In this section of the course, Laura continues the discussion of connective tissue: cartilage, blood, and bone. 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.
Next, we learn about the skeletal system. Using Elsevier's 3D4Medical “Essential Anatomy 5” application, Laura shows us the most important bones and articulations in the human body, both in the axial skeleton (composed of the spine, skull and ribs) and the appendicular skeleton (composed of the lower limb/pelvic girdle and the upper limb/shoulder girdle). Laura also reviews the different types of joints in the body. For the purposes of studying fitness and Pilates, the synovial joints are the most important because they are at work in movement and in determining an individual's particular range of motion, which is the subject of the next section of the course.
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. This 8-part course will help students fully understand the principles of applied kinesiology and anatomy.