We are excited to open the DNS Exercise Course - Pilates: Part 1. This course has been specifically created for Pilates instructors and integrates the concepts and exercises of DNS into the complete Pilates System of exercise.
The course was developed through the unique partnership of Prague School physiotherapist and educator, Martina Jezkova and 2nd generation Pilates instructor, Chris Lavelle (see bios under "Our Instructors"). Together, Martina and Chris bring fresh insight to the Pilates professional education field, giving instructors new tools to interpret and improve movement in every client.
Certification with the esteemed Prague School of Rehabilitation, can be attained by attending all three parts of the course (1,2 & 3) and completing a practical assessment. Each part is 18 hours and includes 16 hours face to face and 2hrs home study. Training in total is 54 hours.
At the completion of these requirements, students will be awarded the DNS Exercise Trainer certification (Pilates) from the Prague School and will be listed as a certified DNS Exercise Trainer, on the Prague School international website.
Dates: February 13-14 2020, 8am – 5pm
(2 day course: 16 contact hours + 2 hours pre-study material)
Prerequisite: Pilates Instructors, Yoga instructors, clinicians with Pilates experience
Instructors: Martina Jezkova, Chris Lavelle
Location: Sydney, Australia. Exact location TBC
Organizer: Chris Lavelle +61 (0)412 652 409
WHAT IS DYNAMIC NEUROMUSCULAR STABILITY (DNS)?
DNS is a set of clinical and exercise protocols that return stability and functionality to movement.
DNS was developed by Professor Pavel Kolář at the Prague School of Rehabilitation, building on the pioneering work of the Prague school “greats” (Professors’ Lewit , Janda , Vojta and Vele) in neurodevelopment and movement rehabilitation. As Pilates practitioners, DNS exercise protocols can enlighten and progress our teaching approach, giving us leading edge tools to facilitate improved movement in all our clients – including those seeking general fitness, core strength, recovery from injury, improved athletic performance, pre/post natal fitness or simply improvement in the activities of daily living.
DNS is based on the scientific principles of Developmental Kinesiology (DK).
Developmental Kinesiology explains how movement patterns develop. Adults do not have to teach babies to roll over, sit or crawl, because these human motor programs are inborn in the CNS. As the CNS matures, the baby’s structure and function keeps changing as the motor control programs establish and shape posture and movement.
DNS shows us that posture, core strength and stability are all dynamic functions that require an improvement in underlying breathing and movement strategies.
Much has been taught and said about “core strength “ and it’s importance in optimal movement in the exercise industry. DNS shows us that dynamic CORE stability is neuromuscular and cannot be established by simply strengthening abdominals, spinal extensors, gluteals or any other musculature. Dynamic core stability can only be created through the precise coordination of all these muscles, through regulation of breathing and intra-abdominal pressure by the central nervous system (CNS).
In a healthy baby all the joints and muscles are working together in perfect balance to create dynamic joint stability. There is no tight versus weak muscles and no compensations – agonists and antagonists are in perfect balance and joints are “centrated” in an optimal position. Nor is there any strain or excessive effort, breathing is naturally relaxed. A healthy baby sequentially develops perfect neuromuscular stability at rest and in motion.
The DNS approach allows us to recognise the interdependence of breathing, skeleton, joints, and musculature during movement and the importance of training both the dynamic and stabilising function of all muscles in the kinetic chain. Is not only a rehabilitation method, it is a set of clear neuro-physiological concepts that enable us to understand and correct movement across all walks of life.
Introduction to DNS principles and Developmental Kinesiology (DK) - relevance for Pilates instructors.
Summary of philosophies of Joseph Pilates and similarities to DK e.g. upright spine, physiological breathing, “core” stabilisation.
Understand relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the movement system in adulthood, including common postural and breathing dysfunctions.
Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, biomechanics of motor function, the verticalisation process & functional joint centration in postural development.
Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns and instruct correct respiration in isolated and integrated DNS and Pilates exercises.
Understand sagittal stabilisation and assess the integrated stabilising system of the spine (ISSS), visually and utilising DNS functional tests.
Integrate DNS tests into pre-Pilates exercises and instruction.
Integrate corrective exercises based on developmental positions into corresponding Pilates exercises in global movement patterns (supine, prone, low kneeling, quadruped, bear and squat positions).
Explore basic support function in undifferentiated (homologous) and differentiated (ipsilateral, contralateral) movement patterns.
Discuss similarities between developmental positions/progressions and Pilates exercises and progressions.
Understand and practice the importance of maintaining joint centration through the entire kinetic chain and with the addition of resistance, support and instability, from Pilates apparatus.
Understand the influence of Pilates apparatus on kinetic chains – including the possibility of semi closed and semi open chain exercise.
Review Pilates instruction (verbal and tactile cues) from a DNS perspective
Apply basic neuro-physiological principles to Pilates program design and progression