Pilates: History, General Principles and Precautions

presented by Sherri Betz

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Is Pilates just a fad? Why is Pilates a good modality for rehabilitation? How is it different from yoga or other forms of exercise? In this course taught by Sherri Betz, learn the history of Pilates and how this form of exercise is seamlessly integrated into a PT practice. See the Pilates Apparatus and how the springs and barrels can provide an assistive environment perfect for the patient with orthopedic or neurologic pathology. Start thinking about integrating mind-body exercise into your practice and understand the benefits immediately!

Meet Your Instructor

  • Sherri Betz, PT, GCS, CEEAA, PMA-CPT

    Sherri Betz, PT, GCS, CEEAA, PMA-CPT

    Sherri Betz has been a physical therapist since 1991. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, PMA® Certified Pilates teacher, and director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinic since 2001. She was elected as the Vice-President of the Pilates Method Alliance in 2007 and served on the PMA Board of Directors from 2003-2009. Sherri is the PMA Research Committee Chair, PMA Certification Board Chair, and co-author of the PMA Exam Study Guide. Sherri is passionately devoted to improving awareness about geriatric exercise, bone health and Pilates-based rehabilitation through development of professional and consumer education as well as through promotion of low-cost community exercise programs for older adults.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to Pilates

    1. Introduction to Pilates

    Learn about Joseph and Clara Pilates journey to the United States, and how they eventually brought their revolutionary philosophy and theories to the rehabilitation world.

  2. Pilates Disseminators and the Pilates Method Alliance

    2. Pilates Disseminators and the Pilates Method Alliance

    The disseminators of Pilates spread the method into the mainstream. This chapter will describe each teacher’s Pilates story from knee injuries to radical mastectomies.

  3. Pilates Principles and Rehabilitation Applications

    3. Pilates Principles and Rehabilitation Applications

    This chapter will focus on the benefits of the Pilates Apparatus and how each piece provides a unique opportunity for rehabilitation of spinal mobility or stability, rotator cuff injuries, assistance with hip mobilization, balance, core control and strengthening.

  4. Pilates Pitfalls, Benefits, Yoga and Research

    4. Pilates Pitfalls, Benefits, Yoga and Research

    We will discuss the differences between yoga and Pilates, highlighting the focus on identification and correction of faulty movement strategies, costal vs. diaphragmatic breathing, and reducing dependence on healthcare. Learn what is missing from Pilates and how a classical Pilates practice may be detrimental to many spinal conditions. Find out about some important randomized controlled trials, and systematic reviews regarding Pilates and Low Back Pain.