March 03 , 2015
Over the last two weekends we hosted the first ever Ido Portal – Corset workshops in North America and it was an amazing experience of learning, moving, and connecting. We brought back the world class Ido Portal team of teachers: Odelia Goldschmidt, John Sapinoso, and Rachel Locks to instruct the course and they did an absolutely excellent job of inspiring and teaching the rich content that the workshop had to offer.
The Corset workshop offers a modern/ancient approach to preparing, rehabbing, pre-habing, mobilizing, stabilizing and strengthening the body for the rigors of movement a unique approach developed by Ido Portal from his extensive research into human movement. In a nutshell, The Corset taught us protocols that, when executed correctly, provide you with new joint range of motion (ROM) and strength in that new range. It is a process that ultimately requires quality, commitment, and consistency. It takes time to acquire but the best part is when you’ve reached new ROM, you keep it and you’re strong in that range. This is not like the soft tissue rolling techniques that provide you temporary ROM. As they said in the workshop “No one’s ever foam-rolled themselves into the splits”.
It was such a treat to have Odelia, John, and Rachel train in our facility the week between the two workshops. Their commitment to quality-based movement research and training is inspiring and you learn so much from just watching them move. I was fortunate to take the first workshop and train and practice with the protocols during that week between the second workshop on the weekend. Each of them would provide teaching and cueing to help me with my practice through the week so that by the time I took the workshop the second time, my notes were very detailed and I had a much deeper understanding of the protocols and movement patterns so that I can teach them to my clients. I’ve got some goals for 2015 and I’m excited to know that these protocols are a big part of what is going to help me achieve my goals.
One of the best parts of the week was being able to connect with Odelia, John, and Rachel on more of a personal level. It was serious business when it was time to train (which was extremely fun and rewarding, of course) but it was times outside of training that were extra special. I know those of us that were fortunate enough to train, play, dine, and connect with them over this past week are going to miss them. The Movement Culture is a great community indeed and we’re proud to be a part of it.