Beverly Driver

Pilates and Movement Therapy – Getting to the Core


Categorie(s): Health and Wellness,

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm PST

Explore the movement fundamentals of daily activities (eating, sleeping, driving, workplace performance, household chores, exercise, competitive and non-competitive sports, etc.) and the impact of injuries and muscle imbalances that cause painful responses. Experience Pilates-based anatomical movements that correct and improve function. Pilates techniques were originally developed as therapeutic exercises and then later utilized by dancers, primarily ballet, to strengthen, increase flexibility and endurance. Exercises are designed to assess each individual’s competency and address injuries or physical conditioning. Upon reaching and maintaining consistent performance levels, movements are modified and can be applied therapeutically as a form of injury prevention or to assist recovery from injuries. The aesthetic benefits are generally characterized as improved posture and elongated muscle tone. With the appropriate direction, a regular Pilates practice is also capable of redistributing muscle mass and giving a more refined muscle definition.

Pilates helped Beverly regain her range of motion and improve circulation in her arm after surgery. It restored her ability to perform day-to-day activities without pain so that she was once again able to drive, lift plates from upper cabinets shelves, place bags of groceries onto countertops, and perform many other common movements that most people take for granted. It restored her confidence and enabled her to perform activities that she had discontinued, like skiing, weightlifting and scuba diving. She became aware of functional movement and learned to relieve and alleviate pain through efficient muscle engagement and skeletal alignment.

Pilates provides a connection to the philosopher’s stone, in a sense, using a microcosmic perspective of the body’s energy transformation to enhance efficient anatomical function. The benefits of meditative movements like yoga, tai chi extend to Pilates practice in achieving mindfulness through the integration of breath and movement.

Speaker Bio: Beverly Driver is a wellness advocate who earned a master’s degree in Chinese medicine in 1994. She has post-study certifications specializing in orthopedic and neurological disorders. As a licensed practitioner, she utilizes acupuncture, herbal, nutritional and bodywork therapies Read full bio »