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Franklin Method®: Imagery for a Strong & Flexible Spine w/ Trey Fry

August 18th


The spine is a masterpiece of design containing over one hundred joints and associated muscles and ligaments. How, then, is it possible that so many people suffer from debilitating pain associated with the spine? Complex design requires conscious maintenance. Why do we have a spine in the first place? Why is it shaped the way it is? This workshop will explain spinal evolution, design and function using imagery and simple movement. A new embodied understanding of the spine will allow for all daily movement and exercise to benefit spinal health.
-Learn exercises to strengthen the intervertebral discs, joints and muscles.

-How the ligaments and discs interact to strengthen the spine

-The rotational and coupled motion dynamics of the spine -Understand which cues in exercise, Pilates, Yoga and dance support optimal spinal function


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Beyond the Form: Moving past Classical & Contemporary Pilates w/ Master Teacher Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle

August 25th -26th

Saturday 12pm-6pm & Sunday 9am-3pm

12 hours of PMA approved CEC's

"The forces that formed the body are continuously at work throughout life, carrying the blueprint of health into manifestation at every moment”

--Jaap van der Wal, MD, Embryologist

How do we explore and rediscover the instinct to engage with the movement that is at the CORE of our biologic identity?  I am suggesting that we need to study the “Language of OUR BODY”.

For instance, many people these days struggle in the development of their own perceptual field because they have not experienced the phenomena of “being breathed”, the “embryonic fields” that move us throughout life, or the “health” in their own body.

In Mary Bowen’s Jungian model, Joseph Pilates was a “sensate”…a “controller” of his body.  I can appreciate this approach as that is where I have come from too, yet through my somatic studies over the years, I’ve moved from “controlling” , to “allowing” a deeper, embodied awareness to surface….and that changes everything in how I teach Pilates.   It has also enabled me to create a space for others to re-discover and cultivate their own growth, healing, and increased vitality by “asking new questions”  and “challenging beliefs” about the potential of our body’s function and structure.  

Those of us who were part of the trademark cancellation, freeing up the Pilates name, knew that standing for the fact that there was “not just one way”  to approach studying Pilates… was critical to showing that Pilates is a “practice” based on a philosophy that is a lifelong discipline.  This takes us far beyond a debate over Classical or Contemporary.

What I have discovered is that, when we study “Return to Life”, as a holistic vision, we can appreciate Joseph Pilates’ way of being with each movement, for his body.  If we are, then willing to notice the variations and interpretations each of the Elders who studied with him created, for their bodies, we move beyond the study of static form to see Pilates as one of the great mindbody disciplines that grows us as human beings.

I am suggesting that, by cultivating an embodied understanding of where we’re coming from in our own movement “practice”, and how that can be deepened and refined over time, we go beyond movement as an exercise technique.  We unearth a quality of being with ourselves which has a deep respect and trust in the embryonic fields that the quote by Jaap van der wal is reminding us of, which “shapes” our self-correcting, adaptable capacity, along with a way of being in life which empowers growth, development, creativity and healing.  

In this workshop, we will explore together:

  • Discovering “YOUR legacy and voice” as you stand on the shoulders of those who have come before you…giving yourself “permission” to explore what’s needed, and shifting chronic patterns


  • Discovering how to surrender controlling your body, and learn to cultivate discernment and your ability to sense the internal sensation of rest, your innate pre-movement, as opposed to the externally-stimulated craving for looking good.


  • Cultivating breath as more than a biomechanical event…it is a literal and metaphorical doorway to healing, as with each breath, we change density and “re-form”…never in exactly the same way


  • Discovering the incredibly important relationship between Stability, Mobility, Motility and Mutability…a relational playground where stability and mobility are partners with internal organ motility, powered by form following function…and function altering form…our metabolic  “shape shifting” mutability through life’s journey.


  • Experiencing how to “listen” and “be present” in a way that allows clients to “teach us”, rather than “control them”...moving from “being the expert”…to “student-centered” teaching…because everyone is “unique” within the paradigm of biointelligent wisdom.


  • Developing your “felt sense” awareness of internal experience through breath, sound, vibration and fluid, biotensegrity movement


When we discover how to journey WITH ourselves, we also discover how to be present with the “whole person” who is in front of us.  This willingness to be “present” reveals what they need and guides us.

So many problems could be remedied easily if we could re-learn to interweave our body’s natural tendency to breathe, move and rest into our busy lives.  Development of our kinesthetic sense…the sensation and awareness we have of our own movement….is the key to this process…a true life’s journey on so many levels!


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about Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle



Wendy is an International leader in embodied movement, with a 40 year background in holistic health, and lifelong studies and collaborations with distinguished pioneers in yoga, Pilates, Structural Integration bodywork, somatic arts and sciences, dynamic breathwork and energy medicine.  

As Director of Pilates Center of Austin for the past 25 years, Wendy  studied originally with Romana Kryzanowska and then with Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Mary Bowen and Lolita San Miguel…Pilates Elders who studied directly with Joseph Pilates.  She has been deeply inspired by the diversity of their teaching expressions.  Additionally, her extensive yoga background,  along with studies with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, Judith Aston, Tom Myers, The Guild for Structural Integration,  Hubert Godard,  Phillip Beach and Jaap van der Wal,  with profound breath, fascial biotensegrity, embryology and ontological studies, helped Wendy cultivate her own “biointelligent” voice.  A beloved “teacher of teachers”, her vision has been to illuminate the universal core principles that underlie all great bodymind practices, enabling students and practitioners of any discipline to discover their wholeness by cultivating their own voice, through the portal and brilliant guidance of their biointelligent wisdom.

A founding member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the Fascia Research Society and International Association of Structural Integrators, (IASI) she was on the original role delineation committee for the creation of the PMA exam, is a PMA-CPT, a presenter for Pilates Anytime and FusionPilatesEDU , and honored to be a Second Generation Mentor in Balanced Body’s Passing the Torch Mentoring Program, and a Wellsprings of Continuum Practitioner.

Website:  www.pilatescenterofaustin.com

Email: info@pilatescenterofaustin.com 


Franklin Method®: Dynamic Imagery w/ Trey Fry

September 15th


This workshop will introduce the principles that underlie the effective application of imagery. The participants will learn imagery exercises that will create flow of movement, improved coordination and balance, as well as effortless alignment and flexibility.
Imagery is a key skill in sports, fitness and dance without which high levels of excellence are hardly attainable. However, imagery can also be applied to daily life and to lead a healthier life. If your workdays are long, imagery can make them more effortless and help you regenerate faster. Imagery can speed up recovery from illness and help you to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Imagery is a universal key to improve all aspects of our lives.
• Create effortless movement, alignment and balance

• Discover your natural flexibility, increase your power to move in minutes.

• Learn about motivational Imagery, goal setting and imagery to improve your confidence.


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Franklin Method®: Pelvic Power for Core Integration w/Trey Fry

October 6th


This workshop focuses on the practical application of imagery techniques to increase the power, alignment and flexibility of the pelvic joints and muscles.To balance the action of the joints we will experience the natural bone rhythms in support of healthy function.This, in turn, will increase the safety of the lower back, knees and feet. Sacral balance is key to the alignment of the spine and legs.We will experience how the sacrum actually moves as a key to understanding and creating efficient, safe movement. Throughout the workshop imagery and language is used that explains the complex subject matter at all levels of experience. Evolutionary logic will provide a fresh and practical understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvis.The participants will leave the workshop with a sense of aligned strength through the pelvic floor, the feet firmly balanced and the spine long and buoyant.

•Experience effortless alignment and balance for the whole body through experiential understanding of the pelvic bones and Joints

•Discover and apply the dynamic alignment of the sacrum

•Learn ball and imagery exercises to train and balance the pelvic joints and muscles.


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Traditional Endings: The Art of Ending a Pilates Practice w/ Trey Fry

October 20th


A great Pilates practice/lesson has a certain energetic arc, and ideally utilizes the full system in order to balance, and return the body to a state of dynamic health. We want to take careful consideration and application of the various exercises and exercise families available to us within the Pilates system collectively known as the “Traditional Endings”. Come prepared to move, as we will start with a Mat practice to warm up before moving into lecture, and then exploration & practice teaching of all the various options on closing either a client's session, or your own personal practice.


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Franklin Method®: Relax Your Neck - Liberate Your Shoulders w/ Trey Fry

November 10th


Experience the power of imagery, touch and movement exercises to lengthen and balance shoulder and neck musculature. Learn how to melt away tension and associated mental anxiety. Release holding patterns in the upper body by activating the pelvic floor foundation and becoming aware of organic causes of tightness and muscular rigidity. Learn the experiential anatomy of the shoulder girdle and benefit from an increased awareness into the function and interaction of joints and muscles. Exercise with small rolling balls to experience smooth joint action, increased circulation and balanced posture.
This serves as a wholesome foundation for a liberated shoulder girdle and a relaxed, mobile neck. A unique evolutionary invention, our shoulder girdle allows us to maintain our arms above our heads for a fairly long period of time without tiring. The counterbalancing effect of the shoulder blade is especially helpful in arm elevation. Experience how the design of the shoulder girdle suspends it from the ribcage. Learn how to melt away tension and associated mental anxiety. Let your shoulders and neck become a place of ease and comfort:

• Learn how your shoulders are designed to move.

• To have suspended, free and easy shoulders.

• To use Franklin balls and elastic bands to create smooth joint action


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Pilates Applications for the Overweight & Obese w/ Trey Fry

December 15th


With over 70% of people in the US considered overweight, and 38% considered obese, how do we teach the Pilates Method to bodies that the method was never designed for or those people who were never included in its schema? Using his own personal experience with a dramatic weight loss as a teenager, starting Pilates during that time, and then teaching overweight and obese clients for 15 years, Trey will share thoughts on how to adapt the traditional repertoire in order to head towards the direction of returning to life. Strategies, variations, and special considerations will be explored and you’ll have very clear, transferable material to take directly into your teaching.


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