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">Stay on the Leading Edge of the Pilates Method with BASI's Unforgettable Pilates Workshops.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • The Ultimate Pilates Session: Reformer, Wunda Chair and Mat

    Presenter: Rael Isacowitz

    This workshop has been presented with resounding success to large audiences at conferences in the USA, Australia and South Africa and in smaller forums around the globe. Pilates offers wide variety: a vast array of exercises, as well as a broad range of apparatus. Choosing exercises and apparatus wisely is one of the keys to success.

    At times the Reformer will be the apparatus of choice, and at times the Wunda Chair, and the Mat Work is always an underlying theme from which all the repertoire emanates. It is important to know when to choose each piece - their unique qualities and their key attributes. Although very different, these standard pieces of Pilates apparatus (the Mat included) actually complement each other well in many ways. Together, they create the ultimate blend.

     This workshop is approved by the PMA for 5 CECs.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pilates with Props and Variations

    In this workshop you will learn unique and creative ways to utilize props in your sessions with clients of all levels! We will use a variety of props from foam rollers, magic circles, balls, poles, bands and more for optimum results!

    You will also learn innovative variations to both the mat and apparatus repertoire. How to effectively take an exercise from one piece of equipment and experience it on another. Utilizing the BASI block system and maintaining the integrity of the exercise while exploring many options! You will leave this workshop energized with many new ideas that you can incorporate into your sessions and inspire your clients!

    Following the workshop will be a 60 minute Pilates with Props mat class!

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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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

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  • 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!

     

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  • Pilates for the Mature Client (1 Day)

    Presenter: Sheri Long

    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

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  • Mat Work for the Mature Client (1 Day)

    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.

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 5 CECs

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  • Pilates for the Mature Client - 2 Day Workshop

    Growing old does not have to mean giving up an active lifestyle. Whether it’s continuing to play tennis, golf or simply playing with grandchildren, Pilates can help to keep the mature client active, but the instructors who deal with them need to understand the limitations of their elderly clients.

    This two-day workshop will address the specific needs of this population, musculoskeletal issues, diseases and other physical changes that are common in the older population. You will learn modifications and many variations to the original BASI repertoire. By applying the correct tools, appropriate exercises, and precautions, you will be able to take your clients safely through a session or mat class that will assist them in maintaining an active quality of life.

    We will spend one day talking about the common musculoskeletal issues, specific needs, and many variations on all of the equipment. The other day we will focus on the mat work and mat classes. Mat classes can be a wonderful option for this population but even when healthy many of the exercises may be contraindicated. We will discuss what is contraindicated and many variations will be taught in order to give a mat class that is both safe and appropriate. We will also discuss the frail older adult, common diseases and how to work with this specific population. If time allows we will end the day with a short mat class. By the end of this workshop you will have both the knowledge and the confidence to work with this wonderful population!

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 12 CECs.

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  • The Business of Pilates

    Presenter: Stella Hull-Lampkin

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Unwinding Scoliosis with Pilates

    Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

    Research suggests that addressing the rotational component of scoliosis is vital for improving scoliosis. After discussing the basic anatomical and biomechanical changes of the spine associated with scoliosis, this session will focus on utilizing counter rotation and lateral flexion combined with distraction of the spine to attempt to lessen the asymmetries and discomfort often associated with scoliosis. These principles will be applied progressively from standing posture to strengthening exercises to functional movement. Participants will participate in novel exercises utilizing elastic bands and Pilates apparatus, as well as learn cueing for classical exercises that can be utilized to maximize benefits for your clients. These exercises and cues can also provide valuable strength, kinesthetic awareness, and postural benefits for your many clients who have spinal and pelvic asymmetries that are not considered due to scoliosis.

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

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  • Hip and Knee Biomechanics on the Pilates Reformer

    Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

    The hip and knee are highly interrelated in terms of alignment and mechanics. Learn to detect and help correct common technique errors involving the hip and knee in standing and on the Reformer. Learn new Reformer exercises designed to optimize function of the hip and knee, including exercises that challenge balance and develop valuable motor control links between the joints.

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

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  • 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 workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

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  • 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 workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

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  • The Scapulohumeral Rhythm, Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Impingement and Pilates

    Presenter: Karen Clippinger, MSPE

    This workshop will increase your understanding of and ability to recognize coordinated and disrupted movement between the scapula and upper arm (scapulohumeral rhythm). These concepts will then be applied to classical and novel Pilates exercises that are vital for promoting a healthy scapulohumeral rhythm, as well as working with clients with shoulder impingement and rotator cuff problems.

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs

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  • 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 workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

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  • 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 workshop is approved by the PMA for 6 CECs.

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  • BoneSmart: Pilates for Osteoporosis

    Presenter: Teresa Maldonado Marchock, 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.

    This workshop is approved by the PMA for 10 CECs.

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  • 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.

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  • Pilates on the Run

    Presenter: Myriam Kane

    With so much information available it can be difficult, at best to know what will actually work for us individually…given our own body’s history. Learn what works for you and/or your clients as we explore the way to healthy running, healthy mechanics from a neuromuscular perspective...because your nervous system rules. Learn how to assess your Mobility, Stability, Balance needed for efficient/pain free running...and what you can address on your own. Come away with the tools to access what you need and liberate the natural running mechanisms you were born with! Technique is useless without healthy mechanics...treat your body to both and it will respond. Individual video assessments will be provided. .

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  • Dynamic Yoga Workshop

    Presenter: Vivi Letsou

    Yoga Practice can transform our bodies first and then our hearts, life stance, and attitude. This Abhaya workshop is a journey into our innate power through mastering body awareness, clear principles of alignment, and harmonizing breath with movement, asana by asana--stance by stance. We start in the morning with dynamic Vinyasa practice, and continue in the afternoon with restoratives and therapeutics. A complete experience that will help to shed layers of tension and unveil our true potential on the mat and in life. It is true: Abhaya Yoga makes us strong and fearless!

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  • Yoga Immersion Program - 50 hours

    Presenter: Vivi Letsou

    The Roots of Yoga is Part 1 of our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training

    Every morning we start our dynamic practice focusing on a different area of asana category, with backbends, inversions, seated poses, etc. Meditation and pranayama (breathing practice) will help us find our center while shedding layers of tension. In the afternoon we will look into the liberating aspects of Yoga History and Philosophy as it pertains to our personal lives, and seek to find answers that will unveil our deeper potential for goodness, excellence, and fearlessness.

    This training is offered as a stand alone program for those who want to discover the empowering aspects of Yoga. For those wanting to delve deeper, it is the first tier in the Abhaya Tree of Learning, the root program of our 200 hour Yoga Teacher in Training program.

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  • Foam Roller Workshop

    Challenge your stability and balance in this Foam Roller Workshop. You will learn creative ways to incorporate the Foam Roller in exercises like the Front Support, Push Up, Leg Pull Front, and many more. You can do so many things with the Foam Roller, and this class will remind you just how fun this prop can be! It will highlight your asymmetries in addition to challenging your stability and at the end you will not only stand tall but you will walk tall too.

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  • Functional Stability

    When new exercise patterns are learned, the body is required to create new neuro-connectors to store the complex messaging patterns in the spinal and peripheral nerves. This is the reason why athletes, swimmers, musicians, and gymnasts spend so much time "practicing". What they are doing is ensuring they have the most nerve connections, and functions, around the skills that they want to perform at their peak. We can all switch on more control and more function within the body. Cross patterning and functional stability exercises can be utilized to help enhance and strengthen the body’s natural movement patterns. This course is designed to help you work with clients to enhance their stability so they can achieve greater strength within existing movement, injury prevention, and aide in post-injury recovery. Participants will engage in exercises uniquely designed to broaden their multi-directional exercise repertoire.

    The Functional Stability workshop will teach participants how to implement Pilates cross patterning and stability exercises utilizing thera-bands, small stability balls, foam rollers, and rotating discs, into their clients sessions. Chair, Reformer, and Cadillac exercises will be taught. The BASI Systems F2’s will also be used on the equipment, in conjunction with the small props.

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  • 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.

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  • The Art of Tactile Cueing

    Are you an experienced Pilates instructor? Then come and join me to take your practice to the next level by incorporating incredible hands on cues to deepen your clients understanding and feeling of the work in their bodies. 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.

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  • Pre-Postnatal Workshop

    The time of pregnancy through birth and recovery brings many changes in the life of a woman, both on a physical and emotional level. The Pilates method is best suited as an exercise program to support this process.

    This workshop will provide information on the special needs and requirements of a pregnant client and will give modifications according to the stage of pregnancy the client is in.

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