Continuing Education Courses

Quality continuing education courses are what distinguish excellent instructors from good instructors. These courses allow you to better serve your existing clients while also bringing new clients to your business. If you are a fitness instructor or someone interested in learning body mechanics for your own knowledge, consider the following courses, and click the button below to view our upcoming class offerings.

Anatomy in Motion

This workshop literally changes the way you think about, observe, and feel human movement. Fun and interactive, the human structure comes alive. You gain new insights into how the body moves from different perspectives. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to help you understand how movement is produced at all major joints. This understanding lays the groundwork for accurate neuromuscular recruitment, joint mobility and core control.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore human anatomy in 3-D
  • Sense and feel parts of the body as structural anatomy comes to life and takes on personal meaning
  • Learn the main movement mechanics of the spine and major joints of the body
  • Learn foundational exercises to facilitate and optimize the functional movement of the spine and major joints of the body

CECs: 6
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course fee: $240
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Build a Strong and Supple Spine

The human spine is a dynamic structure built to move with ease and power… until it doesn’t. In terms of human movement, the spine plays a central role in everything we do from sitting to standing, walking, running or jumping. In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we will examine the structure of the spine, and learn about key roles the different sections of the spine play in movement and core control. We will look at how to design a spine-focused exercise prescription that promotes optimal function. Common movement impairments of the spine will be discussed briefly along with exercise solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and expand your understanding of structural anatomy of the spine
  • Build a basic understanding of the spine’s functional anatomy
  • Learn to deconstruct the spine’s four major motions to understand the continuum of typical movement impairments
  • Learn key exercises to optimize functional movement in all regions of the spine

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs: 3
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course Fee: $120
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Ethical Touch

Expert touch and hands-on feedback is a defining feature of a sophisticated teacher of movement in any of the somatic fields. Learn to “listen with your hands” so feedback becomes two-directional. Gain experience observing and assessing opportunity for meaningful and assistive touch. Become sensitized to how a body yields and awakens with hands-on feedback and guidance.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how touch affects how a person moves
  • Learn to use your hands in a variety of ways for effective movement outcomes
  • Learn to analyse your use of touch to ensure its effectiveness

CECs: 3
Level: Intermediate
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course Fee: $120
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Postural Analysis

This workshop is all about posture and postural patterns. We work interactively to look at posture from head to foot. You will learn how to observe postural patterns from several perspectives, and will take away key exercises to help improve a person’s structure at every major joint of the body. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn a methodical approach to observing static postural patterns from a variety of perspectives
  • Observe your peers to see living examples of postural patterns and how they play out in real life
  • Learn a universally balanced protocol for posture re-patterning that has positive effects on both static posture and dynamic movement

CECs: 12
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Tuition: $480
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

The shoulder complex is exactly that — complex! In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we start with both visual and experiential reviews of the shoulder region to increase your skills of observation and assessment. You will learn to identify postural deviations, imbalances, and timing incongruities that are often the root of issues in the shoulder and neck area. We will practice simple exercises that help integrate the shoulder complex into torso for a better overall support and dynamic movement.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and expand your understanding of structural anatomy of the shoulder complex
  • Understand how the different parts of the shoulder complex function together
  • Learn an exercise conditioning sequence for the shoulder complex to build optimal mechanics

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs: 3
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course Fee: $120
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

 

Balance Apparatus

Apparatus: stability ball, foam roller, swivel discs

Simple, portable and versatile, each of these unique apparatus adds challenge and depth to classes and one-on-one sessions. Learn to re-balance and create both deep and superficial support in the hips, shoulders and upper torso. Build exercise sequences from simple to complex and from relatively stable to extremely unstable. Equipped with both conceptual and kinesthetic understanding, you will leave this workshop ready to teach core stability and balance training in a way that engages the body from every plane and direction.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to use balance apparatus for safe and effective outcomes
  • Learn exercises using a stability ball, foam roller and swivel discs
  • Experience the continuum that training with balance apparatus provides: improved balance, increased core control and optimal joint mobility

CECs: 6
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Tuition: $240
Manuals: $95
Shipping fees (for satellite locations): $10 (across Canada); $15 (the USA)

See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Core Integrity

"CORE" is a popular (yet misunderstood) buzz word in any fitness environment. And, we know a strong core is key to optimal function, balance and equilibrium. But the question remains: how can we best facilitate effective core control and still create programs that appeal to average people who can't connect to subtle movements and deep, inner muscles?

In this workshop we take a global approach to the concept of CORE and analyze both the inner and outer cylinders of support. These "core systems" help produce support and movement for the entire body as they criss cross and spiral the torso. In-depth analysis is followed by observation and self-practice using specific exercises for each layer, so you leave with a clear plan on how to ensure optimal function and create a "wow I've never felt my core work this hard before" feel.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the inner unit functions
  • Learn how the outer unit functions
  • Learn exercises for both inner and outer units to facilitate optimal core control
  • Learn how to analyse a sequence of exercises according to the core systems

CECs: 12
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course Fee: $480
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Gait Analysis

In this workshop, you learn to analyze our patterns of ambulation from our feet, up through the legs and hips, into the pelvis, and up the spine into shoulders. Based on the Spinal Engine theory, this workshop will help you see the gait mechanics as a whole body experience. Your power of observation and understanding of how movement is integrated as we walk will expand dramatically. You will leave with a completely new way of seeing bodies as people walk along, and with a repertoire of simple exercises that have profound and positive effects on a person’s gait mechanics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the gait mechanics and its impact on functional movement
  • Develop the skills to effectively observe the gait mechanics and identify dysfunctional patterns
  • Learn to make educated exercise choices to promote positive changes in the gait mechanics
  • Practice with a repertoire of exercises that positively affect gait mechanics

CECs: 6
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Tuition: $240
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.

Power and Balance for Hip and Knee

Hip and knee are intimately connected in terms of movement mechanics, our sense of equilibrium, and, very often, movement impairments. In this foundational biomechanics workshop, we will use an array of visuals and exercises to address this area of the body. We will focus on how's and why's of integrating legs into pelvis and torso for optimal function.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and expand your understanding of the structural anatomy of the lower extremity including pelvis, hip and knee
  • Understand essential functional anatomy of the hip and knee
  • Learn an exercise conditioning sequence to build power and balance in the hip and knee

3-Part Biomechanics Series: Build a Strong and Supple Spine, Power and Balance for Hip and Knee, Simplifying the Shoulder Complex

In this 3-part series we dive into 3 major areas of the body that significantly impact the functioning of the entire body.  You learn how to observe movement mechanics in the spine, hip and knee, and shoulder complex so you can offer meaningful instruction on how to move better, deeper and stronger. We offer these workshops back to back (usually over 1.5 days) to help you immerse yourself quickly and learn simple strategy to get your clients moving with optimal function. 

CECs: 3
Level: Beginner
Course Materials and Exam Fees
Course Fee: $120
See Schedule for Dates and Times
Class schedule subject to change based on minimum attendance requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund 30 days prior to course start date. 50% refund 7 days prior to course start date. No refund on or after course start date.