Training Courses

Bendable Body Training Courses

Offered at our Midtown Manhattan Studio. We also offer courses throughout the U.S. and Worldwide upon request.

Are Our Courses for you?

The Bendable Body Method is a complete stretching and exercise system that makes all manual therapies and movement modalities better.

Our courses provide professionals with valuable skills in biomechanical analysis, problem solving pain and stiffness, and facilitating performance enhancement.

Non-professionals can equally benefit from our courses by learning how to remove and prevent injury, pain, and stiffness. By studying the Bendable Body Method, you’ll become body aware which will ultimately enhance any physical activity you do.

We show you how to achieve dramatic physical, physiological, and emotional benefits from stretching muscle fascia in your own body so that you can instruct others from a place of direct experience.

Please note: Courses are physical and require a basic level of mobility and endurance. If you are questioning if a course is right for you, contact us to learn more before registering.


Course 1 — Lay the Foundation

Learn the basics. Develop a strong foundation in the Bendable Body technique of self stretching your muscle fascia with contraction and resistance. We’ll introduce you to muscle fascia anatomy, organ associations, and problem solving skills to remove common pain areas through The Bendable Body Method.

All participants welcome.

What’s covered:

  • A new way to stretch: The Bendable Body Method vs. other forms of stretching.
  • Anatomy: What is muscle fascia and why it’s so important.
  • Movement and biomechanics: Flexibility vs. range of motion; strength vs. stretch; the role of the pelvis.
  • Technique: The 4 pillars of a stretch movement; stretching in sets.
  • The system: Balancing muscle pairs; introduction to meridian muscle group associations.
  • Stretch routines: Full body series; hamstring flow series.

Course is limited to 8 participants – so don’t wait to register!

January 20-21
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm

Midtown Manhattan studio
38 W 32nd Street, Suite 1502
New York, NY 10001

$550
($450 if you pre-register by December 20th)

March 17-18
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm

Midtown Manhattan studio
38 W 32nd Street, Suite 1502
New York, NY 10001

$550
($450 if you pre-register by February 17th)


Course 2 — Build Your Practice

It takes repetition. There is no substitute for in-person practice with a qualified teacher. We’ll focus on subtleties, nuances, and repetition so you get big gains in flexibility and alignment. In this course we cover a minimum of 16 self stretches so you’ll have a great resource at your fingertips.

Prerequisite: Course 1.

What’s covered:

  • Anatomy: Major muscle groups in the upper and lower body; ligaments; tendons; skeleton.
  • Movement and biomechanics: Flexion — extension, adduction — abduction, inward — outward rotation; concentric vs. eccentric movements.
  • Technique: Using leverage; when to stretch and when to strengthen; using varying levels of resistance; recognizing biomechanical substitution.
  • Problem solving: Understanding the root cause of pain and stiffness; stretching to relive joint pain; stretching to improve alignment.
  • The system: Balancing and opposing muscle groups.
  • Stretches: 16 + stretches for the whole body practiced in-depth.

Course is limited to 8 participants – so don’t wait to register!

March 20-21 Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am – 3pm

Midtown Manhattan studio
38 W 32nd Street, Suite 1502, New York, NY 10001

$550 ($450 if you pre-register by February 20th)


Course 3 — Become a Problem Solver

Time to go deep. Become your own personal problem solver so that you can help others with certainty and authority. Self stretching with proficiency gives you the capacity to remove pain and injury from your body and increase your flexibility, strength, biomechanics, and overall health in significant and lasting ways.

Prerequisite: Courses 1 & 2

What’s covered:

  • Anatomy: Fascia health spectrum; meridian — muscle pathways.
  • Movement and biomechanics: Identifying asymmetries and trauma in alignment.
  • Technique: Staying with the stretch; the 4 main aspects of a stretch; repetition and effort.
  • A better body: Experiencing and stretching through plateaus.
  • The system: More on balancing and opposing muscle groups; physiological and emotional muscle group associations.
  • Stretches: Deepening of basic poses; advanced poses; partner standing poses.
  • Instructing others: Clearly explain the stretching technique; describe the role of muscle fascia; common questions and mistakes; safety during stretching.

Course is limited to 8 participants – so don’t wait to register!

March 23-25 Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 9am – 3pm

Midtown Manhattan studio
38 W 32nd Street, Suite 1502, New York, NY 10001

$750 ($600 if you pre-register by February 23rd)


Courses 1-3 — Do it all at once

Save up to $200! Includes Courses 1-3 – Beginner’s Overview; Build Your Practice; Become a Problem Solver

March 17-18, 20-21, 23-25, 9am – 3pm

Midtown Manhattan studio
38 W 32nd Street, Suite 1502, New York, NY 10001

$1,600 ($1,300 if you pre-register by February 17th)

*Please note: registration closes March 1st


More information

Daily Course Schedule

9am – 12pm — Instruction and Stretching
12 – 1pm — Break
1 – 3pm — Instruction and Stretching

What to bring

  • Workout clothes you can stretch in (we stretch barefoot or in socks)
  • Note taking paper and writing utensil
  • A snack for during the break

*We provide: all stretching supplies (mats, bolsters, towels), drinking water, changing room.

Cancellation policy

You have up to 2 weeks prior to the start time of the Training Course to cancel for a full refund minus a processing fee. If you cancel within the 2 week period, you will receive a credit valid for 1 year in the amount you paid for the course to use toward: a future course, private session/s, and/or classes. If you do not claim your credit within one year, you will loose it.

Inclement weather policy: If public transportation and travel is not possible due to inclement weather conditions, we provide a full refund minus a processing fee.

*Please note: We require a minimum of 5 participants to hold a training course in our Manhattan studio.


Added Benefits to Expect

  • Dramatically increase your body awareness and understanding of muscle fascia.
  • Aquire the ability remove pain, injury and stiffness, and prevent it from returning.
  • Go deep into your self stretching experience so that you are proficient at instructing others.
  • Become a better trainer. The Bendable Body Method improves athletic performance, strength training, and yoga postures.
  • Stretches align with TCM energetic meridians to facilitate healing in the physiological, psychological, and emotional bodies.
  • Learn tools to help yourself and your students get a body that moves and feels better.
  • Get continued support from trainers John Kelly and Sita Hagenburg — who have a combined 17 years of experience.

Bendable Body Testimonials - Taylor Chen

“What started with the Katonah Yoga method, the work of Nevine Michaan years back, has been catapulted by my stretching experience over the past year.”

Taylor Chen, movement instructor

Bendable Body Testimonials - Tom Myers

“The actively loaded eccentric resistance moves that constitute the majority of their work coordinate nerve, muscle and fascia in a very satisfying way.”

Tom Myers, author of ‘Anatomy Trains’