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 info@paragonpilatespt.com 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.

Expand your teaching expertise with these engaging workshops.

A Way in: Pilates to Facilitate Neuroplasticity

Discover the role of neural input as it relates to movement and pain. This course will assist you in working with clients that are experiencing pain and how fear from pain can affect movement. Instruction will cover the spectrum from those suffering at an intense level to those that are able to function at a higher level. Techniques to soothe the nervous system as a “way in” will be taught for those clients who are afflicted with an overactive sympathetic response and Pilates progressions will be discussed. We will also explore how the different pieces of equipment can impact the body in either an assistive, supportive way or a resistive, challenging way.
*Less than 5 spots left!*

DATE: Friday, April 5, 2019
TIME: 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm
LOCATION: Pilates on Tour-Phoenix, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282
INSTRUCTORS: Cari Riis Stemmler and Allyson Cabot, PT

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Balanced Body Movement Principles

September 13-15, 2019

This course is open to everyone!

Learn how to recognize, improve and teach fundamental movement patterns with the Movement Principles, the foundation of the Balanced Body instructor training system. This course is designed for both new and experienced instructors to refine their understanding of the body in motion and is the prerequisite and sole entry point for the Balanced Body Pilates teacher training program as of 1/1/2019.

The Movement Principles provides 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 improve their general fitness and alignment as well as enhance their performance.

This course is taught in five sections:

  1. Whole Body Movement
  2. Trunk Integration
  3. Lower Body Training
  4. Upper Body Training
  5. Mobility and Restoration

The focus is on developing a practical understanding of common movement patterns and prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting and learning new exercise techniques.

Program includes:

  • General discussion and overview of musculoskeletal anatomy as it relates to movement
  • Learning foundational exercises that apply to any movement or fitness setting
  • A detailed, full color manual with 5 accompanying DVDs* and streaming video to enhance your learning experience (*DVDs not available in all markets)
  • Cueing, coaching and teaching tips

Movement Principles (16 hours) is approved for the following continuing education credits:

ACE (CEP133193 (1.6))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9486 (16.0))
AFAA (Provider # 12,115 (15.0))
NASM (Provider # 992 (1.6))

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Tactile Cueing and the Nervous System

Touch is a powerful teaching tool when done appropriately.  This workshop is for Pilates Instructors who would like to go deeper in their teaching practice by learning effective hands-on techniques to be used in assisted stretching and providing tactile feedback.  These tools will help your client find improved technique within their movements.  There is discussion around the effectiveness of touch, the effect of touch on the nervous system, as well as proper alignment of shoulder, hip, and torso.

Participants will learn: the power of effective touch, how the nervous system responds to touch, how to respect the sensory system in the body, and safe ways of assisting the body in order to find proper technique.

DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2019
TIME: 8:15am – 10:15am
LOCATION: PMA Conference 2019, Monterey, CA
INSTRUCTOR: Cari Riis Stemmler

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Anatomy in Three Dimensions™

February 21-23, 2020

There is no better way to learn anatomy! Build the body from the inside out with Anatomy in Three Dimensions. Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of movement by building them yourself on the Anatomy + Movement skeleton. Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement. This course covers the body from the knees through the shoulders.

This course is open to everyone!

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CPR

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.

Spring 2020
3:30pm – 6:00pm

Call or email Paragon to register: (952) 405-9765, info@paragonpilatespt.com.

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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