Why Shen Tao?
Shen Tao Studio represents the next evolutionary step in the art and science of intelligent conditioning. We recognize that people can only teach from what they know, and our teachers, are encouraged to base their lessons on their personal experiences with the equipment and their bodies. In line with this thinking, we see each student as his or her own potential teacher and strive to provide the instruction and encouragement necessary for "self-sponsorship". Combining experientially based workshops and certification programs, Shen Tao provides a framework for individuals to pursue optimal physical performance.
In addition to the philosophical departure of our school, the Shen Tao line of equipment offers unique benefits to both teachers and students. While other schools may have machines that address all the muscles and joints in the body, their equipment depends upon a bulky and complex work station. Our equipment is designed in a more organized way, with accessories that fit and relate to each other in a cohesive and spatially efficient manner, and provide you with a fully comprehensive work station that takes up the least amount of space possible. Shen Tao as a training vocabulary has been developed in order to bridge the gap between apparatus conditioning and the physical demands of sport and dancing. The flexibility of our equipment allows for a greater vocabulary for the practitioner, who can then utilize apparatus resistance while performing the weight shifts, movements, timings etc. of their respective art form, sport, or movement practice. In short, we have designed the equipment we wished we could have found within existing exercise systems.
Can I practice Shen Tao and continue my other workout regimes?
Absolutely. Most exercise facilities these days are multipurpose, and most training facilities are multidisciplinary. With this in mind our equipment has been designed to be spatially and cognitively compatible with various other disciplines, easily fitting into workshops without interfering with existing systems. You may integrate aspects of our vocabulary into your current regime or system as you wish without disrupting the benefits of either one.
Can I perform vocabulary from other exercise equipment on Shen Tao training equipment?
Shen Tao training equipment is extremely flexible in its ability to accommodate the full range of human movement. Utilizing the full 24 foot range of our weight and pulley systems, in conjunction with the variety of ocabulary. This includes such systems as Pilates Mat Work, Martial Arts Kata, Ballet Bar Work, Floor Gymnastics, and Yogic Systems.
May I purchase Shen Tao Equipment without participating in Shen Tao training?
Yes. We strongly encourage individuals interested in developing their own approach to movement to acquire Shen Tao training and explore its potential. Instead of imposing controls or restrictions on the process of movement education, we at Shen Tao support its creative development and evolution.