Pilates Foundation for Health and Wellness Professionals

Pilates Foundation for Health and Wellness Professionals is designed for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, Doctors and those with an extensive anatomy background interested in integrating Pilates into their work process. Program participants will gain knowledge of the Pilates repertoire of mat work and equipment exercises for motor learning, strength training, flexibility, balance, and proprioceptive re-education. The importance of stabilization, mobilization, and disassociation—as they are associated with the Pilates fundamental through intermediate exercises—will be analyzed and explained to guide clients safely through a range of scenarios including injury recovery, pre-surgery training, and post-surgical exercise.

The Foundation Program consists of six modules. With its focus on specific muscle recruitment, cueing abilities, and exercise adaptation, this program will enable you to integrate Pilates mat exercises, and fundamental through intermediate level exercises on the Reformer, Ped-a-pul, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and BASI’s proprietary F2® System into your practice.

Following the completion of the Pilates Foundation for Health and Wellness Professionals program, a Letter of Attendance will be given. Should participants wish to continue their BASI education, a Pilates Graduate Program for Health and Wellness Professionals will be offered.

Please review our Refund Policy before registering for a program (may not apply to Licensee territories).

Program schedule is subject to postponement or cancellation, based on student enrollment.

*All fees are in U.S. Dollars.


Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to:

• Understand and apply the basic principles of Pilates in the teaching and demonstration of exercises.

• Recognize common postural deviations and provide cues for improvement of the functional components of these conditions.

• Analyze and understand key Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.

• Utilize the BASI® Block System to design and teach an individual or group exercise session.

• Effectively teach and demonstrate a wide range of classical Pilates exercises and original BASI exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, and Wunda Chair.

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Pilates Foundation for Health and Wellness Professionals Program Structure

  1. Module 1 - The Fundamentals

    Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. Repertoire includes fundamental Mat and Reformer exercises. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  2. Module 2 - The Practice of Cuing

    The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire covers fundamental Reformer, intermediate Mat, Pole and Ped-a-pul. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  3. Module 3 - The BASI Block System

    Primary concepts covered include the BASI® system of movement analysis and exercise physiology.  The BASI® format of teaching is discussed and the Block System®, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught is intermediate Mat and Reformer and Leg Weights. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  4. Module 4 - Tools for Postural Assessment and Corrections

    Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Discussion includes exercise as a tool for assessment. Repertoire taught includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and fundamental Cadillac. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  5. Module 5 - Core Strength: Back and Abdominals

    Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are the role of the teacher and the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught includes advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, and Arm Chair. A one-hour mat class is taught.

  6. Module 6 - Exercise Adaptation

    Primary concepts include an in-depth look into exercise adaptation and the use of assists and modifications. Lecture focuses on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught is advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair and Magic Circle. A one-hour mat class is taught. A general review of the repertoire is conducted and the online Written Examination is available at the end of the program.

Tuition & Fees

Total Tuition $2199

*Deposit $400 (upon enrollment)

*Admin Fee $100 (upon enrollment, Non-Refundable)

*Outstanding Tuition $1699, due 10 business days before the start of Module 1

Tuition Fees include:

1- Foundation Study Guide

6- Movement Analysis Workbooks

Final Written Exam (online-English)

Please review our Refund Policy before registering for a program (may not apply to Licensee territories).

All fees are in U.S. dollars.

Teaching Credential

Following the completion of the Pilates Foundation for Health and Wellness Professionals program, a letter of completion will be given. Should participants wish to continue their BASI education, a Pilates Graduate Program for Health and Wellness Professionals is offered.

The Foundation Program prepares one to qualify for the Mat Teacher Certification, and is part of the full Comprehensive Program for Health and Wellness Professionals.

Graduation requirements for the Mat Program are:

  • Attendance of all Modules
  • Pass the Final Exam (Online)
  • Practical and Teaching Examinations at a Centralized Location*
  • Observation: minimum 15 Hours (50% can be completed via Pilates Interactive)
  • Student Teaching: minimum of 40 Hours
  • Self- Practice: minimum of 30 Hours

*Additional fees required

For more information go to Examination Process

To qualify for a Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training graduate certificate, both the Foundation Program and Graduate Program must be completed, along with fulfillment of the Comprehensive graduation requirements.

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