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How to master rehabilitation, with Heath Lander and Raphael Bender

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In this flipped episode, Heath interviews Raph about his journey.

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  • Find out more about the Diploma of clinical Pilates here
About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph’s new book:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
About Heath Lander:

Heath Lander had a chance encounter with Pilates which completely changed his life’s direction. He began training as a Pilates instructor at Breathe Education while seeing private clients in his home. Meanwhile, he was still working full time as a special needs art teacher and getting accustomed to life as a single dad. Over the next decade he taught over 15,000 hours of group and small group/clinical classes. He went on to open two locations of White Dog Studio, where the mission is to provide challenging, rewarding, and effective exercise for people over 40. He has also worked as an instructor trainer at Breathe Education since 2011 and has taught in the Certificate and Diploma courses. In 2021, he began working full time for Breathe Education and has created coursework and tutorial materials for the updated Diploma of Clinical Pilates. His other professional passion is online mentoring and trainer development through his personal brand, Contrology Collective.

How to Connect with Heath:

  • Find Heath on Instagram here
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How to build a therapeutic alliance with your client, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session on “How to build a therapeutic alliance with your client’ hosted by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender.
What You’ll Learn:
  • Introduction to the Whole Person Framework
  • A therapeutic alliance is where you and the client like and trust each other and agree on shared goals and strategies
  • How to use OARS skills to build a therapeutic alliance

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE.

Pilates for Spondylolisthesis and Pars fracture, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Pilates for Spondylolisthesis and Pars fracture” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender.
What You’ll Learn:
  • Spondylolisthesis is not a specific cause of back pain
  • Sciatica is complex and multifactorial, and often related to whole-person factors
  • Surgery & all forms of exercise seem to work equally well
  • Guideline-care is reassurance and advice to stay active

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE and connect with Raph on IG HERE.

Diploma Info Session, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Lecture and Info Session about the “Diploma of Clinical Pilates” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender. 
What You’ll Learn:
  • Pain is not the same thing as injury
  • What to do with every client: The Whole Person Framework
  • What happens inside the Diploma of Clinical Pilates
  • Why you’d be crazy not to enrol in the Diploma this month

Working with Adaptive Clients: Thinking Outside the Box, with Cody Jussel

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A FREE Live Community Session on “Working with Adaptive Clients: Thinking Outside the Box” led by Breathe Education’s Trainer, Cody Jussel.
What You’ll Learn:
  • Terminology preferred by the adaptive community
  • Useful props to have on hand
  • How to facilitate an empowering experience for adaptive movers
You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE

Vertigo: What is it and how we can help it with exercise, with Raphael Bender

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A FREE Live Community Session about “Vertigo: What is it and how we can help it with exercise” led by Breathe Education’s CEO, Raphael Bender.
What You’ll Learn:
  • What causes vertigo
  • What to expect if a client suddenly experiences vertigo
  • How to facilitate effective and surprisingly simple vestibular rehabilitation exercises with your clients

You can find the link to the PDF of the lecture slides HERE

Community Session Episode 7

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:
  • What could be a reason for discomfort in the start position of spine stretch? If the issue is around hip mobility/ flexibility, how can I improve this?
  • Internal vs External Cues: If someone was really arching their lower back (ie supine moving through leg lowers) do I cue to correct that? Are they still getting the benefit of the exercise?
  • Pelvic floor and core: If we are not internally cueing but we have clients who feel like they are ‘bearing down’ and can’t keep their abdominals engaged – what would be the recommendation?
  • There’s a client with a posterior lateral disc protrusion that reports left side pain in lumbar extension which is making them nervous. How can I best guide and encourage this client?
  • Scan reports: Location vs finding.

Community Session Episode 5

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A FREE Live Community Session where Raphael Bender, Breathe Education’s CEO, unpack the following:

  • Is a desiccated/degenerative disc causing my back pain?
  • What are the do’s and dont’s after a hip replacement?
  • A client who is healthy and in his 60’s has stenosis plus sciatica, what should I do?
  • A client has had lung surgery, what can I do with them?
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