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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Would you like to host a BASI workshop in your studio? Perhaps you have a great idea for a workshop but need help organizing it. Not only will this provide a wonderful educational opportunity, but it will boost your income at the same time.

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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

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 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

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

Presenter: Rael Isacowitz

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 with Props and Variations

In this workshop, you will learn ways of using props to spice up your Pilates repertoire. Balls, bands, foam rolls, poles, weights, rotating discs and more will be used in creative and meaningful ways. Sheri will also show you how to effectively take an exercise from one piece of equipment and experience it on others. Many options will be explored but the integrity of each exercise will be maintained. You will leave this workshop inspired, with lots of new ideas that can easily be incorporated into your sessions making them more exciting and appropriate for your clients.

This workshop is approved by the PMA for 5 CECs.

Please read the course Policies & Procedures

Powerhouse of the Upper Girdle

Presenter: Rael Isacowitz

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.

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 review the Advanced Education REFUND POLICY

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. 

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 Progressions - Through the BASI Block System
This workshop will focus on moving into the more advanced work while giving or reviewing the movements that would prepare the client to perform this work.
 
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 Advanced Level repertoire is simply a variation on a theme, a theme established by Fundamental Level movements.  This connection is of vital importance, and is in fact, the process that all those who practice Pilates (should) experience.
Pilates on the Run

Presenter: Myriam Kane

Running, like Pilates is a wholistic practice and the focus and awareness that it offers can allow us to explore what the body is telling us—and usually it goes deeper than just the physical because the body keeps score. Both wholistic practices engage the body, mind & spirit--a moving meditation, so to speak. However, many individuals shirk away from running due to injuries or fear of injuries…or even unnecessary discomfort. But, running should not be painful…we were born to run!

 This workshop will give participants the tools to explore the possibilities of injury free running thru pilates, gait analysis, fascia release and drills to remind us of what we once knew. Video gait analysis will also be offered. At one time we ran effortlessly (even if it was long ago), why not learn how to reclaim that joy. 

Spiral the Long Box

Presenter: Amit Abraham

Uncover some of the differences you can make with your clients working on specific hip, spine and shoulder movement patterns. In this workshop you will learn series of new innovative Reformer exercises with the long box to enhance flexibility and strength along with rotation and connectivity. This fun and creative workshop will use a variety of exercises from the Pilates repertoire and entirely new moves to add to your practice. Come learn and experience a workout that will keep all of your clients coming back for more!