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The Abdominal Story with Irene Dowd

  • A Body of Work 569 Ruger Street San Francisco, CA, 94129 United States (map)

The abdominal story is a story of the very dynamic and adaptive relationship between our rib cage and our pelvis, our upper and our lower spine, our arms and our legs.  While this relationship is very much moderated in the front of our body by our abdominal wall muscles, those muscles can only be fully effective when cooperatively engaging with our spinal muscles and hip muscles, and even the muscles of our arms and legs. Indeed, the story is wonderfully complex.

 Learn some highly effective and adaptive physical practices that can serve us towards ensuring that all these muscles are ready to do what we need of them. These practices can be done without equipment utilizing the constant presence of gravity and the intimate relationship of breathing. We will also analyze and coach traditional and innovative training practices for the abdominals using Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and fitness training methods.

Instructor: Irene Dowd

Cost: $250 ($225 early bird pricing through May 15th)
REGISTER ONLINE or by calling 415-561-3991

Irene Dowd is on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hollins University MFA program in dance. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has maintained a practice in kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education since 1968. Irene has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis and other solo dancers, and her work has been taught in schools and dance companies throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. She is a long-term student of Pilates-based work with Jean Claude West and Lisa Love. Her digital archive of choreographic training materials is viewable at: