Continuing Education and Workshops

From private dance studios to corporate meeting rooms, Paragon can enhance your commitment to wellness.

We offer educational presentations and hands-on classes for Pilates teachers and students, physical therapists and rehab professionals, dancers and dance educators, schools and athletic programs, and more.

Call the studio at (952) 405-9765 or email to learn more.

Here’s what our students have to say about our workshops and classes:

I enjoyed being able to practice the exercises specifically for prenatal and postpartum clients. I feel empowered with knowledge and more confident now in working with my clientele. Thank you for a great workshop!

Cari is a master in the art of teaching Pilates in a safe, passionate and respectful way. The Orbit is a very enjoyable and challenging piece of equipment benefiting beginners to advanced students.

Cari was absolutely amazing. I would recommend her to anyone. Her teaching style was warm and inviting. She was incredibly knowledgeable and so easy to learn from.

Plan Ahead for These Unique Workshops

Mastering the Art of Pilates Program Design

April 21-22, 2018

This workshop, designed for Pilates Teachers, can be taken as either a full 12-hour weekend workshop or as individual 3-hour courses. The focus is on successful program design for a variety of clients. Ancillary equipment will be introduced, and we will cover Pilates history as well as archival exercises.
Taught by Cari Riis Stemmler and Roger Gonzalez Hibner
Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • 9a-12p: Foundation as the Key to Successful Program Design: In this session we will look at what components create a solid movement foundation, and what elements to look for in terms of body alignment. We discuss what it means to “balance the body” and work with asymmetries. Tactile cueing will also be discussed to give teachers ideas on how to set clients up for success.
  • 1p-4p: Creating Successful Pilates Programs: What are the steps to creating successful programs? We address this question and outline some of the key components to organize and create successful Pilates workouts for healthy individuals, athletes, and those with special physical considerations. Following the guidelines set forth is key to keeping clients safe, feeling good, and able to advance to more challenging work in a healthy and balanced way.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • 9a-12p: Incorporating the Pilates Ancillary Equipment in Your Programs: The ancillary equipment not only adds variety and challenge to a workout, each piece was designed with a specific purpose in mind: the “foot corrector”, “toe corrector”, “breath-alizer”, the ped-o-pul, bean bag, and rotator discs each have unique and distinct qualities. They will challenge clients of all levels.
  • 1p-4p: Pilates History and Archival/Historical Exercises: Learning the roots and history of the Pilates method is key to understanding how it works. We will talk about Joe’s ideas and the goals he envisioned for his work, how he ran his studio, and how his work changed with different clients and students. We will also teach archival advanced exercises that are rarely seen!
Full Workshop = 12 hours
$325 Early Bird (expires 3/30/18), Regular Fee $350
Individual Courses = 3 hours each
$90 Early Bird for each (expires 3/30/18), Regular Fee for each $95

Mat 3 – Enhanced Pilates Mat + Props

May 4-6, 2018
Registration is now available

NEW! 16 hour course. Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The Balanced Body programming system is introduced to make class design easy, effective and fun. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible and clients love toys!
This course is currently available for continuing education, but will be required for students starting their Pilates education in 2019.

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Movement Principles

September 14-16, 2018

NEW! 16 hour course. The Balanced Body Movement Principles form the foundation of Balanced Body Education. They include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher, personal trainer or movement educator. The course mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement.
Broken down into five categories: Whole Body Movement, Trunk Integration, Lower Body Strength and Power, Upper Body Strength and Balance, and Dynamic Flexibility, Rest and Relaxation, the Movement Principles provide a solid foundation for training in any environment, with any equipment. You will come away with a complete tool box for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

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Movement Principles

Upcoming Paragon Workshops & Mentor Series

These unique and informative workshops were created by our expert team at Paragon.


CPR and AED Training

Join the staff of Paragon for American Heart Association Adult/Child CPR and AED training! Certificate is good for two years. Course fee is $45 payable in cash or check on day of course, pre-registration required.

February 9, 2018
March 15, 2019 (next year!)
3:30pm – 6:00pm

Call or email Paragon to register: (952) 405-9765,

Looking for a specific workshop?

Below are some of the many workshop topics offered at Paragon,
please contact us if you would like to request any of the following workshops.

  • Finding the Inner Unit/PowerHouse
  • Pilates ARC on the Reformer
  • Mastering the Art of Pilates Program Design
  • Working with Diastisis Recti
  • Working with Low Back Pain
  • Pilates Assessments (3 parts)
  • Keys to Unlocking the Thoracic Spine & Liberating the Shoulder
  • Anatomy in 3D – the Lower Leg and Foot
  • Pelvic Stability
  • Working with Men
  • Advanced Pilates Trapeze and Reformer
  • Foot Fetish – Explore the Importance of the Feet
  • Anatomy in Motion – Training Your Eye to See Proper Body Mechanics
  • Beyond the Chatter – Getting Clients Focused
  • Working with Pre-Post Natal Clients
  • Using Props in Mat Class
  • Working with Dancers
  • How to Recruit Proper Musculature and Turn Off Dominant Muscles
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Words

Additional workshops are listed in the document below.

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