Support Materials – Course Listing and Description


Elemental Pre-Pilates exercises that develop the skills required to perform the classical mat regimen with safety and accuracy (3 days). Includes useful exercises for observation and assessment. The foundations of it all.


Pilates Mat forms, the beauty of the basic regimen in a recounting of classical mat forms and expanded variations to challenge the accomplished practitioner (open kinetic chain), (2 days). Additional (1 day) pedagogy for construction of Group Mat for distinct populations and levels.


Universal Reformer forms, variations and uses (3 days). A new look at tradition and the use of the reformer as a diagnostic tool for structural and functional problems (closed kinetic chain). Expanded and evolved forms are also included.


Large/ Ladderback, Step/ Humpback, and Half Barrel forms (3days). A broad overview of the Barrel System as well as exercises and features particular to each piece of equipment.


Highback/ Electric and Backless/ Wunda Chair exercise forms, variations, and uses (2 days). A comprehensive look at these related but not identical pieces with exercises unique to each. Classical and evolved vocabulary plus the specific vocabulary for the Arm Chair may be included upon request (1 day).


Trapeze Table forms, variations and uses (3 days). benefits for corrective exercise and performance enhancement including specialty forms for dance. classical vocabulary and evolved forms are both deconstructed and integrated into fluid movement.

Small Apparatus

Exposure to the often-underutilized small apparatus including the Magic Circle, Foot Corrector, Wobble Board, Rotation Discs (arms, legs, spine), Poles, Springs (now Theraband), Physioball, and Foam Rollers (3 days).

Theory and Practice

A discussion on the art of teaching and the I and II principles underlying the Pilates Method as viewed from the standpoint of functional anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology. Also addresses assessment protocols and a “blueprint for the highly functional human body” (3 days each).

Rates will be adjusted to reflect travel time and workshop demands. They are calculated on basic workshop fees plus reasonable expenses for travel, meals, and accommodations.

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