new! at Kinected: Functional Therapy with Vienna

Get the best of both worlds with Vienna’s new offering: Functional Therapy! Functional Therapy sessions combine Massage therapy and Pilates, providing an environment of complimentary strategies for balancing the body in a single session.  Each appointment is designed for an individual client to release global muscle tension patterns through massage and re-educate under-recruited muscle fibers via Pilates, thus enhancing functional movement throughout the body.

90-min sessions begin with a full body massage for muscle balancing and assessment, followed by strategic, core-based movement education designed for the specific body’s key needs. Mat-based ‘homework’ is also available for clients that wish to expand the benefits between sessions.  Clients who wish to start with movement, followed by release are welcomed to request it.

Read more about Vienna and schedule a session.

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kinectED: Buff Bones℠: Osteoporosis in Depth

skeletonThis weekend Pilates & movement educator Rebekah Rotstein will present her Buff Bones℠: Osteoporosis in Depth workshop, an essential component in continuing education for all Pilates instructors. The impact of osteoporosis is ubiquitous; it is the cause of bone fractures for 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over age 50. In addition to covering anatomy, pathology, management & treatment, Rebekah will also address the following:

  • why osteoporosis needs to be considered in every single mat class
  • why bone density is only part of the whole picture of bone health
  • why young women need to protect their bones just as much as the elderly
  • how to most effectively strengthen bones
  • how to improve balance through hip placement

The workshop will take place Saturday & Sunday, 4/26 & 4/27: 9am-5pm and is worth 14 Kane School & PMA CEC hours. Sign up today before it fills up!

The FAMI iPad App, reviewed by Madeline Black!

What app(s) do you own (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow)? Which is your favorite?

I have shoulder, knee, and elbow. My favorite is the shoulder. The complexity of the relationships of the muscles is easier to see with the layers and the ability to turn the body to see all views.

What feature(s) excite you most about the app?

My favorite feature is choosing the layers, turning it for different perspectives, and being able to touch the muscle for identification. It is fun to think of the name and test myself.

How does the app serve your purpose? Please include specific examples of how & when you use it.

The FAMI app is a simple and interactive tool for studying muscles and joints. If a client asks a question about their body, it will be useful to be able to show them the structures in question. My clients are always interested to learning about their own bodies. I think they will enjoy seeing the anatomy in action.

If you use it in your work with clients/patients, how does the app directly benefit them?

Visual images are more effective in understanding anatomy. Rather then explaining verbally about what area of the body they need to focus on while training, the app will be quicker and clearer. We’ll have more time training than talking. The apps may give us an extra exercise or two in the session.

Would you recommend the FAMI apps as an educational tool for health & fitness professionals? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend the FAMI apps. For health & fitness professionals, who want to learn the muscles from deep to superficial with the movement component, the app is a valuable tool. It is especially helpful to see the muscles on the whole skeleton and touch specific points to identify muscles, ligaments, joints and bursas. It can be useful in the moment as a reference tool during a session. Plus the teacher/trainer can quiz themselves for fun by identifying the muscle before touching it to confirm the name.


Check out the FAMI iPad apps & learn more about world-renowned Pilates educator Madeline Black!

April exercise(s) of the month: Part 4 of our in-home workout!

Last month, as we braved the departure of a very long and brutal winter, we posted exercises that could be combined to create an in-home Kinected workout. For April, we continue the saga with three new exercise videos! Work it out with your thera-band in these exercises, and review part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Exercise 9: The Hundred w/ Thera-band

Set up:
Thera-band double wrapped around both feet
Hold thera-band in both hands
Pelvis in posterior tilt
Legs in table top

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Flex spine off of mat and extend legs
Inhale: Begin pumping arms
* Inhale for 5 counts exhale for 5 counts
10 repetitions
Maintain legs in tabletop if extending the legs is too challenging
Abduct (open) legs while legs are extended to increase difficulty

Exercise 10: Roll up w/ Thera-band

Set up:
Thera-band double wrapped around both feet
Legs extended
Hold thera-band in both hands
Pelvis in posterior tilt or neutral spine

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Flex spine off of mat articulating spine off of mat
Inhale: Flex elbows and use thera-band to assist movement
Exhale: Flex forward over knees
Inhale: Articulate into a vertical seated position
Exhale: Articulate through flexion sequentially onto mat
Inhale: Release into the starting supine position

Flex just the upper spine of off mat if the full exercise is not available due to strength or flexibility

Exercise 11: Chest expansion w/ Thera-band in a lunge

Set up: Standing in lunge position
Thera-band underneath foot in forward position
Back leg extended
Hold thera-band in both hands
Spine in neutral

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Extend arms (elbows stay straight)
Inhale: Return to starting position

Flex and extend elbows to emphasize triceps
Abduct arms wider to emphasize mid back muscles
Hold arms extended for isometric emphasis

Mentee-led Classes & Lectures!

1976917_10152320436574761_684094384_nNow that you’re acquainted with our diligent mentees, Meghann Koppele & Erin Owen, it’s time to reap the benefits of their hard work! Join us for a number of mentee-led lectures & special classes to experience Meghann & Erin’s research in action.

presented by: Erin (blue) / Meghann (orange)

April 2nd/Wednesday: 12-1pm
Student Lecture: “How to give an intro private”

April 9th/Wednesday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Pathology/PT Protocol Presentation”

April 28th/Monday: 12:30-1:30pm
Apprentice Lecture: Barrel Workshop

May 2nd/Friday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Assessment Presentation”

May 3rd/Saturday (PILATES DAY!): 1:30-2:45pm
Open to public: Advanced Reformer Masterclass*

May 16th/Friday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Programming”

May 28th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student Lecture: “How to manage a group class”

June 18th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “Presentation of Erin’s future business brand”

July 10th/Thursday: 9-10 am
Open to public: Wunda Chair class for charity*

July 16th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student/Staff: “Erin’s Business Plan Presentation”

June 17th/ Tues: 1:15-2:30pm
Open to public: Pilates Mat Class- MS fundraiser*

July  18th/Friday: 12-6pm
Open to public: kinectED workshop: Pilates Programming for MS Clients*

*Open to the public; please register in advance.

Questions about any of these events? Contact the education manager at


FAMI Q&A with Elliot Fishbein, PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT

Elliot headshotKinected chatted up resident PT & FAMI faculty member Elliot Fishbein about his perspective on presenting at FAMI & the unique experience FAMI provides workshop participants. Here’s what he had to say:

You have presented the biomechanics and rehab lectures at FAMI for the past 2 years; what do you enjoy most about teaching FAMI?
Teaching the breakout biomechanics labs where I get a chance to talk about the function of all the anatomy the participants are learning, and transfer knowledge into practical application.

In terms of curriculum at FAMI, what do you find is the most valuable to FAMI attendees?

 The anatomy labs where you can view the previously dissected prosections combined with the clinical lectures from the anatomy professors.  The combination of 3-d visualization of actual structures and clinical information is very effective.
Many different disciplines/instructors attend FAMI each year – Pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC®, personal trainers, manual therapists – just to name a few. Do you find that creates a positive learning environment at FAMI? How does this variety of instructors/ backgrounds affect the FAMI experience?

It definitely creates a positive learning environment.  I think people of varying disciplines come in with distinct perspectives on the material and different ideas on how they’re hoping to use it.  It’s great because some practitioners will ask questions that others wouldn’t have thought to ask which expands everyone’s perspective on the information.

As a member of the FAMI staff, what do you find is one of the most consistent characteristics of the FAMI attendee?

Eagerness to learn.

What advice would you give to this year’s Winter FAMI participant, as far as preparation for the course?

Think about what you want to get out of FAMI and what your goals are for attending.  That way you can come in with the right focus and take advantage of the opportunity to ask deliberate questions to all of the expert presenters.

*psst! Take Elliot’s advice & bone up on your anatomy pre-FAMI with the FAMI iPad app!*

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Tiana

Meet Tiana!

Tiana was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she began dancing at a young age. She relocated to New York City to further her education, attending Marymount Manhattan College of liberal arts. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography. Through choreographing, she quickly learned how passionate she was about teaching people and directing bodies. Tiana found Pilates during her early dance career and became a believer of its benefits as a modality necessary for organizing her body and avoiding injury. She decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed her mat and apparatus certification at The Kane School of Core Integration. She is delighted to be on staff at Kinected.

schedule a session with Tiana today!

Tuesdays 5-9pm
Wednesays 7-3pm                                                                                                Thursdays 10-2pm                                                                                                      Sundays 8-3pm

 read more about Tiana and how she helped the kids of James Baldwin School and Humanities Preparatory Academy get Kinected!