BASI teachers and other Pilates professionals stay on the cutting edge of the Pilates Method with this series of unforgettable BASI Pilates® workshops.

Designed to enhance your professional knowledge in typically one or two day format, these stimulating workshops delve into specific facets of the Pilates Method or teach the application of Pilates in a range of specialized areas. New workshops are added regulary and  taught by members of the BASI faculty and guest teachers. 

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Breaking Down BASI Pilates

A breakdown of BASI’s 25 most common exercises to apply them to clients with injuries, pregnant clients, athletic and senior populations.

The use of balls, bands, and other small apparatus to facilitate the BASI repertoire where special considerations are a factor.

Contraindications for special populations

Enhancing Athletic Performance

Athletes represent a very specific population and as such special considerations should be applied to serving their needs.  This workshop will guide the instructor through the unique and valuable applications available for the athlete directly related to the Pilates method.  Challenging muscle groups with precision of movement in strength, flexibility and endurance, will provide the necessary tools to structure demanding, yet well rounded sessions, for the professional (or weekend) athlete in your studio.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 5 CECs.

Please review the Advanced Education REFUND POLICY

Low Back Pain & Pilates: Flexion and extension based Programs

Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

Low back pain is prevalent and the same Pilates exercise can aid or aggravate different clients. The first half of this day will focus on understanding the common low back conditions of lumbosacral strain, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, as well as why spinal flexion can aid and spinal extensions aggravate them. The second part of the day will focus on understanding the common low back conditions of disc injury, flat back posture, and osteoporosis,as well as why spinal extension can aid and spinal flexion can  aggravate them. Participants will learn novel Pilates-based exercises and modifications for classical Pilates exercises designed to build necessary three-dimensional core strength that emphasize tolerated positions while avoiding positions that tend to aggravate these conditions.  

This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

Master Mat Class

This Master Mat Class exemplifies the BASI Pilates approach to the Pilates mat work. The class will magnify the concept of flow, and although precision and form are always important in the execution of Pilates, only general cues will be offered as opposed to individual corrections. This class will be athletic, challenging and fun!

 

Michael King Bali Retreat Workshops

This 3 Day Workshop includes 4 mini workshops each day with a variety of topics, all presented by the renowned Michael King.

Please view each day's Overview below for more information on the actual topics and schedule. 

Pilates Movement Analysis

 Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

This workshop will employ a movement analysis schema to numerous classical Pilates exercises on the Reformer, Chair and Mat. This schema is designed to delineate the primary muscle groups utilized to execute a given movement, as well as key muscles used to stabilize the body and promote optimal technique. The role of gravity, positioning and spring settings will also be addressed. This movement assessment will then be used as a basis to address the risk, effectiveness, modification, cueing and progression of selected Pilates repertoire.

 

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs 

Shoulder Biomechanics and Pilates - The Basic Five -AND- Low Back Pain & Pilates: Extension-Based Programs

Shoulder Biomechanics and Pilates - The Basic Five (3 hours)

Presenter: Karen Clippinger

Various reserach studies recommend that five exercises be included in training programs to promote optimal movement of the shoulder complex and help avoid shoulder problems. This workshop will translate these recommendations into Pilates-based exercises with anatomically-based cues that can be readily added to arms series or mat classes with bands. (This course is approved by the PMA for 3 CECs)

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Low Back Pain & Pilates: Extension-Based Programs (3 hours)

Presenter: Karen Clippinger

Low back pain is prevalent and the same Pilates exercise can aid or aggravate different clients. This workshop will focus on understanding the common low back conditions of disc injury, flat back posture, and osteoporosis, as well as why spinal extension can aid and spinal flexion can aggravate them. Participants will learn novel Pilates-based exercises and modifications for classical Pilates exercises designed to build necessary three-dimensional core strength that emphasize tolerated positions while avoiding positions that tend to aggravate these conditions. (This course is approved by the PMA for 3 CECs)

Please note: Both topics are offered on the same day and registration is for attendance of both workshops. Registration for half the day (one topic) is not available.

The Business of Pilates

Whether you are new to the profession of Pilates or have been established, this workshop will help you improve your business skills. This is an interactive workshop with lots of discussion and role-playing to help establish and fine tune your skills. Discussion to include topics such as being independent or part of an existing business, employee vs. independent contractor, basic components of a business plan, the importance of marketing, and determining who your target customer is. The goals are to help you become a better Pilates instructor and to help you build a business.

The Dancer's Hip: Improving Turnout, Extensions and the Arabesque

Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

This workshop will discuss the anatomy of the hip joint as it relates to improving turnout and enhancing dance technique.  Participants will learn novel and classic Pilates strength, flexibility, and technique exercises designed to improve turnout, front extensions, side extensions, and the arabesque. Effective cueing and progressions will be provided to help optimize technique and help transfer skills learned on Pilates apparatus and on the mat with elastic bands to the dance technique class. These exercises can be combined with classical Pilates exercises to design an effective and comprehensive conditioning program that will yield marked improvements and keep your dance clients coming back for more, as well as provide variety and challenge for selected non-dance clients.

This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

The Form and Function (F2) System

Presenter: Rael Isacowitz

BASI Pilates provides the world's only training on the radically new F2 System

Designed by BASI founder Rael Isacowitz, the F2 System is a contemporary interpretation of Joseph Pilates’ classic equipment, with significant physiological, biomechanical and ergonomic enhancements. The evolutionary F2 retains all the functionality of the original pieces, with additional dimensions and versatility.

Specifically, the F2’s unique and highly-adjustable resistance mechanism multiplies the available resistance options and provides highly-accurate angles of resistance, thus promoting greater and more precise strength gains. Likewise, the new designs, such as the wider and rounder parabolic curve on the Step Barrel, are far more comfortable for the user and prevent undue stress on the body.

"The positions, support and stability provided by the F2 chair are wonderful for those who have limitations. It is now possible for patients to do exercises that were previously unavailable to them on other Pilates equipment. A whole new repertoire has opened up for these patients and they love it!" Samantha Wood,Physical Therapist, The Cypress Center

For F2 sales inquiries please contact:

North America Sales Manager: Brandon@basipilates.com

International Sales Manager: Mehmet@basisystems.com

BASI Pilates provides regular workshops on the F2 System. F2 learning aids (a movement analysis workbook with 67 exercises and two DVDs) are available from the BASI store.

Unique features

  • The F2 System works every region of the body, in every position and in every range of motion;
  • Both the resistance and the angle of resistance can be adjusted incrementally and accurately, over a very wide range, to suit differing body dimensions and to target specific muscles.
  • Resistance has been added to the Step Barrel and the Box, adding a new universe of possibilities for each piece;
  • The F2 Resistance Notation method (also known as the Key,) the first universal standardization of spring settings, allows exact settings to be easily documented and precisely repeated.

Explore what the F2 System can do for you.

*The F2 System is only taught at studios that own the F2 equipment.

Registered for 5 PMA CEC's

Turning Back to Move Forward

During this workshop we will discuss and explore movement in the transverse plane specifically trunk rotation. Discussing some of the compensations due to weakness and or tightness in the muscle groups needed for correct rotation. Helpful cues will be offered to correct these compensations. 

Variations and modifications will be taught of all levels to add more movement in the transverse plane to your sessions.

At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of movement in the transverse plane and have many variations to add to your sessions for clients of any age or ability.

Walking Biomechanics and Pilates

Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

Observing your clients walk can provide valuable insights into strength, flexibility and postural imbalances. This workshop will present key principles of gait and gait terminology , as well as help you develop the observation and analytic skills that will allow you to understand gait and its practical implications for Pilates program design.  Participants will learn classic and novel Pilates exercises designed to promote functional gait, improve common walking problems, and help prevent injuries.

This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

Wonders of the Wunda Chair

The ‘Wonders of the Wunda Chair’ is a workshop that shows the true diversity of the Wunda or Combination Chair. The primary focus of the workshop is progression. Beginning with the foundation exercises, we build up to some of the more advanced repertoire. With clear and logical sequencing, we are able to build easy-to-use programs, suitable for every Chair user.

Pilates for the Mature Client

Presenter:  Sheri Long, BASI Pilates Senior Faculty

Growing old does not have to mean giving up on an active lifestyle. Whether it’s continuing to play tennis or golf or simply playing with grandchildren, today’s elders do not easily relinquish the activities that have sustained them throughout their long lives. Pilates can keep the mature population active, but the instructors who deal with them need to understand the limitations of their elderly clients.

This workshop deals with the musculoskeletal issues, diseases and other physical changes that are common in the older population. You will learn modifications and variations to the original BASI repertoire and discuss the specific needs of this age group. By applying the correct tools, variations and precautions, you will be able to take your clients safely through a session that will assist them in maintaining an active quality of life.

By the end of this workshop you will have both the knowledge and the confidence to work with this wonderful population!

This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

The Art of Cueing

This course focuses on one of the most fundamental of all Pilates teaching skills, “cueing”. The basis for all communication between teacher and student, cueing demands great skill; information must be conveyed, received and integrated within milliseconds to bring about the desired result. Good cueing is integral to any skilled teaching session.

This exciting, five-hour workshop focuses on the various lines of communication between teacher and student. Participants take part in a series of cueing exercises and drills that enhance the necessary teaching skills for effective communication and successful teaching. Each cueing exercise teaches workshop participants how to better communicate with their clients through advancing their verbal, tactile and visual cueing skills.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 4 CECs.

Please review the Advanced Education REFUND POLICY

The F2 System

Join Rael Isacowitz as he introduces the new BASI Systems F2 Arm Chair and Spine Corrector, as well as the F2 addition to all the traditional Pilates apparatus. Participants will be introduced to new concepts and learn extensive repertoire based on the BASI Block System.

Solidly grounded in the work and principles of Joseph Pilates, these designs greatly expand the range of exercises on the equipment and explore uncharted territory. The most exciting development of the Pilates equipment in recent years, the F2 System will introduce the professional to new dimensions in the Pilates work. Don't miss your chance to work with the creator, Rael Isacowitz on the revolutionary BASI Systems equipment.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 5 CECs.

Back to Basics with Five Advanced Movements

This workshop focuses on the often-neglected aspect of advanced work - the source. It appears the connection between Fundamental Level work and Advanced Level work is often diminished or lost completely. This phenomenon has become more apparent as the popularity of Pilates grows and "teachers" are trained in record time.  The vital stage of mastering the Basics should not be sacrificed to simply “perform” Advanced Level work. The progression from basic movements to the highly advanced work will be highlighted and experienced. This stimulating learning experience will culminate in a valuable outcome - Back to Basics

Please review the Advanced Education REFUND POLICY

BoneSmart: Pilates for Osteoporosis

Presenter: Teresa Maldonado Marchok, MPT, CPT

One out of every two women over the age of 50 has low bone density - either osteopenia or osteoporosis. With adults over the age of 65 representing the fastest growing population segment in the United States, every Pilates instructor needs to be trained in dealing with this critical group of clients. Position yourself as a skilled and knowledgeable instructor by acquiring the necessary tools to work safely and effectively with the clients who need Pilates the most.

 

Workshop Objectives:

  • Differentiate between Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • Understand Bone Density Scores and the Fracture Risk Calculator
  • Upgrade your knowledge with the latest exercise research
  • Receive recommendations to prevent falls and fractures
  • Learn how the foundational BoneSmart Pilates ABC's
  • Learn how to apply the ABC's as you construct a lesson
  • Learn about contraindicated movements and exercises
  • Study physical assessment methods
  • Learn Pilates based mat, standing and equipment exercise progressions for the fit osteoporotic. osetopenic client
  • Learn and be able to offer mat, standing and equipment exercise recommendations for the frail osteoporotic/ osteopenic client.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 10 CECs.

 

Marathon Mat

Conceived by Rael Isacowitz, this intensive, two-hour session focuses on the multiple possibilities of the Mat Work, which is the foundation of the Pilates method. Approaching the Mat Work as a warm-up and conditioning routine for fit individuals and athletes, the Marathon Mat is challenging, invigorating and eye-opening. Based on the BASI approach to the work, the workshop builds a meditation in motion, using both classical and contemporary exercises and featuring the BASI Flow Sequence. This will prepare you for the Ultra-Marathon Mat™, a three-hour exploration of the Pilates Mat Work at the highest level of endurance, strength and determination!

 

Please read the course Policies & Procedures

Pilates for Men: Accommodating for Men in a Pilates Session

The Pilates Method offers a unique and invaluable mode of training for men. Pilates is often thought not to be suited for men. The reasons for this are many and varied and include: Pilates being practiced predominantly by women, the way Pilates has been portrayed by the media, the fact that Pilates is very popular among dancers to the point that Pilates is often perceived as ONLY for dancers, and most Pilates teachers are female. Yet, there are few fitness regimens that are as well suited for men as Pilates. 

Powerhouse of the Upper Girdle

Subtitled “Shoulder mechanics, function and the Pilates repertoire,” this workshop is an upper girdle extravaganza! Immaculate control and correct shoulder mechanics are essential in Pilates, particularly when performing the higher-level work. The workshop focuses on understanding and implementing correct shoulder mechanics, both while performing the Pilates repertoire and in everyday activities. Shoulder- related problems are among the most frequently encountered among clients, and shoulder-related cues are among the most common given when teaching. Focusing on the evolution of approach to this region of the body, this subject needs to be addressed and understood by every Pilates teacher.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 11 CECs. 

Healthy Aging and Pilates

Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

Pilates can offer a vital mode of reducing some of the important declines associated with aging. This workshop will provide classical and novel Pilates-based exercises to enhance bone density; counter kyphosis and loss of lumbar extension; improve lower body antigravity functional strength; address overhead reaching and grip strength; and promote balance.  Recommendations for exercise modification for selected conditions commonly accompanying aging such as arthritis and osteoporosis will also be presented.

 This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

Tutorial/Repertoire Review
This 2-hour tutorial is the ideal opportunity for currently enrolled BASI students to ask questions and to review repertoire. It is an open forum so we encourage participates to come with questions!

 Please read the course Policies & Procedures

Sacroiliac Function and Pilates Program Design

Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

This workshop will include a discussion of the sacroiliac joint, its key function as part of the link between the lower extremity and spine, and its common dysfunction and associated pain. Participants will learn Pilates-based exercises than can be used to help restore stability and more desired function of this vital joint. Use of cueing and position modifications will also be provided for selected classical repertoire aimed at preventing injury or aggravation of chronic conditions in this area.

This course is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

 

Please read the course Policies & Procedures

Shoulder Mechanics

This workshop will focus on the correct mechanics of the shoulder girdle - particularly relating to the Pilates repertoire. Immaculate control and sequencing of movement are essential in this method. Higher-level Pilates challenges, coupled with everyday activities demanding shoulder involvement, can easily create negative movement patterns and compensations. Poor shoulder stability, mobility and correct patterning of movement are certainly the most frequently encountered dysfunctions amongst clients. This subject is one that needs to be addressed as its implications are far reaching.

 

Please read the course Policies & Procedures

Mat Work for the Mature Client

Presenter: Sheri Long

Growing old does not have to mean giving up on an active lifestyle. Pilates can keep the mature population active, but the instructors who work with them need to understand the limitations of their elderly clients.

This workshop discusses the specific needs of the elderly population such as mobility, strength, endurance, balance and mindful stimulation. Many modifications and variations of the BASI Mat work will be taught in order to teach a safe and appropriate mat class that will meet the needs of the aging population. A one hour mat class with some of the variations taught in the workshop will be given to the participants.

Pilates for Athletes From a Physio Perspective

Presenter: Samantha Wood

Many Pilates Instructors feel that we need to give the athlete a lot of advanced work – when what they really need is cross-training. In most sports, certain muscle groups are overtrained while others are undertrained. In this workshop, you will learn how to help athletes enhance their performance by teaching them to work differently than they do in their sport. You will also learn about common injuries encountered in specific sports such as golf, tennis and running. Samantha has over 15 years’ experience working with athletes to rehabilitate their injuries. She will share her knowledge of these injuries as well as tips on which exercises, or in some cases modifications, are appropriate for different situations. This interactive workshop will deal with structuring sessions according to the BASI Pilates approach and principals, while keeping in mind the specific needs of the athlete. 

Pilates Mat with the Fit Ball

Presenter: Ofie Dates

Get ready to work, focus and energize! The dynamics of this workshop will focus on the 10 principles of Pilates while adding the fit ball for added resistance and intensity of movement. The ball provides an unstable base of support that heightens awareness of how your body moves in space. The focus will be on form, flow and control using correct biomechanics for three dimensional exploration! The objectives of this workshop are to use the 10 principles of Pilates to concentrate on the BASI mat repertoire while using the ball to challenge the mind and body from the inside out. It will focus on stability and flexibility in all joints and in all ranges of motions allowing the body to be stable and move with efficiency in all functional forms of movement on this unstable surface. This workshop will be using the BASI BLOCK System with precision and flow to illustrate and experience the BASI repertoire utilizing the ball.

Following the workshop will be a 90 minute Pilates with the Ball

Mat class. This invigorating class will challenge your Pilates practice and create a sense of overall well- being! The class will be a mixed level class from the fundamental to the advanced level repertoire immersed with passion and enthusiasm and unique choreography! You will leave feeling revitalized and invigorated!

Magic Circle Workshop

The amount of names this simple circle has been given reflects the great variety of exercises that can be practiced with it. It is the perfect travel companion, an ideal complement for an apparatus session and an excellent accessory for mat classes to increase diversity and difficulty.