dawn,
      I’m so glad this helped!
      It’s great to hear from you here!
      I’ll be in Boston on January 13…hope to see you then! The info is on my website: http://www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com on the Workshop Calendar section.
      Enjoy the holiday!
      – Shari

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  • 9. Kat  |  November 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I love this article! Thank you so much for writing it. When I was training to become a Pilates Instructor, my mentor at the time always insisted that I squeeze a ball or block between my thighs to engage my pelvic floor. She also insisted that I should teach all first time clients this way. Can you please let me know if this is true…do you have to use blocks for first time clients to engage the pelvic floor? All the best, Kathryn

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    • 10. theverticalworkshop  |  November 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Hi, Kathryn,
      Thank you for reading this article and reaching out through the comments!
      In my opinion and supported by research, it is not necessary to encourage a client to engage her/his pelvic floor unless there is pelvic floor dysfunction, as I wrote in the article. With that, it’s the transverse abdominis and multifidi that need to be engaged and strengthen. So…what to do with beginner and first time clients? transverse abdominis and multifidi. That’s it: Draw your abdominals in and up and lift your back bones. Really. That’s it.

      What about a block between the inner thighs? That is more likely to engage those muscles that will internally rotate the femurs rather than specifically adduct. I suggest hugging heels because it more directly connects into the adductors in a way that will be functional. Hugging the knees makes an action more like being knock-kneed. Once the heel connection is utterly strong (maybe weeks, months, years) then hug the big-toe knuckles, too.

      I never ask anyone to engage the pelvic floor unless they are healing from a pelvic dysfunction…and only because I have some training in this. In addition, I send anyone who has a pelvic floor dysfunction to a specialist.

      Does that make sense?

      All the best,
      – Shari

      Reply
  • 11. The Vertical Workshop's Pilates Teacher Blog  |  December 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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  • 14. Sonia Chambers  |  May 26, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Hi Shari

    I just found your blog, have been teaching for just over 18 months and do lots of research and learning through the internet, your blog is by far the best I have found. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for us all to learn from I really appreciate it and only wish I was not on the other side of the world as I would love to attend your workshops.

    Cheers

    Sonia

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    • 15. theverticalworkshop  |  May 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hello, Sonia,

      Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts!
      What country are you in? I do travel a lot.
      Also, I will soon (hopefully within this calendar year) be doing webinars that perhaps you’ll want to participate in!

      Thank you, again, and all the best,
      – Shari

      Reply

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January 13-15 Webinar
June 9-11 Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL
(more to come as I work around my graduate school schedule)

2016...
February 26-28 Rhinebeck, NY
March 10-13 - Live-Streaming Webinar of The Intensives Seminar #1
April 1-3 Bethesda, MD
April 22-24 - London, ENGLAND
May 15 - NYC, NY
June 3-5 London, ENGLAND
July??? - Live-Streaming Webinar of The Intensives Seminar #2
September 30 - October 2 London, ENGLAND

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