APPI’s Ante-Post Natal Pilates course will cover the essential concepts of how to modify Pilates for it to be taught safely during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Physiological and musculoskeletal changes during pregnancy will be covered throughout the lectures as well as recommendations and guidelines for general exercise during pregnancy and post-birth. Common musculoskeletal conditions experienced by women in this special population will be touched upon with reference to how Pilates exercises can be adapted to these situations.
This course is ideal for Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates Instructors and other clinicians who would like to have more confidence to prescribe Pilates exercises for pregnant and postnatal women as well as how to incorporate Pilates into the management of common obstetric musculoskeletal conditions. Appropriate matwork Pilates exercises, including movements incorporating small Pilates equipment, will be covered.
This course is designed for participants who wish to learn more about the application of Pilates to the ante and postnatal period.
Lectures on the physiological, biomechanical and postural changes that occur during the childbearing year will be related to the adaptation and application of Modified Pilates exercises. Specific obstetric conditions and relevant management with the APPI Pilates repertoire will be presented. Guidelines for exercise in pregnancy will be discussed and appropriate exercise including the use of resistance bands and the swiss ball will be taught in the practical sessions. APPI Matwork Level 1 or the attendance at a 2-day Matwork Pilates course is the pre-requisite for this course.
This sample of side-lying exercises covered on the ante postnatal course targets the lateral sling, a vital muscle group during pregnancy.
This course is open to Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Osteopaths, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors, Rehabilitation Therapists, Doctors, Myotherapists/ Massage Therapists, Physiotherapy students, and Pilates Instructors.
What will be covered in the Ante & Post Natal Pilates course?
This course is designed to enhance clinicians’ general knowledge of exercise during pregnancy and the postnatal period with a particular focus on adapting modified Pilates matwork exercises for this population.
General information about physiological adaptations and exercise during pregnancy will be reviewed.
Concepts of modifying APPI Pilates exercises for this special population will be discussed to provide a framework for clinicians.
How to vary exercise choice and prescription depending on the stage of pregnancy
General concepts on how to modify and incorporate Pilates exercises for the management of common postural, back and pelvic dysfunction during pregnancy
A selection of APPI Pilates matwork exercises incorporating small props
Who is this course aimed at?
Physiotherapists and other health professionals wishing to gain more general knowledge of how to incorporate Pilates or modify Pilates for this special population in a clinical setting. Qualified Pilates instructors who wish to gain further understanding of working with his special population (please note the rehab rather than fitness focus).
What will not be addressed?
Fundamental Pilates principles will be referred to throughout the course and during the teaching of the exercises, however, a basic knowledge of Pilates is presumed knowledge
Fitness based repertoire and higher-level exercises for pregnant women will not be covered
In-depth information about pelvic floor dysfunction and management will not be covered
Treatment of musculoskeletal injuries during pregnancy and the postnatal period (beyond the realm of utilizing Pilates ) will not be covered
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