Comprehensive Course Content

17 May 2017

Comprehensive Course Content

PPO Module – Polestar Principles Online

Experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for Polestar Pilates in this prerequisite for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

This is a 10-hour online course with 8 segments. Each segment will be available after the completion of the previous one. Quizzes, resources, and discussions qualify your learning as you go through the course.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication;
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement;
  • Demonstrate ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations;
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening™, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals.

SR1 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO. The movement selections focus on early intervention and beginning exercises on all equipment.

Experiential lecture and lab will address Basic Postural Assessment. A special lab will address adjustment of equipment for patient safety and instructor efficiency. Exercise lab themes include basic hip disassociation, basic core stabilization, thoracic spine mobility and lower extremity alignment.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise or treatment plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 8 pre-Pilates mat exercises and 9 exercises and their variations for Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR2 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1.

The movement selections focus on beginning and early intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Polestar Pilates Program Design and Sequencing. Exercise labs address basic shoulder organization, spine mobility in flexion and side-bending, core strength, spine extension strength and lower extremity stretching.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR3 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-2.

The movement selections focus on intermediate exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of imagery in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address functional upper extremity strengthening and weight bearing, basic standing alignment and balance, intermediate core stabilization, coordination in spine mobility, and intermediate movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR4 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences, and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR1-3.

The movement selections focus on intermediate and early advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address use of touch and tactile cueing in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced upper extremity weight bearing, advanced core work in flexion, intermediate standing work, lower extremity strengthening and alignment, and intermediate spine extension work.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 25 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

 

SR5 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR4.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address communication skills in teaching Pilates. Exercise labs address advanced core work in flexion, advanced upper and lower extremity weight bearing, advanced lateral flexion work, advanced standing and balance work, and advanced movement integration.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 24 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days

SR6 Module

This module teaches the practical skills needed to become proficient with the assessment techniques, movement sequences and selection and principles of movement learned in PPO and SR5.

The movement selections focus on advanced exercises on all equipment. Experiential lecture and lab will address Energy Medicine and its relevance to movement and healing. Exercise labs address advanced movement integration work in all planes of movement and all positions.

Case studies will be reviewed and you will design an exercise plan based on the information in the case study. You will learn 21 Pilates exercises and their variations for the mat and Pilates equipment.

Upon completion, you will be able to teach these exercises to patients and clients.

Duration: 2 days