Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark.
- Zen saying

 

 

These classes are a rare chance to work directly with the scientist who developed these techniques. Most classes are only offered a few times a year, some only once. Each contains methods worth thousands in doctor visits. Each has a "Syllabus" link. Before your class,  click "Syllabus" for valuable preparation.


Next classes:
Sports Medicine & Healthy Training  Total Body Strength + Abs  |  Swimming  |   Yoga   |  Self Defense  |   Karate

All classes:    Top Healthy Training   |  Fix Multi-Pain  |  Fix Neck & Back Healthy Aging Stretching Smarter  |  Ab Revolution™  |   Lower Body Revolution  |   Yoga   |  Karate |   Muay Thai & KickBoxing   |  Thai Massage  |  Aquatics  |  Home Repair  |  Self Defense  |   CPR  |   SCUBA, Snorkeling, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

For Certifications 

Workshops at Your LocationProject 6.

Private Appointments in Philadelphia PA for groups and individuals: How to do it- Appts and more.

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"It is an honor to know you! The best part about all of your work is how you infuse it all with a sense of duty, honor, and commitment to bringing out the best in all of us - I don't know how you do it, but that is what makes you exceptional. I agree with that student of yours who thought you were a superhero."
~ Linda Hsu, Massage Therapist, AFEM Certified, Fixing Neck & Back Pain


"Dr. Jolie your classes really helped me. You make me focus and be strong. I started acting lessons. I run. I lift weights."
- Neal McLaurin, was homeless, now actor - some stories in Philly.com and MyPhillyConnection.


 

 

Fix and Prevent Pain and Injuries

"Despite consultations with my orthopedist, two rehabilitation specialists, a sports personal trainer, and a physical therapist, my best advice for post-operative care of my knee has come from Dr. Jolie Bookspan, the brightest light in functional sports medicine. If you want your life back, she is the door."
- Green Beret Lt. Colonel Kelly Hill, M.D., FACSM, SWAT Team Commander


 

Fix and Prevent - Ankle, Arches, Discs, Knee, Back, & Neck Pain
Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM.
Full course 4-6 hours. Certification (option for top students) may be earned for this class with Dr. Bookspan through the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM). Core course for AFEM Sports Medicine and Personal Training certifications, and for Academy Fellow advancement.

Next class not scheduled at this time. Previous Locations and Dates:

Learn to fix causes of your pain and keep pain away for the rest of your life. Dr. Bookspan offers hours of  priceless instruction costing less than most doctor office visits lasting minutes. Fast moving, jam packed, hands-on workshop of breakthrough, evidence-based innovations in sports medicine - from a primary source, the researcher who developed the methods. Learn and practice methods that work quickly to prevent and rehab ankle sprains, arch dysfunction, knee, disc, shoulder, upper back, lower back, SI joint, and mystery back pain, not just for the session but methods to put in practice for a lifetime. This class is suitable for the general public. Medical and allied health professionals get practice teaching methods under supervision with feedback. Not alternative medicine, but innovative validated sports medicine. This class is only for fun, empowered, good students.

Gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.

Class textbooks - Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery and Health & Fitness THIRD ed--How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life. Available in class at discount for students or click the BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Click here for location map and materials to prepare before class and review after.

 
 


Top Training Methods, Personal and Group Trainer Certifications, Sports Medicine Curriculum

 "Dr. Bookspan is widely acclaimed for her work in human physiology and sports medicine... known in scientific circles for successfully debunking traditional, but ineffective or wrong ideas. For that reason some have compared her to Galileo for changing the "held paradigm." She is known as a careful and brilliant researcher who has found the reasons why things were not working, and changed the paradigm to a more simple and more effective one. Her methods to reverse pain and injury are gems of common sense management."
- Dr. Ernest S Campbell, MD, FACS Board Certified, General Surgery (Retired), Chairman Department of Surgery, Board of Directors Brookwood Medical Center. Birmingham Alabama

 


Capt Chris, U.S. Military

 

Top Training Methods for yourself or your groups
Private appointments through Dr. Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM.

  • Improve your abilities, learn skills, prevent and fix injuries.

For Private Training Appointments for yourself or your groups: How to do it- Appts and more.
For Health Projects
for your community, see Projects.

For Certification training, see Academy certification info below.



Class textbooks - Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery, Health & Fitness THIRD ed--How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life, Stretching Smarter, Healthy Martial Arts, and others. Available in classes at discount or click the BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Click here for location map and your materials to prepare before class and review after.

 

 


 



 

Certifications in Personal Trainer, Group Exercise and Health Instructor, Fellow Advancement, and Training To Lead Health for People and Communities.
Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine
(AFEM) certification earned directly through
Dr. Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM.
Hands-on supervised training, and recognized certification.

  • Personal Trainer Certification: Complete 4 core and 3 elective classes with Dr. Bookspan, and work on an existing Project or take initiative to develop a new one in guided study with Dr. Bookspan.
  • Group Functional Exercise Instructor: Candidates learn Bookspan Basics group training, exercise class format for Ab Revolution (tm) and Lower Body Revolution (tm), take core and elective classes, and Participate in a project. Internship with Dr. Bookspan for top students.
  • Fellow Advancement: Program for physicians and researchers - FAFEM - through Dr. Bookspan.
  • Each class may be taken alone for its own certification.

To Apply for Rolling Admissions to Certification and Fellow Programs: All Candidates, read about the Academy first, then see the Academy Honors page for specific requirements to apply for classes and examples of initiative by previous students to develop projects. When you write, indicate what program(s) you want to study with Dr. Bookspan. Give examples of your initiative and good heart, and how you already use these methods with healthy results. Be familiar with requirements and educational materials on this web site before contacting Dr. Bookspan asking for this information to be repeated to you. If you have previously written, check the auto-reply you already received, giving several answers. Then you have already passed lesson one and will be able to successfully apply.CPR  (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification should be current and may be taken through any accredited sources. No other formal background required, except Fellow candidates, as above.

Class textbooks - Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery, Health & Fitness THIRD ed--How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life, Stretching Smarter, Healthy Martial Arts, and others. Available in classes at discount or click the BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Click and read the class syllabus with each class description on this page for preparation.

 

 


Fix and Prevent Neck & Back Pain

"If Dr. Jolie Bookspan had not changed my methods of training, I would still be hurting myself in the name of staying in shape.
I thank her for all her efforts. She is leading the way to sensibility."

– Ed Cargile, Military Special Operation Forces, seventh-degree Black Belt, long-distance cyclist, US Marine Corp, Ret.


 

Fix and Prevent Neck & Back Pain – Medical Breakthroughs in Non-Surgical Treatment
Taught by Dr.
Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM, Sports medicine specialist, named "St. Jude of the Joints" by Harvard Medical School clinicians.
Full course 4-6 hours. Shorter segments available.

Learn to fix sources of your own pain, right in class, and keep pain away for the rest of your life.
Cheaper (and safer) than your Vioxx. It would take years and fortunes for you to fix pain and learn this amount of information through your doctor and PT visits. Certification by Dr. Bookspan for top students through the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM). Core course for AFEM Trainer certifications, and for Academy Fellow advancement.

  • Pittsburgh, PA - Top Ten Injury Prevention Stretches and Exercises. Sun Nov 13, 2011. Special 1 hour practice. International Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Global Leadership Conference. By Invitation only.
  • Philadelphia PA, Friday June 24, 2011 5pm - 9pm. 2029 Frankford Ave. Special 4 hour class concentrating on knee, back and neck pain, plus some Ab Revolution (tm). e-mail Cindy Monroy.
  • Temple U Center City. Saturday Oct 16, 2010, 9:00-1:30 pm. Offered together with the same-day workshop Stretching Smarter 2pm-4:30pm, described below. 1515 Market St. Philadelphia, PA. Discount when you register for both, or with a friend. Make it a whole day of starting a healthier life, even career. Click the syllabus for class info.

Hours of fun, active, sometimes humorous instruction and evidence-based medical information to stop your pain now and keep it away for the rest of your life, costing less than most doctor visits lasting minutes. Learn to stop neck and back pain and keep it from coming back. Fix stiffness, aches, sciatica, herniated and degenerating discs, stenosis, arthritis, upper crossed syndrome, numb fingers, forward head, hyper-lordosis, swayback, spondylolisthesis, and facet pain. Pain when standing, pain when sitting. Identify common injurious body mechanics, ergonomics, and habits. Learn therapeutic muscle retraining, and how to not get stiff and sore in the first place. Combination lecture and non-strenuous practice. Suitable for the general public, the out-of-shape as well as the athlete. Medical and allied health professionals get practice teaching methods under supervision with feedback. Wear comfortable ordinary clothing. If you have to change your clothes to fix back pain, how are you supposed to have an ongoing normal life without pain? This is not alternative medicine, it is innovative, validated sports medicine. This class is for fun, empowered, good students.

Gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.


Class textbooks -
Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery and Health & Fitness THIRD ed--How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life. Available in class at discount for students or click BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Click here for location map and your materials to prepare before class and review after.

 

 

Healthy Aging - Preventive and Rehab Medicine

"Your wonderful presentation on aging at the
ACSM NY Chapter meeting stays with me every day – and I teach those exercises to my patients regularly."

- Dr. Stephen G. Rice, MD, PhD, FACSM, American College of Sports Medicine Trustee


 

Healthy Aging - Musculo-skeletal Conditions Mistaken For Aging
Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM. Full course 4-6 hours. Certification may be earned for this class by Dr. Bookspan through the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM). Required core course for AFEM Personal Training certification, and for Academy Fellow advancement.

No Classes scheduled at this time. Previous Locations and Dates:

  • Wilderness Medical World Congress. Sunday 15 July 2012, Whistler British Columbia. One class only. Conference info through WMS. To register or request new classes, click online, e-mail Teri.
  • Temple U Center City, Philadelphia, PA. Discount when you register together with the same-day workshop "Stretching Smarter" described below. 2007.
  • American College of Sports Medicine Greater New York Chapter meeting. Dec 3, 2005.

Becoming slower, stiffer, unsteadier, and weaker as years pass is more from lack of specific healthful movement than an inescapable aging process. Although chronological years increase, you can regain specific functional characteristics of a chronologically younger person. This course teaches evidence based musculo-skeletal sports medicine techniques to restore upper back mobility and normal kyphosis, leg strength and balance, healthy knee and hip dynamics, and disc spacing associated with functionally younger age. This is an information resource for physicians, health care providers, exercise professionals, and people who want to maintain and improve physical and mental ability throughout their lives.

Gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.

Class textbooks - Health & Fitness THIRD ed--How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of your Life and Fix Your Own Pain Without Drugs or Surgery. Available in class at discount for students or click the BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Click here for location map and materials to prepare before class and review after.

 

 


Muay Thai KickBoxing and Advanced Kickboxing

"Jolie, my highest regards and congratulations regarding your honor
as Master Instructor of the Year (as well as Black Belt Hall of Fame).
You have always been keenly active and scholarly in your dedication to the Martial Arts
and I value the occasions when we have found the opportunity to converse."
  
- Joseph Estwanik MD FACSM, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Author of Sports Medicine for the Combat Arts, Chairman of Ringside Physician's Course U.S. Olympic Training Center

 

Muay Thai and Kick Boxing

Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, Undefeated full-contact Muay Thai fighter, International Black Belt Hall of Fame, Instructor rank of Master. Formats - Ongoing instruction, semesters, and single master classes.

  • Next class to be announced.

Learn mental and physical discipline, self confidence, history and theory of martial arts, sports medicine, good behavior, safer healthier movement and life habits, and real martial arts skills. For men and women. Strenuous workout. No experience needed, just a desire to truly improve, learn, and change unhealthful movement patterns to healthy technique. Punching, kicking, sparring, stretching, rope skipping, striking various target baffles, and drills for body and mind. Music used, exercise class style. We start at the beginning and build with each class. This class is only for hard working, good students. Academy certification can be earned. One of electives for AFEM Trainer certifications.

Class textbook - Healthy Martial Arts - Winner of the EUSA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Readers Choice Award.

Class syllabus - Kickbox and Muay Thai Class photos, skills, and readings to prepare for each week.

 
 


 

Advanced (Continuing) Muay Thai & Kick-Boxing
with Dr. Jolie Bookspan

  • Next class to be announced.

For students completing the kick boxing class. Improve technique and fitness. Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) and other styles covered. Heavy bag and partner work, speed work, ring and street defense techniques. Develop the ferocious Thai roundhouse kick. Includes advanced ab and back conditioning, rope skipping, drills, and kicking flexibility. Bring gloves. Wraps provided. Optional certification.

Class textbook - Healthy Martial Arts.

Class syllabus - Advanced Class photos, skills, vocabulary, and descriptions.

 

 


Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier

"Your exercises work, and are recognized as contributing significantly
to one of the most common problems in medicine, which is back pain.
There are many testimonials to their success – mine being one of them"

- Catherine G. R. Jackson, PhD, FACSM, Professor and former Chair of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno,
NASA Faculty Fellow, Twice Colorado State Women’s Fencing Champion.

This wonderful little doll was made
for Dr. Bookspan by student Dana Chandler


Does it really look like Dr. Bookspan?
Click to find out.


Not The Same Old Stretches - Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier
Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, MEd, PhD, FAWM
AFEM certification option for top students. Required core course for AFEM Trainer certifications, and for Academy Fellow advancement. Full course 4-6 hours.
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Top Stretching Changes for Healthier Training. Sun Nov 17, 2013. Special 1 hour practicum. Black Belt Hall of Fame Global Leadership Conference. By Invitation only.
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Top Ten Injury Prevention Stretches and Exercises. 13 Nov, 2011. International Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Global Leadership Conference. By Invitation only. 
  • Temple U Center City, Phila. Saturday Oct 16, 2010. 2pm to 4:30pm Bring lunch and take it together with the Fix Neck & Back Pain workshop, described above. Discounts for taking both. Make it the healthiest day you ever spent.
  • Snowmass Colorado - Wilderness Medical Society Summer Medicine Conference. Wednesday July 28, 2010. 7:30-9:30am. Also offered, Fix and Prevent Injuries, and Ab Revolution Functional Core Training. For info on each, scroll above and below. Conference info through WMS link above. To register or request new classes, e-mail Teri.
  • Townsend Tennessee - Wilderness Medical Elective for medical school students. Feb. 19, 2008. Contact Dr. Tom Kessler, Director.
  • Other locations by special arrangement: See Project 6.

Learn how to stop pain producing habits and gain techniques and information that would cost thousands through your PT and medical treatments. Fun, fast-moving, hands-on workshop to identify injurious habits, restore healthy resting muscle length, and transfer knowledge and skills to daily life. Relieve aches on the spot, learn therapeutic, diagnostic, and innovative stretches, and take home effective, state-of-the-art techniques to straighten posture, restore functionally younger biomarkers, and have fun. Not the same old stretches, these are innovations from a primary source, the researcher who developed the methods. Lecture, demonstration, and participation. Fun, rejuvenating class for body and mind. Come prepared to stretch your brain.

Suitable for the general public, for the out-of-shape, and the athlete, as long as you are a good student. Medical and allied health professionals get practice teaching under supervision with feedback.

Clinicians learn methods required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.

Class textbook - Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier. Available for purchase in class at discount.

Class syllabus - Click here for location map and materials to prepare for Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier.

 


Black Belt Hall of Fame seminar students 2013



The Ab Revolution
, Total Body + Abs,
and Lower Body Revolution™
- Surprising Preventive Medicine

“I’ve given The Ab Revolution to my physical therapists and trainers to use.
You have condensed things to a very workable format.”

  ~ Stanley A. Herring M.D., FACSM, Director of Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine for UW Medicine Health System, Former President of the North American Spine Society

 

 

The Ab Revolution Functional Core Re-Training: No More Crunches No More Back Pain
Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, the scientist who developed this breakthrough method
AFEM certification for top students. Required core course for AFEM Trainer certifications, and for Academy Fellow advancement

  • Pittsburgh, PA - Top Spine Injury Prevention Technique. Sun Nov 11, 2012. Special 1 hour practice. International Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Global Leadership Conference. By Invitation only.  
  • Snowmass Colorado. Wilderness Medical Society Summer Medicine Conference. Functional Core Re-training for the Back Country: What's New, What's Hot, What's Not. Wednesday July 28, 2010. 10am-12noon. Also offered, Stretching Smarter, and Fix and Prevent Injuries - click or scroll above for those classes. Conference info through WMS link above. To register or inquire for new classes, e-mail Teri.
  • Temple University Center City. 8 Monday evenings offered each semester 1997-2007.
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Ab Revolution™ Core Training for the Martial Artist. Sun Nov 11, 2007. International Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame awards weekend. Contact Grandmaster Kanzler, Exec. Director.
  • Special workshops and instructor training by arrangement: See Project 6. For private training for individuals or small groups here with Dr. Bookspan, see Private Appointment information, which includes location, maps, and more.

A revolution in core training - using abdominal muscles functionally - the way needed for actual healthy spine positioning during standing and life activities. No forward bending that stresses discs. Special workshop with Dr. Bookspan, the award winning scientist who developed this method. Learn the way your abs need to work to hold healthy spine positioning (neutral spine) for real life while standing and all activities. Not just a bunch of exercises, this is a system to learn neutral spine, stop hyper-lordosis, facet injury, SI joint pain, lower back pain from long standing, walking, or running, and get healthier exercise. Learn fun quick techniques to straighten posture, fix hyperlordotic lower back pain, and functionally strengthen, from simple moves to the toughest you can get. Combination lecture and increasingly strenuous practice. Change old thinking about what abs do (and don't do). Used by SEAL and law enforcement members, and the nation's top spine docs. For lay public and medical professional. This class is only for fun, empowered, good students.

Two Different Formats:
1. Lecture based, understanding and identifying neutral spine and stopping hyperlordotic (and hypo-lordotic) lower back pain during daily life and activities, with hands-on practice covering Part I in the class textbook, plus sample Part II exercises. Required for health professionals. Gives clinicians tools required to meet the Health Care Reform Initiatives to reduce preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency room visits, and to improve health outcomes.
Full course 4 hours, up to 8 hours depending on level wanted.

Format 2 is the Ab Revolution™ exercise class. Starts with short intro to neutral spine and student check, then non-stop exercise from the textbook Parts I and II to music with instructor supervision. Certification in class format 1 required before applying to learn to teach format 2.

Class textbook - The Ab Revolution Fourth edition.

Class syllabus - Click for class preparation for Ab Revolution™ Core Re-Training.

 

Total Body Strength + Abs       with Dr. Bookspan    Wednesdays 1:15pm - 2:15pm at LA Fitness Downtown Philadelphia

Weekly one hour Total Body and Abs class at LA Fitness 15th and Walnut downtown Phila with Dr. Bookspan. High-Intensity Interval Training and the most calories burned of all classes offered at this location.

First half hour is fast fun good body mechanics of Lower Body Revolution lifting weights for the whole body - lots for arms, hands, balance, back, everything. Hand and wrist strength and balance training included. The hot Latin music continues for approx 15 minutes of Ab Revolution training. LA Fitness does not use bands so all moves use hand weights and body weight combined. Last 10 - 15 minutes is healthier smarter stretching.

This is not a private session to fix your injuries or a specific injury prevention class; You have to pay attention, learn and practice good body mechanics shown and used in this fast-paced, strenuous class. Regular students can bring a friend. For a friend pass, see yoga class info below.

Two Bonus classes Saturday 21 June and 28 June, 9:45am-10:45am.

 

Lower Body Revolution
Taught by Dr. Jolie Bookspan, the scientist who developed this breakthrough method
AFEM certification for top students. One of optional electives for AFEM Personal Trainer and required core course for Group Instructor certification and for Academy Fellow advancement.

  • For Private Appointments or groups here in Philadelphia, see Appointments.
  • Master classes by limited special arrangement: See Project 6.
Take core training further to "foundation training" to retrain your bending, walking, jumping, and moving habits for back, legs, abs, ankles, feet, and knees. Gain strength and endurance. Understand how your lower body needs to function during real life and the need for functional training. Learn fun sports medicine exercises to get a workout at the same time you specifically retrain posture and movement patterns for daily life - Functional exercise and exercise as a lifestyle. Combination lecture and increasingly strenuous practice, continuously to music. This class will change the way you think about fitness and exercise.

Class textbook - Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life

Class syllabus -
Click for class preparation for Lower Body Revolution™   Includes 11 year study of results with this method,

 

 


Yoga, Advanced Yoga, Instructor Training, Partner Yoga
Prevent Yoga Injuries, Learn Healthier Yoga

Dr. Bookspan is a Certified Yoga Instructor - "Experienced RYT 500" level.
E-RYT 500 is granted to teachers who studied teaching for at least 500 hours
in qualified schools, taught a minimum of 5,000 hours, plus requirements of the Yoga Alliance. An E-RYT 500 is able to provide continuing education classes and workshops to other teachers and can be a lead trainer of a 200-hour, 300-hour or 500-hour teacher training program

"You are a wonderful instructor, teacher, mentor
and have the rare ability to make people feel that the magic IS inside, not worn around the neck"
- Stuart Wood, Director Community Projects AFEM

 


Photo of Dr. Bookspan by Paul Plevakas


Some of Dr. Bookspan's great students

Yoga - Warrior Mind, Warrior Body

With Dr. Bookspan, Certified Experienced-RYT 500 level yoga teacher. Studied and taught yoga in India, China, North Africa, Thailand, and Japan.

LA Fitness, formerly Bally Fitness
15th & Walnut, Phila.

Saturdays 11am - 12pm  


For members and positive-thinking walk-ins with advance permission and free pass below.

Away Dates - Check here for dates Dr. Bookspan is away - substitute teacher (different method). Next away dates: Saturday 15 November 2014.

Friend Pass. regular students - you can bring a friend - click LA Fitness 15th Street pass. Bring printed copy or download to your handheld device and bring pass with ID proof of age over 18. Desk requires short waiver paperwork, then come up to class. Without pass, guest fee $15 payable to LA fitness, not me, for walk-ins. Let me know you are there specially to learn from me.

Class Info - Everything explained. Click here.

Description for my Wednesday Total Body and Abs class at the same LA Fitness location is above.

 

Master classes for instructors, and private instruction for you or
your group

 

By limited special arrangement through Dr. Bookspan.

For groups at your location, see Project 6.

For Private Appointments or groups here in Philadelphia, see Appointments.

 Instructor Training

 

Come to class. Work so I see you have respect and good habits. After class show your serious intent to learn and understand and we will arrange your training. General course is 200 hours: Includes attending my class at least once a week, syllabus and textbook readings, demonstrating understanding and use of readings in each class, individual homework and class assignments, community service (karma yoga) through an Academy Project, student teaching under my guidance. Certification through AFEM.

If you are strong and brave --or want to be-- come learn the most physical and empowering yoga you will ever do. Joyful, often humorous fusion of ancient tradition, sports medicine, and beautiful movement, based on Ashtanga. A teaching class, not just "do" poses. No experience needed, just a desire to actually use mind and body at the same time and learn to change body mechanics to healthy ways. This is "Warrior" not "worrier" yoga. Learn to discard complaining (before you come to class). Learn how to prevent injuries and change common but injurious yoga poses to healthful movement habits. AFEM Academy certification option for top students. One of optional electives for AFEM Trainer certifications.

Class textbooks - Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier and Healthy Martial Arts. Available online or in class. Check with Dr. Bookspan.

Class syllabus - Click to prepare for each class, photos, free readings, everything explained, and materials for instructor candidates - Yoga description, photos, theory and practice, free readings and short movies of healthier, intelligent yoga.

 

 

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Partner Yoga
Learn healthy movement with a friend. We cover yoga benefits and pitfalls, along with injury prevention. Learn wonderful partner strength and stretch moves that can be done singly or as part of a flowing series called Vinyasa. Spend a rewarding evening learning something great you can do together. One of optional electives for AFEM Trainer certifications.

Advanced Warrior Yoga with Dr. Bookspan
Each class includes injury prevention, yoga myths, Zen stories, teaching skills and spotting injury-producing movement in your students, and how to transfer yoga skills to daily life.


Class textbooks -
Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life, Stretching Smarter and Healthy Martial Arts. Click BOOKS page.

Class syllabus - Class description, photos, theory and practice, free readings (many with short movies) of healthier, more intelligent yoga.

 

 


Thai Massage

"I am very grateful and thankful to you about you helping to this lo-kunphen school."
- Lama Tenzin, Lo-Kumphen Medical School, Choede Monastery, Mustang Nepal


Sharing techniques with Lama Tenzin
Dr. Tenjing Bista, Senior Monk

 

Thai Yoga Massage and Tok Sen
AFEM Certification option through Dr. Bookspan

Learn from Paul and Jolie, certified in China, Japan, the United States, and Thailand in systems of medical massage.

  • Thai Massage Courses: Course #1, learn front lying techniques. #2 Second Course to learn side technique. #3 Third Course to learn back series. #4 Sitting techniques. #5 and #6, Continuing courses for top students. Can attend courses separately, not required to take all to take one. Private and group instruction possible. Certification possible, hours customized for need and purpose. Register with a friend and have a wonderful time giving and receiving massage, and learning techniques to take home.
  • Introductory classes for those who want to do home massage can be arranged with three hours per course.
  • Professional Massage Certification begins at 10 hours and up for each course, with 3-4 hour pre-course workshop: Understanding Musculo-Skeletal Pain and Injury. Then you will know which techniques to use and when, and importantly, why.
  • Tok Sen by individual arrangement.

Thai massage has been a medical specialty of Thailand since the time of the Buddha. It has been called "The Yoga Done For You" for the application of therapeutic pressing and stretching while you rest comfortably on the floor, clothed, except for bare feet. Singles and couples can learn the basics of this delightfully beneficial and physical technique, that is called Nuat Borarn – The Ancient Massage. Bring a cloth and items to wash your feet, and a towel or soft mat.

Class textbooks - Health & Fitness THIRD edition How to be Healthy Happy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life, Stretching Smarter and Healthy Martial Arts. Click BOOKS page.

Next class: For training for your group at your location, see Project 6. For private training for individuals or small groups here with Dr. Bookspan, see Private Appointment information, which includes location, maps, and more.

Private Thai Massage Appointment, Scheduling, location, map, photos, appointment and Thai Massage info, and more, click Thai Massage.

 

 


Dive Medicine, Swimming, Snorkeling, CPR, Water Safety,
SCUBA, Hyperbarics

Dr. Bookspan is a former Navy researcher and NAUI scuba instructor, inducted into the NAUI Hall Of Honor
for outstanding contributions to diving education, dive medicine and physiology research leading to safer diving,
running international conferences and seminars, and work developing SCUBA
and diving medicine textbooks and teaching materials.

Tom Kessler MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAWM, writes, "So glad to learn of your recognition by peers.
Not that you need it! Your commitment to truth is what all of us should have....
Stay warm. TK"

    
    

 

CPR - Including AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
Red Cross Certification class with Dr. Bookspan, Red Cross CPR Instructor

  • Next class at the Red Cross chapter building 23 and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia. December, date TBA. For those with current Red Cross CPR to update and renew. I teach this class as a volunteer. Fees go to Red Cross. To learn more about COR and making the class healthy for all, click for my Fitness Fixer article on my CPR class that appeared on the Healthline company website: http://www.healthline.com/health-blogs/fitness-fixer/fast-fitness-holiday-present-saves-lives
 

 


Paul in the Hudson.

 

Fun Aquatics Skill Classes
with
Dr. Bookspan, Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Water Exercise Certified, SCUBA instructor, and former national-class competition swimmer. One of optional electives for AFEM Trainer certifications. Classes by request at your local pool. Mail: SwimmingLessons AT DrBookspan DOT com

  • Adult Beginning Swim teaches adults who are afraid of the water, even those with lifelong fear, using an innovative common sense approach that will have you happy, confident, and succeeding starting with the first class (no throwing anyone in deep water).
  • Intermediate Swim develops the several interesting swimming and competition strokes from crawl to butterfly, treading, flip turns, starts, dives, self-rescue, basic rescue of others, and topics selected by students. Red Cross certification available.
  • Stroke Mechanics Clinics are short fun workshops for quick gains in stroke efficiency and speed. Great for racers.
  • Water Exercise. No swimming ability needed to get fun effective exercise in your pool.
  • Life Guarding. Red Cross Certification classes in pool, waterfront, and beach front guarding. Includes professional Red Cross CPR certification.
  • Snorkeling. Focus on building water skills to have fun, get confidence, be safer, more capable, while surface swimming, and, where wanted, breath-hold diving.
  • SCUBA. Learn to SCUBA dive intelligently and safely. NAUI Certification.
 

 

Physicians, military, and smart students of the July 2010 WMS medical conference Advanced Diving Medicine class.

 

Diving and Hyperbaric Physiology and Medicine
Taught by Dr. Bookspan

  • Snowmass Colorado. Wilderness Medical Society Summer Medicine Conference. Tuesday July 27, 2010. 3:20-5:20pm. "Advancing Your Knowledge." For students with scuba and dive medicine background. Offered with, Stretching Smarter, Fix and Prevent Injuries and Ab Revolution Functional Core Training. To register or inquire for next class, e-mail Teri.
  • Wilderness Medical Elective in Townsend Tennessee Feb. 19, 2008. Primarily for 3rd and 4th year medical students fulfilling an elective in Wilderness Medicine. Covers all three CME and FAWM units. Contact Dr. Tom Kessler, Director. 1-4 hours each topic:
    • Diving Physiology
    • Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
    • Barotrauma.
  • Other lectures and locations by arrangement. Bring us to your dive resort, live-aboard boat, or cruise.

Diving and Hyperbaric Research and Information: click here for Dr. Bookspan's work.

Class textbooks, Click BOOKS page:

  1. Diving Physiology in Plain English
  2. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Review For Physicians
  3. Hyperbaric Medical Review For Board Certification Exams, CHT/CHR
 

Fun SCUBA classes - Left to right: teaching on Halloween, in México, in the rain, doing karate

 


What Students Say About Classes


 

 Karate and Self Defense with Paul Plevakas, Karate Sensei

 

Shotokan Karate
Taught by third degree black belt Paul Plevakas, Sensei, Black Belt Hall of Fame, International Martial Arts Association 2004 Man of the Year and 2009 Instructor of the Year.

  • Train at our dojo (school) in Center City Phila. Entrance on 21st Street between Chestnut and Sansom, 2nd Floor. Mondays and Thursdays. $75.00 monthly. Trial class $20. e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com.
    For next starting dates, E-mail for your place.

  • Temple U Center City. 8 Thursdays, Sept. 23 to Nov. 11, 2010. 7:30pm to 9pm. Get back into shape or start for the first time. Self defense techniques, strength and confidence, and traditional Japanese karate with patient gentle teacher. Open to all levels. Continuing students can advance belt rank. Discounted textbook is available in class. Held at our karate dojo with padded floor for your safety and comfort.

Learn real Karate with gentle patient teacher. Shotokan martial arts taught in a kind and fun environment. Learn full katas (forms) and self defense. Develop kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, self-defense, partner drills. Ranking testing available. No experience necessary. Dan Belts welcome. One of optional electives for AFEM Trainer certifications.

Next belt rank testing Fall, 2014. Students - study and practice!

 

 

 

Self Defense
Taught by third degree black belt Paul Plevakas. Inductee, Black Belt Hall of Fame

  • Ongoing classes at our dojo (school) in Center City Phila. Entrance on 21st Street between Chestnut and Sansom, 2nd Floor. Mondays and Thursdays. $75.00 monthly. Trial class $20. e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com.
  • Special seminars for your group. Contact Paul@PaulPlevakas.com.

Don't be afraid! Protect yourself, build confidence, and fend off attackers. Learn armed and unarmed defenses against armed and unarmed attackers. Gentle instructor will teach you how to use hands, feet, handbags, coins, umbrellas, cell phones, and other ordinary objects against all kinds of bad situations at home and in the street. Learn legal rights and how to spot and avoid trouble. For men and women, all abilities, all ages. Wear your everyday clothing for realistic practice.

Class textbook - Healthy Martial Arts.

Class syllabus - Class description, location map, and syllabus.

 

 

 


Home Repair and Green Home Repair

Not only is PAUL PLEVAKAS an experienced and gentle Martial Arts teacher,
he is a LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR, member of NARI - National Association of Remodeling Industry, EPA
Certified "lead-safe" remodeler.

Private consulting and instruction available
with Paul as your personal repair trainer.
e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com

 

Do-It-Yourself Home Repair - Learn to fix it all: walls, outlets, plumbing, doors, installing ceiling fans, everything you need around the house. 

Save money and say "I did it myself." Knowledgeable and patient teacher and craftsman Paul will teach you exactly how to handle practical repairs and improvements. These hands-on workshops will give you the step-by-step instructions you need and the vocabulary that goes with it.

 

Specialty Private Classes, Personal Coaching in Your Home, Consulting

  • Inspection, Design, ADA, Home Safety, Renovation, Carpentry. Electricity, Flooring, Wall and Ceilings, Plumbing, Kitchen and Bath.

Group Sessions By Arrangement

  • Learn It All. Arrange your own schedule, a few hours a week.
  • One-Day Basic Plumbing Saturday Seminar - Learn to fix leaks, faucets, connections, and fixtures yourself, be safe, and save thousands.
  • Do-It-Yourself Home Repair GREEN. Clean, Earth Friendly, Renovations and Product Use.

Contact - Paul@PaulPlevakas.com

Class syllabus   -  Home Repair class photos, description, equipment, and a fun Mythbusters video of a malfunctioning water heater on Paul;s web site.

 

 


 

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