Master Teacher – Pilates, Stretch technique
Creator – Flexagility™ and Refine Your Spine™ and Ibonacci Apparatus – patent pending.
Founder – Body Conscious LLC
Author – Wee Small Stretch Book and the accompanying DVD, Breathe. Stretch. Move. Photographed and filmed in Baja, wild coast of Pacific.
Teaching breathing, spine alignment, functional movement and stretch and strength techniques . . . “I want to work with you. I don’t want to limit you with training. Where it is external, quantitive, competitive, tiring and depleting, I think ‘exercise’ is a diversion and misses the point. I have intense appreciation for the potential and the process of healing, and a deep compassion dealing with physical and mental issues. I don’t want to ‘exercise’ you; I want to help you do your own healing.
My purpose is to educate you about your own inherently adequate design and your vast capacity to move well. In your body made conscious by intelligent movement and profound breathing, you find energy and a fiercely protective immune system. You reduce pain, injury and discomfort. Ultimately, you improve life options and enjoyment.
Bring me your broken bones, your new hips, old knees, and tired spirit, and let’s figure out how to breathe free and be free of pain.”
In the late 1990’s, Conklin transitioned from a career in law – intending to provide health law advocacy – to teaching from what was then called the Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning – and actually providing health advocacy. Twenty years of teaching full-time began with pilates education through the teacher training program of The Pilates Studio of the Midwest in Chicago, and The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. Several intensives with Michael Miller Pilates and pilates-elder, Mary Bowen, kept the technique intellectual and fascinating. Studies continued with Madeline Black, Michele Larsson, and Virginia Nicholas. Kathleen’s teaching is enhanced with techniques from Feldenkreis Method, Alexander Technique, Eric Franklin Method, NVI (neurovascular integration), and profound experiences with the Anatomy in Clay program in Colorado and Dissection Anatomy at the UW, Madison.
Conklin is collaborating with Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, and author, on workshops to educate about the mental and emotional healing possibilities of brain structure reintegration through rational, conscious and imaginative movement.
Conklin also wrote chapters on “Breathing” and “Stretching” in the manual for CycleOps Pro 300 from Saris Cycling Group.
Even after 38,000 hours of teaching, she remains fascinated by the vast shimmering depths of human movement.