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Anatomy in Three Dimensions: An Introduction to Anatomy

Take our Anatomy in 3D class to learn how your body works from the inside out.

Anatomy in Three Dimensions (3D) is a fun, hands-on way to learn musculoskeletal anatomy. In this course, you will build all of the major muscle groups in clay and attach them on a two-foot tall skeleton. It’s a unique opportunity that combines auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning strategies to help you understand how the body moves.

Whether you are a student or a teacher, Anatomy in Three Dimensions is the perfect compliment for Pilates, yoga, dance, personal training and other movement educators. It’s also an engaging refresher for physical therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The full 16-hour course covers the muscles and joints from the knees through the shoulders. We also teach adjunct courses to cover the spine in depth, to focus on the deep core and hip structure, the lower leg and foot, as well as the arm and hand.

Anatomy in Three Dimensions

Join us for Anatomy in Three Dimensions Training

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While constructing the body from the inside out, you’ll learn the specific origin and insertion points of each muscle and the specific action of each muscle and muscle group. You will see how each muscle layers upon another, the muscle fibers and direction of pull for each muscle.  You will also learn the planes of motion, structure and function of the musculature.  Additionally, we cover the collagenous tissues of the fascia, ligaments and tendons, and review bony landmarks of the bones and joints.

To better understand how these muscles move the body, there are movement sections to apply what you have learned.

Expand your knowledge of anatomy and expand your practice.


The Body Explained, One Muscle at a Time

Here’s what our students have to say about Anatomy in Three Dimensions

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“The hands on aspect of the course helped to integrate the learning at a deeper level.”


“I can’t say enough about how informative it was to create each muscle and layer it on the body. It gives you a whole new perspective.”

“It is a huge benefit to be able to apply the course to Pilates during the class. Taking anatomy separate from Pilates would not have provided an equivalent benefit.”

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“Cari did a fantastic job presenting and teaching this material! I learned so much! I would highly recommend this course.”

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*All Anatomy in Three Dimensions photos courtesy of Brian Stemmler.

Meet the Instructor

Cari Riis Stemmler


Cari has been teaching Pilates since 1997 and educating Pilates teachers since 2001. She has an extensive background in Pilates. dance, movement science, anatomy and yoga.  Her professional dance career began in 1991. She performed both company and commercial work in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and South America.  She performed with Ballet of the Dolls, Winifred Harris’ Between Lines, and Cirque Productions among others.  She has been a practitioner of Ashtanga and Anusara yoga since 1996 and started teaching Pilates in 1997 while dancing professionally in Los Angeles. In 2002, she earned her ACE & NASM certifications.

In 2004, Cari trained in Dance Medicine with the prestigious Harkness Center for Dance and has lectured at national dance summits at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and in Minnesota for the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation.  She also served as Education Chair for the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation from 2011-2018, and started their “Ask the Experts” outreach program.

Cari was part of the original movement that pioneered the idea of combining Pilates and physical therapy at Core Conditioning in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2009, she moved back to her home state of MN and opened Paragon, which was the first fully integrated Pilates and physical therapy studio in the region.

She is a PMA Gold certified Master Teacher and teaches comprehensive Pilates teacher training courses and continuing education as a senior faculty member for Balanced Body Education.

In March 2007, she became a BB Master Instructor (BBMI) for Pilates Teacher Training as part of the inaugural group at Balanced Body.  In 2009 added Master Instructor for Anatomy in Three Dimensions, 2015 Bodhi Suspension System, and in 2017 CoreAlign.

Cari also teaches continuing education courses on integrating Pilates with physical therapy and special conditions, and has presented at national Pilates conferences since 2005 including Pilates on Tour and Pilates Method Alliance. She was invited by Balanced Body to contribute to their video podcast library. Check out her Balanced Body video series for Athletes.

Cari holds a B.A. degree in Cross-cultural Communication from the University of Minnesota, has attended countless hours of continuing education coursework, and is a casual student of neuroscience.  She enjoys helping those individuals with involved and complex movement issues, taking a whole-body myofascial approach to healing.