Every movement we make must be supported by from the core. Otherwise, we end up straining small muscles that were never meant to hold something as heavy as our body weight for extended periods of time. In dance, many of us have been told to “pull up” our center and do this and that with our pelvis, but what does it really mean? If you’re still doing sit-ups and crunches to improve your core strength, this workshop is for you. STOP WASTING YOUR TIME with ineffective abdominal exercises you find online.
10-11:30: Lecture- Trunk anatomy, discuss common “core” exercises and explain which ones are more effective for abdominal strength
Self assessment #1- Learn how to assess your balance and body awareness and connection to the floor
11:30-12:30: Gyrokinesis class- Focus on segmental mobility
12:30-1: Self assessment #2
1-2pm: Lunch on your own
2:30-3:30: Alexander Technique class
3:30-4pm: Self assessment #4
Review and Q+A
Please dress comfortably as we will be moving through some exercises, and gaining awareness about our bodies. Shorts and a t-shirt are recommended for men; shorts and a camisole are recommended for women. Please refrain from wearing halter tops and any other items that may restrict motion of the neck.
Dr. Urisaka is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association and has over 15 years of coaching and teaching experience in gymnastics and ballroom dance. She now specializes in treating amateur and professional performers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Avenue Q, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and others.
Masumi Kishimoto is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, an educational method that teaches how to change faulty postural habits. Also a professional dancer, Masumi brings her movement expertise to OMPTNY to help our clients build a foundation for proper exercise form and improved body awareness.
The Gyrokinesis® method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance.