5/7/2014 0 Comments
The Core Studio at Alpine and Alpine physical therapist, Sam Schmidt, MPT, offered the Balance Body University Pilates Mat II workshop recently.
Of the five students attending, all five plan on continuing through the Comprehensive Pilates Training, which includes nine weekends of trainings, over 500 hours of practical training, several written and practical tests, and Pilates work from mat to Cadillac to chair to Reformer.
This comprehensive training typically takes from 12-18 months to complete. These students all passed the Mat I and Mat II with impeccable results, demonstrating not only excellent depth of the foundational work but phenomenal skills at teaching and observing movement. If you are lucky, you may be able to start taking some of their classes within our community as many of these students will start to teach Mat Pilates regularly as they continue to pursue their Comprehensive Training Program.
For more information about Pilates or Core Align training please visit Pilates.com for educational offerings in your area.
Together, Alpine Physical Therapy and The Core Studio present Core-A-Palooza, an open house event bringing ALL THINGS CORE to Missoula.
When Thursday, April 24th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where At our north clinic location at 2965 Stockyard Road, just behind Johnny Carino’s on north Reserve.
Join the fun and freebies, including:
Drawings for give-a-ways run all evening.
For more information, call our north location at 406-541-2606.
1/29/2014 0 Comments
What does China,Turkey, Singapore, England, Tunisia, Brazil, Cananda, and Alpine Physical Therapy have in common? Balanced Body University (BBU) Faculty! Yes, Alpine PT’s Sam Schmidt MPT, is in Sacramento, California, completing her BBU Faculty Training for Pilates.
Sam has been faculty for CoreAlign for the last four years, so it was a natural fit and need for her to step up for the leadership in Pilates education in the mountain west region. Sam is working with the industry’s top Pilates company and world’s top Pilates instructor this week to ensure the highest level of Pilates education to her instructor training program for Pilates.
Notably, Sam was fortunate to be able to room with Tatiana Trivellato of Brazil who happens to be the only other PT at this training. Tatiana is currently living in Baltimore where her PT husband is studying at John Hopkins University. This delightful couple may be leaving for Africa and a PhD program in the next year, unless Sam can convince them to instead head to Sam’s environs in Missoula, Montana!
For Sam it has been a great couple of first days, learning from Education Program Director, Nora St. John, of Balanced Body University as well as other experts in the field who are attending the course. Sam exclaims, “We even did a factory tour and saw new cutting edge equipment to one of Joseph Pilates’ original reformers!”
Here Sam “tests out” on proper instructor training protocol during the mat segment of the course.
Sam and Alpine Physical Therapy together with The Core Studio at Alpine will be offering comprehensive Pilates certification starting February 8th and 9th. Along with this scheduled “Mat 1” course, there will be several courses offered throughout 2014.
For inquires on courses, dates, fees, and registration visit the Pilates Instructor Training page by clicking here.
Sam will continue to bring CoreAlign to the world too. You are also invited to find CoreAlign instructor trainings at www.Pilates.com.
Stay tuned on this excited, international event and what Sam will bring back to Alpine PT afterward!
1/19/2014 2 Comments
Samantha “Sam” Schmidt, PT, CPI of Alpine Physical Therapy announces the first course toward comprehensive Pilates certification with Balance Body starting with Mat 1. Sam’s overriding goal is “to bring Pilates on an organized, systematic front to western Montana in the most affordable way possible.”
When: Course dates are Saturday and Sunday, February 8th and 9th.
Where: The course will be held at The Core Studio in Alpine’s north facility at 2965 Stockyard Rd. on north Reserve, just east of Johnny Carino’s on Stockyard Rd.
Sam recommends mat certification for those who are not currently mat certified. She states, “You will benefit from understanding the principles of the mat work; plus you don’t need equipment for this so you can do it anywhere!”
Details on the BBU Pilates Certification
Balanced Body® offers a full range of Pilates instructor training programs. Whether you are interested in teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes or Pilates personal training sessions on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels, we have the resources you need to succeed. Our program, like those of other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion, not a “Pilates Certification”, based on the recommendations of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
The Balanced Body Pilates instructor training program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Our faculty members have a wide variety of Pilates backgrounds from classical to contemporary to fitness and bring their exceptional depth of experience to the training. Our manuals are considered to be some of the best in the industry and for more in depth study, we have produced an accompanying DVD for each Mat, Reformer and Apparatus module.
Our program is designed in modules so you can take your first course now and continue your training next week, next month or next year. Each module is self contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow. In addition to our instructor certification program, we offer a number of additional modules as well as workshops.
For more information on Mat 1, click here.
Samantha Schmidt, PT, CPI
Alpine Physical Therapy, Downtown
150 E. Spruce St. Ste. A
Missoula, MT 59802
Special thanks to Ron Veilleux of MT Ergo Fit for sending this note of thanks for the annual sponsorship by The Core Studio at Alpine on behalf of one of our favorite soccer teams in all of Montana!
I wanted to pass on a group “Thank you” from our Soccer bunch this summer. As per usual the team picture (below) is not the best (sun in the eyes, several players missing), but The Core Studio’s support of our soccer team is very much appreciated. We have a few players over 40 now and a few others that are close to the magic number. At 43, I am happy to be able to still run around and compete with some of the young pups on the other squads. Much of my ability to do so comes from the advice, exercises, and hands-on therapy that I have received from your staff over the years. I know a few of the other teammates also would give a kudos the Alpinestaff for assistance they have received.
Thank you again for your support!
7/12/2013 0 Comments
Special thanks to guest author and Core Studio leader, Samantha Glaes for this informative and timely article.
This weekend, thousands of runners will descend on Missoula for the 7th Annual Missoula Marathon. This event lasts three days, with a little something for everyone. The Core Studio’s sister company, Alpine Physical Therapy, continues on this year as a Missoula Marathon title physical therapy sponsor. Alpine has been on board with the Missoula Marathon since its inception, and The Core Studio is excited to participate in Saturday’s festivities alongside our fantastic therapists and support staff.
The Core Studio will set up under Caras Park’s tent around 8 a.m. Saturday morning for the Marathon Expo. Pam, Riley, and Dan will spend the day talking with runners about CoreAlign, Pilates, training, stretching, standing, and running posture, recovery, and also about the great sights and opportunities around Missoula. The Core Studio will bring a few pieces of equipment to try out, so take the opportunity to see what CoreAlign and Reformer are all about.
Right there with The Core Studio will be an assortment of Alpine therapists. They plan to answer questions about aches and pains, assess ongoing running issues, and help formulate a recovery plan. There may even be a little physio-tape involved. On Sunday (race day), therapists will lead a group warm up at both starting locations. Notably, the Alpine team will once again be providing post-race massages for over 120 half and full marathon participants to help facilitate a faster and more comfortable recovery after race day.
Overall, the Missoula Marathon is one of our favorite events of the year. We love the new and familiar faces and the sense of camaraderie among participants, volunteers, and supporters. The Missoula Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier, and even with those elevated stakes for some, the people on the course are the friendliest of any event around. Sunday’s races are a great opportunity to see the culmination of hard work and training and to find inspiration from athletes of all types and ages. So come see us at Saturday’s Expo, and maybe start to think about your own course tour in 2014. Then come by on Race Day to enjoy lemonade or a Big Sky Brew with everyone who crosses the finish line.
*We want to thank all the folks from The Core Studio who are poised to make this the best Marathon ever, as well as Alpine’s PTs. Special thanks to TCS instructor and Alpine superstar Kristi Moore for getting us organized for Saturday and Sunday. High 5 to you Kristi. You rock!
Last spring, as a new member of the Alpine Physical Therapy team, I was asked to attend the CoreAlign Series at Alpine’s north clinic for educational purposes. While I was excited to learn about an up-and-coming form of exercise, I did not realize how helpful the classes would be to me personally.
I began the first of the CoreAlign series when I was two months pregnant. I attended classes twice a week for five weeks and left each class feeling taller and stronger than before.
After completing the first series, I did not want to stop, so I continued on to complete the full series as well as an instructor class. Although my pregnancy was progressing along, I did not feel as though I was losing abdominal strength but was in fact gaining it. I was able to stave off the dreaded “preggy waddle” until late in pregnancy and to continue hiking up until the day of giving birth.
I believe that CoreAlign exercises greatly assisted me in correcting my functional form as my pregnancy progressed, reminding me of maintaining that pelvic floor lift, inner thigh connection, and deep abdominal contractions during movement. In retrospect, I believe that CoreAlign exercises helped me avoid low back pain throughout my pregnancy, make it through an arduous labor, and experience a faster recovery after delivery.
Today I utilize CoreAlign personally and with my patients to assist in correcting poor movement patterns in a functional capacity. I find it a perfect tool to quickly educate patients on a better way to get moving without pain.
For more information, visit our websites at Alpine Physical Therapy and The Core Studio,
What is Pilates Day?
Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all. Pilates Day is a program of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and Pilates Day events are produced and hosted by PMA members.
Why Does Alpine Physical Therapy Participate?
Alpine Physical Therapy is sought after for its leadership in Pilates-based rehabilitation. Our treatment philosophy is reflected in our extensive certification and use of the Pilates Method. Both of our clinics are fully equipped with Balance Body reformers and accessories.
We work with area doctors and other referral sources in designing rehabilitation programs that successfully incorporate Pilates-based approaches. Our clients comment on how much they enjoy this form of care, particularly because they often find that they can get a good workout without flaring their symptoms.
Many of our patients have responded favorably to our interventions that include the use of clinical Pilates. It’s common for many patients who are completing their rehab with Pilates to go on to do this form of exercise on an ongoing basis. Learn more about Pilates-based exercise by visiting the website of our sister company, The Core Studio at Alpine, by clicking here.
2/27/2013 0 Comments
By Angela Listug-Vap, DPT, FAAOMPT
The big picture to me is INJURY PREVENTION. The key to injury prevention is training the body to withstand the repetitive stress of running. In order to do this several areas must be addressed:
CoreAlign is an exercise method that addresses all of the above in a functional position (standing) with the ability to use reciprocal gait patterns (moving legs in the same way we walk and run). It gives variety to the body so you won’t get bored. A CoreAlign class or session is a huge time saver for the runner trying to ‘get it all in’. Ideally one hour, twice a week and your body will reap all the benefits that a successful runner needs. From a PT perspective it is a training and rehab gem.
Try CoreAlign for yourself! The Core Studio offers free scheduled 15 minute demos, or sign up for a free “Feel It First” hour-long class on the first Monday of each month. Find out more information by viewing our Core Studio website by clicking here, or call 406-541-2606 to reserve your spot.
2/24/2013 0 Comments
By Diane Cummins, 800m Olympic Champion 2012 Women’s Age 35 – 39 and 10x Canadian National Champion
I am a runner, and I love CoreAlign. As an Olympic athlete it may be hard to believe that CoreAlign has taught me more about how to run and about my athletic strengths and weaknesses than any other form of exercise I have done to date. The exciting aspect of CoreAlign is that you can’t cheat. You can’t hide from your weaknesses, and you can’t fake your strengths or lack thereof I soon found out.
Through CoreAlign, I learned what is needed to get to the finish line stronger and faster without having to “try harder”.
CoreAlign is a set of hundreds of exercises incorporating every day functional movements that require the recruitment of the appropriate muscles in sequence to perform the task efficiently and correctly. Through what appears to be some basic exercises, I have built a foundation of strength, balance, and flexibility, all of which were previously lacking in my training program. This addition to my training program has a strong correlation with improved running performance and decreased running related injuries.
The principles and theory behind CoreAlign directly relate to running and running form. I have found them to be extremely beneficial in the following ways:
The exercises in CoreAlign have helped me become a more efficient, stronger runner with fewer injuries, which in the end, has been a far more enjoyable overall experience.
I have definitely gained a lot from CoreAlign by making it a part of my training schedule on a regular basis. I encourage you try it out and discover a deeper understanding of running, and of the running potential you never thought possible.
For more information on CoreAlign, visit or Core Studio website by clicking here.
Join us next time for CoreAlign from the Perspective of an Expert Physical Therapist, Angela Listug-Vap, DPT, FAAOMPT.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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