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MSMS is a comprehensive graduate education program: a series of courses that build on one another to deepen the Pilates instructor’s viewpoint and enrich their teaching.
MSMS draws on Jeremy’s graduate studies in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology and Cara’s experience as a dance educator and second-generation Pilates teacher. The curriculum joins current concepts in biomechanics, motor learning theory, and pain science with time-tested movement training strategies, giving workshop participants new skills to work with diverse client populations. Our evidence-based approach imparts the knowledge and confidence needed for Pilates instructors to collaborate effectively with other fitness and rehabilitation professionals.
The materials for each MSMS course include a written manual and access to a video library of exercises, so that students can continue to practice and learn after the course.
- Review musculoskeletal anatomy in depth.
- Introduce basic concepts from motor learning theory.
- Perform simple exercises to translate the lecture material into Classical Pilates movement.
- Look at different bodies to familiarize ourselves with normal variations in structure.
- Develop new ways of seeing and cuing movement based on a more complete understanding of the body.
Cara Reeser is the owner and Senior Instructor at Pilates Aligned, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. It was at NYU that Cara began her initial studies in the Pilates Method with first generation Master Teacher, Kathleen Stanford Grant.
In 1993, Cara moved to Boulder, Colorado where she continued her Pilates training at The Pilates Center. After certification, Cara taught there for six years before opening her own studio.
Cara is a continuing education provider for Pilates instructors offering a variety of workshops and mentoring programs for professionals worldwide as well as online with Pilates Anytime. As a second-generation Pilates instructor and lineage carrier of the Kathy Grant work, Cara is the lead teacher and director of a post graduate training program called The Heritage Training®.
Cara was a member of the Department of Dance faculty at Naropa University for 15 years, she danced and choreographed professionally for over 20 years. For the past 10 years has been a dedicated student of the Yoga tradition, all of which has inspired her interest in the science of movement and the body-mind connection.
Jeremy Laverdure, DPT, is a physical therapist and co-owner of Sixth Street Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio in New York City’s East Village. Jeremy’s work is informed by his training at The Pilates Center of Boulder, his many years as a yogi and dancer, and his studies of Klein Technique with Barbara Mahler. While he continues to enjoy working with all types of Pilates clients, Jeremy especially enjoys teaching Pilates and Yoga instructors, bringing a broad-based movement studies approach to these disciplines. As a physical therapist, he has developed an interest in chronic pain, applying the most current research in that area to his work.