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older adults and back care CPD | for Pilates & yoga teachers

4 day course: 14th – 17th November 2024

Make your classes more accessible, gain a deeper understanding of the ageing process and related health conditions, back & spine issues and how to safely modify.

Set up classes branded for ‘older adults’, ‘chair’, or ‘back care’, teach at warden assisted facilities, care homes or community centres and work more closely with one to one clients.

We will cover a multitude of common health conditions, and a whole host of back issues too – both NSBP (non-specific back pain), and diagnosed conditions. Experience chair, wall and many other exercises / asana, be more confident in addressing common health conditions and health related issues. Many of the back care exercises are somatic based. We also cover pain, acute pain vs chronic pain, how chronic pain comes from the brain, pain management techniques, poly vagal theory, nervous system, stress, trauma, sensitisation, protection, posture and emotions in relation to pain as well as sensory motor amnesia. We also discuss interoception, language of embodiment & student empowerment. This course includes all associated anatomy & physiology.

This course will widen your audience, expand your exercise and asana selection, inform all of your teaching; your cues, your assists, the language you use and encourage you to think outside the box.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Take a full case history, understand the principles of informed consent and professional boundaries
  • Be more confident in dealing with specific conditions that arise on a case history form and understand when to refer back to a medical professional
  • Understand anatomical and physiological changes that take place as we age including fascia – from softness to stiffness
  • Understand common health conditions often (but not always) associated with the aging population to include: Osteoporosis; Kyphosis; hip replacements; high blood pressure; CHD; diabetes; arthritis; cancer; lymphoedema; dementia; MS; shallow breathing; sedentary / stiffness
  • Brand and teach a safe and effective class for specific client groups (older adults, chair, wall) and / or in-corporate your new understandings into existing group classes
  • Take a closer look at the anatomy of the spine – intervertebral discs, muscles, fascia and ligaments that support the spine, what happens when spinal stability is compromised, abdominal doming, pelvis tilts and imbalances, sacro iliac joint
  • Have some understanding of common back issues that arise to include: Slipped discs; bulging discs; fused vertebrae; facet syndrome; sciatica; shoulder impingement; carpel tunnel syndrome; trapped / pinched nerve; whiplash; spinal hypermobility; hernia’s; pendulous abdomen; scar tissue, adhesions, trauma, emotional holding patterns, protective holding patterns
  • Brand and teach a safe and effective class for ‘Yoga for back care’ or ‘Pilates for back care’ and incorporate your new understandings into existing group classes
  • Add a wide range of new exercises and postures to your current repertoire, including chair and wall exercises and postures, that could also be used in beginner group classes and during warm ups
  • Programme a suitable class for a warden assisted venue, care home or community centre 
  • Increase your use of props to increase comfort, modify and support your students
  • Understand the principles and benefits of functional movement

Course pre-requisites

Course Assessment:

Certification & Accreditation

about your tutor

Clare Francis has over 22 years teaching experience, is Yoga Alliance ERYT 500, trained with Stott Pilates, holds YMCA awards exercise for seniors, certificates in exercise for cancer, diabetes and arthritis, yoga therapy for cancer, 170hr Diploma in Somatics for healing and recovery, and has completed 17 days of training in fascia and further anatomy including a Bio tensegrity Focused Full Body Dissection Course with John Sharkey MSc. She has been successfully delivering teacher trainings for over 7 years and is a qualified adult tutor and assessor.

Clare is looking forward to bringing together all of her knowledge and teaching experience with the intention of delivering a course that educates, inspires and broadens your skill set.

dates & venue

4 day course: 14th -17th November 2024, 9.30am – 4.30 pm each day

Held at: Revitalise, 123a Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1DB

course investment

SUPER Early bird £530 – Coupon: OACPD65
Early bird £550 – Coupon: OACPD45
Full price £595

SUPER Early-bird savings until 14th July!
Early-bird discount available until 3rd October 2024.

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A 25% deposit is payable on booking.
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Please note this course assumes clients have been given medical clearance to partake in suitable movement based classes. It is NOT training you to diagnose or treat specific medical or health conditions.

Got questions? Contact clare@harmonisetrainingacademy.com who will be happy to answer any queries you may have.