FAMI Workshop in July 2012

I just spent five wonderful days at The Mount Sinai School for Medicine attending the FAMI Workshop (Functional Anatomy for Movement Instructors). The purpose of this intensive anatomy study is to give movement instructors like myself an inside view of the body and how what I do as a Pilates teacher can help in either preventing or assisting in the healing of dysfunctional movement.

Teachers there included the wonderfully dynamic Dr. Jeffrey Laitman, Distinguished Professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a world-renowned anatomist recognized as one of the most creative and engaging teachers of human structure and function. And Joy Reidenberg, PhD, a Professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. I have also learned recently that Dr. Reidenberg is a Rye resident!
Not allowed to take photos inside the building, I took one of the entrance!

During the summer months for five days the distinguished medical school opened their gross anatomy lab for us movement teachers. Donned with plastic gloves we were given a very intense guided tour of the human body looking at muscle connections, the spinal cord, and nerve mapping. We could discern from healthy and unhealthy muscle tissue. We were also guided by a team of very highly educated practioners ranging from a radiologist, where we studied many MRI scans, CT imaging scans and the old fashioned x-ray, a physical therapist, an orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist.

Something happened to me in these 5 days, I became even MORE curious about the human body. I feel honored to have met all these wonderful teachers and even more honored to be working in the field of body movement. But one thing is for sure, I will have to attend this incredible event again and again!

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