Inversion Workshop

Inversion Workshop with Aaron Koz and Natalia Sleziak
Saturday July 14, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, $65

This SPECIAL inversion clinic is co-taught with Natalia Sleziak, PT, DPT, and, was created in collaboration with Jennifer Freeman, PT (practicing and research faculty at Mercer University in Atlanta). This workshop focuses on safe progressions to go from the ground to the air, inverting with two bent arms to two straight arms to one arm inversions. There will be an introduction to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) for injury-risk screening and prevention in the aerialist population, investigation into good body mechanics, as well as different functional training tools, exercises, and techniques to get your hips safely over your head.

This SPECIAL clinic will also include demonstrations of Trigger Point Dry Needling which can help release tight muscle bands, improve tissue and joint mobility, and decrease nervous system sensitivity; thereby addressing any “sticky” points and allowing a cleaner invert. 

This workshop will cover cues, drills, and training progressions beneficial for anyone from a beginner wishing to deepen their understanding to coaches interested in learning how to recognize when a student is displaying signs of potential movement dysfunction in inversions and on the ground.

Prerequisites: This workshop is open to all levels and progressions will cater to the needs and goals of each participant (whether they are working on beginning or advanced inversions).

Aaron Koz is a traveling movement and circus coach. He completed his undergrad in neuroscience and is now in the process of pursing a degree in physical therapy. Moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC, he started at Circus Warehouse’s intensive program, and since has studied under elite coaches in SF, Montreal, and Mexico. He draws from his background in neuroscience to augment his work as a coach and personal trainer and collaborates heavily with physical therapists to help augment and structure his teaching offerings.
Dr. Natalia M. Sleziak, PT, DPT completed her undergraduate education at Muhlenberg College where she majored in psychology and studied dance movement. She continued to pursue her passion for movement and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Natalia has a strong interest in working with the aerialist, acrobatic, gymnastic, and dance populations. She herself is an avid aerialist and actively practices silks and aerial lyra. Natalia enjoys keeping her exercise routine varied and stimulating through weight lifting, tumbling, and parkour. She places a strong emphasis on individualized treatment/fitness plans that cater to each client’s goals, interests, and lifestyle. Natalia endeavors to guide her clients toward constant development and transformation and towards achieving their highest potential in a holistic and balanced way. She strives to assist clients in eliminating barriers and boundaries that prevent them from reaching their personal best.

Natalia is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and the Graston Technique and integrates these skills into her goal of optimizing patient performance and improving quality of life. She is a strong advocate of continuing education and is constantly improving her skills through advanced manual courses.


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