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Women’s Health Virtual Workshop | Return to Running Postpartum

July 22, 2020 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Return  to  Running  Postpartum

V I R T U A L    W O R K S H O P


Finish Line Physical Therapy

Wednesday, July 22nd


~75-minutes in duration




Our Return to Running Postpartum Virtual Workshop will be led by our Women’s Health Team of Doctors of Physical Therapy and will be comprised of an educational piece on the bodily changes women undergo during both pregnancy and delivery as well as a guided exercise portion designed to get you back into running as safely and strongly as possible.



  • What is the pelvic floor & why is its function so important to everyday women’s wellness
  • How has your body possibly changed during pregnancy and/or delivery
    • pregnancy – possible overlengthening of abdominal wall & shortened hip flexors
    • delivery – potential trauma to pelvic floor musculature or abdominal wall
    • increased relaxin hormone running through your body, loosening ligaments
  • Incontinence and its indication of pelvic floor dysfunction
  • What are the true demands of running and what does that mean for you postpartum
    • requires the body to respond to gravity; pulls joints at 4-8x your body weight
    • muscles must be both explosive and able to control a high amount of torsion
    • running outdoors requires your body to respond smoothly to your environment


G U I D E D    E X E R C I S E S

  • Activation
    • retrain muscles that may have been overlengthened or injured during pregnancy and/or delivery
  • Strengthening
    • address overall strength of pelvis and core
  • Plyometric Training
    • train the body and pelvic floor to accept impact safely
  • Return to Running Drills
    • give the body the chance to adapt to the form of running so it can accept the impact




R S V P 

(free registration here – Zoom link will go out 15-minutes prior to the start of the workshopto the provided email address)




Emmi Aguillard, PT, DPT FAFS

Emmi graduated from Tulane University where she competed all four years for the Women’s NCAA DI Track and Field and Cross Country programs. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University, where she first became interested in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation after taking several electives focused on pelvic rehab. Since then, Emmi has completed the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 and Pelvic Floor Level 2 certification courses, and is especially interested in prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation. Emmi currently trains with the Dashing Whippets Running Team and serves as their Strength & Conditioning Coach and also competes in many NYRR races throughout the year. She ran her first marathon in NYC in 2015 and qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon.



Morgan Mowers, PT, DPT

Morgan received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Rutgers University School of Health Professions. She completed her undergraduate degree in exercise science and physiology at Rutgers University and her Women’s Health coursework includes completion of the Pelvic Guru for The Female Athlete. Morgan was also a running coach with Rutgers Runs Proud, a program focused on teaching inner-city elementary-aged girls about healthy lifestyles. Morgan has completed two full marathons and over 15 half marathons, along with several other road races. Her favorite distance is the 10-miler and her favorite race is the Broad Street Run in Philly.



Samantha Jacobsen, PT, DPT

Samantha completed her undergraduate education with a degree in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from New York University (NYU). Samantha’s motivation knows no bounds, she is both an accomplished runner and coach and has always shown a dedication to FLPT clients across the running community. With over twenty half-marathons and three full marathons (including a few BQs) under her belt, Samantha ran her first (and most favorite) half in 2008 where she fundraised in memory of her father for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. Samantha grew up with three siblings, all girls, and considers her mom to be the most influential person in her life. “My mom took the reigns of multiple different roles in order to provide for me and my two sisters. She taught us how to make the most of every situation and to work hard for what we want. Most importantly, she taught us that as long as we have our health and our support system, we will always be amongst the lucky ones.”



Jaclyn Massi, PT, DPT

Jaclyn received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from NYU.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and also specializes in women’s health having studied the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 course. Jackie first wanted to be a physical therapist after her own personal PT experience. Jaclyn has completed  Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1.


July 22, 2020
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm