POLESTAR COMPREHENSIVE PILATES TEACHER TRAINING

Polestar Principles (Pre-requisite to Comprehensive Series)

This online, non-apparatus course introduces current research in movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics, and communication science to instructional practice through six basic movement principles which are used throughout the Polestar Pilates curriculum. Tactile, verbal and imagery cues are integrated with the Pilates exercises. This course introduces Polestar Pilates Screening™, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing, to prepare you to properly design a plan to implement Pilates exercises for clients. This unique component significantly enhances decision-making skills as a Pilates practitioner. Health care professionals will integrate critical reasoning skills with these principles to facilitate movement assessment and intervention within the Pilates environment.

Studio Series

S1 through S6 – Polestar Pilates Studio (six courses)

In the Studio Series, you will learn to design and conduct one-on-one sessions and small group classes for low-to-medium risk clients and patients on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Spine Corrector, and Ladder Barrel. The course reviews the postural screening methodology and the six principles learned in PP, then applies them to exercises, progressions, and modifications for more than 70 Pilates exercises. Participants will learn verbal and tactile cueing combined with mental imagery to help facilitate accurate execution of the movements. As the courses progress the repertoire not only offers more difficult physical challenges, but also greater concentration and mind-body integration.

ADDITIONAL PREREQUISITES:

Certified fitness instructor (ACE, AFAA, ASCM, etc.) or instructor of movement arts such as dance, yoga, tai chi etc., for three years
One semester of basic anatomy/physiology
25 hours of private or group Pilates classes

EACH COURSE IS:

Two days (16 hours)
Sat 9-6, Sun 8-5pm
Maximum 20 participants
American Council on Exercise CECs: 1.6
Meets the PMA: Pilates Method Alliance Standard

At the conclusion of each practical session, participants will discuss the components and movement principles of the exercises as they relate to the various apparatus and the mat. Critical reasoning, advanced case studies, practical application of the repertoire in the studio environment, and preparation for the certification exam constitute the focus of the final courses in the Studio series.

At the end of the series, participants will be able to design and implement apparatus exercise programs for beginning to advanced level clients. Students will be introduced to small group training on the apparatus, including Polestar circuit training.

Rehabilitation Series

R1 through R6 – Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation (six courses)

Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation courses teach the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection, and principles of movement learned in PR. Mini-lectures will address stabilization, mobilization and trunk control for extremity efficiency.The movement selections focus on early intervention and initiation of exercises on all Pilates equipment, including Trapeze Table, Reformer, Combo Chair, Ladder Barrel, mat and small props.Practical sessions address adjustment of equipment for patient safety and instructor efficiency, reinforcing the natural progression of movement following an injury to the spine and/or extremities. Case studies will be reviewed and the participant will design a treatment plan based on the information in the cases. Cueing and movement facilitation will also be emphasized. Lectures will address indications and contraindications for exercise selection.The repertoire includes advanced skills with movement sequences to treat specific pathologies, including neural tension of the spine and extremities. This integration of manual mobilization skills and Pilates-evolved movement is unique to Polestar. Participants will learn manual intervention techniques appropriate for their scope of practice.

EACH COURSE IS:

Two days (16 hours)
Sat 9-6pm & Sun 8-5pm
Maximum 20 participants
American Council on Exercise CECs: 1.6
Meets the PMA: Pilates Method Alliance Standard

Supportive Programming for Polestar Students at ProBalance

Observation hours:  Most of the therapists and teachers at ProBalance are graduates of and have continued to take advanced coursework in the Polestar Pilates Program.  There is the opportunity to gain observation hours at the discretion of each teacher/therapist.  Please contact Ada Wells or the therapist/Pilates teacher directly to arrange observation hours.

Polestar Student Membership at ProBalance:  This is only available to current students enrolled in the Polestar Comprehensive Program.  For $75/month (autopay), the student may use the ProBalance Studio to gain self practice or practice teaching hours, especially if they do not have access to a studio.  Times available are subject to change and are dependent on the availability during non-high volume times when a teacher/therapist is present in the studio.

Polestar Study Group Classes:  These highly discounted classes ($16.66-20/hour) are  offered approximately once a week for 1-2 hours each Tuesday, sometime between 12-2pm throughout the year.  They offer a more in depth review of the material covered during the weekend courses and an opportunity to gain checkoff's during the second half of the year (after SR6).  There needs to be a minimum of 3-4 students each week for a class to run.   Students also have the option to purchase and attend/watch these review sessions remotely if there are scheduling or location constraints.  These replay links are available for a limited amount of time after each class.


For more information about these courses, call ProBalance at 510-523-1900 x 3 or e-mail us. Payment plans are available! Call to inquire. Register online at www.polestarpilates.com or call Polestar Education to register at 800-387-3651.