Pilates Synergy Series: Elevate Your Practice with Diane Lee & Melanie Byford-Young

June 2024 is set to be an exhilarating month for Pilates professionals, thanks to The Synergy Series—a unique collaboration between Pacific Northwest Pilates (PNWP) and Melanie Byford-Young Education. This series is dedicated to helping movement professionals assess and work more effectively with injured and complex clients.

The next event in the series will feature three virtual workshops with renowned expert Diane Lee and Melanie Byford-Young. These workshops are designed to provide movement professionals with the latest knowledge and practical skills to excel in their practice. This month’s theme focuses on the trunk, offering deep dives into the complexities of the thoracic spine, diastasis recti, and prenatal Pilates.

These events provide invaluable opportunities for learning and professional growth, particularly in understanding how these topics intersect to enhance safe and supportive exercise. Here’s a closer look at the workshops designed to boost your expertise and energize your teaching.

Diastasis Recti: 

An Update for Movement Professionals

With Diane Lee & Melanie Byford-Young

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST
  • Format: Livestreaming on Zoom
  • Cost: $250 (includes access to recorded video for one week and a PowerPoint handout)

We’re kicking off the month with a dynamic workshop featuring Diane Lee, a leader in women’s health and rehabilitation. Diane will share the latest research and clinical insights on managing diastasis recti (DRA). This workshop is perfect for Pilates professionals eager to deepen their understanding of this common condition.

You’ll learn about:

  • + The complexities and significance of DRA and IRD (inter-recti distance)
  • + Current methods for measuring and interpreting these conditions
  • + How DRA evolves postpartum and the impact of core exercises
  • + Practical techniques for cueing clients with DRA

This session is ideal for Pilates instructors and physical therapists with over two years of teaching experience, especially those working one-on-one with clients. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the field.


The Thoracic Spine: Unveiling the Complexity

With Melanie Byford-Young

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST
  • Format: Livestreaming on Zoom
  • Cost: $380 (includes access to recorded video for one week and comprehensive notes)

Next, dive into the intricate world of the thoracic spine and rib cage. With 136 joints involved, the thoracic region is one of the most complex areas of the body, often impacting hip, pelvic floor, and neck function. This workshop will provide in-depth insights into thoracic biomechanics and their practical applications.

You’ll explore:

  • + The biomechanics of the thoracic spine
  • + How to identify optimal versus non-optimal movement patterns
  • + Key Pilates exercises to enhance thoracic alignment and control

This workshop is designed for movement professionals seeking to understand the thoracic region’s complexities and improve their therapeutic strategies.

STOTT PILATES® Prenatal Matwork with Stability Ball and Flexband

With Melanie Byford-Young

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
  • Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm PST
  • Format: Livestreaming on Zoom
  • Cost: $135 (includes notes)
  • Receive .2 STOTT PILATES Cecs

The Stability Ball is a perfect tool to use with prenatal clients and adding resistance with the Flex-Band® exerciser delivers a safe and effective workout for moms-to-be. In this interactive seminar, developed by the Merrithew® team, apply the most current medical information, exercise guidelines and research available on pregnancy and movement to innovative STOTT PILATES® exercise adaptations. Learn programming concepts for teaching small groups and private clients specifically in the second trimester. Discuss anatomical and physiological changes, risk factors and movement considerations and leave with strategies for building new prenatal programs as well as enhancing those already in progress.

You’ll learn:

  1. + Understand appropriateness of STOTT PILATES as well as possible contraindications during pregnancy
  2. + Hear information about physiological changes throughout all three trimesters
  3. + Examine specific exercise modifications using the Stability Ball and Flex-Band
  4. + Apply the STOTT PILATES Principles of stabilization to prenatal exercises


Meet the Experts

Diane Lee: Diane Lee is a leading clinical specialist in women’s health with a wealth of experience in rehabilitation medicine. She has authored several key texts, developed innovative therapeutic techniques, and is a sought-after speaker and educator worldwide. Her expertise and passion for advancing women’s health make her a valuable resource for Pilates professionals.

Melanie Byford-Young: Melanie Byford-Young is the co-owner of Pacific Northwest Pilates and a Master Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation. Known globally for her expertise in therapeutic orthopedic strategies, Melanie has created an extensive library of courses and workshops aimed at enhancing the skills of movement professionals. Her commitment to education and mentorship continues to inspire and elevate the Pilates community.

Let’s make June 2024 a month of inspiration, learning, and growth. See you there!