Body Harmonics instructors land key roles on ONETV’s The Pilates Pupil

Body Harmonics instructors land key roles on ONETV’s new Pilates TV show—Pilates, movement and exercise enjoy resurgence post-pandemic Back in June 2022, when Zoomer Media producer Kevin Craig was looking for certified Pilates teachers for a new “fitness” show on ONETV, who could have predicted that three Body Harmonics teachers would go on to ace…

Where are they now? Donna Furnival

Where are they now? Donna Furnival embraces Pilates & Movement as a lifestyle For studio owner and Body Harmonics Education Partner, Donna Furnival, 45, it’s all about embracing and teaching “movement as a lifestyle.” Whether coaching clients, raising children or training teachers, she takes a preventative, therapeutic and functional approach by educating people about how…

PD Series, Part 3: Pilates-inspired class plans and tips for teaching people with Parkinson’s

When I first worked with people with neurological conditions, I was a relatively new studio teacher. I benefitted greatly from mentors who guided me thoughtfully and by immersing myself in the science of human movement available through Body Harmonics’ extensive Continuing Education program, and beyond. Eighteen years later, as director of our NeuroFit program at…

What does “arm bone in shoulder socket” mean, and why is it important?

What does “arm bone in socket” mean? Let’s admit it: Pilates and movement instructors are known for saying things that seem pretty cryptic to the uninitiated. This is particularly true in a group class setting, where instructors may not have the opportunity to fully elaborate on certain cues or expressions. The exhortation to “get arm…

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What are tonic and phasic muscles (and why should I care)?

Understanding tonic and phasic muscles Tonic and phasic muscle theory originated in the late 1960s with Dr. Vladimir Janda, a Czech neurologist and physiotherapist.  Using electromyography (EMG), Dr. Janda found that some muscles are practically always active and seemingly resistant to fatigue, while others fatigue easily and are only active when deliberately called upon. Dr.…