Class Spotlight: You've heard of and likely even have clients with joint hypermobility. But have you heard of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)? There are 13 types of EDS but hypermobile EDS is the most common form. While once thought of as rare, there is mounting evidence that far more of us have it than previously thought so chances are you have a client or two dealing with it. It's similar to Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) but has some distinct differences and both have special considerations when it comes to movement and exercise. A condition called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is a common coexisting condition that you may have seen more about in the news lately as it is something also triggered by viruses and is important to understand when working with individuals with it. So even if EDS isn't present, POTS might be. Lori, who has hEDS and POTS herself has included a informational webinar to learn a little more about how these conditions may present in the body in front of you and how you can help them have a positive relationship with movement. This population is underserved and often misunderstood, and Lori would like to help raise awareness so more folks with this condition can feel supported and heard.

To complement this material, Lori has offered a movement class (Class Spotlight) to put what you learn on the webinar into practice. We will be expanding on the great information presented by Jessica Valant in April and you'll take away valuable knowledge and resources from both sessions. Those with hypermobile EDS often have challenges with balance, proprioception, stability and posture. Our pre/post natal and active aging clients also deal with similar challenges so the information you will gain from this will be applicable for those populations as well. 

What You Get:

  • 60 minute informational Webinar.
  • Full recording to the LIVE session (once complete) and 90 minutes of MVMT strategies put into action with Lori.
  • A handy handout PDF that you can download.
  • Indefinite access inside this course ticket! Come back anytime to review.

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Lori Winslow

With a degree from the University of Connecticut in Speech-Language Pathology, Lori learned one of the core principles of Pilates: the power of breath and how to activate the core muscles for proper breathing techniques. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that she was introduced to Pilates when a herniated disc injury sidelined her active lifestyle. Pilates aided in not only her recovery but also allowed her to identify the imbalances in other areas of her body. (And there were many!) It was then she then decided to immerse herself in Pilates’ highly effective conditioning practice and share its powerful mind and body transformation possibilities with others by becoming a fully certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates Sports Center (PSC). In addition to her back injury, she has also benefited from using Pilates to work through shoulder surgery, a complete elbow dislocation, ankle sprains, SI Joint dysfunction and cranio-cervical instability (to name a few). Her frequent visits to the orthopedic surgeon combined with other seemingly unrelated health issues provided the road map to her diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), a connective tissue disorder that causes laxity in ligaments and tendons and other connective tissue in the body. Knowing first hand how a body in pain can affect every part of life, she uses that awareness to help people experience the benefits that come from having the balanced and strong body that Pilates can offer even with an injury or a condition like EDS. Lori has continued to evolve her teaching through continuing education workshops, seminars and certifications from highly respected Pilates professionals in the industry. She has also earned a special certification in the Integral Movement Method from the Ehlers Danlos Society and completed her Level 1 Certification in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT). Whether you are professional or weekend athlete looking to be better at your sport, are pre/post natal, are recovering from an injury/surgery or just seeking a healthier and more balanced life, Lori has a reputation for applying her over 15 years of experience to help you achieve your goal by customizing a program just for you. She has a concentrated focus of working with those living with EDS and networks with other practitioners globally to bring a multi disciplinary approach to helping clients navigate this painful and complex condition.