DNS Pilates - Part 2

DNS Pilates 2


February 14-15, 8am-5pm. 

Booth St, Annandale, NSW

(NB: Still awaiting final confirmation of venue)


Course 2  reviews the key DNS concepts and then moves into a detailed analysis of differentiated movement patterns, i.e., when the different extremities have different functions.We address how muscle function and muscle pull change according to the extremity's movement function, i.e., support or reaching/stepping function. Both stepping and support functions are present in all phasic movements. However, they appear in different upper/lower limb combinations, according to whether the movement is ipsilateral or contralateral. If the movement pattern is ipsilateral (e.g., turning, side lying, side sitting) – the stepping and support functions happen on the same side. On the other hand, if the movement pattern is contralateral (e.g., creeping, crawling, walking) – the stepping and support functions happen on opposite sides.

The Ipsilateral developmental positions include turning to side lying, side lying, oblique sitting, and differentiated squats. Pilates examples include side-kick series, mermaid series, kneeling side-kicks, side planks, star, twist, and going-up-side. The Contralateral developmental positions include differentiated quadruped (crawling), tripod, half kneeling, differentiated bear, lunge, and step to stand. Pilates examples include all variations of lunges, step-ups and splits (gait patterns), e.g., mountain climb, going up front, scooter, front splits, Russian splits, and swimming.

Through the teaching and performing of these exercises, we continue to explore the importance of adequate support before movement. Participants also learn how to use the apparatus to influence support in closed/open chains and semi-closed/open chains.

  • Review of DNS principles and developmental kinesiology in the context of adult optimal posture and Pilates technique and instruction.

  • Define and analyse global movement patterns in DNS and Pilates systems and the relationship to enhancing outcomes in Pilates and daily movement. 3 global movement patterns: undifferentiated homologous patterns, and differentiated patterns i.e., ipsilateral or contralateral patterns.

  • Understand the importance of training body awareness in developmental positions and transitions, to improve clients' motor skills in all three global movement patterns.

  • Learn and practice higher developmental exercises with differentiated movement patterns – i.e., side lying, oblique sit, tripod, half kneeling, differentiated bear, differentiated squat, lunge, step up and appropriate modifications.

  • Demonstrate application of DNS concepts in differentiated movement patterns in all movement planes in Pilates

  • Integrate corrective exercise principles based on developmental positions into corresponding Pilates exercises

  • Understand support and muscle co-activation in contralateral and ipsilateral movement patterns on the mat and apparatus, and how both support and muscle activation change in dynamic movement transitions

  • Clearly define dynamic stabilisation and joint centration goals within differentiated movement patterns

  • Practice and instruct joint centration throughout entire kinetic chain and entire range of motion

  • Understand an apply the unique use of semi-open/ semi-closed chains afforded by Pilates apparatus, in modifying/advancing movement.

  • Review Pilates program design from a DNS perspective, recognising the importance of incorporating sagittal stabilisation and adequate proportions of global movement patterns in all movement planes to bring balance to client’s posture and movement.