where movement meets medicineJoin us for the FAMI Workshop—a world-renowned immersion course that brings the best of medical education to the movement world!
"The best anatomy course I have ever taken...everything I anticipated and more." -- Sally Bartlett, Define Yourself Pilates & Fitness, FAMI 2010 Participant
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The buzz on…our overall course:“A doctor’s visit: $400. A specialist’s consultation: $200. FAMI Workshop: Priceless.” - Linda Alania, Pilates Instructor, 2008 participant
“A truly exhilarating course! Integration at its best!” – Sarah Faller, Pilates Program Director, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008 participant
"The knowledge one learns at FAMI is not just factual information that informs our client programming but it also fills our minds with 3D sensory information that ignites our intuition, passion, and holistic understanding of our medium--the human body. I feel like I just opened the gate to the secret garden!" -- Halle Clark, Mongoose Bodyworks, NYC, 2013 participant
""FAMI is a must for anyone who deals with the biomechanics of the human body. Whether you are an athlete, dancer, or fitness professional, the knowledge you gain will be invaluable." -- Linda Cusanelli, Pilates Pathway, 2013 participant
“The superbly organized 2008 FAMI Workshop was an outstanding opportunity to both review and learn anatomy in the company of outstanding specialists and teachers in an atmosphere of generous collaboration. An unforgettable experience!” – Alison West, Yoga Union for Back Care and Scoliosis, 2008 participant
“An incredible experience for fitness professionals of all levels. Should be required for anyone working with the human body in a fitness setting.” – John Garey, John Garey Pilates, Master Instructor Trainer, Long Beach, CA, 2008 participant.
"Can't say enough to emphasize how valuable this learning experience was. Went back to teaching the following week and had great conversations with students about shoulder and hip issues. Finally felt like I wasn't giving surface advice." -- FAMI 2013 participant
“This workshop should be a must for every fitness teacher.” – Lucile Risch, Luxembourg, 2008 participant.
“Awesome experience that reinforced the knowledge I have and also taught me part of the body I didn’t think I could learn. Everyone taught in a way that was exciting and fun and made me want to continue learning for the rest of my life! Thank you!” – Mary-Jo Ketterhagen, Los Angeles, 2008 participant
“This was my second time taking the course and I can’t say enough about what a positive, enriching experience it has been. I am inspired not only to return, but to pursue a higher degree.” – Linda Farrell, 2008 participant
“I applaud the medical community for bringing movement professionals to their community. We need to continue the dialogue. It will be ultimately mutually beneficial.” – Marggi Vangeli, Pilates Studio Owner, PMA Board of Directors, 2008 participant
“This course finally put the anatomy that I’ve studied for years into 3D and helped me to visualize and understand my own body as well as my clients. Thank you!” – Jill Roberts, STOTT Certified Instructor, Berkely MI, 2008 participant
“This workshop gave me incredible access to information I had never encountered before. It was a pleasure to interact with people from the medical profession and to feel they were as interested in connecting as I was.” – Sarah Lockwood, Pilates Instructor, 2008 participant
“This workshop made me realize that I am on the right path in the way I ‘teach” Pilates. A good Pilates teacher should never stop learning and exploring ways to explain the intricacies of the human body. I am thankful to the FAMI Workshop for the intimate exploration of the human body.” – Rosaly Alexander, Pilates Teacher, 2008 participant
“This course has allowed me the opportunity to learn valuable information about the musculoskeletal system amidst the bigger picture of all systems of the body. The faculty was outstanding – full of brilliance, inspiration, and relevance. Undoubtedly, I will use my new knowledge to be a better teacher of Pilates with new abilities to appreciate the body from its evolution to the challenges of aging. I hope to return as an alumni in the future!” – Karen Roodman, Core Pilates of Richmond, 2008 participant.
“Tremendous integration of science and movement for an individual without the science background. Enriches and motives a teacher to keep learning.” – Sheila Hatzell, Pilates for Movement, 2008 participant.
“This will be the start of a whole new journey. The seeds were planted in this workshop. Thank you!” – FAMI 2008 participant
“this has been an invaluable learning experience to delve deeper into the nervous system and musculoskeletal system in order to give my students a better understanding of their own body. Thank you!” – Judy Jutcovich, Pilates 242, 2008 participant
“A great opportunity to have the medical profession and fitness industry understand the disciplines of each with the potential of respecting both for their unique contributions to the wellness of our “human body.” – Eden Paul, Pilates, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness instructor, 2008 participant
“The presenters of FAMI were enthusiastic and inspiring, as were my fellow participants. I am so thrilled to have been a part of such an amazing and educational workshop. I can’t wait to return in the future to learn more and continue my journey as an educated Pilates instructor.” – Elaine Ewing, Owner and Pilates Instructor, Rhinebeck Pilates, Rhinebeck, NY, 2008 participant.
“Access to world class educators and relevant topics in an inspired setting; this is an exceptional opportunity for anyone interested in anatomy, biomechanics and movement.” – Linda Oakes, 2008 participant
“Thank you for offering such a valuable course to the movement community! The lectures were wonderful and I look forward to joining you all next time around!” – Gina Santangelo, 2008 participant
The buzz on…our teachers:“Amazing experience. The world class faculty revitalized my appreciation for the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the human body.” – Eric Beard, Personal Trainer, Message Therapist, Educator, 2008 participant
"Part of what makes the experience so fantastic is the energy, enthusiasm, humor, and kindness of the people teaching. I greatly appreciate their humility and generosity. I look forward to returning in the future! --Mary Jayne-Mulhem, FAMI 2010 and 2012
"My first FAMI was a delightful experience enhanced by the quality of the doctors and the professionalism of everyone involved with the event. I recommend it highly to all of my colleagues. And I will be back next year..." -- FAMI 2013 participant
“I loved the energy and the way the doctors provided the knowledge to make me personally bring a very different approach to my future teaching process. I wish every instructor in the world could have the chance to take this workshop. Great, thank you!” – Gerda Ergul, Turkey, 2008 participant
“This course was taught by world class professors whose knowledge and inspiring teaching skills and techniques left me with a new appreciation and curiosity of the human body. I laughed, I cried, it was better than ‘Cats’…I will return!” Janice Cronkhite, Align and Define: A Pilates Studio, 2008 participant
“I was truly taken by all who put the program together, including the doctors, panel, and the students. Their knowledge and passion was incredible. There was a lot of information, but done well and fun. Loved it. Thank you.” – Renee Zeoli, Personal Pilates, 2008 participant
“Thank you very much for this amazing experience. Besides the lectures being so knowledgeable in their separate fields, I appreciated the passion for what they do and how they presented their material for all to learn.” – 2007 participant
“The lectures got me thinking and pushing in the right direction…I have a new understanding of the nervous system and related injuries and an overall better knowledge.” – 2007 participant
“I loved when Dr. Laitman offered us the opportunity to figure out ‘what was wrong with the individual.’ He made us think and also taught us to ‘think out of the box.” – 2007 participant
The buzz on…the Gross Lab:“The FAMI Workshop was outstanding – from the speakers to the lab. The opportunity to see actual specimens has allowed me to integrate everything I learned from courses and textbooks. A wonderful experience!” – Laura Helsel, Director, Riverdale Pilates & The Pilates Process, Toronto, Canada, 2008 participant
“The access to 3-D visuals was life changing. The lectures of Drs. Laitman and Reidenberg were mind altering! Having access to their enthusiasm and fine-tuned minds was remarkable – it required me to step up and be on the materials. I will return…my clients will never be the same!” – Sara Sessions, Pilates Master Trainer, PSC, 2008 participant
“Amazing experience! It took me to the next level and helped me understand more about the body and how it works. What an awesome experience to see the dissections in 3-D. Thank you for bringing this to us.” – Jamie Casey, California, 2008 participant
“The Gross Lab was an amazing experience! I actually feel enlightened. I have a much greater appreciation for my body and those I teach.” – 2007 participant
“Gross Anatomy lab was the best part for me. Seeing the structures in 3D really helped.” – 2007 participant
“The lab was great for my visual and tactile senses.” – 2007 participant
“Gross anatomy lab and lectures by Joy Reidenberg and Jeff Laitman were highlights of the workshop.” – 2007 participant
“A tremendous amount of knowledge of anatomy and movement is required in any field of body of work. I believe that there must always be a need to learn about the body in motion…Having the opportunity to really look at the human anatomy was quite amazing.” – 2006 participant
“Understanding human movements from doctors’ perspectives and seeing lab specimens were highlights of the workshop for me.” – 2006 participant