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Sessions Offered

Movement is Medicine™ Summit

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center ~ Phoenix, AZ

November 8th – 9th, 2019


HNF's The ABCs of AFOs Workshop

AFOs can allow us to move easier and be more active which is important because Movement is Medicine! But, which AFO is right for YOU? We’ll present the ABCs of AFOs – basic terms used by orthotists, principles of gait analysis, typical weaknesses caused by CMT, what to expect at your visit(s) with an orthotist, and several different types/manufacturers of AFOs for you to get a hands-on experience with them. We will also discuss gait training.

Made for Motus

Join Christopher Dito where he will be speaking about his battles with CMT1A and his fight back to fitness and discussing the basics of human movement such as posture, breathing, and more. Following his lecture, Christopher will be hosting a hands-on workshop to apply the fundamentals of human movement to improve function.

Nutrition for the Nervous System

This workshop will provide the latest in nutritional research from Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Department of Neuroscience at the College of Medicine, McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida. Attendees will gain insight into Dr. Notterpek’s most recent findings on the benefits of olive oil for nerve health, as well as practical meal tips to implement her findings into your diet.

Crowd-Design Workshop for Clinical Trials

You’ve heard of crowd-sourcing, right? Well, we’re going to come together as a CMT Crowd to help design clinical trials. The monumental Externally-led Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting has served as a foundation to understanding the obstacles and challenges patients face each day. Patient input will continue to be important in the development of ongoing and future clinical trials.


Aqua Yoga Therapy Pool

Enhance flexibility, strength, breathing, balance, stamina, and body awareness while connecting the mind and body in the water. Other benefits include reduction in anxiety, stress, and improvement in mental clarity.

Abilty360 Sports & Fitness will provide towels.

Low Intensity Training (LIT)

Is a 45 minute low intensity training class that is designed to incorporate resistance training, mobility movements, and cardiorespiratory fitness. While this is a low-impact class, workouts are aimed to increase muscles strength, endurance, and range of motion.

Core Tabata

This 30 minute class torches calories, while increasing core strength and endurance, in a systematic and quick way.

Corrective Exercises

This class helps with reducing chronic pain, staying healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime by using specialized techniques, a soft body roller, three small balls, and rehydrating connective tissue.

Yoga For All

Experience transformation and healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.

Kayezen Vector Training

Presented by Eric Kaye, inventor of the Kayezen Vector System, and Mike Studer, PT, and President of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates Inc. The Kayezen Vector System is a dial-in resistance tube system designed to deliver single and multi-VECTOR exercises that create new challenges to help athletes and patients improve strength and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines self-defense with physical and mental fitness. Members will increase flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness during slow, continuous movements.

Stretching 101

Involves a blend of light stretching to improve range of motion and relaxation, as well as knowledge of stretching.

Intro to Weights

This entry level class teaches how to use proper form while working out on machines and using free weights.

Therapy Pool Aqua BioExercise

An exercise program that combines activities for the body and mind to improve the body.

Abilty360 Sports & Fitness will provide towels.

*Krank Fusion™

A combination of Krankcycles® and indoor cycling bikes in a group fitness class setting. The indoor cycling class will provide increased strength, improved cardiorespiratory fitness, and incinerates calories. First come, first serve! 10 upright bikes and 8 arm kranks available during each session.


Learn to row on the Concept 2 rower, a great workout for the back, arms and shoulders.

Therapy Pool - Ai Chi

Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that combines deep breathing and slow large movements, performed in continuous, flowing patterns. Focus is on breathing, balance, flexibility, joint mobility and relaxation. Abilty360 Sports & Fitness will provide towels.

Made For Motus

Come join Christopher Dito, a fellow CMT patient and biomechanics expert at the “Movement is Medicine” summit where he will be discussing and demonstrating ways to begin combating your own personal limitations. He believes the body is a system of systems and training it as such will play a very important role in your journey towards a healthier and more functional lifestyle.

During your time with Christopher, you can expect to learn about posture, breathing, and how the intricacies of human movement are what should be determining your approach to exercise. You will even have an opportunity to take part in a hands-on workshop where he will bring the group through drills and techniques that will help those seeking a more energy efficient and sustainable body.

Aqua PT Bernadette Scarduzio

This warm water workout is for strengthening and utilizing the entire body with focus on abs and back strengthening. We will be using a noodle and foam dumbbells for some of the exercises like cycling and bicep curls along with Therabands for extra resistance. Using the dynamic resistance and hydrostatic pressure of the water allows for exercises with no equipment and utilizes the entire body making you stronger, faster. Come make a splash with me and get that body movin’!

Core Strength - Tara Emerson

Build a strong core, Build a strong body! Jumpstart your fitness with these core moves by Tara Lyn Emerson and feel your overall strength and posture improve, and your risk for low back injuries decrease. Learn how to modify traditional exercises to work with your unique and one-of-a-kind body.

Adaptive Climbing

Climb on our indoor rock wall, with our new adaptive climbing gear designed by paraplegic climber and Paralympian, Mark Wellman!

This equipment is predominantly for people with limited use of their lower extremities. This equipment requires several transfers. Participants must be able to confidently transfer independently, or bring someone to assist in their transfers.

Learn to Swim - Jamal Hill

The goal of the class is to teach attendees who cannot swim to float (some may swim) in 2 hours or less using Jamal Hill’s signature method of teaching “A Bowl, A Bench, & A Bucket”.