New Program!

The Sculptural Anatomy Series

A new way to learn so you’ll never forget.


photo credit: Balanced Body
Pes anserinus, semitendinosus, semimembranosus, gemellus inferior, gemellus superior.


I sat for hours watching mind-numbing slides and videos, memorizing confusing Latin names, origins, and insertions, and I was still confused. I couldn’t see the big picture. I was frustrated and overwhelmed. 

It was maddening. I wanted to learn anatomy.

 I felt a responsibility to understand how the body worked. My teachers told me to trust the work – that it was all in there. Joe did the investigation for me – just teach Pilates, follow the formula, and you’ll be fine.  Which I was.

My ever-curious puzzle-solving mind needed to know. How does the body move? How do the muscles work together? And why is Pilates so effective?

I wanted more control and understanding of the choices I made for my students. And for that, I needed a deeper understanding of anatomy.

I studied diligently at night, made flashcards, and developed mnemonics. Only nothing stuck. A few weeks after a class ended, I forgot everything.

The problem was the anatomy courses I took were boring. They didn’t address how I learned.  

I needed a course where I could feel the muscles, see three-dimensionally how they attached and, and worked with the other muscles. I wanted to know how everything connected as a more extensive system, experience their action, and, most importantly, see how I could use them to better my understanding of Pilates to teach more effectively. 


credit: Balanced Body

That’s when I discovered Anatomy + Movement

photo credit: Balanced Body
With the Anatomy + Movement system, I got to build the body from the-inside-out with clay. 

Suddenly the structure and function of the bones, joints, muscles, and tendons made sense. I could trace the path of the muscle to understand how it functioned because I had to physically attach it. 

I could see the architecture of the body in a new way because I layered the muscles onto the bones and then put it into context with Pilates exercises I knew. It was a multi-sense, tactile experience that I could use right away.


And, I got to play with clay! 

(My inner artist was squealing with joy during the entire workshop.)

And now I get to share it with you!

I’m so excited to be able to offer a series of sculptural anatomy workshops this year. 


Each workshop is limited to eight students and can be taken in any order. 

photo credit: Balanced Body

 Course Dates

*** All anatomy workshops have been postponed due to COVID-19. ***

Join the waitlist to be the first to hear about our 2021 schedule.

The Center

Use the Anatomy + Movement system to build the muscles of the center and deepen your understanding of the key elements of the core in this 6-hour workshop. Together we’ll build the diaphragm, the deep spinal muscles and the erector spinae, the pelvic floor, and the abdominals to provide you with a clear understanding of the core muscles and their importance in lumbopelvic stabilization and trunk integration.  Then we’ll put your knowledge to work through practicing fundamental Pilates exercises. 


The Back

This workshop uses the  Anatomy + Movement system to deepen your understanding of the primary muscles of the shoulder and back. Together we will review the bony landmarks of the thorax and shoulder complex.  Build the rotator cuff, serratus anterior, rhomboids, pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, latissimus dorsi, teres major, deltoid, and trapezius muscles. You will come away with a clear three-dimensional view of the relationships in this area and how they produce harmonious movement. Then we’ll put your knowledge to work through practicing fundamental Pilates exercises. 


The Upper Limb

Take a deep dive into the joints, muscles, and movements of the upper limb using the Anatomy + Movement system. Building the muscles yourself on a specially designed skeleton deepens your understanding of this complex and essential area. Learn the key landmarks, joint mechanics, and action of the bones along with the origin, insertion, and action of the muscles to gain a multi-dimensional understanding of the upper limb. Fundamental Pilates exercises for each muscle group are included to help you use the information immediately.


The Lower Body

Use the Anatomy + Movement system to deepen your understanding of the hip and thigh muscles and how they work to create stability, mobility, strength, and power in the lower body. Together we review the bony landmarks of the pelvis, hip joint, and femur and build all the muscles in the area. You will come away with a clear three-dimensional view of the relationships in this area and how they work together to create functional movement.


The Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot

Use the Anatomy + Movement system to bring the foot, ankle, and lower leg to life.  Explore the movements of the joints and build the muscles that create the foundation for walking, running, jumping, and dancing. You’ll learn the origin, insertion, and action of each of the key lower limb muscles along with fundamental Pilates exercises that strengthen, stretch, and improve gait, balance, and performance.


Are you interested in taking this course, but can’t get to Los Angeles? 

Email me at about remote learning possibilities. 

“ As small bricks are employed to build large buildings, so will the development of small muscles help develop large muscles. Therefore, when all your muscles are properly developed you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure. ” Joe Pilates

Still Have Questions?  Let’s Chat!

Who is Karen Frischmann?

An insightful, intuitive Pilates teacher who believes that you can follow your passion to teach Pilates and make it a successful, rewarding career.

My students are smart, dedicated Pilates teachers who are ready for more. They’re called to teach life-changing lessons, committed to making this their career and determined to have a life they love. 

Me? I’m a classically trained Pilates teacher with over 25 years of experience, studying, researching, and teaching Pilates to teachers like you. I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to study with some of the best teachers in classical Pilates and I’m excited about the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the years.

I take your natural talents and big Pilates dreams and apply my experience and research and a touch of magic to help you hone your skills, find your unique voice as a teacher, and give you the confidence to take your teaching to the next level. 

You were born to do this work. With a little guidance, support and a great plan, anything is possible. 

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