16 Aug FAMI 2016 reflections: Stefanie Gordon
Read up as kinected’s mentor student Stefanie Gordon shares her perspective from FAMI 2016.
I just finished my time at The Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) Workshop and I am only now digesting the incredible experience I had working with the fantastic faculty and guest lecturers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. I initially had no idea what to expect from FAMI. I think I imagined a stationary skeleton model standing vacant in the center of a lecture hall, with a professor droning on about….well, nothing interesting. Spoiler alert: I was very wrong.
FAMI turned out to be a one of the most profound experiences of my Pilates education. There were lectures, labs, and labrums, oh my.
I can honestly say that it was easy to focus in the lectures and labs because it was all information that was immediately applicable to my work with clients. The information wasn’t simply theoretical, it was practical. This was the major difference between science courses I took in college and my experience with FAMI. It was a subject I was passionate about and could use!
What will forever be emblazoned in my mind (for better or for worse) was seeing foot prosections from women who had worn high heels most of their lives. Dr. Laitman explained to us just how damaging those pointed prisons of torture can be to the tissue and tendons of the foot. I now advise each and every one of my clients to just say not to wearing heels!
What amazed me the most was how much more I gleaned about the human body from physically handling prosections myself. It was as if all the anatomy flashcards I’ve been memorizing for years finally clicked.
I am so grateful to have had this experience. I cannot recommend FAMI enough to any movement specialist who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the body.
Don’t forget, FAMI – Level Two: The Knee is October 22-23, 9am-3pm both days.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Stefanie fell in love with Pilates after moving to NYC. As STOTT Pilates certified instructor, she is currently the owner of Stef Gordon Fit, a Pilates studio located at Cynergy Physical Therapy. She earned her B.A. at the University of Delaware and her M.A. at NYU. When she is not living and breathing everything Pilates, Stefanie is also the co-head of Maccabi Young Leadership North America, an organization that focuses on fundraising to send underprivileged Jewish athletes to the Maccabiah Games. Stefanie was a cross-country and track athlete at the University of Delaware and will be focusing on Pilates programming for runners during her mentorship.