In this section of the course, we begin by looking at the smallest component of the human body: the cell. Laura briefly discusses the different types of cells, their structure and their role in protein production and transport. We then move to tissues, which are groupings of cells with the same physiological function. There are four types of tissues in the human body: epithelial, connective, nervous and muscular.
In this video, Laura goes over epithelial tissue and begins the discussion of connective tissue, which is everywhere in the human body, from superficial (skin) to deep (muscles, organs). We humans are basically big bundles of interconnected connective tissue. There are four types of connective tissue that are very important in fitness: ligaments, tendons, fascia and cartilage. We begin our discussion with fascia. We learn about the different types of fibers present in connective tissue, and how that affects the strength or flexibility of a given tissue. This concept is important in fitness because it is related to flexibility, which varies greatly between people.
Natural Pilates Anatomy for Movement course serves as the introduction to our Intensive Teacher Training Program. Prior to learning the Pilates repertoire, it is crucial to develop a deeper understanding of the human body. Although it is a pre-requisite for all our apparatus training, this course is also perfect for anyone preparing to take their Pilates exam or other Personal Training or Group Fitness exams, as well as for those who want a deeper knowledge of how the body works. The full 8-part course will help students fully understand the principles of applied kinesiology and anatomy.