Fall Workshops/ 2013 Pilates Teacher Training

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Aug 212013




Bodyreading is key is personalizing your work for your clients.




Mat 1 +  Movement Principals

September 27th 3-7pm ,  28th 11am – 6pm,     29th 10am – 4pm

$425, Manual + DVD $75

Mat 2

October 25th 3 – 7pm,     26th 11am – 5pm,    27th 10am – 4pm

$399, Manual + DVD $75


Anatomy in 3 Dimensions

November 22nd 2 – 7pm,    23rd 10am – 5pm,    24th 10am – 4pm

$475 before 11/11/13        6 students max     $60 Trail Guide to the Body


Reformer 1

January 24th, 25th, +26th

$465, Manual + DVD $75, 4 students max

Program details + more courses       at   Pilates.com








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BodyReading with Thomas Myers

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Apr 232013

It is official, Tom will be in Portland at East West College September 14 and 15 to present

BodyReading: Global Postural Assessment Skills

Read the class description here



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Free Lectures/ Anatomy Trains in Clay

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Apr 212013

FREE Lecture Series

Anatomy Trains in Movement

The Arm Lines    

 April 26th 5:30-7pm

Using images and videos from dissection, we will review the four myofascial continuities that connect torso to hands, as well as touch on bodyreading techniques for the shoulder girdle.

Fascia 101

May 17th 5:30 -7pm 

Fascia is the fascinating biological fabric that gives us shape, and the glue that holds us together.  Long ignored, the fascial system is now a hot topic and getting its rightful due of attention, from both therapists and researchers.

Reservations appreciated

503 780 2621 www.shellystephenson.com

Learn more about Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains at

 Anatomy Trains.com


Anatomy Trains   In Clay

The Superficial + Deep Front Lines

Kinesthetic learners rejoice! We will build the myofascial continuities in clay on the Manikin© for a true 3-D experience.

Friday May 24th 5-7:30

6 people max   $60 Call 503 780 2621

or email info@shellystephenson.com to reserve your spot.

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Yelp Me… The Hidden Reviews

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Mar 132013

UPDATE: A sales rep from Yelp called me last week. I explained why I had no interest in giving them more money. She told me that the fact that I appear to have no reviews there was not negatively affecting my results. Unlikely. And that I could ask my clients to write other reviews on Yelp so that they are “Yelpers”, which MAY make what they wrote for me become unfiltered. Okay…. but my clients DO NOT WORK FOR ME.

This inspired me to find yelp-sucks.com. Wow. In the range of Yelp disasters it looks like I have it easy.


For about two years now, all of my Yelp reviews have been filtered. As best as I can tell it is because none of the reviewers had done so on Yelp before. The reviews can be seen, if you look really, really hard and click on the faint, tiny font, then type the two hard to see words to prove you are a real person.The effect is my listing looks like I have none. Not good.

Also used to have a bunch on a site called Teachstreet, that one was shut down a year ago.

It is not possible to talk to a human at Yelp. When asked recently by the company in an email survey why I stopped advertising with them, I said that people click on my ad ($3 a click) and see no reviews and move on. Wasted a good bit of money there.

I am not sure if this is “kosher” or not, but I am fed up. So, here are the reveiws from Yelp:

“Shelly  knows so much, one can’t exhaust her supply of ideas as to how to get you well, strong and reaching your potential in health. Her studio is full of gadgets and equipment that she knows how to put to best use. I have personally benefited greatly from her encyclopedic knowledge of  the body, Pilates, KMI and many other modalities she has studied. I gladly send clients to her and of course, hear wonderful reports.”

“Shelly is amazing!  Experienced, competent, compassionate, and intuitive about your body!  I am a 60 year old woman recovering from bulging discs in my cervical and lumbar spine, and Shelly’s work with me definitely  helped facilitate and enhance my healing process, and kept me moving forward in getting my life back.

She also worked with my 30 year old daughter and her husband.  It definitely became a family affair ( you could call it a love affair – we all loved her).

Unfortunately, we’ve all moved away from Portland, and we all miss her (and Portland) like crazy!”

“Shelly is laid back and a pleasure to be around, while also being one of the most knowledgeable practitioners I have learned from.  My husband and I both were experiencing chronic pain (my shoulder/neck and his wrist) when we started working with Shelly.  Through our sessions, we were able to get stronger, healthier, and pain free, all while having fun!
My mother also is a happy and satisfied client of Shelly’s.  Go see her, bring your friends and family – you will all be healthier and happier for it!”

“After taking Pilates lessons from Shelly for several years and doing the KMI series, my back and shoulders are flexible and strong and I no longer have backaches. My core strength enables me to sit up with ease. I look forward to the sessions and leave feeling invigorated. Shelly watches my movements closely and makes needed changes to my technique enabling me to get the most from the exercises safely.

I would recommend Shelly to anyone.”

I have been seeing Shelly for Pilates for about 2 years.  She is a great Pilates instructor, able to explain the movements and adapt as necessary for each person’s ability.  Pilates with Shelly has made me more flexible and much stronger.

I recently did a series of KMI sessions with Shelly.   Each session focuses on a different area, but is adapted to suit particular needs.  In my case, Shelly helped greatly with my chronic lower back and hip pain, freeing up areas that felt “stuck.”  My muscles feel longer and my posture is better. I feel like I am moving more freely.  KMI is amazing, and Shelly is great!”

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Dissection Workshop

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Feb 072013

Anatomy Trains Dissection 1/2013Anatomy Trains Dissection Workshop January 2013

Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment

5 days in the dissection lab. Something I had never done before.

An enlightening, watershed, transformative experience that is difficult to explain.

The best analogy I can think of is that it is the difference between looking at a map and walking down the street. It was not so much that I aquired new information, although I did, and  in abundance. The main effect is a deepening of my appreciation of our various tissues. To see/ feel the attachment of the IT band on the femur was profound, as one example.

This workshop will happen again next January. All Kinesis workshops are listed here.

In the meanwhile, University of the Western States holds various workshops in their cadaver lab. There is a four hour version coming up this April.


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Anatomy in 3-D+ Free Lecture Series

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Nov 122012

In this course we follow the AnatomyTrains Myofascial Meridians to build all of the major muscles of movement in clay. building on a specially designed skeleton. You will learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments  This course emphasizes function and uses movement, self palpation, dissection video, etc. in order to reinforce and apply your knowledge to movement.

November 30-December 2nd
$455.00  + $55.00 for Trail Guide to the Body 4th ed   
6 Students maximum   Sign Up Here



Free Lecture Series

Anatomy Trains in Movement

 The return of Friday night anatomy geek night!

December 14th 5:30-7pm  Fascia 101,  Superficial Front Line

January 11th 5:30-7pm Tensegrity, The Superficial Back Line

February 22nd 5:30-7pm Deep Front Line

March 22nd 5:30-7pm The  Spiral Line

April 12th 5:30-7pm TBD

Please reserve your spot  503 780 2621  info@shellystephenson.com

*This class is offered in association with Anatomy Trains, but is not a certified Anatomy Trains course and does not satisfy the prerequisite for Kinesis certification trainings

Learn more about Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains at

 Anatomy Trains.com 


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New Pilates on Tour Dates

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Jun 252012


San Francisco, California

July 13-15, 2012

Raleigh, North Carolina – Studio Tour

July 28-29, 2012

Chicago, Illinois

October 19-21, 2012

Boston, Massachusetts

September 14-16, 2012

Venice, Italy – Just added!

December 7-9, 2012

Atlanta, Georgia – Just added!

February 1-3, 2013

Phoenix, Arizona – Just added!

April 5-7, 2013

London, England – Just added!

April 25-27, 2013

Denver, Colorado – Just added!

July 12-14, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Just added!

August 13-18, 2013

Pilates on Tour Website: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/education/pilates-on-tour.html

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Summer Workshops

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Jun 192012

  Spruce up your home program this summer

Rolling for Length + Strength
 Friday July 20th 3-6pm  $172 for workshop + manual
Resist + Reform with Bands
Saturday July 21st 12:30-3:30 $172  workshop + manual
Sign up at Pilates.com or call 877-PILATES (745-2837)

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Anatomy Trains

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Jun 122012
Anatomy Trains For Movement Professionals

Whatever your movement modality – yoga, Pilates, personal training, rehabilitative exercise, or dance therapy – an understanding of myofascial continuities (Anatomy Trains) offers skills that movement professionals can use to see their clients more clearly and work more effectively. 
Traditional anatomy is static, yet humans are constantly in dynamic movement – Anatomy Trains gives you that transmission from muscle to muscle through the fascial fabric.
Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains® weekend intensives are holistic, fun and very useful.
The Anatomy Trains concept moves beyond mechanical “cause and affect” actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement.
Completely transform your view of myofascial anatomy and expand your ability to assess your clients’ postural and movement patterns.


Just a few of the Course Objectives:
-Understand basic properties and connected nature of fascia, and tensegrity applied to fascia and human movement

 – Be able to identify and trace the 6 major and 6 supplemental fascial meridians along which movement, tension, and postural distortion travel.

– Be able to BodyRead™ postural patterns based on analysis of Anatomy Trains lines.


Ankeny Street Studio
October 6th 10am to 6pm
October 7th 10am to 5pm
675 SE Sandy Blvd #108
Portland, Or 97214
To register call 503 780 2621

or online at shellystephenson.com
Questions? email info@shellystephenson.com
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